Not sure if this is really the right place to post this, but here
goes...

BM 3.6EE, SP2A
NW5 SP6
Compaq 1600 1GB RAM
Onboard NIC = Private, 100Mbps 1/2 duplex
3Com 3C905B-TX = Public, 10MBps 1/2 duplex
Westell Wirespeed DSL connected to Verizon static ADSL 768K/128K

IPX & IP on the LAN
BM transparent proxy & client-site VPN services configured
NAT configured on the public interface (dynamic mode passthrough is
set
on in AUTOEXEC)

Before BM loads up, ping times from outside in to the gateway address(located at Verizon's CO) are consistent (~32ms). Pings to the publicaddress are also consistent (~40ms). Once BM loads (verified with
BMOFF
/ BMON), ping times to the public NIC go off the scale (1000+ms) and
finally stop responding completely. Sometimes, the condition does notappear for a day or so. Other times it is consistent. The problem
persists through cold boot cycles, as well. With BM off, NAT works
fine.
If all the outside clients are shut down, the problem is still seen
(i.e., it's not excessive traffic generated by one of the clients
trying
to reconnect to the server). The only thing I can think is that
fastcache is trying to access something offsite and bogging down the
128K uplink.

The server only has about 50KB of cached data, per NWAdmin stats.
I've
cleaned the HOSTS file to only include LAN hosts. RESOLVE.CFG includes

the local server address (running DNS), and two root server addresses(4.2.2.2 and 4.2.2.1) (not my choice, but Verizon recommends
them...).

I have a CONFIG.TXT and a TECHWALK.OUT from this box. The problem is
driving me nuts! Any suggestions are greatly appreciated, before my
client goes off the wall.

TIA
--
Lewis
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Lewis G Rosenthal, CNA
Rosenthal & Rosenthal
Accountants / Network Consultants
New York / Northern Virginia www.2rosenthals.com
Team OS/2 / NetWare Users International www.whytheylie.com
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This OS/2 system (Apollo) uptime is 0 days 01:52 hours and 39
seconds