Throwback Thursday: Well, no, not exactly


Pilot fish is configuring a new router to replace a loaner from the telco. It’s for running a secure tunnel to allow a branch office to connect to HQ’s VoIP.

“When we finished the setup on our side, we needed the remote router to be powered down and then back on,” says fish. “I phoned a user at the other end and asked her to restart the router.

“I described it to her and she seemed to know what to do. We exchanged cell numbers in case there were issues.”

And that turns out to be a good thing. A few minutes later, when fish tests the connection, he gets nothing. No ping to the other side. No activity at all. Dead in the water.

Everything seems OK on fish’s side, so he calls the user at the branch office again.

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