thousands of discovers from a single MAC
frnkblk at iname.com
Wed Jun 8 11:58:57 UTC 2011
We regularly see this problem with Belkins on our CMTS and FTTH - I've been
running a "top 10" against our DHCP log for about 2 years now. Everytime we
see another high user (80% plus Belkin) we get them to upgrade the firmware
or we swap it out for no charge with one of our own.
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Subject: thousands of discovers from a single MAC
I have a pretty strange scenario occurring that I don't expect to get any
responses on, but it's worth a try and I can hope, right?
We're an ISP and our DHCP serves 1 IP per agent.circuit-id and we have a
pretty weird issue occurring. We're at the end of months of troubleshooting
and I was just wondering if anyone else had perhaps run into this situation
or something similar, and had any tips or clues.
What I'm seeing happening is that sometimes our L3 RG out at the customer
prem will lose connectivity. At first we were thinking it was a BRAS core
router problem because we've seen similar issues at the core (which also
performs DHCP-relay) in the past. This time though, our packet sniffs lead
us further down the stream toward the client - we can validate that DISCOVER
is hitting the server, OFFER with matching transaction ID is making it past
our BRAS out into the core and is being seen by the access shelf. What we
don't know is whether the access shelf is dropping (or modifying) the OFFER,
or if the RG is failing to process the OFFER and move to the REQUEST. Since
DORA never completes, we see thousands of D-O exchanges each day for a
particular broken customer.
Unfortunately, the access shelf is Ethernet on one side, ATM on the other,
providing ADSL service to our customer, so we can't sniff between the shelf
and the RG in order to determine who's causing the problem. Additionally,
when we convert the RG which is doing both bridging and routing/NAT into two
separate boxes, so that we can have an ethernet sniff point between them, it
doesn't seem to break anymore.
Finally, a modem reboot will fix the problem - DORA will complete when the
RG comes back up just fine. We also encouraged the RG vendor to develop and
implement a firmware feature whereby if the modem sees a down/up on it's ATM
interface (ADSL retrain), it would re-DHCP, much like an ethernet interface
would. A down/up from the access shelf side does indeed also fix the
We've had tickets open for every vendor from the edge to the core and
haven't been able to isolate further than what I've explained here. A ticket
remains open for the RG vendor, but it doesn't appear very promising now
that I've also seen the problem occur on a Belkin router too.
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