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29-Nov-2007, 12:20 AM #1
weird, can't get to certain websites
all of a sudden in the last 48 hours i've been unable to open newegg.com and walmart.com from any computer on my home network (Win, Mac & Linux behind a WRT54Gv6 + Time Warner/Road Runner cable modem). I can access all other websites just fine, just can't open these sites (that i know of so far)

I'm able to access these sites if i dial up to the Internet via my Sprint phone or if I hop on a nearby open wireless network (which is also Time Warner/Road Runner), so there's something up with my setup

any ideas what it could be?
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29-Nov-2007, 12:58 AM #2
Maybe this will help...
These sites may have been added somehow to your hosts file. There's a good tutorial on creating a hosts file editor here. Look for the names of the sites you can't access and delete them from the file.

Please let us know if this works for you.
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29-Nov-2007, 03:58 PM #3
It could also be an ISP issue.

Let's see this.

Start, Run, CMD

Type TRACERT newegg.com

Post the results here.
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29-Nov-2007, 05:27 PM #4
Quote:
Originally Posted by JohnWill
TRACERT newegg.com
Code:
Unable to resolve target system name newegg.com.
I get the same result for walmart.com.

Quote:
Originally Posted by jdl
These sites may have been added somehow to your hosts file. There's a good tutorial on creating a hosts file editor
the hosts file was there and it didn't have any entires (except for 127.0.0.1/localhost of course). curious, i added an entry for newegg.com and walmart.com with their resolving IP addresses and like magic I was able to open their websites again. then I commented those same entires out and like voodoo I can't open them anymore

- can't ping, trace route nor open web site in any browser on Windows XP & Mac OS X computers for these domains
- CAN ping, trace route and open web site in any browser on Windows XP Mac OS X computers using their IP addresses

My Linux computers can actually open the sites just fine (Ubuntu 7.10 & Xandros).

I don't think it's an ISP issue. I can access these sites/domains fine when jumping on a nearby open wi-fi network who's ISP is aslo Time Warner/Road Runner. I just can't access these sites on my own home network (wireless & wired).

Any other ideas?
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29-Nov-2007, 06:29 PM #5
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so apparently when getting an dynamic IP from my router, I can open the sites just fine. so it appears the my router is pushing out the ISP's DNS IP addresses to DHCP-enabled computers correctly, but not pushing them out to computers with static IPs (which all my computers are).

To resolve this whole mess I manually added the ISP's DNS servers to my Windows XP and Mac OS X network settings.

The Linux computers were unaffected probably because they have their own internal DNS table.
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30-Nov-2007, 09:13 AM #6
I've had a number of cases where the ISP DNS servers took a dive and sites could not be resolved. After hours (or sometimes days), it magically corrects itself. I normally just stick a different DNS server in my configuration until they get their act together.

This happened a lot with Comcast, so far with Verizon FiOS, I haven't had the issue.
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