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  1. #1
    Justin
    Guest

    WRT54G + Comcast = random cutouts?

    Two days ago my WRT54G V6 started cutting out the internet connection
    for no reason.
    I updated the firmware and that didn't help. Per Google I changed the
    MTU from auto to 1492, I thought that worked until just now it cut out
    on me.
    The cable modem is a Linksys BEFCMU10 version 4.
    When I go to its diagnostic page http://192.168.100.1/ this is what I get:
    Modem
    Standard Specification Compliant DOCSIS 2.0
    Hardware Version v2.0
    Software Version 2.0.3.4.2-1212
    Cable Modem MAC Address <removed>
    Cable Modem Serial Number <removed>
    CM certificate Installed

    CONNECTION:

    Startup Procedure


    Status Comment
    Acquire Downstream Channel 723000000 Hz Locked
    Connectivity State Operational Operational
    Boot State OK Operational
    Security Enabled BPI+


    Downstream Channel


    Lock Status Operational
    Modulation 256QAM
    Channel ID 45
    Provisioned Rate 6600 kbps
    Symbol Rate 5360.537 Ksym/sec
    Downstream Power 1.2 dBmV
    SNR 38.2 dB


    Upstream Channel


    Lock Status Operational
    Modulation 16QAM
    Channel ID 2
    Provisioned Rate 1100 kbps
    Symbol Rate 5120 Ksym/sec
    Upstream Power 37.2 dBmV



    and the log

    Time Priority Description
    2009-12-02 01:13:12 critical Started Unicast Maintenance Ranging -
    No Response received - T3 time-out
    2009-12-02 01:13:08 critical No Ranging Response received - T3
    time-out
    2009-12-02 01:13:03 critical Received Response to Broadcast
    Maintenance Request, But no Unicast Maintenance opportunities received -
    T4 timeout
    2009-12-02 01:12:30 critical Started Unicast Maintenance Ranging -
    No Response received - T3 time-out
    2009-12-01 22:56:19 critical Received Response to Broadcast
    Maintenance Request, But no Unicast Maintenance opportunities received -
    T4 timeout
    2009-12-01 22:55:47 critical Started Unicast Maintenance Ranging -
    No Response received - T3 time-out
    2009-12-01 20:57:49 critical Received Response to Broadcast
    Maintenance Request, But no Unicast Maintenance opportunities received -
    T4 timeout
    2009-12-01 20:57:16 critical Started Unicast Maintenance Ranging -
    No Response received - T3 time-out
    2009-12-01 00:58:03 critical No Ranging Response received - T3
    time-out
    2009-12-01 00:57:58 critical Received Response to Broadcast
    Maintenance Request, But no Unicast Maintenance opportunities received -
    T4 timeout
    2009-12-01 00:57:57 critical DHCP FAILED - Request sent, No response
    2009-12-01 00:57:26 critical Started Unicast Maintenance Ranging -
    No Response received - T3 time-out
    2009-12-01 00:57:24 critical DHCP FAILED - Request sent, No response
    2009-12-01 00:57:23 critical Started Unicast Maintenance Ranging -
    No Response received - T3 time-out
    2009-12-01 00:57:21 critical DHCP FAILED - Request sent, No response
    2009-12-01 00:57:21 critical Started Unicast Maintenance Ranging -
    No Response received - T3 time-out
    2009-12-01 00:57:18 critical DHCP FAILED - Request sent, No response
    2009-12-01 00:57:16 critical Started Unicast Maintenance Ranging -
    No Response received - T3 time-out
    2009-12-01 00:57:15 critical DHCP FAILED - Request sent, No response
    2009-12-01 00:57:14 critical Started Unicast Maintenance Ranging -
    No Response received - T3 time-out
    2009-12-01 00:57:12 critical DHCP FAILED - Request sent, No response
    2009-12-01 00:57:11 critical Started Unicast Maintenance Ranging -
    No Response received - T3 time-out
    2009-12-01 00:57:09 critical DHCP FAILED - Request sent, No response
    2009-12-01 00:57:07 critical Started Unicast Maintenance Ranging -
    No Response received - T3 time-out
    2009-12-01 00:57:06 critical DHCP FAILED - Request sent, No response
    2009-12-01 00:57:04 critical Started Unicast Maintenance Ranging -
    No Response received - T3 time-out
    2009-12-01 00:57:03 critical DHCP FAILED - Request sent, No response
    2009-12-01 00:57:02 critical Started Unicast Maintenance Ranging -
    No Response received - T3 time-out
    2009-12-01 00:57:00 critical DHCP FAILED - Request sent, No response
    2009-12-01 00:56:59 critical Started Unicast Maintenance Ranging -
    No Response received - T3 time-out
    2009-12-01 00:56:57 critical DHCP FAILED - Request sent, No response
    1970-01-01 00:00:06 critical No Ranging Response received - T3
    time-out

  2. #2
    f/fgeorge
    Guest

    Re: WRT54G + Comcast = random cutouts?

