[DSL] Frontier Siemens SE567 vs. Netgear 7550 I'm in the middle of a small upgrade, (1500kbps to 37xxkbps.) Off peak hours, I'm getting somewhat satisfactory DL speeds, (2K-3k depending on who & where.)
The Netgear DSL modem is constantly blinking every few seconds, even when computer is offline. (wifi turned off & sleeping.) The Siemens modem remains pretty much dormant in the same situation. Both are getting similar up/down speeds.
I enabled firewall logging on the Netgear and it seems that it is constantly trying to send user info.
Is the newer, Netgear modem more prone to "phoning home" (sending my personal information?) I get the feeling that "big brother" is looking over my shoulder a bit more than the old setup.
North Tonawanda, NY
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What you're probably noticing is ARP activity on your network. The new modems such as the Westell 7500 and the Netgear 7550 have a Network List which the modems themselves maintain. To do this they use ARP which is a one to all protocol on a network. It broadcasts to every port BUT the Internet as it scans. It does this to detect devices with static IPs in the same subnet as the rest of your network.
If you want that to stop, log into the modem at »192.168.1.1/ or »192.168.254.254/ using the username of admin/admin respectively, and then click on "My Connected Network" or "My Network" at the top of the navigation. From here, there will be a button towards the right of the page to disable Network Scanning. This shuts off the network list but it also cuts down on all of that ARP activity when you have no devices connected.
reply to oLNutjoB
Which light is blinking?
I guess it could be ARP if it's the LAN light, but that's certainly not phoning anywhere off of your network.
If it's the internet light, I think it might be the LCP keep-alive that prevents the PPP session from dropping.
reply to Smith6612
Thanks guys. My biggest concern is/was that I have an Apple Time Capsule connected (which is constantly blinking, staying active & fairly warm.)
The darned thing has been replaced twice under warranty (an expensive piece of crap.) When it self destructs again, it's my baby & won't be replaced with the same, though It is useful for file sharing between systems. (I'm slowly migrating from the Mac platform.)