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 From:  "Joe LaGreca" <lagreca at hotmail dot com>
 To:  "Falcor" <falcor at netassassin dot com>
 Cc:  <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] PPTP odd problems
 Date:  Thu, 5 Feb 2004 22:09:08 -0800
Ok, so another test of PPTP has more weird results.  I am connecting to the
same m0n0wall, but this time from the inside (my house) network.  Things
seem to work better than when connecting to it from work.  However some
things stopped working.  I was able to get to www.news.com and
www.slashdot.org fine, but www.sears.com would not work while connected via
PPTP.  As soon as I would disconnect it would work fine.  I did this a few
times and had consistent results with it not working.

Pings were fine the whole time though.  I got no packet loss.  Is there
something weird going on with PPTP and m0n0wall or is it just my computers?
In both cases the machines connecting to it were WinXP.  I dont have
anything else to try right now.  Anyone have any ideas?  Thanks.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Falcor" <falcor at netassassin dot com>
To: "Joe LaGreca" <lagreca at hotmail dot com>
Cc: <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
Sent: Thursday, February 05, 2004 1:14 AM
Subject: Re: [m0n0wall] PPTP odd problems

> how big is the upstream from your house?  you may be eating up all your
> bandwidth with the PPTP tunnel, then asking it to go back out of the
> same internet connection again to get to yahoo may be more then the pipe
> can handle.
> Also, what version of m0n0wall are you running?  This sounds a little
> like the XP drop packet stuff that was fixed in one of the recent patches.
> Joe LaGreca wrote:
> >I have a m0n0wall setup at home with pptp turned on and setup.  From work
> >when I make a connection home m0n0wall my networking become quirky.  Here
> >a brief explanation:
> >
> >I can ping www.yahoo.com fine before the pptp connection.  Then I
> >and the pings continue for a few more seconds, then all of the sudden
> >start getting lots of lost packets, 50% or more.  This is all before I
> >playing a mp3 over windows filesharing from home.  Once the mp3 starts to
> >play, the pings improve to almost 100% successful.  However once I stop
> >using the connection, I start loosing my pings again.  When I disconnect
> >pptp connection the pings are perfect again.
> >
> >The VPN works, its just web browsing and pings are slow and get lost
> >the connection when it isn't being used.  Has anyone else heard of this
> >problem before?  I'm hoping to get another m0n0wall at work and create a
> >hardware to hardware vpn.  However until then, I need to get pptp
> >I would really appreciate anyones ideas.  Thanks.
> >
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