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I currently get my internet in Baghdad through satellite using an iDirect system.
All has been well until a few days ago when the "Hub" had an emergency shutdown which meant i lost net access for 6 hours. 3 or so of those hours were actually blamed on my providers DNS/Firewall servers.
heres where the new problems arose:
Basically what i am suffering with now is when I use MSN messenger or any IM program or even IRC. What happens is I get cut off after 5 or so minutes. the problem with IRC has lessened but with the IM programs its still ongoing.
Also, when I am downloading a file it would continue a continuous stream then drop to 0 during the download for 15 or so seconds then resume downloading and so on.
My provider keeps asking me to change my DNS settings and I keep asking how in the hell are the DNS settings related to "random disconnections" and instability in the downloads.
Just today the provider mentioned that the problem may actually be the provider. This is after two days of many customers complaining. He finally said: "I think its our DIP Pool or the DNS routing in our rack"
2Mbps = R$ 90,00 (reais)
R$ 1,00 = US$ 1,90
That means that I pay US$ 171,00 for 2Mbps!
This is a cable company in São Paulo, DSL around here is the worse thing in this world.
There is another cable company that is not so expensive (R$ 80,00 for 4Mbps), but they block incoming connections, so, I cant have a web server, mail server, nothing at all, thats why I keep my actual one!