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Can't connect to my website

Discussion in 'Internet, Connectivity and Communications' started by tripwire45, Aug 17, 2007.

  1. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

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    I have a little web and mail server sitting on my desk. The Internet connection is through an ADSL modem and the WAN port gets an IP address dynamically. I get DNS services through an outside (free service) and the only hitch is that whenever my modem gets a new IP address, I have to update the DNS server with the new mapping.

    This morning I woke up to find no spam in my email which is usually a sign that my IP address changed sometime in the night. I evidently was too tired to realize this and tried to figure out why (unsuccessfully) this was happening. Then I had to get to work.

    When I got to work, I tried to hit my email server and got a logon screen which is really odd. I tried to logon to my server but it wouldn't take the credentials. I noticed the error screen made mention of an ADSL logon and I started wondering if the firewall settings on the ADSL modem had somehow been changed. I was also unable to hit my website. I could still ping the site, though.

    EDIT: Here's the message I get when I can't 'logon' to the server:

    Protected Object
    This object on the RomPager server is protected

    I just checked my DNS service again and"

    wiredwriter.net
    mail.wiredwriter.net
    www.wiredwriter.net

    are all mapped to the same (correct) IP address. I cleared the cookies and cache in my web browser to see if that was the issue and have tried it from both IE and Firefox with no luck.

    I went home on my lunch hour and checked the status of my modem. I noticed that the WAN port's IP had been changed and figured that was the issue. I changed the mapping at my DNS service and thought all was well.

    Back at work, I checked my email and I saw that I was receiving both legitimate and spam mail so I figured the problem was sorted. Then I tried to visit my website.

    Damn! I get the same ADSL login dialog box again. I tried pinging the website and saw that the domain name was still mapped to the old IP. I pinged the mail server and saw the new IP address.

    Is the DNS information for the web and mail servers propagating at different rates over the Internet or do you think I have another problem?
     
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  2. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

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    Oddly enough, I can get to my site from http://wiredwriter.net but not from http://www.wiredwriter.net. Go figure. :rolleyes:
     
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  3. dmarsh

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    Well I've never done this myself ?

    Are you using a dynamic IP/DNS service ? eg :-

    http://www.no-ip.com/

    Well you should only have one primary DNS server, it should give you the same IP everytime once its updated.

    What is this logon screen ? Is it the routers web server ? Is it your sites web server ? Or are you trying to connect with some sort of remote access protocol ?

    Do you think maybe someone has hacked your router ?

    I'm no expert but I think the two domains need to be mentioned in the DNS record.
     
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  4. tripwire45
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    I'm posting screen captures in the following order:

    1. The DNS Record from my DNS Service (not dynamic DNS, otherwise, I wouldn't have to manually change the mapping everytime my IP address changes).

    2. The login screen I get when I try to access my website.

    3. The message I get when I can't login to my website.

    I've done this a thousand times before without encountering this sort of problem. I can't imagine what the issue is this time.
     

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  5. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

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    Hopefully I'm not jumping the gun, but it seems to be sorted. I can now get on to my site using www.wiredwriter.net. I guess DNS propagation rates varied between names. Thanks. :)
     
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  6. dmarsh

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    Looks like you've got two A records and one MX record.

    http://www.rscott.org/dns/a.html

    I expect the login is for your router/modem as its an embedded HTTP server, also it says ADSL login ?

    http://www.allegrosoft.com/products.html

    Not sure why login fails, if you change domain during login then this may invalidate the session as it may be cookie based.
    Maybe the login redirects and redirect fails because its to a different domain.

    Sounds like you are right :-

    http://whatexit.org/tal/mywritings/dnssoa.html

    Guess the networking guru's will correct us if we are wrong ! :D
     
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