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10.3: Check network speed to resolve connection issues
Authored by: Thom on Feb 01, '04 01:45:39PM

I'm actually big on this hint, and here's why:

I just got my new alBook 15" this past Wednesday, and just in time for an event I was supposed to webcast. I get to the venue and the sysadmin hands me the ethernet cable, tells me all about the DSL line, etc.

Turns out he'd strung a 200-foot cable from his networking closet into a back room, then attached a cheapo connector for ANOTHER 100 foot cable which then came into the press booth where I was.

He'd assigned me a specific static IP behind their DSL router's firewall, but whenever I tried manually assigning the address to my machine, it'd kernel panic. This happened multiple times.

Manually forcing the speed down to 10/100 prevented this from happening... but I wish I'd known about the existence of this feature a little sooner!

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