    On Wed, 02 Dec 2009 01:23:10 -0500, Justin
    <justin@nobecauseihatespam.com> wrote:

    >Two days ago my WRT54G V6 started cutting out the internet connection
    >for no reason.
    >I updated the firmware and that didn't help. Per Google I changed the
    >MTU from auto to 1492, I thought that worked until just now it cut out
    >on me.
    >The cable modem is a Linksys BEFCMU10 version 4.
    >When I go to its diagnostic page http://192.168.100.1/ this is what I get:
    >Modem


    Maybe your router is getting hot or going bad? I have Comcast and the
    same router and it works just fine. Have you tried an alternative
    software for the router?

  3. #3
    Justin
    Guest

    Re: WRT54G + Comcast = random cutouts?

    f/fgeorge wrote:
    > On Wed, 02 Dec 2009 01:23:10 -0500, Justin
    > <justin@nobecauseihatespam.com> wrote:
    >
    >> Two days ago my WRT54G V6 started cutting out the internet connection
    >> for no reason.
    >> I updated the firmware and that didn't help. Per Google I changed the
    >> MTU from auto to 1492, I thought that worked until just now it cut out
    >> on me.
    >> The cable modem is a Linksys BEFCMU10 version 4.
    >> When I go to its diagnostic page http://192.168.100.1/ this is what I get:
    >> Modem

    >
    > Maybe your router is getting hot or going bad? I have Comcast and the
    > same router and it works just fine. Have you tried an alternative
    > software for the router?


    Its not getting hot, it has been sitting in the same place for the last
    year without a problem. There's no dust.


    I heard about alternative firmwares for the Linksys...
    Which one should I try?

  4. #4
    f/fgeorge
    Guest

    Re: WRT54G + Comcast = random cutouts?

    On Wed, 02 Dec 2009 17:00:50 -0500, Justin
    <justin@nobecauseihatespam.com> wrote:

    >f/fgeorge wrote:
    >> On Wed, 02 Dec 2009 01:23:10 -0500, Justin
    >> <justin@nobecauseihatespam.com> wrote:
    >>
    >>> Two days ago my WRT54G V6 started cutting out the internet connection
    >>> for no reason.
    >>> I updated the firmware and that didn't help. Per Google I changed the
    >>> MTU from auto to 1492, I thought that worked until just now it cut out
    >>> on me.
    >>> The cable modem is a Linksys BEFCMU10 version 4.
    >>> When I go to its diagnostic page http://192.168.100.1/ this is what I get:
    >>> Modem

    >>
    >> Maybe your router is getting hot or going bad? I have Comcast and the
    >> same router and it works just fine. Have you tried an alternative
    >> software for the router?

    >
    >Its not getting hot, it has been sitting in the same place for the last
    >year without a problem. There's no dust.
    >
    >
    >I heard about alternative firmwares for the Linksys...
    >Which one should I try?


    All the reviewers like Tomato, I use HyperWrt 2.0, it works fine for
    me.

  5. #5
    Justin
    Guest

    Re: WRT54G + Comcast = random cutouts?

    f/fgeorge wrote:
    > On Wed, 02 Dec 2009 17:00:50 -0500, Justin
    > <justin@nobecauseihatespam.com> wrote:
    >
    >> f/fgeorge wrote:
    >>> On Wed, 02 Dec 2009 01:23:10 -0500, Justin
    >>> <justin@nobecauseihatespam.com> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> Two days ago my WRT54G V6 started cutting out the internet connection
    >>>> for no reason.
    >>>> I updated the firmware and that didn't help. Per Google I changed the
    >>>> MTU from auto to 1492, I thought that worked until just now it cut out
    >>>> on me.
    >>>> The cable modem is a Linksys BEFCMU10 version 4.
    >>>> When I go to its diagnostic page http://192.168.100.1/ this is what I get:
    >>>> Modem
    >>> Maybe your router is getting hot or going bad? I have Comcast and the
    >>> same router and it works just fine. Have you tried an alternative
    >>> software for the router?

    >> Its not getting hot, it has been sitting in the same place for the last
    >> year without a problem. There's no dust.
    >>
    >>
    >> I heard about alternative firmwares for the Linksys...
    >> Which one should I try?

    >
    > All the reviewers like Tomato, I use HyperWrt 2.0, it works fine for
    > me.


    Both of which I can't use due to version 6.0.

  6. #6
    Bill M.
    Guest

    Re: WRT54G + Comcast = random cutouts?

