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Intermittent Dropped Connection - Comcast not helping

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Intermittent Dropped Connection - Comcast not helping

Hi. I've seen numerous posts and solutions on this. I believe it's the upstream power level on my modem. Only problem is Comcast REFUSES to even look into it. After several weeks I'm still being given basic solutions that are not working. I've reported Comcast to the BBB over them not taking this seriously. We work out of the house now and lose time at work due to outages that cannot be recovered. Comcast or satellite is our only choice in the neighnorhood. We had RCN at my previous address and it ran flawlessly (except when Comcast came to my neighbors and disconnected our RCN and hooked their service up. The refused to fix that at first although they tried to convince me to switch since it was already hooked up).

 

About 3 weeks ago our connection started dropping intermittently. Anywhere from a few minutes to a couple hours. I tried all the suggestions from support. Sometimes they worked although the service would cut out again. Many times it did not work. I looked at the Modem setup (Arris SB6190). All my equipment is two years old and well within spec. I know the issue is not with wifi as the modem lights blink as they would when service is interuppted. I proceeded to call Comcast for help.

 

The reps are nice. They went through all the basic thinigs I tried. Restarting and resetting the modem. Same result. Sometimes it worked but would usually go out again within the next hour. One tech said there was a problem with the line outside the house. Great I thought. They sent a tech, who was nice, but he didn't even have these notes. When I mentioned that he just shrugged. He wasn't going up any pole I guess. He checked the connections at the house, which he said were older but looked okay. He replaced them anyway and left. Service went out 30 minutes later. Talking to techs now they say there is no record of any issues woth the line. So now they ignore that as a possible problem.

 

I called another time and they said this was due to work in the area and would be reslved that day. Great I thought. The dropped connections didn't stop happening. 

 

I called again and this time they said that maybe it was the modem. I doubt this, but we should try everything. So, they're sending me a new modem. I'll try it but I have no intention of being ripped off with any equipment rentals. My modem and router are both approved by comcast and well within spec. I'm trying the modem and sending it back asap so I'm not charged. Because Comcast will make you do this, but not for free. 

 

The modem arrives next week. They told me to go INTO a store to get it sooner, but I refused becasue of the Covid. That's on me. In the meantime the connection still drops. I called Comcast again to explore other options. The issue with the line outside never went anywhere. I started going into the modem setup to look at logs and everything else. It appears the downstream channels are within their recommended range (Avg -2.00dBmV Bonded). The upstream channels seem too high (55.00 dBmV Usually unbonded). I asked about this too and they didn't know what I was talking about. The tech did know know what these setting were nor did they know what bonded and unboded channels were. Unbelieveable. 

 

Once they saw that I had a modem coming they started to make excuses as to why they could not pursue this further.  I was being transferred to Level 2 support finally and the tech stopped it. They said I needed to wait for the modem. I pushed back. They said they could not  connect me to level 2 support becasue there was no support ticket for this. What!?! Create one I said. They said they had done everything they possibly could and I had to wait. That's when I started losing my patience. I asked about the channel levels. They told me they didn't know what that was so I explained. They told me I had a great conenction, refferring to my download speed. I replied that download speed is not a measure of the quality of the connection. They said they would loon into this and get back to me. They never did which was what I expected. 

 

Comcast has been a failure on this. Also, there seems to be zero communication between reps and their notes they should be taking. I have to explain from scratch every tome. These alleged notes never seme to make it to techs in the field. I'm explaining thing to them from scratch as well. It's the height of unproductivity. We're still trying to work with the connection cutting out. I download and transfer large files. They get interuppted often.

 

To summarize. Our equipment is:

Modem: Arris SB6190

Router: Netgear Nighthawk AC1900

House was recently renovated and new cable line run from basement to IT closet  on second floor about 30 feet away. No splits. Line comes from outside into a 3 way and cable out from that upstairs. Service worked fine for almost 10 months before these issues. Upstream was never bonded (was with RCN). I figured out now that I can disconnect the cable, wait for the modem signal to stop blinking, power the modem off, reconnect cable and power on. It usually conects. Comcast techs ignored this too.

 

 Not seeing where I can attach images. I have screenshots and the log. I'm hoping this helps to get this escalated. Comcast has refused to look into this beyond the most basic fixes. I have been peristent and yesterday was the last straw. If I had another cable internet option I would cancel Comcast immediately.  I already filed a compaint to the BBB. Thank you.

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: Intermittent Dropped Connection - Comcast not helping

Yep. 55dB on the upstream power is too high / out of spec.

 

See if anything here applies. If not, you'll need atech out to investigate / correct it.

 

In a self troubleshooting effort to try to obtain better connectivity / more wiggle room, check to see if there are there any excess/unneeded coax cable splitters in the line leading to the modem that can be eliminated/re-configured. Any splitters that remain should be high quality and cable rated for 5-1002 MHz, bi-directional, and no gold colored garbage types like GE, RadioShack, RCA, Philips, Leviton, Magnavox, and Rocketfish from big box stores like Home Depot, Lowes, Target, Wal-Mart etc. Splitters should be swapped with known to be good / new ones to test

If there aren't any unneeded splitters that can be eliminated and if your coax wiring setup can't be reconfigured so that there is a single two way splitter connected directly off of the drop from the street/pole with one port feeding the modem and the other port feeding the rest of the house/equipment with additional splits as needed, and you've checked all the wiring and fittings for integrity and tightness and refresh them by taking them apart then check for and clean off any corrosion / oxidation on the center wire and put them back together again, then perhaps it's best to book a tech visit to investigate and correct.

 

Bear in mind that if the premises facing techs can not find or fix a problem at your home, it is they who are responsible for escalating it to their line / network / maintenance dept. techs. The problem may lie beyond your home in the local neighborhood infrastructure somewhere but it is their S.O.P. to start at the home.
Good luck !

 

 

 



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Re: Intermittent Dropped Connection - Comcast not helping

Hi. Thanks for the reply. I'm pretty sure I have the setup you are suggesting. The cable comes into the house from the pole and connects to a splitter. This one happens to be 3 way for some reason (2 -7db connections and 1 -3.5db. MOdem connected to -7db). Cable connects to that and the out connects to the modem direct with no splitters. To reiterate, the service has been fine with this setup for 10 months. 

 

Connections in the house seem fine. All the wiring is brand new and installed by a licensed electrician. The tech that came out replaced the connections at the house, but did not do anything at the pole. I havent checked his work, but I assume it's correct. He was nice, but assumed it fixed after that although he didn't see a problem to begin with so there was nothing to escalte ad far as he was concerned.

 

I guess my biggest issue is that Comcast won't look into this avenue until I swap out the modem. I'm still surpised (but not) that there's no reply from Comcast on this. 

 

Thanks again.

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The cable modem should be connected to the -3.5 dB port on the splitter. It will help some, but maybe not enough.. YMMV.



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Re: Intermittent Dropped Connection - Comcast not helping

That's helpful. I switched it and I'm getting bonded upstream at 51dBmV. We'll see how it goes. Thanks again!

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That's still high. Not much wiggle room. Bottom line. Live with it a while and see if the problem returns. Good luck with it !



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