I recently picked up an X2 Sportster and started playing with it. My
ISP is Netcom, USA and they haven't rolled out the X2 support yet.
(supposed to make an announcement on the 25th). I dialed the USR BBS
and all was well...connected at 50k or so and the line test indicated
that my line was ok.
I heard in some group or other that Netcom Canada had already started
testing X2, so I called up the Vancouver BC pop (604-331-0614). I got
a 46,666 connect every time and anything that strictly used IPs worked
fine (ping, CuSeeMe, etc), however anything that used a domain name
returned an error like "unable to resolve host name". Initially I
thought that maybe the DNS wasn't hooked up to the fast modems or
something, but on closer examination, I noticed that the errors were
Winsock errors and the request wasn't even being sent to the modem (no
flashing light...). Since it was an international long distance call,
I didn't spend an inordinate amount of time fooling with it; maybe 10
The really odd thing is that since I got the X2, I can occasionally
connect at 31k to the Seattle pop and have the same DNS problem. When
I get a 28.8 connection, everything works perfectly just like it
always has. (using Win95 DUN). Anyone else had this experience? I
don't know if it is a Netcom, modem, or Winsock problem, but since I
only had a Rockwell 28.8 modem before, I have no experience connecting
at the higher rates, so I don't know where to put the blame.
I'm thinking that it's some sort of bug in the X2 firmware, but maybe
I need the ISDN accelerator pack or something, huh? Anybody???
(btw-using Tyan Tomcat P-200 PCI, Award 4.51 bios, onboard 16550 UART,
Win95 w/ kernel update and service pack 1, standard issue Winsock)
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