    On Wed, 02 Dec 2009 23:16:47 -0500, Justin
    <justin@nobecauseihatespam.com> wrote:

    >f/fgeorge wrote:
    >> On Wed, 02 Dec 2009 17:00:50 -0500, Justin
    >> <justin@nobecauseihatespam.com> wrote:
    >>
    >>> f/fgeorge wrote:
    >>>> On Wed, 02 Dec 2009 01:23:10 -0500, Justin
    >>>> <justin@nobecauseihatespam.com> wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>>> Two days ago my WRT54G V6 started cutting out the internet connection
    >>>>> for no reason.
    >>>>> I updated the firmware and that didn't help. Per Google I changed the
    >>>>> MTU from auto to 1492, I thought that worked until just now it cut out
    >>>>> on me.
    >>>>> The cable modem is a Linksys BEFCMU10 version 4.
    >>>>> When I go to its diagnostic page http://192.168.100.1/ this is what I get:
    >>>>> Modem
    >>>> Maybe your router is getting hot or going bad? I have Comcast and the
    >>>> same router and it works just fine. Have you tried an alternative
    >>>> software for the router?
    >>> Its not getting hot, it has been sitting in the same place for the last
    >>> year without a problem. There's no dust.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> I heard about alternative firmwares for the Linksys...
    >>> Which one should I try?

    >>
    >> All the reviewers like Tomato, I use HyperWrt 2.0, it works fine for
    >> me.

    >
    >Both of which I can't use due to version 6.0.


    I use and recommend dd-wrt. You can check if your device is supported
    here: http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Supported_Devices

    --
    Bill

  7. #7
    Timothy Daniels
    Guest

    Re: WRT54G + Comcast = random cutouts?


    "Justin" wrote:
    > Two days ago my WRT54G V6 started cutting out the internet connection for no reason.
    > I updated the firmware and that didn't help. Per Google I changed the MTU from auto to 1492, I thought that worked
    > until just now it cut out on me.
    > [.........]


    Try changing the frequency band that your wireless router uses.
    I had a Linksys WRT54GS wireless router that worked for a couple
    months, and then the connection started getting iffy. I suffered for at
    least 6 months, thinking that "it's that flaky Wi-Fi crap". I finally tried
    changing to a different frequency band, and then the connection became
    rock solid. A neighbor had probably gotten a wireless router, too, and
    chose the same band. Or someone nearby got a wireless telephone.

    *TimDaniels*



  8. #8
    Justin
    Guest

    Re: WRT54G + Comcast = random cutouts?

    Timothy Daniels wrote:
    > "Justin" wrote:
    >> Two days ago my WRT54G V6 started cutting out the internet connection for no reason.
    >> I updated the firmware and that didn't help. Per Google I changed the MTU from auto to 1492, I thought that worked
    >> until just now it cut out on me.
    >> [.........]

    >
    > Try changing the frequency band that your wireless router uses.
    > I had a Linksys WRT54GS wireless router that worked for a couple
    > months, and then the connection started getting iffy. I suffered for at
    > least 6 months, thinking that "it's that flaky Wi-Fi crap". I finally tried
    > changing to a different frequency band, and then the connection became
    > rock solid. A neighbor had probably gotten a wireless router, too, and
    > chose the same band. Or someone nearby got a wireless telephone.
    >
    > *TimDaniels*
    >
    >


    Do you mean channel, or band? For example I have it on channel 11,
    using G. Should I go back to b?

  9. #9
    Bill M.
    Guest

    Re: WRT54G + Comcast = random cutouts?

    On Thu, 03 Dec 2009 02:57:37 -0500, Justin
    <justin@nobecauseihatespam.com> wrote:

    >Timothy Daniels wrote:
    >> "Justin" wrote:
    >>> Two days ago my WRT54G V6 started cutting out the internet connection for no reason.
    >>> I updated the firmware and that didn't help. Per Google I changed the MTU from auto to 1492, I thought that worked
    >>> until just now it cut out on me.
    >>> [.........]

    >>
    >> Try changing the frequency band that your wireless router uses.
    >> I had a Linksys WRT54GS wireless router that worked for a couple
    >> months, and then the connection started getting iffy. I suffered for at
    >> least 6 months, thinking that "it's that flaky Wi-Fi crap". I finally tried
    >> changing to a different frequency band, and then the connection became
    >> rock solid. A neighbor had probably gotten a wireless router, too, and
    >> chose the same band. Or someone nearby got a wireless telephone.
    >>
    >> *TimDaniels*
    >>
    >>

    >
    >Do you mean channel, or band? For example I have it on channel 11,
    >using G. Should I go back to b?


    I think he meant channel. Going from G to B (or vice versa) will not
    help. Changing to another channel MAY help, assuming you find a
    channel without interference. Note that there are only 3
    non-overlapping channels: 1, 6, and 11. Try doing a site survey to see
    which channels are in heavy use, and then avoid them.

