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[Discuss] Cable Modem Woes / Looking to Compare Notes

I have had Comcast/ATTBI/MediaOne essentially since the service becams 
available in Newton. Almost since Comcast took over from ATTBI, my 
service has been very reliable. Except for the few times a car and truck 
took down the lines, I've not had a complaint. I think there was a 
Comcast outage for a short while last year. I generally log into my home 
system from work. I think one difference is that Continental CableVision 
built a pretty good system, but some of the other cable systems that 
Comcast acquired are flawed.

On 04/25/2013 08:33 AM, Rick Umali wrote:
> Hello all,
> I'm looking to compare notes with people who use Comcast Internet.
> For the past month or so, my wife, who works from home, has complained for
> fairly regular outages with our Internet. We live in Arlington, and the
> outages happen typically between noon and 4 PM. The outages are of a long
> duration (sometimes seconds, sometimes a few minutes). She's begun to
> become very familiar with the light patterns on the cable modem, and she's
> not technical at all.
> When our TV began to exhibit tiling, we called Comcast, and the technician
> determined our signal wasn't strong enough. He put in new coax "from the
> pole" to the side of our house.
> A week or so after that, we contacted Comcast about our cable modem issues,
> and another technician came out, and said the signal to our cable modem was
> weak, and he took the coax from the side of the house and directly
> connected it to the cable modem.
> However, the outages continue to happen. Now Comcast has suggested we
> replace the cable modem. We're hopeful this makes our Internet stay alive.
> Has anyone had any similar experiences? My big fear is that replacing the
> cable modem won't fix anything. The other cloud hanging over me: the first
> technician said that the coax in our house walls are of an older
> generation. He recommended that we replace it, but it's something an
> electrician would have to do.
> Thank you all for any thoughts on this matter!

Jerry Feldman <gaf at>
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