Ping timeout

Gargi Bodke gargibodke at
Sat Feb 25 06:47:26 PST 2006

I ping the IP.  DNS is fine. I use the same ISP as the server. So when it
works the server is 2 hops away. Will check out on Freebsd firewalls.

On 2/25/06, Ken Stevenson <ken at> wrote:
> Gargi Bodke wrote:
> > Hi
> >   I am new to this list and new to freebsd also. I have  a Freebsd
> server
> > set up with apache and qmail on it, with an ADSL connection to the
> > internet.  Most of the time the server works fine but it is not
> available
> > early mornings and weekends. The machine is physically at my workplace
> and
> > has a static IP mapped to it by a Service provider. When I say not
> available
> > I am unable to ping it from home and a tracert also fails. When it
> started
> > happening I went to my work place to see if the server was down, But it
> has
> > always been up and running.  Also even if the server is not rebooted the
> > machine becomes accessible after some time. Thinking it to be a network
> > problem I have complained to the ISP but they are unable to provide any
> > solution.
> >
> > Is it possible that a freebsd machine sleeps after being idle for some
> time?
> > Early mornings and weekends is the time when no one is in office that's
> why
> > am asking. Sorry if this sounds stupid but I ab unable to figure out the
> > cause so though I  should give it a try on this list.
> >
> >
> I bet that your initial diagnosis is correct: your Internet connection
> at work is going down periodically. You need to try to get to work
> early or on the weekend when the problem is happening, and ideally
> have somebody at home or wherever you're doing the tracert from.
> It could also be a DNS problem. When you ping your server, are you
> pinging it by name or by IP address?
> Also, do you manage the firewall that your server sits behind? It
> sounds like the firewall may be programmed to block traffic during
> non-work hours.
> --
> Ken Stevenson
> Allen-Myland Inc.

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