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Old 07-23-2008, 05:14 PM
"j t"
Default Weird Internet routing / mtu setting / browser / packet fragmentation problem

Hi all.

Does anyone here know how I can diagnose exactly where / why the
following problem occurs...?

I've got a typical adsl setup (in the UK) with my internal
(192.168.0.*) network behind a nat router. Everything works perfectly
(!) except for 1 problem, which is:

If I try to view http://www.osnews.com from any of my linux (current
debian lenny) boxen using iceweasel or epiphany, the page starts to
load but never finishes (the spinner spins for ever).

I'm baffled because the problem goes away if I do any one of the
following things:

a) I use "wget -p http://www.osnews.com" instead of iceweasel or epiphany,
b) I change my workstation's mtu from 1500 to 1400
c) I get my adsl router to request a public ip address in the address
space 96.x.x.x or 97.x.x.x rather than 78.x.x.x (I can do this, since
my ISP provides various disparate dhcp ranges).
d) I use firefox under WinXP (yeuchh).

While I can get rid of the problem by doing any of these things, I
would prefer to be able to go to my ISP a say "Hey, your network's
broken, this one-line command (run from my linux machine) proves it's
broken". Does anyone know what that one-line command is? (I'm thinking
of some kind of "ping -s 1500" style thing, but I don't understand
enough about tcp/ip to know the exact answer)

Thanks for any help you can offer.

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