on 28-12-2012 14:45
I'm new here so apologies if I don't provide anything needed right away or get a few things wrong, but I'd appreciate any help I can get!
I joined VM late November, and I've not had any serious issues, I'm generally quite happy with up/down speed and reliability. It's a huge step up from my previous BB experience with Tesco.
However, I have been having a consistent problem with playing a game called EVE Online. I can play the game for some time without error, but at other times i.e. the past 2 weeks, I constantly get an error message ingame which says something along the line of Sockets Closed Error. I have no idea what's causing it, as my internet connection stays live, it doesn't disconnect me from Teamspeak, Jabber or anything else that I have open at the time. It happens very irregular, not every 5 minutes or so or anything like that but it will be fine one minute then just randomly give me this error. I know it's something to do with the internet connection, as when I've played the game on my Tesco connection it worked perfectly. It was a little laggy at times hence me going for a faster connection but I never received this error message, nevermind as often.
I've played this game for around 4 years now, it's an MMO so having a reliable, consistent connection is extremely important to me and at the minute the game is becoming unplayable due to the amount of disconnects I keep getting. If someone could help me find out the problem and resolve it with me, I'd be very appreciative.
It might be worth noting that I play the game on a MacBook Pro Mid-2009 model, and everything else I use never drops connection. This goes for other people in the household too.
on 28-12-2012 14:52
on 28-12-2012 15:07
I was just typing a request to you to perform traceroutes to the game server and when I refreshed my page I saw you had posted just that
Overall the average ping times don't indicate any issues, although It would be helpful to see a traceroute at or around the time you receive the error.
Have you checked with your Game Provider to ensure there is no known issue their side?
Another thing to try is to connect via ethernet (if you are currently using wireless) and to try with the hub in modem mode.
If you could also provide a comparative traceroute whilst modem mode is enabled, that would be great.
Just to explain, at the moment is there is no reported fault regarding the problem you are having. All of our tests, both network side and at the Hub, indicate no fault.
With this we need to try everything that could help us to identify the cause of this particular problem.
Once we receive the requested information we'll see if that helps pinpoint the problem.
on 28-12-2012 15:19
I've sent a message to some of the games 'GM's', asking if they know of any issue or anything that I could to help me pinpoint the issue.
I'll be sure to run a traceroute as soon I get another error message so that I can show you this too. Once I'm able to do this I'll then try the hub in modem mode connected via ethernet. I'll update this thread once I've got all of the information needed.
Thanks for the speedy response!
on 28-12-2012 15:38
Traceroute has started…
traceroute to 18.104.22.168 (22.214.171.124), 64 hops max, 72 byte packets
1 cpc11-basf8-2-0-gw.12-3.cable.virginmedia.com (126.96.36.199) 16.118 ms 47.144 ms 10.507 ms
2 nott-core-2a-ae7-3206.network.virginmedia.net (188.8.131.52) 15.426 ms 8.855 ms 11.222 ms
3 leed-bb-1c-ae4-0.network.virginmedia.net (184.108.40.206) 20.840 ms 18.212 ms 11.266 ms
4 manc-bb-1d-ae8-0.network.virginmedia.net (220.127.116.11) 16.900 ms 11.438 ms 16.582 ms
5 manc-bb-1a-ae11-0.network.virginmedia.net (18.104.22.168) 11.341 ms 13.170 ms 10.408 ms
6 glfd-bb-1b-ae1-0.network.virginmedia.net (22.214.171.124) 18.938 ms 16.754 ms 19.642 ms
7 glfd-tmr-1-ae5-0.network.virginmedia.net (126.96.36.199) 24.713 ms 19.728 ms 16.598 ms
8 tcl5-ic-1-as0-0.network.virginmedia.net (188.8.131.52) 21.059 ms 21.137 ms 17.289 ms
9 202-126-245-83.packetexchange.net (184.108.40.206) 21.123 ms 21.594 ms 23.109 ms
10 srv245-e.ccp.cc (220.127.116.11) 23.379 ms 22.713 ms 24.748 ms
11 srv248-e.ccp.cc (18.104.22.168) 19.873 ms 31.547 ms 27.998 ms
12 srv200-g.ccp.cc (22.214.171.124) 18.803 ms 20.441 ms 18.614 ms
Trace route after a disconnect.
on 30-12-2012 12:32
on 30-12-2012 20:09
This is the reply I received about half an hour ago from the games support team:
2012.12.30 19:42:00 GM Akilian
31-12-2012 17:21 - edited 31-12-2012 17:26
Reply to the GM's responce and ask him if there is another server IP you can use.
I think the spare IP's were removed, but it never huts to ask (and in the case of a GM, it never hurts to ask twice) ...
The IP still points to the same physical cluster, but in the past when VM problems existed then they have set up dedicated IP's for VM customers to use until VM got their end fixed.
Without knowing where the packet loss is happening then it is hard to know who to put the blame on. Eve uses a self-healing network that can change routing on the fly when links are causing issues.
For me I have had no issues recently when connecting.
The thing that stands out to me in your post is the statement
"I play the game on a ....... and everything else I use never drops connection"
Are any of those "everything else" componets connecting to Eve online?
Also, are you using eve's voice chat or is that turned off?... I only ask because I have never used it and I do not know if this part of the client can cause disconnections. As for the main client and game, It is done over a secure (encrypted) TCP connection so dont start port forwarding or setting up firewall rules as it should not be required.
on 31-12-2012 17:41
on 12-01-2013 16:57
Sorry for the late response. Here's the reply I recieved from the GM last:
Thank you for getting back to us.
Unfortunately we do not have a second IP address you can connect to. All I can offer you is a small troubleshooter to help you along the way. Your ISP should be able to help you with this issue.
Hopefully they will be able to reroute you.
EVE Online Customer Support Team
I'm still experiencing these problems extremely often. If there's something that could be done please tell me, it's starting to get really annoying now.