DSL Problems, Downtime

I take the unusual approach of hosting my Web-site, and therefore also my blog, not on a professional hosting service, which is what most people would do, but on my personal computer at home. What this means is that the visibility of this blog is only as good, as the Internet connection that I have from home. And so, where some subscribers to my ISP may only describe trivial problems with their service, this blog has downtime, due to the slightest problem with my DSL connection.

Well, yesterday, March 8, between 14h00 and 15h00, as well as today, March 9, between 10h00 and 13h05, there were issues with my DSL again, each one a brief issue, during which my blog would not have been visible. I apologize for any inconvenience to my readers.

There has been quite a history of such problems, specifically affecting my blog. The last time a Bell Technician needed to come, he needed to replace circuit-boards that exist in the network node, and which therefore exist on the side of the ISP. But because of both:

  1. The actual lines having been reconnected (earlier), and
  2. This hard, described problem of the circuit boards resulting in their replacement,

This describes repairs to the satisfaction of my ISP, and there was hope that there might be no more connection issues. However, connection issues have returned to my home. Because the two types of problems I listed above won’t normally ‘unfix themselves’, I have to assume that I’m running in to a new type of problem now, which my ISP has not yet diagnosed.

(Update 3/10/2019, 13h40 … )

(As of 3/9/2019, 13h05 : )

I can think of a few things that can cause these problems. But, as long as I am able to reset the status of my DSL fairly easily myself, I do not yet think that I need to be reengaging the Tech Support of my ISP more intensely just yet – unless I can think of a definitive way in which they could actually help. Just to have the technician come and perform many tests, in itself causes me stress, and just to reset my DSL actually causes me less stress.

But this latest problem is Not Fixed as it stands.


(Update 3/10/2019, 13h40 : )

What I have done is in fact, to have a Bell Technician come to my home, to give his official diagnosis of my DSL status. I will not describe his findings in detail on this blog.

The mere fact that he needed to measure my connection details, in itself caused the service to be offline, from about 12h40 until 13h40.

What my readers should know, is that as it stands, my DSL will remain unstable, at least until 3/12/2019, 21h00. That is the best we can do for now.



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