[NCLUG] Wanted: DMT DSL Modem. Cisco 678?

Jamie Fishback jamiefishback at gmail.com
Sat Jan 8 10:41:15 MST 2005

Bob, who is your ISP?  Normally with packet loss there are several
things that could be wrong.  From just the brief description that you
talked about (reseting the modem helped) there could be few options. 
One, it could be a line issue, you are still with QWest, but switching
from CAP to DMT does change somethings.  Two, the modem could be
bad/flaky  but normally this is a consistent packet loss and resetting
doesn't help for very long.  The last thing, the ISP could have
something set up wrong on their end from changing from CAP to DMT.

As far as modems go, ActionTec would be my suggestion.  They are easy
to setup and maintain.  I have both the 678 and Actiontec gt701 and I
have never had any problems with the gt701.  I have a small network
setup of 3 computers, one being wireless, and there has only been one
occasion where I've had to reconnect the modem to the internet.

Hopefully this helps.

On Sat, 8 Jan 2005 10:23:34 -0700, Bob Proulx <bob at proulx.com> wrote:
> I have recently upgraded my Fort Collins Qwest DSL line from CAP to
> DMT in order to take the speed to 1.5/1 Mbs down/up.  My old trusty
> Cisco 675 only does CAP.  I borrowed a Cisco 678 from a friend.  But I
> could not talk him into selling it to me.  He is planning on using it
> himself again very soon.  This may not be a bad thing.  I fear this
> particular modem may be flakey.  Periodically my connection gets into
> a high packet loss state[1].  Is it the modem, the line, the ISP
> equipment?  Not sure.  Sometimes reseting things helps.  Sometimes it
> does not.  I need to replace the modem regardless so I am going to
> work that angle first.  I am thinking the problem is the modem.
> That puts me in the market for a DMT capable DSL modem.  The current
> new ones are the ActionTec.  But I think I would prefer a Cisco 678
> which unfortunately is no longer manufactured.  I need to start
> looking on eBay to see what kinds of deals I can find.  But I would
> prefer to find one in the Fort Collins and nearby area that I could
> just drive to and pick up from someone.  If you happen to have one of
> these that you would be willing to sell I would be interested in
> talking to you.  I would prefer a Cisco 678 but may be interested in
> the ActionTec so I can debug a routing problem I can't figure out with
> the Cisco.  But that is another story.
> Thanks
> Bob Proulx <bob at proulx.com>
> [1] If the page is not dead due to packet loss you can see the
> real time loss of my system.
>   http://www.proulx.com/sys/pingstats.html
> Since the above hopefully will be resolved soon, here are two
> particularly bad days just so you can see the trouble I am having.
>   http://www.proulx.com/sys/data/snapshot-2005-01-01/pingstats.html
>   http://www.proulx.com/sys/data/snapshot-2005-01-08/pingstats.html
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