When Outpost is unable to reach the server to save changes, you'll see the following message:
This usually indicates that the connection between your Outpost account and our servers has been interrupted. It can also indicate a slow-down or interruption in your internet service. It's rare but possible that our servers are experiencing issues or are down for scheduled maintenance. Here's how to tell which one is the cause.
If your Internet connection is down
Click the Try now button in the error message. If you see a message that says, "Unable to connect to the Internet" or something similar, then the problem may be that your Internet connection is down. To resolve this issue, follow your usual troubleshooting behavior—check your Wifi router, cable modem, etc., or contact your service provider for support.
If your Internet connection is slow or interrupted
You may also see this error message when you have a spotty or slow connection. Outpost is an interactive website that requires a strong, steady upload connection in order to save your changes frequently. Things that can cause your connection to be spotty or slow include the following:
- Using a wireless connection too far from the base. Increasing the distance between your computer and the wireless base can significantly reduce both your upload speed and quality. Moving closer to the base, or using a wired connection, will usually resolve this issue.
- Streaming content on the same internet connection. Streaming content such as music or movies, or experiencing other significant network traffic, can disrupt the operation of Outpost in some cases.
- Using a 3G or 4G hotspot connection. Cell phone connections are simply not consistent enough, and there can be a long delay in sending requests back and forth.
- Using Internet service with severely reduced upload speed and connectivity. Some internet providers optimize their service for fast download speeds but provide extremely slow or weak upload connections. The upload connection is what Outpost relies on. To find out your connection's current upload and download speeds, you can always try a speed test.
If our servers are not responding
If you clicked the Learn more link in the error message and this article loaded, then you must still be connected to the Internet. In that case, Outpost may be experiencing issues—or at least, had a momentary problem.
Please check our status page for any known trouble, or contact our Customer Advocate team at 800-605-7057. We are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time, other than on U.S. holidays.