Facebook Image Loading Issue

First posted on the 28th June, 2012 – IT
Last modified on the 28th June, 2012, at 9:58 pm

For the last few month I have been having issues with images not loading from Facebook. Turns out all Facebook images shared by users are stored on the akamai content distribution systems with the domain name fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net. Direct loading of the URL for an image in Safari also didn’t work.

Looking up the hostname in my ISP’s DNS returned an error:

> dig fbcdn-photos-a.akamaihd.net

;; Truncated, retrying in TCP mode.
;; Connection to 10.0.0.1#53(10.0.0.1) for fbcdn-photos-a.akamaihd.net failed: connection refused.

Situation was solved by adding google’s DNS server (8.8.8.8) to my network setting in my router.


> dig fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net

; <<>> DiG 9.7.3-P3 <<>> fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net
;; global options: +cmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 50036 ;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 11, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0 ;; QUESTION SECTION: ;fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net. IN A ;; ANSWER SECTION: fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net. 291 IN CNAME fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net.edgesuite.net. fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net.edgesuite.net. 351 IN CNAME a1856.dspw5.akamai.net. a1856.dspw5.akamai.net. 11 IN A 93.158.110.138 a1856.dspw5.akamai.net. 11 IN A 93.158.110.122 a1856.dspw5.akamai.net. 11 IN A 93.158.110.131 a1856.dspw5.akamai.net. 11 IN A 93.158.110.107 a1856.dspw5.akamai.net. 11 IN A 93.158.110.128 a1856.dspw5.akamai.net. 11 IN A 93.158.110.106 a1856.dspw5.akamai.net. 11 IN A 93.158.110.105 a1856.dspw5.akamai.net. 11 IN A 93.158.110.136 a1856.dspw5.akamai.net. 11 IN A 93.158.110.121 ;; Query time: 77 msec ;; SERVER: 8.8.8.8#53(8.8.8.8) ;; WHEN: Thu Jun 28 22:30:38 2012 ;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 276

Much better and sorted for all my devices in my LAN.