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Packet loss via router

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Hi,
I have a network of about 40 computers. They are connected to the Inet via router,which is a Linux (Mandrake 8.3/iptables 1.2.5)box, connected to ADSL line with Alcatel SpeedTouch Home ADSL modem. When i try to connect something from the network, I get about 70% packet loss. From the router the line works decently (~2% packet loss).
 Please, help!!!
            L.
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by:ahoffmann
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either the driver, or the NIC, or the cable, or the hub/switch has a problem.
I'd start with exchanging the cable, then NIC ..
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by:Leonid99
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Checked it, no data loss between router and computers inside the network. It's some weird mtu problem
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by:ahoffmann
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did your router forget about window size settings?
Did you try to force set the mtu < 1500 on the NIC (not a good idea 'cause it affects LAN traffic too, but worth a try)
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by:cincin77
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Does the ping command also have packet loss?
As it uses 64 byte packets by default which has nothing to do with MTU? (also as it is an ICMP message nothing to do with MTU:)) )
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by:Leonid99
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I check the data loss with 'ping -s 1400 x.x.x.x'
from router it does 0% packet loss, from the internal host it does 70%
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by:cincin77
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what about without the -s option?
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by:Leonid99
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I check the data loss with 'ping -s 1400 x.x.x.x'
from router it does 0% packet loss, from the internal host it does 70%
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by:Leonid99
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I check the data loss with 'ping -s 1400 x.x.x.x'
from router it does 0% packet loss, from the internal host it does 70%
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by:Leonid99
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I check the data loss with 'ping -s 1400 x.x.x.x'
from router it does 0% packet loss, from the internal host it does 70%
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by:Leonid99
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I check the data loss with 'ping -s 1400 x.x.x.x'
from router it does 0% packet loss, from the internal host it does 70%
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by:Leonid99
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That's what bad connection, and computer left on overnight do :)
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by:The--Captain
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Have you tried playing with your MTU values?

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-Jon
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by:The--Captain
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Probably not the problem, but just a thought...
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by:Leonid99
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Yes, I did. It's not mtu -- the pings get lost even on small packet sizes
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cincin77 earned 300 total points
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if you have w2k client try to use pathping command instead of ping, it will give you valuable information on the source of the loss(that is the links or the active devices?)
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by:Leonid99
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it was routing problem with my ISP.
sorry for your time.
cinciny77, nice try, u get your points :))
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by:The--Captain
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Please tell us how you ISP explained 70% packet loss as "a routing problem" - this I gotta hear.

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-Jon
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by:ahoffmann
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.. I'm interested too ..
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by:samri
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or maybe it's the carrier is the culprit.
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by:The--Captain
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Or maybe it's rabid backhoes - In any case, I wanna know.  leonid has some explaining to do, IMO...

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