    --
    Bill

  10. #10
    Justin
    Guest

    Re: WRT54G + Comcast = random cutouts?

    Bill M. wrote:
    > On Thu, 03 Dec 2009 02:57:37 -0500, Justin
    > <justin@nobecauseihatespam.com> wrote:
    >
    >> Timothy Daniels wrote:
    >>> "Justin" wrote:
    >>>> Two days ago my WRT54G V6 started cutting out the internet connection for no reason.
    >>>> I updated the firmware and that didn't help. Per Google I changed the MTU from auto to 1492, I thought that worked
    >>>> until just now it cut out on me.
    >>>> [.........]
    >>> Try changing the frequency band that your wireless router uses.
    >>> I had a Linksys WRT54GS wireless router that worked for a couple
    >>> months, and then the connection started getting iffy. I suffered for at
    >>> least 6 months, thinking that "it's that flaky Wi-Fi crap". I finally tried
    >>> changing to a different frequency band, and then the connection became
    >>> rock solid. A neighbor had probably gotten a wireless router, too, and
    >>> chose the same band. Or someone nearby got a wireless telephone.
    >>>
    >>> *TimDaniels*
    >>>
    >>>

    >> Do you mean channel, or band? For example I have it on channel 11,
    >> using G. Should I go back to b?

    >
    > I think he meant channel. Going from G to B (or vice versa) will not
    > help. Changing to another channel MAY help, assuming you find a
    > channel without interference. Note that there are only 3
    > non-overlapping channels: 1, 6, and 11. Try doing a site survey to see
    > which channels are in heavy use, and then avoid them.
    >


    I went from 11 to 1 - no change. I used kismac to see what channels are
    open, there is one other wireless network on channel 6 - very weak
    signal. He has wpa2 enabled just like me.

  11. #11
    Bill M.
    Guest

    Re: WRT54G + Comcast = random cutouts?

    On Thu, 03 Dec 2009 19:42:38 -0500, Justin
    <justin@nobecauseihatespam.com> wrote:

    >Bill M. wrote:
    >> On Thu, 03 Dec 2009 02:57:37 -0500, Justin
    >> <justin@nobecauseihatespam.com> wrote:
    >>
    >>> Timothy Daniels wrote:
    >>>> "Justin" wrote:
    >>>>> Two days ago my WRT54G V6 started cutting out the internet connection for no reason.
    >>>>> I updated the firmware and that didn't help. Per Google I changed the MTU from auto to 1492, I thought that worked
    >>>>> until just now it cut out on me.
    >>>>> [.........]
    >>>> Try changing the frequency band that your wireless router uses.
    >>>> I had a Linksys WRT54GS wireless router that worked for a couple
    >>>> months, and then the connection started getting iffy. I suffered for at
    >>>> least 6 months, thinking that "it's that flaky Wi-Fi crap". I finally tried
    >>>> changing to a different frequency band, and then the connection became
    >>>> rock solid. A neighbor had probably gotten a wireless router, too, and
    >>>> chose the same band. Or someone nearby got a wireless telephone.
    >>>>
    >>>> *TimDaniels*
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>> Do you mean channel, or band? For example I have it on channel 11,
    >>> using G. Should I go back to b?

    >>
    >> I think he meant channel. Going from G to B (or vice versa) will not
    >> help. Changing to another channel MAY help, assuming you find a
    >> channel without interference. Note that there are only 3
    >> non-overlapping channels: 1, 6, and 11. Try doing a site survey to see
    >> which channels are in heavy use, and then avoid them.
    >>

    >
    >I went from 11 to 1 - no change. I used kismac to see what channels are
    >open, there is one other wireless network on channel 6 - very weak
    >signal. He has wpa2 enabled just like me.


    With that info, I think you can probably rule out interference from
    other wireless networks. Unfortunately, wireless networks aren't the
    only thing that use that band.

    By the way, if I were going to manually set the router's MTU, I'd
    probably use 1500 rather than 1492 bytes, but that's based on an
    experience I had quite a few years ago so it may not apply now.

    When your Internet connection goes down, have you pinpointed whether
    the culprit is the router, cable modem, or other?

    --
    Bill

  12. #12
    Justin
    Guest

    Re: WRT54G + Comcast = random cutouts?

