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Your ISP's DHCP is not functioning properly - ASUS router

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Your ISP's DHCP is not functioning properly - ASUS router

Hi,  I am having the exact same issue as this thread https://forums.xfinity.com/t5/Your-Home-Network/Your-ISP-DHCP-not-working/td-p/3239115  after a comcast outage in my area.  I have followed the xfinity troubleshooter and done multiple cycles of both soft and hard reboots of my cable modem (netgear CM500) but continue to see this message in my router.   The Xfinity troubleshooter eventually recommends i schedule an appointment, but before i take that step in these COVID-19 times, I was wondering if anyone on this forum can help.  

 

In the thread above, @ComcastChe  was able to solve it by sending a provisioning signal to the modem. 

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@rraman wrote:

Hi,  I am having the exact same issue as this thread https://forums.xfinity.com/t5/Your-Home-Network/Your-ISP-DHCP-not-working/td-p/3239115  after a comcast outage in my area.  I have followed the xfinity troubleshooter and done multiple cycles of both soft and hard reboots of my cable modem (netgear CM500) but continue to see this message in my router.   The Xfinity troubleshooter eventually recommends i schedule an appointment, but before i take that step in these COVID-19 times, I was wondering if anyone on this forum can help.  

 

In the thread above, @ComcastChe  was able to solve it by sending a provisioning signal to the modem. 


Hi @rraman, Thank you for reaching out. I can assist you as well. Just send a private message and we can go from there.  Chat with you soon!


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@ComcastChe, thanks for the speedy help resolving it. Things are looking good now.
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You're welcome! It was great chatting with you. I'll be here if you need anything. 


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Was the solution the same as in the linked thread in the OP ? 

 

.@rraman  .@ComcastChe  



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@EG, Yep! In both cases, after provisioning the modem, the issue was resolved. I'm going to follow up with @rraman in a couple of days just to make sure everything is good. 


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Can you share the solution with the rest of us?

 

My router hasn't worked since Comcast's two day outage on 4/28 and 4/29.  I can connect through my modem, but not if my router is connected.

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@RegularGuy99  Comcast sent a provisioning signal to my cable modem.  I assume that resets the DHCP lease/dynamic IP address.  It could be that during your system maintenance you got a short term DHCP lease that isn't renewing or working correctly - but this is just me speculating. 

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@ComcastChe wrote:

@EG, Yep! In both cases, after provisioning the modem, the issue was resolved. I'm going to follow up with @rraman in a couple of days just to make sure everything is good. 


Thank you for replying .@ComcastChe ! 😊



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Comcast claimed they could not provision my Cisco DPC 3008 for 'bridging' to let it work with a router.  They directed me to Cisco who pointed out that they have no access to Comcast's DHCP server where the modem provisioning comes from.

I can't seem to get past the Comcast techs who make me power cycle equipment and check cables over and over again.

 

I neglected to mention that my modem/router configuration was working for almost a year - up until Monday evening.  Any change that occurred had to be outside of my home.  Somewhere in Comcast's outside plant.

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@RegularGuy99 wrote:

Comcast claimed they could not provision my Cisco DPC 3008 for 'bridging' to let it work with a router.  


FWIW, the 3008 is already a layer 2 bridge / straight cable modem. There is nothing to "bridge".



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@RegularGuy99 wrote:

Comcast claimed they could not provision my Cisco DPC 3008 for 'bridging' to let it work with a router.  They directed me to Cisco who pointed out that they have no access to Comcast's DHCP server where the modem provisioning comes from.

I can't seem to get past the Comcast techs who make me power cycle equipment and check cables over and over again.


I don't know how to get past those techs who stick to the basic playbook of troubleshooting. I got lucky on this forum with a quick no-nonsense solution from @ComcastChe  (who won't be back for another 2-3 days) so hopefully someone else sees this and can help you out.  Try asking support to reprov your modem. 

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@rraman wrote:

@RegularGuy99 wrote:

Comcast claimed they could not provision my Cisco DPC 3008 for 'bridging' to let it work with a router.  They directed me to Cisco who pointed out that they have no access to Comcast's DHCP server where the modem provisioning comes from.

I can't seem to get past the Comcast techs who make me power cycle equipment and check cables over and over again.


I don't know how to get past those techs who stick to the basic playbook of troubleshooting. I got lucky on this forum with a quick no-nonsense solution from @ComcastChe  (who won't be back for another 2-3 days) so hopefully someone else sees this and can help you out.  Try asking support to reprov your modem. 


Except that @RegularGuy99  specifically wrote that they can connect when directly connected through the modem, but not when the router is involved. This obviously points to the router as the culprit,  and there's nothing wrong with the  modem.

Personally, I would reset both the modem and the router to factory defaults and try setup again.


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I don't know what to say bud.  It's possible you are correct, but without actually getting hands on, on his network i don't know.  All i can tell you is what i know from my scenario:

1. i had the exact same scenario, as well as others including the thread i referenced in my initial post.  If i connect my laptop directly to the cable modem i had connectivity, but when my router made a dhcp client request to the cable modem it didn't work.

2. the router settings were unchanged for nearly 2 years. And remains unchanged even now.  And no bridging or any of that.  so nothing "changed" in the router settings.

3. the only change event that occured was a comcast service outage, resolved by comcast, after which our routers were no longer getting DHCP requests serviced correctly.  (speculation, not fact. often during service maintenance, a temporary DHCP lease is provided. i don't know if that has any bearing here)

4.  multiple power cycles and soft resets had no effect

5. after the cable modem was reprovisioned (which reset the dhcp lease and gave my cable modem a new IP), everything is fine. 

 

not trying to debate correctness here. all i'm sharing is what worked for me, and why.  if it helps @RegularGuy99   then great.   Thanks for pitching in to help as well. 🙂 

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DHCP is based on the MAC address of the device connected to the modem. It's possible the MAC address for the router was messed up somewhere in Comcast's provisioning. You can often alter the MAC in the router. You can then reboot the modem and see if it now properly gets an address. I have had to do this a few times, several years ago.

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Hi @RegularGuy99

We appreciate you for using the Forums to share your experience. I can understand why this would be frustrating. I'd like to investigate and help get this resolved. Honestly, it could be an issue on our end or an issue with your router. 

After a factory reset is completed on the modem and router, and the issue is still present, the first thing I check for on my end is provisioning because DHCP may not have been renewed (I can normally tell when looking at the IP Address using the tools we use). From there, I would be able to determine if the cause is your router. I'm not saying a provisioning signal resolves the issue every time, but for the most part, when situations like this occur, it is the most common fix. 

@RegularGuy99 , if you're still in need of assistance, please send me a private message with your first and last name (and the name of the account holder) and the house number associated with your service address. To send a private message, click on "ComcastChe" and then click send a message. 


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Hi @ComcastChe 

 

i think i might be in need of you assistance sending a provisioning signal. I got the same exact issue, also Asus router, also was working for years. Just ordered a new xfinity package and it still worked with the old modem. But when i switched to a newer version of the modem, the issue occured. I got internet connection when connecting directly to the modem with my computer, but the router throws the DHCP error.

Went through the xfinity chat and was told i should contact the equipment manufacturer.... love it.

I propose some kind of button, that let's the user sent a provisioning signal to themselves,.