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Old 04-27-06, 01:01 AM
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problem w/ dsl connection

So I just switched from Comcast cable to AT&T DSL and everything is fine except every 1-2 days the connection craps out and I have to reset the router for it to work - is this something common? some annoying practice of AT&T? or is there some config I have to mess with so I don't have to reset it all the time? I've used this router w/ the Comcast cable for a year and haven't had this problem.
Old 04-27-06, 03:18 AM
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It's usually the ISP's problem - it could be their link or their server. What happen if you just repair the connection from the Local Area Connection status windows?

When my ISP is being dumb, they will do this everyday, but it's not AT&T, just another crappy ISP that I have to suck on.
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I had AT&T DSL (when it was SBC) for a year and a half when I lived in Texas, and I experienced no such problems.
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I had a problem with a DSL router that caused a similar problem. It sure looked like the problem was on the ISP end but I wasn't sure. I replaced the router and no more problems.
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I had similar problem with DSL (yeah, SBC).. I noticed that when I went online multiplayer (Call of Duty to be exact) and it went down. I never had a problem with surfing web or download... I suspected that it might caused by overwhelmed connection.
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I had Qwest DSL, and the same thing kept happening. Several friends reported the same problem.

Cable is:
Faster
More reliable
Cost less because cable internet is not subject to taxes, and DSL is.
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Is the router connecting via PPPoE (not sure what AT&T uses)? If so make sure that there is not a idle-timout configured in the PPPoE settings of the router.
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Originally Posted by SeekingZen
Cable is:
Faster
More reliable
Cost less because cable internet is not subject to taxes, and DSL is.
Depends on where you live and who your DSL and cable providers are. Here. we have Qwest DSL and Mediacom cable. The Qwest DSL is as fast as cable, and with Mediacom you'd have to sell a kidney in order to be able to afford it.
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Originally Posted by SeekingZen
Cable is:
Faster
More reliable
Cost less because cable internet is not subject to taxes, and DSL is.
I agree with Mr. Salty: DSL is $25/month here and Cable is $45. I've had to recycle the modem and router about 3 times in the 5-6 months I've had Cable. Never had to do that with DSL.
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Originally Posted by SeekingZen
I had Qwest DSL, and the same thing kept happening. Several friends reported the same problem.

Cable is:
Faster
More reliable
Cost less because cable internet is not subject to taxes, and DSL is.
Maybe for you, but I had to drop Comcast internet because they couldn't explain to me why my bill was rising each month. My internet charges ran anywhere from 42.99 to 45.99 per month, not including the mystery fees/taxes they couldn't explain. Dropped it cold and my cable bill has been OK since.

I do have a problem with my dsl where I will have to unplug the router about once a month because it won't connect.
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Originally Posted by Chew
I agree with Mr. Salty: DSL is $25/month here and Cable is $45. I've had to recycle the modem and router about 3 times in the 5-6 months I've had Cable. Never had to do that with DSL.
Same here with Verizon.
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I think I might just have the wrong config - I still have my router on DHCP, though I did try setting it to PPPoE and putting in my SBC login/password, but that ended up in a dead connection. The DSL modem has 3 connection types below, I currently have it set at the first one:

PPP is on the modem. This is the normal mode for this modem when connected to a single computer. In this mode, the PPP session is initiated from the modem. Gateways and routers should work in this mode but their configuration may have to be changed to do so (e.g., you may need to have the gateway/router IP address changed to 192.168.1.1).


PPP is on the computer. This mode is normally used if you need to run a PPPoE client on your PC. This mode can be used with a gateway or router which initiates a PPPoE session. To return to the DSL modem user interface you will need to directly connect your PC to the modem without any gateway or router between the modem and the PC.

Bridged Mode (PPPoE is not used). This mode must be used if you are connecting to a non-PPPoE network. Selecting this mode will cause the modem to automatically restart.
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You should have the modem set to bridged mode and have the router configured with PPPoE and have your SBC login and password stored in the router. You were probably getting a dead connection before because you had the PPPoE active on the modem as well.
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I'm using qwest at the moment and just did search to see what might turn up for it.

My internet has been wacky for a week now. First it went down to dial up speed then just went out. So I waited a bit to see if it would clear up. It didn't so I gave qwest a call. Never got to speak with anyone but while I was waiting the internet came back. Yeah I thought so I hung up the phone. 5 mins later it goes out again. So I wait maybe 15 mins and call back. Right when I finish dialing it comes back on.

I doubt this was coincidence. oh well back downloading porn.
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you should have the phone line qualified...

there are types of 'noise' that slowly can reconfigure the real time connection on a DSLAM (the expensive hardware on the other end of your connection)...

call AT&T... they can query the DSLAM and check the connection properties...

they can send a guy to your house and clear up the line to the CO...


this assuming you aren't using a home alarm on the same line, or setting your DSL router where it is hammered by EMF from other devices... those things can change the nature of the DSL signal and the DSLAM will try to cope... and sometimes the connection goes south...

when the internet is out completely call them... they can reset the DSLAM card and check the line...

should fix it right up...

cable is not a good choice for internet connectivity... (my 2 cents)...

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