    Bill M. wrote:
    > On Thu, 03 Dec 2009 19:42:38 -0500, Justin
    > <justin@nobecauseihatespam.com> wrote:
    >
    >> Bill M. wrote:
    >>> On Thu, 03 Dec 2009 02:57:37 -0500, Justin
    >>> <justin@nobecauseihatespam.com> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> Timothy Daniels wrote:
    >>>>> "Justin" wrote:
    >>>>>> Two days ago my WRT54G V6 started cutting out the internet connection for no reason.
    >>>>>> I updated the firmware and that didn't help. Per Google I changed the MTU from auto to 1492, I thought that worked
    >>>>>> until just now it cut out on me.
    >>>>>> [.........]
    >>>>> Try changing the frequency band that your wireless router uses.
    >>>>> I had a Linksys WRT54GS wireless router that worked for a couple
    >>>>> months, and then the connection started getting iffy. I suffered for at
    >>>>> least 6 months, thinking that "it's that flaky Wi-Fi crap". I finally tried
    >>>>> changing to a different frequency band, and then the connection became
    >>>>> rock solid. A neighbor had probably gotten a wireless router, too, and
    >>>>> chose the same band. Or someone nearby got a wireless telephone.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> *TimDaniels*
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>> Do you mean channel, or band? For example I have it on channel 11,
    >>>> using G. Should I go back to b?
    >>> I think he meant channel. Going from G to B (or vice versa) will not
    >>> help. Changing to another channel MAY help, assuming you find a
    >>> channel without interference. Note that there are only 3
    >>> non-overlapping channels: 1, 6, and 11. Try doing a site survey to see
    >>> which channels are in heavy use, and then avoid them.
    >>>

    >> I went from 11 to 1 - no change. I used kismac to see what channels are
    >> open, there is one other wireless network on channel 6 - very weak
    >> signal. He has wpa2 enabled just like me.

    >
    > With that info, I think you can probably rule out interference from
    > other wireless networks. Unfortunately, wireless networks aren't the
    > only thing that use that band.
    >
    > By the way, if I were going to manually set the router's MTU, I'd
    > probably use 1500 rather than 1492 bytes, but that's based on an
    > experience I had quite a few years ago so it may not apply now.
    >
    > When your Internet connection goes down, have you pinpointed whether
    > the culprit is the router, cable modem, or other?
    >


    I confirmed it is not the wireless - the ethernet machines go down as well.
    It has been OK for the day so maybe it healed itself....
    I had a problem with the MTU back around 2004, I would connect to a
    friend's dyndns.org site. When I tried to upload a file it would
    transfer the first byte and quit.
    Once I set the MTU from 1,500 to 1,492 it worked.
    I never understood what the problem was. That was with a different
    router, though.

  13. #13
    Bill M.
    Guest

    Re: WRT54G + Comcast = random cutouts?

    On Thu, 03 Dec 2009 22:51:28 -0500, Justin
    <justin@nobecauseihatespam.com> wrote:

    >Bill M. wrote:
    >> On Thu, 03 Dec 2009 19:42:38 -0500, Justin
    >> <justin@nobecauseihatespam.com> wrote:
    >>
    >>> Bill M. wrote:
    >>>> On Thu, 03 Dec 2009 02:57:37 -0500, Justin
    >>>> <justin@nobecauseihatespam.com> wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>>> Timothy Daniels wrote:
    >>>>>> "Justin" wrote:
    >>>>>>> Two days ago my WRT54G V6 started cutting out the internet connection for no reason.
    >>>>>>> I updated the firmware and that didn't help. Per Google I changed the MTU from auto to 1492, I thought that worked
    >>>>>>> until just now it cut out on me.
    >>>>>>> [.........]
    >>>>>> Try changing the frequency band that your wireless router uses.
    >>>>>> I had a Linksys WRT54GS wireless router that worked for a couple
    >>>>>> months, and then the connection started getting iffy. I suffered for at
    >>>>>> least 6 months, thinking that "it's that flaky Wi-Fi crap". I finally tried
    >>>>>> changing to a different frequency band, and then the connection became
    >>>>>> rock solid. A neighbor had probably gotten a wireless router, too, and
    >>>>>> chose the same band. Or someone nearby got a wireless telephone.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> *TimDaniels*
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>> Do you mean channel, or band? For example I have it on channel 11,
    >>>>> using G. Should I go back to b?
    >>>> I think he meant channel. Going from G to B (or vice versa) will not
    >>>> help. Changing to another channel MAY help, assuming you find a
    >>>> channel without interference. Note that there are only 3
    >>>> non-overlapping channels: 1, 6, and 11. Try doing a site survey to see
    >>>> which channels are in heavy use, and then avoid them.
    >>>>
    >>> I went from 11 to 1 - no change. I used kismac to see what channels are
    >>> open, there is one other wireless network on channel 6 - very weak
    >>> signal. He has wpa2 enabled just like me.

