[RDD] network slowdown

Wayne Merricks waynemerricks at thevoiceasia.com
Mon Jul 20 06:00:41 EDT 2015


Lets go back a step.  What happens if you statically set your network 
settings on a random "hanging" PC?


Lets assume your current network is something like: <-- Smoothwall gateway/dhcp/dns thingy

It dishes out IPs from lets say -

In that IP it will set the gateway/dns to

Lets assume our test PC is

Statically set:


Under linux open up /etc/hosts.  On Windows, run notepad as admin and 
open up c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc

Either Linux or Windows, this is the same.  The Format is to just add a 
line for every IP you normally resolve:

E.g.    fileserver    webserver    rivendell

Save the file and quit.

You will have to disconnect and reconnect your network to pick up the 
changes (I think Windows will change when you press OK on the network 
properties box).  Linux you can do the usual sudo ifdown eth0 && sudo 
ifup eth0.

Then try pinging fileserver etc.  It will use the local hosts file for 
DNS so you shouldn't have any slow down unless you have mapped/mounted 
drives that resolve with server names.

If so make sure you add that server name to the hosts file.

Finally,  I don't think this will be the case but if you have set up 
VLANs it may be that your file wall is responsible for routing between 
VLANs  so this could be where your problem lies.

FYI Firewalls, pfsense.org, its brilliant.  Its BSD based but the web 
interface is easy to understand, it can run off a USB stick and use your 
spinning disks for web caching.  I've been using it for 5 or 6 years and 
its rock solid.  It can also do VPNs, VLANs, proxying, logging, AV 
scanning, failover (if you have more than one box or one box with more 
than one internet connection).

Wayne Merricks
The Voice Asia

On 20/07/15 03:15, VE4PER / Andy wrote:
> tried ipfire no success went back to smoothwall one.
> everything to auto only no gateways etc and wired network is fine as 
> long as isp modem is on.
> turn it off and just hangs waiting for some timeout it appears.
> Also if I connect a wlan0 to a wireless router using a different isp 
> modem  and turn both wlan0 and eth0 on doesn't know where to find inet 
> so hangs up. would have thot OS would check both and use first one 
> that comes back with a live and/or fastest  connection automatically.
> On 15-07-19 03:08 PM, DreamStreamKicker wrote:
>> yup, I use ipfire (studio in green zone) in a rather similar setup, 
>> no problem at all when ISP or ISP modem is down
>> Op 19-7-2015 om 21:57 schreef Cowboy:
>>> On Sunday 19 July 2015 01:52:09 pm VE4PER / Andy wrote:
>>>> gateways are assigned as first dns server to use,
>>>   There's your hangup !
>>>   Everything is not hung, but is waiting for a DNS time-out.
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