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May 7, 2012 10:50:07 PM

So I built a computer down at school in Utah, semester's over so I went back to Idaho for the summer. When I got here I seemed to stop being able to connect and load content from random sites. It gets a ping time out every time on the same random websites.

Some of the sites:

www.cis.utah.edu
www.imgur.com
www.speedtest.net

I can access these sites in Utah, so I called my ISP (frontier communications, previously verizon.) They flushed the DNS and checked that the modem wasn't to blame. I checked my host files and they're unaltered.

After two hours on the phone they were stumped and hung up. www.imgur.com loads fine, but it won't load the pictures which is odd.

I'm not sure if it matters but I do have a 6 year old modem (westell 327w) that I think uses LAN g whereas my mobo (asrock extreme3 gen3) uses Realtek 8111E if i'm looking at the correct specs.

one last thing to add would be that I am not able to access www.speedtest.net, but I am able to access www.speedtest.frontier.com.

Is there something all these websites have in common that cause them not to load?


Any help would be appreciated, i'm not super advanced with networking so full explanations would be appreciated.
May 8, 2012 1:38:48 AM

Sounds like a DNS issue, try changing your DNS and see if that fixes it.
May 8, 2012 3:38:26 AM

I changed my DNS to opendns and flushed my dns then cleared browsing data, still no luck.

edit: facebook.com stopped working after i changed to openDNS so I switched back to automatically obtaining and it now loads facebook.com again.
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May 8, 2012 5:01:57 AM

Strange problem. Can you ping these sites?
May 8, 2012 5:15:43 AM

Nope, it says ping request timed out, 4 packets sent 100% lost.

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May 8, 2012 5:03:35 PM
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Okay, that means it's not a DNS issue, but an IP routing issue. Either your router is blocking the sites, or your ISP is having issues somewhere along the line. I suspect your router to be the culprit.
May 9, 2012 4:57:52 PM

Alright thanks for your help, i'll update in a few days when I get a new router!
May 10, 2012 2:53:26 AM

to anyone who has the same issue, the router was the problem. Just replaced it and everything's working fine now. thanks sk1939 for your help.
May 10, 2012 2:53:33 AM

Best answer selected by chuglife.
May 10, 2012 5:43:09 PM

chuglife said:
to anyone who has the same issue, the router was the problem. Just replaced it and everything's working fine now. thanks sk1939 for your help.


Glad that it's fixed.
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