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Wannabe Geek

#21814 7-May-2008 16:18
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Hi All, First post so go gentle. Have recently built a new pc with bits from pb tech which all went fine until I downloaded all the updates(for XP Home). On one of the reboots, would not make the connection with NIC set to connect automatically, limited connectivity and would connect, it said, if i set the addresses but would only send packets and not receive. Tried setting modem back to factory defaults and system restored back to initial config when I built at the weekend but still no good. In the meantime, was connecting with laptop using wireless and getting reasonable speed. Always noticed that LAN light blinked very rapidly, on all 4 modem ports, not sure why but had noticed this on previous pc as well and latterly connection speed was getting slower and slower but had been doing much more on laptop and didn't think too much about it(have moved to Dunners from Auckland and its a lot warmer downstairs beside the fire!!).
Anyway, light dawning slowly, last night I connected the laptop to the modem via LAN and it connected!! Went to and having just got 2.8Mbps on the wireless it eventually struggled over the line at a whopping 16kpbs, though interestingly upload was about 100 where wireless was consistently 135 which I'm sure will be the limited speed (I'm on Xtra 6GB plan).
Decided that I probably had a stuffed router part of the modem so installed a wireless pci card from the kids pc and all connected fine and got about 3.2Mbps on the speedtest, so all good. Would appreciate if anyone could advise if they agree that router is stuffed or can be retrieved or will have to buy another wireless card for the kids pc, daughter will not be able to live without messenger.
Would have asked Dynalink technical help but neither the 0800 or 09 number are connecting.

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  #129217 7-May-2008 19:16
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Nice to read new people.  Over on the Slingshot forums, that have a thread More information regarding the Telecom upgrade/PPP Issues which is causing, what sounds like your problem.  Is there a thread on geekzone?

Quote form there:
Telecom is definitely not downgrading their exchanges to resolve this issue.
Instead they are rolling out a new version of firmware to their ADSL2+ hardware, to fix what they have now confirmed as a bug with their current implementation.

When an 'exchange' or a node (for lack of a better word) is upgraded to ADSL2+ this actually involves the installation of new hardware.
It is the implementation of this new hardware (and the current software running on it) that appears to be the cause of these PPP issues.

Telecom has advised they are confident this issue will be resolved by this new firmware release, and thus there should be no need to replace customer routers etc.
In any case, they have now advised the issue is not related to a specific brand of router/router chipset, so in theory replacing the router should not fix the problem (unless the router itself was genuinely faulty to begin with).

Although I'm not completely in the loop with Telecom's rollout process, I do know that our router supplier (Dynalink) worked with them to ensure their routers were compatible with the new equipment, and would work succesfully with Telecoms implementation of ADSL2+.

To be fair to all the companies involved, this issue does seem very unusual, and I presume would be hard to replicate in a lab.
As I've speculated before, it does seem to be very dependant on the customers telephone line conditions and distance from the exchange etc.

If you yourself are experiencing this problem I encourage you to contact our helpdesk to discuss the issue.


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Wannabe Geek

  #129228 7-May-2008 20:15
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Thanks for reply hellonearthisman, not sure it is quite the same thing though as other people were having PPP issues and losing connection where I have good connection with wireless pc's but LAN won't connect to any of the ethernet ports.

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