    >>
    >> With that info, I think you can probably rule out interference from
    >> other wireless networks. Unfortunately, wireless networks aren't the
    >> only thing that use that band.
    >>
    >> By the way, if I were going to manually set the router's MTU, I'd
    >> probably use 1500 rather than 1492 bytes, but that's based on an
    >> experience I had quite a few years ago so it may not apply now.
    >>
    >> When your Internet connection goes down, have you pinpointed whether
    >> the culprit is the router, cable modem, or other?
    >>

    >
    >I confirmed it is not the wireless - the ethernet machines go down as well.
    >It has been OK for the day so maybe it healed itself....
    >I had a problem with the MTU back around 2004, I would connect to a
    >friend's dyndns.org site. When I tried to upload a file it would
    >transfer the first byte and quit.
    >Once I set the MTU from 1,500 to 1,492 it worked.
    >I never understood what the problem was. That was with a different
    >router, though.


    So it could still be the router, the cable modem, or the ISP. If it
    happens again, try to narrow it down further.

    --
    Bill

  14. #14
    Justin
    Guest

    Re: WRT54G + Comcast = random cutouts?

    Bill M. wrote:

    >
    > So it could still be the router, the cable modem, or the ISP. If it
    > happens again, try to narrow it down further.
    >


    Thanks for the tip.
    Yes, it keeps happening now. I can get about two nimutes of internet
    usage and then it craps out.

    I unplug the modem and router, plug the modem back in, and then the router.
    I can get an external IP address.
    Once it craps out, I still have the ip address.
    I CAN get to the router setup fine.
    I have to hit renew several times before I get an IP, but its always
    been like that.

    Here's the log from 192.168.100.1
    Time Priority Description
    2009-12-04 00:48:01 critical Started Unicast Maintenance Ranging -
    No Response received - T3 time-out
    2009-12-04 00:45:19 critical No Ranging Response received - T3
    time-out
    2009-12-04 00:45:15 critical Received Response to Broadcast
    Maintenance Request, But no Unicast Maintenance opportunities received -
    T4 timeout
    2009-12-04 00:44:42 critical Started Unicast Maintenance Ranging -
    No Response received - T3 time-out
    2009-12-04 00:42:54 critical REG RSP not received
    2009-12-04 00:42:38 critical No Ranging Response received - T3
    time-out
    2009-12-04 00:42:33 critical Received Response to Broadcast
    Maintenance Request, But no Unicast Maintenance opportunities received -
    T4 timeout
    2009-12-04 00:42:00 critical Started Unicast Maintenance Ranging -
    No Response received - T3 time-out
    2009-12-04 00:29:15 critical Received Response to Broadcast
    Maintenance Request, But no Unicast Maintenance opportunities received -
    T4 timeout
    2009-12-04 00:28:42 critical Started Unicast Maintenance Ranging -
    No Response received - T3 time-out
    2009-12-04 00:26:58 critical No Ranging Response received - T3
    time-out
    2009-12-04 00:26:52 critical Received Response to Broadcast
    Maintenance Request, But no Unicast Maintenance opportunities received -
    T4 timeout
    2009-12-04 00:26:20 critical Started Unicast Maintenance Ranging -
    No Response received - T3 time-out

  15. #15
    $Bill
    Guest

    Re: WRT54G + Comcast = random cutouts?

    Justin wrote:
    >
    > I unplug the modem and router, plug the modem back in, and then the router.
    > I can get an external IP address.
    > Once it craps out, I still have the ip address.
    > I CAN get to the router setup fine.
    > I have to hit renew several times before I get an IP, but its always
    > been like that.


    I think it's time to remove the router from the equation and
    connect one of your PCs direct to the modem and see how that
    goes. I'm guessing it will work fine.

  16. #16
    Bill M.
    Guest

    Re: WRT54G + Comcast = random cutouts?

    On Fri, 04 Dec 2009 00:50:14 -0500, Justin
    <justin@nobecauseihatespam.com> wrote:

    >Bill M. wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> So it could still be the router, the cable modem, or the ISP. If it
    >> happens again, try to narrow it down further.
    >>

    >
    >Thanks for the tip.
    >Yes, it keeps happening now. I can get about two nimutes of internet
    >usage and then it craps out.
    >
    >I unplug the modem and router, plug the modem back in, and then the router.
    >I can get an external IP address.
    >Once it craps out, I still have the ip address.
    >I CAN get to the router setup fine.


    You mean the router can get an external IP address assigned to its WAN
    interface, right?

    >I have to hit renew several times before I get an IP, but its always
    >been like that.


    This part seems to refer to getting a non-routed IP address assigned
    to your PC by the router. It's normal for this assignment to take
    10-20 seconds, so perhaps you're being impatient? You shouldn't have
    to hit renew to make this happen after a router/PC reboot.

    >Here's the log from 192.168.100.1

    <snip>

    I didn't see anything interesting in the modem log, but I wouldn't
    mind seeing the numbers from the Signal page, specifically the
    Downstream level and SNR, and the Upstream level.

    And like $Bill said, simply (temporarily) removing the router and
    connecting a PC directly to the cable modem might be a quick way to
    rule the router in or out. Note that you'll have to reboot the modem
    and reboot or renew the PC when you make the cabling change.

