ISP questions

Diego F. Arias R. dak.col at
Thu Jun 4 16:56:51 UTC 2009

On Thu, Jun 4, 2009 at 11:23 AM, Mark Hartkemeyer <hartkemd at> wrote:
> I'm pretty new to FreeBSD and was reading part of Greg Lehey's The
> Complete FreeBSD 4th Edition.  I found the section on ISPs in chapter
> 18 really interesting.  I put some of his recommended questions to my
> ISP, Cincinnati Bell's Zoomtown.  I think I talked to three or four
> people before I even got some of them answered.
> Here are some of the questions and answers:
> 1. What speed connections do you offer?
>    5MBps upload/5MBps download (she said bytes, but should it be bits?)
>    768kBps
> 2. Can you supply a static IP address? At what cost?
>    Yes, $49.95/month for the whole Internet package
> 3. How many hops are there to the backbone?
>    "It depends on the site you're trying to reach." (I think they
> misunderstood what I meant by "backbone"?)
> 4. What kind of hardware and software are you running?
>    "Can't provide this, due to security reasons."
> 5. Can you supply primary or secondary DNS for me?
>    "You need a static IP."
> 6. Can you provide name registration? At what cost?
>    "Talk to residential services."
> 7. Do you give complete access to the Internet, or do you block some ports?
>    "Cannot provide this info, due to security reasons."  After
> asking, I was told that I would be able to run a mail server and http
> server on my connection.
> 8. Do you have complete reverse DNS?
>    (They didn't know.)
> I assume this is a pretty typical response from ISPs.  Has anyone
> asked their ISP questions like these?  If so, what kind of response
> did you get?  Does anyone know of a really good ISP, or a good
> resource for finding a good ISP around Cincinnati, OH?
> Thanks,
> Mark Hartkemeyer
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8.Q: I need to change my Reverse DNS on my Static IP for running a mail server.
A: What are you talking about? That doesnt Exist.

mmm, interesante.....

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