I’ve had some rather strange packet loss occurring on the DSL uplink circuit. As you can see from the graph below, about 50% of packets were being lost.
Since loosing bits is clearly not very nice, I logged a call with my ISP. But then I decided to just check out my own network first. Around the 25th I upgraded my switch and thought to myself that perhaps this was the cause of my the problems. I noticed the link status light flashing off about every 4 seconds and then re-appearing. The PPPOE device hanging off the network (this is the last hop on imagilan) was having trouble negotiating a stable speed. Logging back into the switch I forced this to 10Mbps Full Duplex and voila! Back online reliably (green=good):
This extended outage made me realise just how much I use DSL, for data, email and phone. Pleased to be back online.