Landline woes – not!

Not sure what is the cause, but since removing the Thomson for the last time, putting the D-Link back together, putting it back on it’s shelf with a short extension cord on the phone line, it has now gone 30 hours without a single drop of the line other than a couple of “ Frag of proto 17” messages, which are something to do with UDP and are apparently not important.

This to me indicates that the D-Link DSL G604TX is working fine, and the ridiculously good speeds I am getting (8.3 to 10.3 Mbs) bear this out.

What has changed is that NZ is finally getting a summer. The cable from the street to the house runs inside a plastic pipe and follows a fence line for about 15 metres, before disappearing into an airbrick into the house. The fenceline has a number of trees growing in it, including a Pohutakawa, which is well known for getting into pipes and things. In addition, the idiots that built my house 20 something years ago, filled in any trenches used for utilities with any available material including builders rubble. I have already had to replace the main waterpipe which was cut in several places by bits of brick. I am wondering if I have a similar problem with some rubble working its way into the pipe, cutting the insulation on the telephone cable, or tree roots breaking the pipes/cables. During NZs very wet winter, water gets in causing issues with the line, as the soil dries out, the issues go away. Our line problems have co-incided with the two wettest spells of the autumn and spring, so I am going to keep a log of line issues and weather. Wow, is that geeky or what! As I am busy doing some drainage work on that side of the house, I may just dig the line up anyway and take a gander at it.

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2 comments on “Landline woes – not!
  1. Dave says:

    Just a tip, I have read that any changes made to the settings of the D-Link are best made in internet explorer, and with an ethernet connection rather than wireless (especially if you are messing about with wirelress settings in the last case). In my experience, most things seem to work in Firefox, but not everything.

    Obviously you have it sorted now. Having an aussie one rather than an Xtra one will help, the Xtra ones have their own little quirks in the firmware to stop Xtra customers doing some things with home servers.

  2. Snap – I have a DL-604T modem too – brought from Oz – lucky the previous tenant in our current place had left a telepermitted line splitter (the ph line is a slightly different size between Australia and NZ) and pretty much plugged in and went. Well it did after I “accidently” hung up on the first tech who was convinced that it was the fact that the modem was Australian was the issue -we had already changed the PVC settings which my Australian provider had told me was what I would need to do – the problem was that I was supposed to intuit that the login name had to have “@xtra.co.nz” at the end of it – idiots! I have discovered over both Australia and telecom that I need to hang up promptly if I get an idiot who can’t understand that if I say “I am connected to the modem at 10.1,1,1 using Firefox 3.6 and cannot see the do not have any Internet connectivity” means that we do not have to “start Internet explorer” LOL

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