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just visiting Inactive Member07 Feb 2012 8:49 p.m. PST

I had modem issues today; I went to hook up a new wireless modem in anticipation of the change of phone and DSL providers on Monday the 13th Instant; because I did not want to be unprepared when the moment came to switch modems from the old to the new. Anyway, the new modem would not access the Net, so I put all the cables back into the old configuration: the phones stopped working and the Net still was not accessible, even though the old modem showed all the indicator lights on. I called the new provider and got no joy; I did get the unwelcome news that my order number and account number were wrong; then someone else told me they were right and the previous "right" numbers were mistaken. I talked to my current, soon to be erstwhile provider; and they could not accomplish anything other than to screw up the phone even more: before at least it was trying to connect to the provider for verification, now it did not even recognize us as a customer. Furthermore, the Net remained inaccessible, on my laptop, until I disconnected from our old router, and then reconnected to it again. BUT, only tiny pieces of the Net will open; 90% of the pages I try to access wind up not displaying; TMP is one of a very few pages that I can access. I can't get to Hotmail, or Amazon/Kindle, or Discover or my credit union; I can get to Angelfire, TMP, and before I could get to gmail; but now, a couple of hours later, it too is no longer accessible.

I am not feeling good. Monday is a long way out there, and this can only get worse. And we have no telephone; because we temporarily, stoopidly, tried out a digital phone service. STOOPID! The phone goes down, along with the Net connection, and HOW am I supposed to contact customer support? Only by cellphone, which I personally do not have; and my wife's has limited minutes….

goragrad08 Feb 2012 12:54 a.m. PST

How well do you get along with the neighbors? Do any still have a landline?

One reason I still keep the land line even though I have access to a cell and have been considering a digital service as well.

Did you set up the original modem? Was there a configuration/setup disk?

My AOL dsl setup required a username and password – which happened to be my phone number with a couple extra digits added.

On the other hand my sister-in-laws setup from Qwest required a router setup (which I believe is standard now).

Of course neither explains the partial access.

Personal logo Klebert L Hall Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2012 6:37 a.m. PST

DSL! How cute!
-Kle.

Old Slow Trot08 Feb 2012 7:35 a.m. PST

I still have a land-line.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian08 Feb 2012 8:28 a.m. PST

I keep an analog phone and landline handy. My reasoning is that when the power is out that the phone still works

Caesar08 Feb 2012 9:27 a.m. PST

Unless the power is out EVERYWHERE.

adub74 Inactive Member08 Feb 2012 10:14 a.m. PST

"power is out EVERYWHERE."

You'd be amazed at how strong the phone system is. There's a reason why you never see a window in a phone switch building.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian08 Feb 2012 10:27 a.m. PST

Ceasar, the Phone system is on its own power system. I seem to recall that PacBell could operate for @ 8 days on their own, possibly more if they could get fuel

Caesar08 Feb 2012 2:48 p.m. PST

Everywhere.

just visiting Inactive Member09 Feb 2012 8:44 a.m. PST

Yeah, in all the years we had a land line, I never once lost phone service. So we are going back to the land line next week. I will not be switching back to anything else. This is it. You get what you pay for, and sometimes you pay for what you don't get; as with this experiment in digital phone service: it goes down too often on its own, and each power blip/outage screws with it as well.

I fixed the modem/router problem yesterday, after TWO days of thrashing about between our soon to be erstwhile provider and upcoming provider. The modem/router is an Actiontec PK5000; I was finally able to find out how to change the username and password to mine at my soon to be erstwhile provider; next week, the new provider (Qwest/CenturyLink), our old provider, will of course provide us with their username and password. Right now, the Net is operating swimmingly. The partial Net access went away when I got the Actiontec modem/router going….

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