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Comment Re:TR-069 targeted (Score 2) 27

As someone who has worked with TR-069 from the carrier/vendor side, that doesn't surprise me at all. There are some provisions for security in the TR-069 protocol, but they're not taken as seriously or implemented as rigorously as they should be. I think this is inevitable when it's done over a public interface. A better solution is to give the router two WAN interfaces on two different VLANs, one public for Internet service and one private for SNMP, TR-069, et cetera.

Comment Re: Own It (Score 1) 1321

Maybe, but an incompetent buffoon vs. a competent corrupt politician is still an easy choice. On one hand we can watch Trump fail to build a wall on the Mexican border, or we can watch Clinton succeed in selling influence and political favor for the better part of a decade. For the record I voted for neither. Voting is too important not to vote for someone you actually want.

Comment Re:Ugh, time to start shopping for a new ISP (Score 2) 67

If you don't request a map, the specific diversity details might not actually get into the hands of the people engineering the circuit/service. It's very common for the order to be entered into some system and the actual service order document to only be looked at by people who don't even really understand the language around diversity requirements.

However, if you request a map and (if needed) raise a stink, someone on the sales/order management side has to get in touch with someone in Engineering. When I was in network engineering I would always go to great lengths to wring actual signed service orders out of order management. Usually I'd be told that I didn't need it a few times before I got it. Pretty often I'd find something that wasn't put into the order database, like a diversity requirement or some technical requirement like supporting 9000+ byte frames or transparent to double-tagged traffic. Sometimes I'd find out that the OC192 was actually 10GigE or vice versa.
Ask for maps, trigger that Engineering involvement.

Comment Re:Ugh, time to start shopping for a new ISP (Score 4, Informative) 67

As someone who has priced and engineered these services from the carrier side, what you have to do is request maps. If it's a layer 3 service you also need to make sure the two terminating routers are fed diversely. It's pretty common to be able to get a Google Earth KMZ file of the physical path, but expect to pay much more because last mile diversity usually requires construction.

Comment Re:Ugh, time to start shopping for a new ISP (Score 4, Informative) 67

Honestly, you probably don't have the redundancy you think you do. I see this crap all the time from the other side. Some hospital or bank orders two connections from Telco A and Telco B, and Telco B turns around and buys the local access from Telco A. Even if the local loops are different facilities, it's almost certain the same long haul fiber is being used. You'd get better reliability if you ordered diverse service from Telco A, then they would know and be able to control both paths.

Comment Re:You could start by... (Score 1) 351

Why do they need an IP address for IoT? A better solution is to have a controller device that is hopefully not chinese garbage which communicates to the cheaper devices using Zigbee or another lower layer network protocol. That reduces the cost of end devices and the implications of their cheap security.

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