    I assume the modem's various lights remain on and normal. I also
    assume you've done a hard reset of the router, not the quick reset.
    With the router powered up, you'll need to press and hold the reset
    button for about 30 seconds to do a full reset and return everything
    to factory defaults.

    When you see your next outage, verify that you can access the router's
    setup pages, if the router is still in the mix at that time. (Checks
    the router's LAN side and its internal web server.) Then check to see
    if you can access the modem's web pages. (Checks the router's WAN side
    and checks the modem's LAN side and internal web server.) If all of
    that works, what _exactly_ do you see when you try to access anything
    on the Internet? Have you tried pinging your ISP's gateway address and
    perhaps a known Internet address such as 4.2.2.2? (easy to remember IP
    of a DNS server)

    --
    Bill

  17. #17
    Justin
    Guest

    Re: WRT54G + Comcast = random cutouts?

    Bill M. wrote:
    > On Fri, 04 Dec 2009 00:50:14 -0500, Justin
    > <justin@nobecauseihatespam.com> wrote:
    >
    >> Bill M. wrote:
    >>
    >>> So it could still be the router, the cable modem, or the ISP. If it
    >>> happens again, try to narrow it down further.
    >>>

    >> Thanks for the tip.
    >> Yes, it keeps happening now. I can get about two nimutes of internet
    >> usage and then it craps out.
    >>
    >> I unplug the modem and router, plug the modem back in, and then the router.
    >> I can get an external IP address.
    >> Once it craps out, I still have the ip address.
    >> I CAN get to the router setup fine.

    >
    > You mean the router can get an external IP address assigned to its WAN
    > interface, right?


    Correct.

    >
    >> I have to hit renew several times before I get an IP, but its always
    >> been like that.

    >
    > This part seems to refer to getting a non-routed IP address assigned
    > to your PC by the router. It's normal for this assignment to take
    > 10-20 seconds, so perhaps you're being impatient? You shouldn't have
    > to hit renew to make this happen after a router/PC reboot.
    >
    >> Here's the log from 192.168.100.1

    > <snip>
    >
    > I didn't see anything interesting in the modem log, but I wouldn't
    > mind seeing the numbers from the Signal page, specifically the
    > Downstream level and SNR, and the Upstream level.


    Downstream Channel
    Lock Status Operational
    Modulation 256QAM
    Channel ID 45
    Provisioned Rate 6600 kbps
    Symbol Rate 5360.537 Ksym/sec
    Downstream Power -1.7 dBmV
    SNR 37.6 dB
    Upstream Channel
    Lock Status Operational
    Modulation 16QAM
    Channel ID 1
    Provisioned Rate 1100 kbps
    Symbol Rate 2560 Ksym/sec
    Upstream Power 38.8 dBmV

    >
    > And like $Bill said, simply (temporarily) removing the router and
    > connecting a PC directly to the cable modem might be a quick way to
    > rule the router in or out. Note that you'll have to reboot the modem
    > and reboot or renew the PC when you make the cabling change.


    I understand.

    >
    > I assume the modem's various lights remain on and normal. I also
    > assume you've done a hard reset of the router, not the quick reset.
    > With the router powered up, you'll need to press and hold the reset
    > button for about 30 seconds to do a full reset and return everything
    > to factory defaults.


    If I do that I'll have to reenter all the WPA keys... Ugh.
    But yes, that's one thing I have not tried.

    >
    > When you see your next outage, verify that you can access the router's
    > setup pages, if the router is still in the mix at that time. (Checks
    > the router's LAN side and its internal web server.) Then check to see
    > if you can access the modem's web pages. (Checks the router's WAN side
    > and checks the modem's LAN side and internal web server.) If all of
    > that works, what _exactly_ do you see when you try to access anything
    > on the Internet? Have you tried pinging your ISP's gateway address and
    > perhaps a known Internet address such as 4.2.2.2? (easy to remember IP
    > of a DNS server)
    >


    I do have access to the router's setup page, I confirmed that. When it
    goes out, the first thing I do is release and renew the router's WAN ip
    address - via the setup page.

  18. #18
    Bill M.
    Guest

    Re: WRT54G + Comcast = random cutouts?

    On Fri, 04 Dec 2009 16:22:35 -0500, Justin
    <justin@nobecauseihatespam.com> wrote:

    >Bill M. wrote:
    >> On Fri, 04 Dec 2009 00:50:14 -0500, Justin
    >> <justin@nobecauseihatespam.com> wrote:
    >>
    >>> Bill M. wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> So it could still be the router, the cable modem, or the ISP. If it
    >>>> happens again, try to narrow it down further.
    >>>>
    >>> Thanks for the tip.
    >>> Yes, it keeps happening now. I can get about two nimutes of internet
    >>> usage and then it craps out.
    >>>
    >>> I unplug the modem and router, plug the modem back in, and then the router.
    >>> I can get an external IP address.
    >>> Once it craps out, I still have the ip address.
    >>> I CAN get to the router setup fine.

