DSL Problems, Downtime

I take the unusual approach of hosting my site and my blog, on a private PC at home, instead of on a professional hosting service. This means that the availability of the site is only as good as my DSL connection at home.

Since about 11h00 yesterday, January 30, I’ve been experiencing problems with my DSL. This means that my site has been sporadically unavailable in the meantime. Further, when the technician from my ISP comes to repair the problem, today in the afternoon (January 31), his work will require that he disconnect my DSL, which means more downtime.

I apologize to my readers, and hope that this problem will soon be fixed.

(Update 1/31/2019, 20h00 : )

The technician was able to resolve this problem, but the service interruption which was required, for him to complete his job, lasted from 17h40 until 20h00 this evening.

I thank the tech-support of Bell Canada, as well as the hard work of the technician.

My site and blog should now be reliable again.

Dirk

 

Problems with my DSL, Recent Down-Time

I take the unusual approach of Hosting my site and blog on my private PC at home. This is not a recommendation for other people to do the same thing, it’s just how I do it. But then a side effect of what I do is the fact, that the availability of this blog is only as good, as the (DSL) network connection of my PC at home.

In recent weeks, Quebec, the province I live in, has been pounded by extremely cold weather (below -20⁰C), as well as more than one snow-storm. And this has played havoc with many customers’ service, as ice and water can penetrate the cables.

For that reason the availability of my site and blog has also experienced many issues. I apologize to my readers if this has inconvenienced them.

For the moment it looks like my ISP has been able to stabilize my connection, by reducing the speed with which I connect, and I’m fine with that, since a stable but slower connection is preferable to no connection at all.

I’m looking forward to some better solution in the distant future, but am confident that in the short term, the connection has been made stable again.

Dirk

 

My Experiences with the Bell Home Hub 3000

My ISP is Bell Canada, and my LAN connects to a service of theirs called ‘Fibe 50′, which stands for a 50 Mbps, DSL connection, to a Local Node, which in turn is connected to Bell via Fibre Optics. And this connection of my LAN is accomplished through a Home Hub 3000 Modem / Router.

The fact that I use my home PC as my Web-server, also means that a stable Internet connection is especially important to me, even though officially, I’m just a Home User. Just recently, my site experienced some down-time, due to problems with my DSL. And I’d like to weigh in on how good or bad the Home Hub 3000 might be, based on personal experiences.

First off, this Modem / Router once had a very bad reputation, when it was first released for public use, in the year 2016. But because that release of the modem preceded my personal range of experiences, I’m going to ignore this piece of History for the moment. It could very well be that in the year 2016 the modem was not ready to be released yet, but that in the year 2019, it is. This would be one example, where the service provider did their best to patch the behaviour of the modem, with many firmware updates, but without any actual modifications to the circuitry being possible.

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DSL Problem, Downtime

I take the somewhat unusual approach, of Hosting my Web-site and my blog, from a PC at home, acting as my Web-server. I don’t really recommend that everybody do it this way. This is merely how I do it.

This has as consequence that the visibility of my blog and site, are only as good as that of my home Internet connection. Therefore, from time to time my blog will be inaccessible, simply because I’m having a networking problem.

Most people would be less affected by such problems because most people aren’t running a Web-server.

Well from about 22h00 EDT, January 14, until about 9h00, January 16, I was experiencing such issues.

I apologize to my readers, for any inconvenience which I might have caused them.

Dirk