Renewed Hope in my DSL Connection

No matter how advanced a civilization becomes, it is my belief that there will always be the possibility, of some sort of malfunction or unforeseen source of problems. And one main reason I think this, is the fact that superior capabilities, eventually also encourage superior ambition. A civilization will want to do more, if it is capable of doing more, so that the chances of malfunctions return.

If most home users suffer from temporary disconnections from their DSL, it means little to them, because they may have no personal need to use the Internet at one moment. My case is a bit different, because first of all, my numerous computers are generally using the Internet, even if I am not at home, and because secondly, I am using my home IP address to host a Web-site, access to which will be interrupted, even though I was not home when the connection failed.

In recent months, I have experienced disconnection issues with my DSL. But I have renewed hope that the most recent solution, enacted yesterday, may actually put a fix to them. My reason is as follows:

The technician connected my twisted-pair of wires to a different circuit-board in the junction box, which was supposed to have been the correct circuit-board in the first place. I.e., during tech-support calls in the past, the representative got the reading that I was not connected, even though on my end, I was able to surf. At the same time, the technician yesterday also gave me a new DSL modem.

What this means is that basically, all the circuitry which is providing my DSL has been exchanged. There is little left, that could still cause malfunctions at this time. The only reason I could think of, why there might still be a problem, would be if the actual twisted-pair of wires, that stretch from my home to the junction box, was still a point of failure.

But according to what was done on November 10, there was a Wasp Nest in the cable, which was cleared out, after which the wires were reconnected. Once they are reconnected, there is little else that can go wrong with them – unless this time, maybe a beaver thought that the telephone cable was his source construction material for a den, or some such nonsense. :)

So let us hope for a stable connection, now.



New DSL Modem, Downtime

According to This Posting, quite some time ago, I had written of having had DSL disconnection issues, which also caused my Web-site and my blog to go offline. But according to the posting above, those problems were positively supposed to have been solved, in that there had been wiring issues between my DSL Modem and the Junction Box.

The unfortunate reality is, that since then, I have been experiencing ongoing difficulties with my DSL, also resulting in intermittent downtime.

Today, a technician from my ISP came, and reported to me that my DSL wires had actually been connected to an incorrect circuit-board, in the junction-box. But additionally, he gave me a new DSL Modem / Router.

So from about 13h00 until 15h10 this afternoon, my site was in a state of disarray, and thus in essence, down once more.

But this time around, I am hoping that the work done – and the offline time it took to perform that work – will have paid off, in a DSL connection which is finally stable.



Downtime, DSL Problem

Late this morning, there was a high amount of audible static on my phone line, which probably also affected my DSL. I have written at length, that I host my own site, on my home computer.

Between about 10h20 and 11h20, my DSL connection was on the fritz, probably in association with the static noise I was able to hear on the phone. This also caused my site and my blog not to be accessible to the Internet.

The temperature outside was -19°C, and that may have played a role.

In this case, there is no point in blaming “DynDNS” for what happened, because if the connection is gone for an hour or longer, the Update Client program will stop making frequent attempts to update my IP address into public view. It just happened.

I apologize for any inconvenience.


(Edit : ) My log files indicate, that there was a change in IP address as well, between 3h00 and 4h00, which the DynDNS Update Client program updated to its server routinely – as I was sleeping – and which did not seem to result in considerable downtime at all.