Looking/Waiting for a domain indefinitely


Looking/Waiting for a domain indefinitely

There is a strange behaviour in my laptop, sometimes when I want to open a site, say stackoverflow.com, my browser stays “looking for” or “waiting for” that domain. Apparently doesn’t find it right away.

What I usually do is ping that domain and after a moment the browser responds (sometimes its necessary reload the page).

I’m running Firefox 3.0.6 on CentOS 5.3, I have an ethernet connection to a WRT54G v5 router that is connected with the radio modem (Wifi).

I don’t know if this is a very generic question, but I want to know if it happened to someone else out there.

1 Answer

What you are describing can simply be temporarily internet connectivity issues, such as interference when using wifi. When packets are lost you can easily be “stranded” for a couple of seconds waiting for a reply, and when you then ping the host, it tries to fetch the DNS information again, which is then cached.

Simply put: temporarily connectivity issues, resorting in delays and/or lost packets.Solution: encrypting your wifi would decrease interference, also check if anything else is using your bandwidth.

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