    >>
    >> You mean the router can get an external IP address assigned to its WAN
    >> interface, right?

    >
    >Correct.


    Thanks.


    >>> I have to hit renew several times before I get an IP, but its always
    >>> been like that.

    >>
    >> This part seems to refer to getting a non-routed IP address assigned
    >> to your PC by the router. It's normal for this assignment to take
    >> 10-20 seconds, so perhaps you're being impatient? You shouldn't have
    >> to hit renew to make this happen after a router/PC reboot.
    >>
    >>> Here's the log from 192.168.100.1

    >> <snip>
    >>
    >> I didn't see anything interesting in the modem log, but I wouldn't
    >> mind seeing the numbers from the Signal page, specifically the
    >> Downstream level and SNR, and the Upstream level.

    >
    >Downstream Channel
    > Lock Status Operational
    > Modulation 256QAM
    > Channel ID 45
    > Provisioned Rate 6600 kbps
    > Symbol Rate 5360.537 Ksym/sec
    > Downstream Power -1.7 dBmV
    > SNR 37.6 dB
    >Upstream Channel
    > Lock Status Operational
    > Modulation 16QAM
    > Channel ID 1
    > Provisioned Rate 1100 kbps
    > Symbol Rate 2560 Ksym/sec
    > Upstream Power 38.8 dBmV


    Modem signal levels all look good. Thanks for posting this.


    >> And like $Bill said, simply (temporarily) removing the router and
    >> connecting a PC directly to the cable modem might be a quick way to
    >> rule the router in or out. Note that you'll have to reboot the modem
    >> and reboot or renew the PC when you make the cabling change.

    >
    >I understand.
    >
    >>
    >> I assume the modem's various lights remain on and normal. I also
    >> assume you've done a hard reset of the router, not the quick reset.
    >> With the router powered up, you'll need to press and hold the reset
    >> button for about 30 seconds to do a full reset and return everything
    >> to factory defaults.

    >
    >If I do that I'll have to reenter all the WPA keys... Ugh.
    >But yes, that's one thing I have not tried.


    There's only one key, and heck, you can use Copy/Paste if it's hard to
    type. :)


    >> When you see your next outage, verify that you can access the router's
    >> setup pages, if the router is still in the mix at that time. (Checks
    >> the router's LAN side and its internal web server.) Then check to see
    >> if you can access the modem's web pages. (Checks the router's WAN side
    >> and checks the modem's LAN side and internal web server.) If all of
    >> that works, what _exactly_ do you see when you try to access anything
    >> on the Internet? Have you tried pinging your ISP's gateway address and
    >> perhaps a known Internet address such as 4.2.2.2? (easy to remember IP
    >> of a DNS server)
    >>

    >
    >I do have access to the router's setup page, I confirmed that. When it
    >goes out, the first thing I do is release and renew the router's WAN ip
    >address - via the setup page.


    Ok, don't do that. :)

    I would suggest a slightly different mindset next time it happens.
    Instead of focusing on fixing the issue, focus on troubleshooting the
    issue. Once you know what the real issue is, the permanent solution
    will likely become obvious.

    --
    Bill

  19. #19
    Justin
    Guest

    Re: WRT54G + Comcast = random cutouts?

    Bill M. wrote:

    >
    > I would suggest a slightly different mindset next time it happens.
    > Instead of focusing on fixing the issue, focus on troubleshooting the
    > issue. Once you know what the real issue is, the permanent solution
    > will likely become obvious.
    >


    Yeah, right.
    Thanks for all the "help."
    I am switching to Comcast's triple play so I will end up with a new
    cable modem.
    The connection has been working all day.

  20. #20
    Bill M.
    Guest

    Re: WRT54G + Comcast = random cutouts?

    On Fri, 04 Dec 2009 23:48:22 -0500, Justin
    <justin@nobecauseihatespam.com> wrote:

    >Bill M. wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> I would suggest a slightly different mindset next time it happens.
    >> Instead of focusing on fixing the issue, focus on troubleshooting the
    >> issue. Once you know what the real issue is, the permanent solution
    >> will likely become obvious.
    >>

    >
    >Yeah, right.
    >Thanks for all the "help."


    You're welcome.

    >I am switching to Comcast's triple play so I will end up with a new
    >cable modem.


    I didn't see any issues with your current modem, so I don't expect to
    see any major changes as a result of getting a new one. I know you
    need it to support the triple play, but I'm just saying.

    >The connection has been working all day.


    Cool. Hope it stays that way. :)

    --
    Bill

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