Change Of IP Address last night, Downtime

I take the unusual approach of hosting my site and Blog, on my private PC at home, acting as a Web-server. It’s the computer I name ‘Phoenix’. Because of that, the visibility of my site is only as good, as the presence of my LAN on the Internet.

At the same time, my connection to the Internet is ‘only’ a domestic DSL, which achieves speeds of up to 50Gbps. This means that my ISP, is capable of changing the IP address at any time, with which my LAN is connected to the WAN. This is a right which they have, and is referred to as conventional ‘DHCP’.

Last night, my ISP did change the IP address, with which my LAN connects to the Internet. And what this means to my readers is, that from about 2h47 until about 3h17 this morning, local time, my Blog was also off-line.

I should also note that this minor interruption to my service took place at a time, when most domestic users don’t use the Internet, but during which many customers are sleeping. Therefore, this would also have been an ideal time by conventional standards, for my ISP to carry out any maintenance they had to carry out.

But nevertheless, I apologize to any readers for the fact that during this brief interval in time, they would not have been able to access my site.

Dirk

 

My IP address was reassigned last evening.

I am hosting this blog on a personal Web-server, which connects to the Internet via a personal DSL. This may also be why downloading some of my content could have been slow for the readers.

I don’t own my IP-address. So my ISP can just cut that off, and reassign me a new one whenever they feel like it. When they do this, my LAN is still up – thankfully – but my link to the WAN – the Extranet – is gone for a  few minutes.

I have software which updates my IPv4 address automatically in this situation, so that this URL finds me again afterward. And I need to update my IPv6 address manually. But with any luck, these things can even take place without my being present, and most of my software just reconnects as it should.

And yet for the 5 minutes this can take, the readers might not have been able to retrieve my blog last night.

Dirk