Been offline a couple days......

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Seawolf1090, Nov 24, 2010.

  1. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    Tuesday morning, my DSL modem failed - the fourth light - "INTERNET" - would not come on, and I had no online ability. Had too short a time at lunch Tuesday to get resolution, but got off work early today (for Turkey Day weekend) and called CenturyLink again. I was PO'd, and demanding a new DSL box. But, I went ahead and let "Lakeisha" talk me thru another round of checks.

    AHA! Back online! Seems my "Provisioning" was somehow messed up and they 'rebuilt it' - I wonder if she meant a 'profile'....... But the wee blackbox with the flashy lights seems happy now....... [dunno]

    And she sounded American too (black, actually)..... so maybe I wasn't bounced all the way to Mumbai......
  2. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    My DSL and router want reset every now and then, their poor little brains are easily confused. They have a procedure to go thru for diagnosis, but it always comes back as "confused." Basically, the fix is to pull the plugs on the power supplies, wait a while (a minute or two) and plug them back in. After a bit, sometimes several minutes, they recover consciousness. I've saved several phone calls that way.
  3. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Same with my broadband connection. At least twice a month the service goes out for about 4 to 6 hours while they update the local's annoying. Most times in between, the service will go out for a few minutes and come back after a bit. Even unplugging my equipment and resetting won't help, but occasionally I get surprised when its just my own router on the fritz.

    When I had Time Warner cable in Florida, I had 100% uptime for 2 years straight, even during bad storms. Of course, some years we had hurricanes, but that's understandable.
  4. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    I'm struggling with my little hometown cable internet these days. I have the Gold package and get 5mbs down and 1mb up. Far cry from my 30 mb down and 15 up a few months ago when I lived within 7 miles of a Google server farm.

    I haven't had any problems yet but they needed to come in and do all sorts of modem and router programming to get it to work the first time.
  5. Disciple

    Disciple Monkey+

    I guess I'm the lucky one here..........I live right across from our small towns library and my wifi in my Laptop picks up the signal quite fine, so I have a free t-1 connection.......but I'm not bragging or anything.
  6. Minuteman

    Minuteman Chaplain Moderator Founding Member

    The only internet service I have ever had, other than dial up, is satellite. Like cell phones it is fickle and drops the signal sometimes. But I have used it in the boonies of Okla, the Bayous of Louisiana, the scubs of the Rio Grande Valley, to the middle of the Sahara and Arabian Deserts. So guess I shouldn't complain too much.
  7. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    My DSL has been pretty good, except for about one week a month ago. Every morning I had to unplug the power and plug it back it to allow it to "reset". Thought maybe it was because I just hooked up my Blu-Ray player to my internal network and it was causing some sort of usage problems.
    But it all resolved itself, I no longer have to do resets. Infact, I think until that little episode I hadn't had a power cycle on my DSL modem in almost a year.
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