I have an Arris Surfboard SBV3202 that has a battery to keep the landline going when the power is out. I recently noticed that the battery light was off on the modem and checked the management console webpage where I noticed that a) the console looked very different, and b) the Power Supply Telemetry said No Status Reported and that there was no test in progress. It does still show the battery serial number and product ID.
I suspect that Comcast loaded new firmware that disabled the battery check and status. This is bad because a healthy battery is important for making calls when the power is out. I don't know if this change was accidental or intentional, or even if it means the battery is still being charged at all.
I have tried different batteries and called Arris and Comcast and have not had any luck. Any thoughts about what I should do?
Thanks for the advice. It's probably no surprise that Comcast says it's Arris's problem and Arris says it's Comcast's. And here I am with a modem that isn't working properly. The Arris person did tell me that other people have complained about this, and if that's true then maybe it'll get fixed eventually.
I agree with all that you say, and pretty much said that to the Arris support person. He said that it's up to Comcast to push out firmware that works and there's nothing Arris can do about it. I know for sure that I will buy another brand next time. For now I'm just stuck between two large corporations that messed up my modem and won't help to fix it.
I'm afraid I cannot add any useful advice other than to share that I have exactly the same situation with my newly purchased Arris modem SBV3202 and battery. I have no battery light, "No Status Reported" in their Power Supply report, and no useful help from Arris after three chats with their technical support other than hearing them blame it on a Comcast firmware update. When I unplug the modem power cord the modem does remain powered and my connected phone works but the lack of a functioning battery indicator and condition report isn't acceptable right out of the box. I may have to return this unit unless Arris takes some responisbility real soon.
Here is an update email from Arris on 1/15/20 regarding this issue:
We have provided your report to our product development teams in order to work with your service provider on a potential fix for the battery status info in the GUI of the SBV3202. The nature of the issue requires adjustments in the firmware being used. All firmware updates must go through an approval process with Internet Services providers and then pushed out to devices from them once approved. This process can take time to be completed and we do not have any ETA for that type of update.
We do apologize for that inconvenience and want to thank you again for bringing this issue to our attention.
ARRIS Technical Support Center
Thank you for following up on this. I want to make it clear that the issue is not just that the battery status light is not lit. The modem status web page also reports that no telemetry was reported for the battery, which sounds like the battery health is not being checked. That would be more than a GUI problem.
I hope that your approval process is more effecive this time.
Here we are in July of 2020 and I just found this page that exactly describes my situation. I purchased my modem and bought the battery shortly after that. I wondered after plenty of time to charge up why I wasn't getting the light and proper readings in the GUI. I unplugged the modem and the batter took over with no problem.
I asked Xfinity to reload the firmware, which they claim they did with no change. I contaced Arris and eventually convinced them that I really had a probelm. They sent me a new battery and I just put it in and see the same results as before except for a different S/N for the battery in the GUI.
As a retired tech (not Xfinity or Arris), I suspect either the hardware of firmware in the modem is the problem. After looking at the above comments, I lean towards a firmware anomaly.
I will give the battery a day to charge and if things stay the same, I will contact Arris and ask them if they want their batter back that they sent me. Then, I will see what goes from there and use these postings as a history of the same problem to see if there are any answers yet.
I hope that this post helped to identify your problem. As far as I can tell, the battery provides the basic functionality that it's supposed to now (charges up and keep the phone working when the power is off). But when it's working properly it is supposed to indicate whether or not the battery is connected and working properly (i.e., not worn out). It seems very weird that they would disable that feature.
I have put my modem on a UPS now so that my internet keeps going when the power goes out as well as the phone, so the built-in battery is not as important as it used to be.