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Network Changes - Please report faults

Hi everyone

We have just upgraded the network to better deal with connection flooding. But a result of this may be that people with unusual settings or modules installed in their browsers designed to "accelerate" downloads may now have difficulty accessing the site.

If your browser tries to make too many connections to IB at once then it'll be treated as an attack and the excessive connections will be dropped by our firewall.

Browsers in standard configuration should have no problems. Even loading zillions of tabs at once in standard Firefox or IE or any other major browser should still only open 2 - 8 connections at once to our server and that's fine. It's the browsers we have seen opening 100+ simultaneous connections that will now be blocked.

If anyone notices images, thumbnails or pages not loading then please tell us. We don't want to block people who are browsing the site legitimately! There's a chance many people don't even realise their browsers are configured to open too many connections at once (and making lots and lots of connections at once to try and get web content faster is considered naughty and non-standard!). We'd love to hear from you so we can work out why your setup is doing that and how we can make IB work for you but keep blocking other malicious activity.

Thanks!

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Added: 6 years, 11 months ago
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Nopast
6 years, 11 months ago
actually nvm, fixed as soon as i wrote this xD;
fluffdance
6 years, 11 months ago
I'll keep an eye on it!  I'm one of those folks running highly tweaked and tuned browsers, but I tend to be a bit on the conservative side.  Per-server connections limited to 32, and persistent connections limited to 8.

Unfortunately, I see things over-tweaked all the time.  Having the opportunity to spend time working in a datacenter with a direct-fiber workstation connection over a multi-terabit connection, there are -still- limits to any performance gains.  The laws of physics come to mind...  XD

Most SOHO networking equipment can't handle more than 120 persistent connections at once, and even then, tend to get bogged down due to underwhelming processing power.

I'll keep an eye on things, and if I notice any slowdowns or odd loading behavior, I'll make a timestamped log of it, then adjust my connection settings and continue.  :-)
Flygon
6 years, 11 months ago
The only possible improvements now is hiring 8 different servers that all accept traffic that relay it to one central one to make 9 possible points of failure. :B
Nopast
6 years, 11 months ago
Well okay, there is an issue after all for me.

When i open the site after a while (fresh new tab, no second tab with it already open), it tends to load slowly, often even failing to load thumbnails. However, it suddenly loads everything normally after a few minutes until i decide to close the tab and load a new one later.

Known issue or my end? O=
starling
6 years, 11 months ago
Hi, is the issue continuing?
Razor12
6 years, 11 months ago
I have the same problem as Nopast, pages are not loading properly.
starling
6 years, 11 months ago
Hi, is the issue continuing?
Nopast
6 years, 11 months ago
sadly yes, but somehow...it only seems to be like this for my IE on my pc.

it seems to work better for Firefox on here and both IE and FF on my notebook, so i'm not even sure what the issue is x3;
starling
6 years, 11 months ago
Hmm it sounds like that copy of IE is configured to open more than 20 connections at once. It should only open 2 - 8. Above that and IB will drop the simultaneous connections. Do you have any download accelerators or other similar things installed on that PC or in IE?
Nopast
6 years, 11 months ago
Nope, unless Jdownloader counts, but there's no plugin that impliments the program into IE
starling
6 years, 11 months ago
Jdownloader should be fine as it doesn't affect how a web page loads. Do you have the latest updated version of IE? It'd be great if you could test that for us!
Nopast
6 years, 11 months ago
I'm still on windows 8 actually, running on xp.

Though, i'm not sure if i'm running the newsest evrsion of 8 x3;
starling
6 years, 11 months ago
But are you using the latest version of IE 9? :P

Do you know much about viewing the windows registry? There are some settings there that could give us clues.
Nopast
6 years, 11 months ago
ah sorry i miss-typed there, xD; I'm using IE 8

I did check the registries the way you told them to smexypaws, and it said 4 and 2 for the two files, actually, so I'm even under 6 connections
starling
6 years, 11 months ago
Ahh definitely update to IE9 when you can! Our site doesn't support IE8 ;.;
Nopast
6 years, 11 months ago
not anymore? O= also i thought IE 9 is only for vista/7 from what i've read =X *isn't really techsavy)
Razor12
6 years, 11 months ago
Yes unfortunately, I am using IE.
starling
6 years, 11 months ago
Do you know what plugins you have installed in IE? It'd be good to know in case there is a conflict somehow.
Razor12
6 years, 11 months ago
Yes I only have the Google toolbar and AVG toolbar installed.  You said in one of the comments that IE could be configured to open more than 20 connections at once and creating the problem.  Is there anyway to just change these settings in the options?
starling
6 years, 11 months ago
I believe there is a way to at least check the number of max connections it allows in a registry setting. I would not advise changing it! But just to check the value...

If you know your way around windows registry, then type the command "regedit" and check the following values (jut just need to click through the folder-like listings on the left):

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE (or HKEY_CURRENT_USER)
   SOFTWARE
      Microsoft
         Internet Explorer
            Main
               FeatureControl
                  FEATURE_MAXCONNECTIONSPER1_SERVER
                     iexplore.exe = (DWORD) 00000006

and also...

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE (or HKEY_CURRENT_USER)
   SOFTWARE
      Microsoft
         Internet Explorer
            Main
               FeatureControl
                  MAXCONNECTIONSPERSERVER
                     iexplore.exe = (DWORD) 00000006


Both those values in the examples there allow "6" max connections at once. Are you able to see what values your system is allowing? If it's more than 15 or so then IB might block the connections.
Razor12
6 years, 11 months ago
The settings are:
FEATURE_MAXCONNECTIONSPER1_SERVER iexplore.exe = (DWORD) 0x00000004
MAXCONNECTIONSPERSERVER iexplore.exe = (DWORD) 0x00000002
starling
6 years, 11 months ago
Those numbers look correct so I don't think it's a max connections issue. Would you be able to try Inkbunny on Firefox or Chrome just for a day? It'd be good to see if you can get the same issue happening on a different browser type to help narrow down the cause.
Razor12
6 years, 11 months ago
Yes, I have been using Firefox since this problem started and it works ok.  Its just on IE.
MattTheWolfDogPuppy
6 years, 11 months ago
i'm using chrome and the inkbunny icon didn't load on one of my tabs as well as the icons for new submissions and notices (the numbers are there just not the icons) opening a new tab fixed this i don't know if these are the issues you were wanting reported but at any rate i thought i would let you know of the glitch
starling
6 years, 11 months ago
Hi! Does that problem still happen in Chrome after you clear the cache and reload those pages?
TheFlyingPendragon
6 years, 11 months ago
This is probably unrelated, but on my Portal, everything that comes up says as a date, "NaN years, NaN months ago".

It's weird. How do I fix it?
TheFlyingPendragon
6 years, 11 months ago
Edit: My account is seriously buggy now. WTF?
starling
6 years, 11 months ago
Hi! Could you describe the issues you are having?
TheFlyingPendragon
6 years, 11 months ago
For a while it was getting buggy due to something my browser had installed without my permission. I found it and fixed it. Thanks!
starling
6 years, 11 months ago
Good to hear it's working!
BlueBlackandRed5902
6 years, 11 months ago
since this update, the dropdowns in the tabs (account/post) have quit working proporly. the words are halved and the dropdowns go behind the rest of the page. sometimes restarting my computer will fix the problem, but only temporarily. i don't know if this is happening to anyone else, but please look into the problem.
starling
6 years, 11 months ago
Hi, be sure to update to the latest version of IE9 as older versions can have issues. Or if it's an option at all, use a browser like Firefox or Chrome.
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