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Re: Fun new policy at AOL

  • From: Matthew Crocker
  • Date: Thu Aug 28 12:16:48 2003

On Thursday, August 28, 2003, at 11:31 AM, Petri Helenius wrote:

Matthew Crocker wrote:

SMTP & DNS should be run through the servers provided by the ISP for the exact purpose. There is no valid reason for a dialup customer to go direct to and there is no reason why a dialup user should be sending mail directly to AOL, or any mail server for that matter (besides their host ISP)

...and there is no reason for dialup customer to have direct access to any other port either,
they´ll just use the www-proxy and other ALG services from the ISP ?

This is a self-solving problem.

Technically no, There is no reason for a customer to have direct access to the net so long as the ISP can provide appropriate proxies for the services required.
It gets complex, it gets hard to manage but it can be done. There is a stigma against proxing because of the early days when stale content was all over the place. Does a dynamically assigned dialup/DSL user even need a valid routable IP? For games? Maybe games should be more NAT friendly.

We do remove the filters for customers that have a valid need and show that they have a clue out it all works.


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