Google redirected to 255.255.255.255

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September 23, 2009 at 12:18:30
Specs: Windows Vista
When I try to access Google, (and some other sites) I get the message "Firefox can't establish a connection to the server at 255.255.255.255." and the address in the title bar is "http://255.255.255.255" This problem just started today.

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#1
September 23, 2009 at 12:43:43
Same problem here. Happens w/ Firefox and IE. Two Thinkpads wirelessly connected to Linksys WRT54GL. Other sites besides Google seem fine. Clearing DNS cache didn't help.

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#2
September 23, 2009 at 13:44:38
Changing my DNS server from automatic to 4.2.2.6 w/ 4.2.2.4 as backup fixed my problem. I have RCN high speed internet.

Are you on RCN, Mongusa?

Here's how to change DNS servers for Win XP.

http://www.dslreports.com/faq/8164

Probably something similar for Vista. Good luck.


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#3
September 23, 2009 at 14:09:08
Yes I am on RCN high speed internet. DNS servers were set to automatic. I entered the numbers above and lost all internet connection. When restablished connection problem remained. Maybe I am misunderstanding the addresses written above?

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#4
September 23, 2009 at 15:24:22
OK, good to know that this is probably a problem at RCN--not at home, eg, malware.

Here's another link for changing DNS servers.

http://www.mediacollege.com/compute...

4.2.2.6 and 4.2.2.4 are common alternatives to ISP DNS servers.

Just type those numbers in for the preferred and alternate DNS servers.


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#5
September 24, 2009 at 09:30:13
When I entered the numbers above I lost all connection to the internet. When I restablished connection problem remained. However when I logged on this morning, the problem disappeared. I guess it was a problem with RCN. (grrr!.)
(I actually lose connection with RCN 3 or 4 times a day for no reason, connection resumes after about 15 minutes to 1/2 hour. Now this. I used to really like their service.)

Anyway, thanks for responding so promptly and for all your help. It is greatly appreciated.


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