I've been running traces for two weeks now, because I get a very regular disconnect at about 3:12 PM ET US on Sundays. I ran the traces at the behest of Cryptic support (who blamed a Return Time Out on my ISP, but I went back and said no, I don't think so--this isn't my first rodeo), and I've been running them each time there was a slowdown or disconnect. (Before I go any further, I'll say that my routing goes through CogentCo in Boston--and we know about some of the issues there.)
The IP address is 22.214.171.124. What's interesting is that the same address reports two different server names patchserver2.crypticstudios.com (the DNS resolution) and patchserverrebirth.crypticstudios.com (not the DNS resolution--there's no such DNS reference). That makes me think that what I'm seeing at 126.96.36.199 is a load balancer [or other virtual IP handler] that might be having an issue with sticky sessions.
I stay disconnected from the game even when I don't see RTOs in the tracert, so I'm pretty sure the problem is inside the Cryptic network--I recall seeing something on Facebook about "we're looking at issues with the Boston servers" but I've never seen any official statements here or in the patch notes.
Does anyone else with professional computer and network experience think my hypothesis is off-base?