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Jiriteach

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#153620 2-Oct-2014 22:21
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Hi There, 

So I am experiencing a few interesting problems.

I had a few issues initially when I signed up to Snap and I experienced drop outs every time a decent amount of traffic started flowing through my connection. This was easily corrected after a few days when my profile was corrected on Chorus's end.

Since then my connection has been OK'ish but I still experience drop outs every now and then.

I have rung the help desk a number of times and every time the guys have been incredibly helpful apart from the last guy who basically told me that there is nothing that can be done?

I have been running some tests.

This week I have experienced ~ 1 to 2 drop outs a day.
This evening I have had 7 in the space of an hour.

Is this normal?

House is brand new, all of the wiring is brand new - Just 1 cable between the Fritzbox and ONT.

Any ideas? Starting to get a little annoying. The drop outs are as per the Fritzbox log.

Thanks

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  #1146124 2-Oct-2014 22:21
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Hello... Our robot found some keywords in your post, so here is an automated reply with some important things to note regarding broadband speeds.

 



 

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  #1146151 2-Oct-2014 22:56
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While I have had no personal involvement with a running UFB installation (I wish!), I'm told that the dropouts that we are kinda used to with ADSL and it's signal-strength and cable-length issues just don't happen with fibre.  The fibre should either work or not work.

What I suggest is setting up a piece of software like PingPlotter (try the free one http://www.pingplotter.com/freeware.html) to do a test between you and a local server (maybe smtp.snap.net.nz) every 1 or 2 or 5 minutes.  This will send a test to each bit of equipment between you and the destination server every x minutes and show you the time it takes for the reply to come back.  At times the result fails, take a screenshot and save the screenshot image with the date and time it happened.  Collect a few of these and send them to Snap.

This should help identify where the issue is occurring.

If you see issues but the tests to a Snap server are fine then the issue may be beyond Snap's immediate network.  Switch to www.google.co.nz as the destination server in PingPlotter and see who you get on.  When a dropout occurs, try a web search from www.google.co.nz.  

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  #1146155 2-Oct-2014 23:04
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Ild speak to Snap, Possibly Ralph here on GZ might be your best bet.. 

This has been an issue that has gone around for a little while, and i have heard a few squeaks that a recent upgrade snap can push out does resolve it. - Based upon what information you have given.



just to double check, are you getting PPP drops? are you getting these drops when your connection is under load?




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  #1146156 2-Oct-2014 23:04
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I agree that these sorts of issues shouldn't be occurring on fibre. To be honest, my UFB line drops out more than the ADSL2 line I had in my previous house with Orcon so its pretty frustrating. 

Thanks for the suggestion although I am not getting packet drops, I am getting full connection drops where PPP timeout errors are occurring on the Fritzbox. 

Power is OK, the device is not restarting, its just dropping its PPP connection which means no traffic can be routed over it until its back.
What's worse, is that when its trying to re-negotiate, I get either duplicate IP errors or access denied. It eventually comes back.

So its either:
1. The ONT
2. The Fritzbox
3. The cable - Ruled this out.
4 Something on Chrous's end
5. Something on Snap's end

Or its normal? Find this hard to believe.

Dynamic: While I have had no personal involvement with a running UFB installation (I wish!), I'm told that the dropouts that we are kinda used to with ADSL and it's signal-strength and cable-length issues just don't happen with fibre.  The fibre should either work or not work.

What I suggest is setting up a piece of software like PingPlotter (try the free one http://www.pingplotter.com/freeware.html) to do a test between you and a local server (maybe smtp.snap.net.nz) every 1 or 2 or 5 minutes.  This will send a test to each bit of equipment between you and the destination server every x minutes and show you the time it takes for the reply to come back.  At times the result fails, take a screenshot and save the screenshot image with the date and time it happened.  Collect a few of these and send them to Snap.

This should help identify where the issue is occurring.

If you see issues but the tests to a Snap server are fine then the issue may be beyond Snap's immediate network.  Switch to www.google.co.nz as the destination server in PingPlotter and see who you get on.  When a dropout occurs, try a web search from www.google.co.nz.  

Let us know how you get on.

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  #1146161 2-Oct-2014 23:08
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I've tried speaking to the helpdesk on many occasions and we run all the same tests every time and I get told to monitor it and ring back if it continues so if Ralph can help or someone else at Snap, I would be really appreciative. 

