5 to 10 minute delay connecting to Internet
For the past three or four months using several versions of Linux; Mepis, PCLinuxOS, Kanotix, Slackware, Ubuntu, and others, I can not connect to the Internet in less than about five minutes, many times even longer than ten minutes. Eventually I get connected but there is this annoying delay. Later when I haven't used the Internet for a half hour or so I have the same problem connecting to the Internet again. It happens with all the browsers. Now for the kicker, when I use PC-BSD and other versions of FreeBSD the connection is made in seconds, normal time so far as I can tell. Also I have an old version of Mepis 3.3.1 that connects normally.
Now for the details. This started shortly after my apartment building changed ISP. The company provided a three port router and we need a minimum of eight connections. I bought an eight port D-Link router that is connected to the three port router. My landlady has her young "expert" who set up the connection. I am not in the loop except that I bought the router. I don't know what he did.
I have been a user of Linux for three years, a little experience now with FreeBSD, but almost no experience with connecting to the Internet. In the past I plugged the cable into my computer and it connected automatically. I have struggled for these past three months and lerned a hell of a lot but not enough to solve my problem.
In various forums I see no outcry of others with my problem. I assume the problem is the routers and how they are or are not configured. Can someone give me clue to how I can solve this? Before the problem started I had two DNS addresses. Now with DHCP it shows one DNS address the same as before and the second DNS address now is the same as the gateway address.
From your tests I can already say that you've isolated the issue to your network. I belive that to be so because you've reinstalled the OS several times I guess.
Because your network can be quite complex you might be better off getting someone to help you out in person rather than over the internet. You might find someone interested but it'll be tedious. Either way it goes don't lose hope :)
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