I just upgraded to the 6mb service. Love the new speed!
But... ever since the upgrade, the phone line goes out a lot now. It goes out several times a day. Not just the DSL, but the actual phone line goes dead. There is no dial tone at the NID box outside the house.
At first it was just one long, entire day outage (maybe some maintenance?). Then it became 1-2 hour outages. Now it's like 15 minute outages, several times a day. This is very distressing since in the past several years (when I had 1.5MB, then 3MB), these type of outages was maybe a once a year occurence.
I checked the line stats on my DSL modem, Speedstream 5260, and this is what I got:
--- General Bridge Information
System Mode - Bridge
System Type - SpeedStream 5660-R:ENI
System HW Version - 0
System Up Time - 1 Days 2 Hours 24 Minutes 21 Seconds
Software Version - 2.3.0(6) Dec 12 2001 10:31:37
Factory MAC Address - xxx
DSL Phy Description - Motorola 850 SAR Alcatel/RT Adapter
DSL Phy Version -
DSL Interface State - Up
Spanning Tree Mode - Disabled
Bridging Filter Mode - Disabled
Ethernet Interface - 10.0.0.1/255.0.0.0
Command-> show dslstatus
--- DSL Status
Cell Delineation - True
DSL State - Up
--- Channel Info ATU-R ATU-C
Current TX Rate - 512000 8000000
Previous TX Rate - 0 0
CRC Block Length - - -
Interleave Delay - - -
--- Physical Layer Info ATU-R ATU-C
Current Attainable Rate - 556521 14035087
Current SNR Margin - 8.0 21.0
Current Attenuation - 29.0 13.0
Current Output Power - 12.0 20.0
Defects detected - No No
Loss of Framing - No Loss No Loss
Loss of Signal - No Loss No Loss
Loss of Power - No Loss No Loss
Loss of Signal Quality - No Loss No Loss
--- ATU-R Line Status
-- Press any key to continue --
Line Coding - DMT
Line Type - Fast or Interleaved
From what I've read over in the ATT forums, those line stats are good (SNR Margin of 8.0 is "fair", Attentuation of 29.0 is "excellent"). And rightly so, since when the connection is up, I have 0 problems whatsoever. Fast, consistent 6.5mb+ speeds with low latency.
But then the phone dies and the internet dies with it as well.
A Bellsouth... er AT&T technician came to the house twice. The technician said the phone line was up when they came by so the problem is "wiring inside the house." And they charged us $85 a pop for the visits... Grrrr.
What should be my next step? How could I explain my problem better so I can get this resolved?
Should I be going through ATNEX support or AT&T?