I'm turning to the resident experts on RZ for help because I've been having internet problems for about the last 6 weeks intermitently.
I have Charter Communication's 3 mg HS cable modem. I've had it for almost 4 years without a bit of problem. Late May I started intermitently losing my internet connection. I've placed more trouble calls, and had their tech guys out here trying to figure this thing out, until they are probably sick of me.
Below is the cable modem they have provided me. It's an Ambit, which they just replaced.
Whenever the "ready" light on the far right flashes, then that means I've lost my signal. It has to be solid. I follow the steps to reboot it, and sometimes it comes back on, and sometimes it doesn't. And sometimes, when the light is solid, I still cannot get internet. And when I go into my Internet Connection -Status -and try to do a Repair - sometimes it can't renew my IP Address.
Now over the last 4-5 weeks, here are some of the issues they have investigated that could be causing me trouble, and some of the solutions I/we have taken....
bad modem - they replaced it. It checks out fine as far as signal (up stream and down stream)
ethernet cable bad - we've replaced them all
signal fluctuation - when I call their tech support they are able to check the modem, as long as it's online at the time, and look at signal strength. A lot of times the upstream and downstream are solid. And sometimes it drops out of range (fluctuates). That's when they send a tech out. But when he gets out here and checks stuff, the signal is fine on this end. They have been out numerous times and checked the lines from the pole into the house, as well as some of the splitters. They've used a meter to check the signal strength all along the way, and I've got a strong signal coming into the back of the modem. What fluctuation is there, which is normal, is still well within range and shouldn't be preventing me from geting internet. And the splitters check out OK too.
hardware issue (ethernet card) - I have an Intel Pro 100 VE onboard ethernet card in the computer. The driver is up to date. It says it is working properly. But I have even tried putting a PCI network card in, disable the onboard, and I still have the problem.
3rd party software interfering - I strongly doubt this because I'm an old fart who doesn't have much software on my computer to begin with, and I don't do any gaming. But to be safe I formatted the computer and re-loaded just the basics. Other then the XP OS - I have Microsoft Office 2003 and HP Imaging (I have an HP All-In-One printer/scanner).
They thought that it might be my virus protection (Nortons); but it still did it when I disabled it. After this last format though, I decided not to install Nortons, and instead install Charter's Virus program (F-Security Suite).
Windows Firewall is turned off. I disabled the Virus programs Firewall to see if that helped. It didn't.
I've scanned for spyware. Nothing.
I also have a Linksys WRT54G Wireless G 2.4 Ghz broadband router. But the problem can't be there because whenever I completely take the router off and re-connect directly to the modem and re-establish internet, the problem intermtently still is there.
Yesterday (Saturday) they came back out in the morning because I lost internet Friday night. But sometime over the night the internet came back, and when he got here it was working fine. He did some signal strength checks and it was excellent.
Then, about an hour after he left, it went out again for the rest of the day. I was able to get ahold of them and he came back out. He went back out and checked the signal from the pole into the house and it was fine. But no matter how much he tried to get the modem to reboot ("ready" light solid) it wouldn't do it. Even when he brough another cable modem in it wouldn't do it. He was perplexed because even without hooking it up to the computer via the ethernet cable, and just plugging in the power cord and coaxial cable, he couldn't get the "ready" light to go solid and it should.
So the head technician is coming out AGAIN on Monday morning to check it out.
I got up this morning and guess what?.... the internet is working fine. But I don't know how long it will last. I could lose it at any time again.
So if any of you experts have any ideas and/or suggestions I would appreciate it.
And if I don't get back with you right away it's because I lost internet again.