[talk] Strength of internet connection has significant impact on OpenBSD 'pkg-add'

Mark Saad mark.saad at ymail.com
Sat Jan 13 10:40:17 EST 2018

  When you get the optimum setup ; promptly return all of the equipment the left you and purchase your own “new” cable modem ; and set you own router . 

Depending on where you live they rent the modem to you for $5-15. A new modem is about $45-60 bucks. Why do all of this ? Most of the gear they leave with you is not new it’s pulled from old customer sites . Two the optimum provided router modem combo also has a public hotspot in it ; which is hard to fully disable . Optimum does a good job at segregation of the hotspot from your network but why you need to do it it’s always a good idea . Lastly you ca run a real openbsd router hooked up to your own modem and enjoy the fun of that .  To swap the modem you will need to contact optimum to swap in the new modem on their end .  

Mark Saad | mark.saad at ymail.com

> On Jan 13, 2018, at 7:49 AM, James E Keenan <jkeenan at pobox.com> wrote:
>> On 01/13/2018 06:51 AM, Sujit K M wrote:
>>> On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 10:19 PM, James E Keenan <jkeenan at pobox.com> wrote:
>>> OpenBSD's pkg_add command and certain forms of pkg_info -- e.g., pkg_info -Q
>>> -- are sensitive to the quality of one's internet connection to a surprising
>>> degree.
>>> Background
>>> In the last week of December I noticed that my home internet service --
>>> Verizon DSL -- was deteriorating severely.  Previously, I might get at most
>>> 3% packet loss during 'ping'.  Now I was losing 11% -- and that was to go up
>>> to over 20% at times.  I could still download most files, albeit much more
>>> slowly.  However, when I tried to download the Vagrant box holding an
>>> OpenBSD-6.2 VM prepared by Brian Callahan for the Jan 3 NYCBUG meeting, the
>>> estimated time was more than 14 hours.  (Even when I got to LMHQ for the
>>> meeting, the download still took between 60 and 90 minutes, so that was a
>>> very large file indeed.)
>> I would suggest some sort of problem with the OpenBSD and Verizon Network
>> in case of the packet loss, since below you had mentioned it is zero in another
>> network you had tried. But that said why is a port download taking 14 hours,
> It was not a port download that was projected to take 14 hours; it was a download of an entire VM.
>> I would either suggest lot of collision within your network or with the network
>> you are connected to and I think this is a case of Random Collision which would
>> be because there is not a case of every 3rd or 5th packet for instance
>> to be lost
>> due to collision, this causes havoc to packet assembly on your machine as on the
>> Server.
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