Yup I am getting PPP timeout errors logged on the Fritzbox. I used to get this under load but not anymore. Snap put through a request to Chorus to change my profile and since then I don't get drop offs under load. I am getting now at random times. Sometimes 1 a day, sometimes 2 a day, this evening 7.

hio77: Ild speak to Snap, Possibly Ralph here on GZ might be your best bet.. 

This has been an issue that has gone around for a little while, and i have heard a few squeaks that a recent upgrade snap can push out does resolve it. - Based upon what information you have given.



just to double check, are you getting PPP drops? are you getting these drops when your connection is under load?

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  #1146162 2-Oct-2014 23:10
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Ild say Ralph will catch this thread tomorrow morning. 

or you could PM  them directly, http://www.geekzone.co.nz/user_public.asp?user_id=36632








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  #1146189 3-Oct-2014 01:10

Can your computers network card do VLAN tagging? If so as a test, set it to VLAN 10. Plug the ONT directly into your computer. Use the Windows built in PPP dialler to connect using your Snap username and password. Just make sure there is a firewall on your computer as it will be directly "on the net" (it will get assigned a public IP addr). If internet doesn't drop out then you know the problem must be with the fritz box.

On my own Snap connection my current PPP session has been live since Sept 25th. And it claims that the previous session had been live from June 1 until Sept 25. (don't believe it as that is far longer than the uptime counter) Not using the fritz box BTW.





 
 
 
 


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  #1146353 3-Oct-2014 10:11
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Its definitely not normal and dont accept anything but a completely stable connection, i have quite a few snap UFB monitored connections running and all are perfect.

You need to rule out the fritz box by either changing to another router or you can connect via your PC's PPPoE dailer, if you have the same issue with other hardware you have done your part
and need to keep on them every day until its solved.





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  #1146356 3-Oct-2014 10:17
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Drop outs on UFB should be near-zero, unless there's a fault. You seem to have more issues in a day than I have had in the 5 months we've had UFB.

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  #1146357 3-Oct-2014 10:19
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Hi Jithen,

Totally agree there is something going wrong here. I've logged a fault for you to see what alarms are showing on the ONT. When I have the results back from that, I will let you know the plan of attack going forward.

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  #1146412 3-Oct-2014 10:39
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Silly question, but you say there's just one cable between the ONT and the Fritzbox. Are you using a cable to your PC or Wifi?

My Snap UFB connection is solid, I've never noticed a drop out.

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  #1146591 3-Oct-2014 13:29
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Thanks Ralph, keen to know what results you get back.

Re: Others
Yes, things are all wired, not wireless.
The drop outs are being logged on the Fritzbox which is wired.

I could try another router, I have 6 others, don't have any spare Fritzbox's but do have some Linksys/Cisco ones, but can't be bothered to go through re-configuring them.

Hopefully, Ralph will get something back from Chorus that will help us diagnose the issue.

It's good to know that this is not normal though.

Thanks

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  #1146755 3-Oct-2014 16:13
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Any update from Chrorus? How long do they normally take with sending these results through? Was hoping to have something resolved by the weekend but I guess that's not going to be possible? Hopefully its something easy to fix.

Thanks

RalphFromSnap: Hi Jithen,

Totally agree there is something going wrong here. I've logged a fault for you to see what alarms are showing on the ONT. When I have the results back from that, I will let you know the plan of attack going forward.

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  #1149407 7-Oct-2014 18:59
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As a matter of interest, what Fritz box are you using and what UFB plan are you on?

Also are the disconnects only happening when you are downloading or uploading significant amounts of data?




 

 

 


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  #1149411 7-Oct-2014 19:04
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UFB plan = 100/50

I experienced frequent disconnections when my connection was first setup and this was due to downloading or uploading significant amounts.
After Snap got Chorus to change my profile, this stabilised but was still experiencing dropouts. Less frequently and more random.

Things have settled down now. We changed the connection speed between the Fritzbox and the ONT from 1GB to 100 Mb. This seems to be working. Still testing.

I am also going to change the cable which sounds pretty random but never know.

cjmchch: As a matter of interest, what Fritz box are you using and what UFB plan are you on?

Also are the disconnects only happening when you are downloading or uploading significant amounts of data?

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