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Cloudflare maintenance in Atlanta datacenter

This post is a few minutes from the start of this event, in between 2023-08-17 05:00 and 2023-08-18 22:00 UTC, see .  If you use Cloudflare and watch the scheduled maintenance activity start or kicked in, you'd notice that resources got a blip, just for a second. They went out and a refreshed would make those affected resources return and its noticeable for websites.  In our end, everything seemed to be working fine, with a little, lag, if your eyes are set on to your traffic right now.  Here, we can see it's okay overall. Right?

Resources on Google i.e. Search and Sites, unavailable due to "unusual traffic"

 The notification or error message is exactly as the following:

Our systems have detected unusual traffic from your computer network. Please try your request again later. Why did this happen?

You've searched using different search engines and found some including those from

And some more from other sites with causes almost the same.

If you've tried all of those and still unable to reach the resource you need, there are a few things left you can check.

That resource is hosted on Google. How each of those different resource there respond, their sensitivity to network activity, however, are not the same. Youtube seemed impervious, most tolerable, though.

This kind of error you are getting is happening only to you and probably within your network. It may include your connection through LAN, if you have more than one computers or devices connected to your modem/switch/WiFi/router, usual for broadband, depending on your internet setup, home or office. It may also be due to how your internet service provider or telco is assigning and distributing IP addresses, especially, when you have not been given a static IP address. In many cases, a static IP address is not provided unless you ask for it. There might also be an additional fee as is the usual for broadband connections, not leased lines.

With IP assignment and distribution, your telco uses auto-configuration which shuffles or rotates the addresses to whoever is connected to the network, usually within a vicinity or in technical term, it is called network block or subnetwork(s) of IP, which groups a certain number of computers.

Your computer's IP address is not always the same, when the lease time is over or as soon as you are disconnected, that same IP address you used will be released for another computer to use. 

You can tell if your computer's IP address changes including the time interval they occur. You can even see how many different IP addresses are being assigned to that single computer (if this happens in a LAN) or router (usual for telco network device called customer premises equipment or CPE). It doesn't matter if your broadband connection is a cable, fiber or wireless. Internet protocols consider these as links, as mediums, and no preferences whatsoever, can be afforded to any. And that preferential treatment, if any, is done by either the resource owner, content provider or your telco. 

An unusual access to a Google resource, may mean that your computer is causing it without you knowing or that your broadband network, and the computers connected to it, have somebody doing it intentionally or their setup and policies are just that messy.

If you are alone and you're certain that your computer is hardened, you don't access and download files from illegal sites, then it's definitely your broadband network's.

If you are an enterprise and your connection is leased line, the only one who can eliminate such unusual traffic is you, alone. The sooner you start investigating, the more information and ideas you learn or discover, and the faster you'll resolve the problem. After that and you are certain your network is really fine, contact your telco first and if they don't know why, the last thing you can do is communicate with Google or just wait until you can access the resource again.


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