Sentinel: Starting to wonder if Uniden is rejecting my update attempts

RT48

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So I haven't been able to successfully update the database from Uniden in the last week or so. I have Breezeline as my ISP and they are not blocking ftp. I can successfully make ftp connections to both ftp.adobe.com and ftp.novell.com. The Uniden ftp server must be running because nobody else is complaining about not being able to make connections.

I looked at the traffic using Wireshark and I see my computer sending a TCP SYN packet as it tries to build a TCP connection to the Uniden server but there is no response.

Since nobody else is having this problem it makes me wonder if my traffic is being routed to the bit bucket by Uniden.

Here's a screenshot of a test I ran:

Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.19045.2728]
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C:\Users\ >nslookup ftp.homepatrol.com
Server: My router
Address: 192.168.50.1

Non-authoritative answer:
Name: ftp.homepatrol.com
Address: 69.15.51.158


C:\Users\ >nslookup ftp.homepatrol.com 8.8.8.8
Server: dns.google
Address: 8.8.8.8

Non-authoritative answer:
Name: ftp.homepatrol.com
Address: 69.15.51.158

C:\Users\ >ftp ftp.adobe.com
Connected to ftpgen.wip4.adobe.com.
220 Welcome to Adobe FTP services
200 Always in UTF8 mode.
User (ftpgen.wip4.adobe.com:(none)): anonymous
331 Please specify the password.
Password:
230 Login successful.
ftp> dir
200 PORT command successful. Consider using PASV.
150 Here comes the directory listing.
drwxrwxr-x 2 ftp ftp 1197 May 20 2005 Acrobat
drwxr-xr-x 2 ftp ftp 1197 Apr 06 2006 Broker
lrwxrwxrwx 1 ftp ftp 7 Aug 18 2015 Broker.link -> Acrobat
-rwxrwxr-x 1 ftp ftp 468 Nov 01 1999 Web_Users_Click_Here.html
drwxr-xr-x 2 ftp ftp 90 Nov 06 2006 alm_support
-rw-r--r-- 1 ftp ftp 24 Aug 21 2009 armdl-test.txt
lrwxrwxrwx 1 ftp ftp 7 Aug 18 2015 bin -> usr/bin
drwxr-x--x 2 ftp ftp 115 Apr 22 2001 dev
lrwxrwxrwx 1 ftp ftp 29 Nov 27 2017 docs -> /site/prod/download.adobe.com
-rw-r--r-- 1 ftp ftp 0 Feb 13 2020 filetest.txt
lrwxrwxrwx 1 ftp ftp 9 Aug 18 2015 ftp -> /site/ftp
drwxrwxr-x 2 ftp ftp 98 Jul 15 2019 jul15_2019
-rwxr-xr-x 1 ftp ftp 2809 Apr 26 2005 lbtest.txt
drwxr-x--x 2 ftp ftp 3404 May 19 2004 lib
-rwxrwxr-x 1 ftp ftp 2809 Jun 01 1998 license.txt
drwxrwxrwx 5 ftp ftp 140 Nov 12 2019 pub
d--------- 21 ftp ftp 624 May 10 2019 pub-archive
-rw-r--r-- 1 ftp ftp 14 Jul 11 2006 pushtest
-rwxrwxr-x 1 ftp ftp 431 Apr 02 2003 signon.txt
drwxr-x--x 5 ftp ftp 65 Apr 22 2001 usr
-rwxrwxr-x 1 ftp ftp 20 Nov 27 2017 vvishnu-test.html
-rw-rw-r-- 1 ftp ftp 19 Feb 13 2020 zoomtest.html
226 Directory send OK.
ftp: 1545 bytes received in 0.12Seconds 12.56Kbytes/sec.
ftp> quit
221 Goodbye.

C:\Users\ >ftp ftp.homepatrol.com
> ftp: connect :Connection timed out
ftp> quit

C:\Users\ >
 

fxdscon

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Is sentinel showing an error message when you try to update the database?

what exactly does the Sentinel error say?
 

belvdr

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Great troubleshooting! It is possible that your ISP's public subnets are being blocked along the route to Uniden. For example, if that ISP had a large amount of malware coming from their connections, those IPs may be blacklisted for a period of time. That happens more than most people realize.

My gut tells me Uniden is likely not doing the actual blocking, though.

Have you tried tethering to a phone to test?
 

RT48

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I'm a cheapskate and use Tracfone as my provider. I haven't checked in about a year but Tracfone didn't allow me to use my phone as a hotspot last time I tried.

I use Sentinel on a laptop so my next move is to visit my local library and see what happens there.

You could be right about the subnet blacklisting. My trace route stopped at a Level 3 router in Dallas. Not definitive but another data point.
 
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kh2

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Running into into Sentinal no downloading randomly myself, I found using my VPN solved the issue on my end. Don't ask why I haven't a clue. worth a shot.
 

AA4BK

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Like someone else said, you're assuming your connection is even making it Uniden. It's likely, as someone else mentioned, that you're never getting there. Uniden has no reason to reject you, and if they were they'd probably be rejecting everyone else too, and everyone would know about it already. So more than likely it's your ISP blocking you, or some other problem along the way.
 
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