- From: timcole <timcole.33yoi6@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 13:47:37 -0500
Nearly a year ago I installed a wireless network in my home; then, last
April, I had Comcast come in and install their VOIP along with my
Internet and Cable TV. After many problems, I still have one unresolved
I have a cheapo LinkSys WRT54GS router which performs adequately the
house. I have a desktop running XP which is wired directly to the
router (which in turn is cabled directly into the Comcast modem). I
have a new laptop (Gateway) running Vista which has its own internal
wi-fi card. Most of the time, everything works perfectly; while my wife
sleeps in the bedroom with the desktop, router, and Comcast modem, I can
work late into the night downstairs on the laptop -- well, almost late
into the night.
And here is the mystery: Many nights, often around 2 am, I lose both
network and Internet connectivity. Not every night and never during the
day or earlier than 10 pm. Going through the repair or reconnect
routine never works; rebooting never works; using the "Trouble Shooter"
never works. I simply give up and go to bed. When I get up in the
morning (6 or 7 am) everything is back to normal. When this happens, I
check my cable tv and my phone line, but they are always working fine.
If Comcast had lost its cable or interupted the signal for some cable
work, I should lose all three services, shouldn't I? And if the
Internet goes down for whatever reason, shouldn't the home network
continue working? Why both? And why is it back to normal the next
I don't think I can blame Comcast for this one. I think it's the
LinkSys router, but I can't afford to go out and buy another one just
now, and I don't understand why it should be happening consistently
between midnight and 6 am. And it doesn't happen every night -- there
is no pattern to the days of occurrence; it could be five days in a
row, it could skip a day or two, it could be on Monday morning or
Saturday morning or thursday morning.
I'm baffled!! I know of no setup in the Linksys configuration that
would cause this.
But one change has occurred: until about three days ago, my taskbar
icons would suddenly flash and tell me that network and Internet
connectivity had been interupted, now they don't. I simply lose
connectivity, but my network, Internet, and wi-fi monitors now claim
that my signal is strong and that I'm connected, even though I'm not.
So now I'm wondering if some geeky tech at Comcast is tweaking the
system at a time when he thinks nobody will notice, or is some LinkSys
witchery at play?
I sincerely hope somebody has read this all the way through and has
some ideas or even an answer, because I'm not going to get any sleep
until I understand what's going on.
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