DSL Internet periodically shuts off
Fleetwood11
Enthusiast - Level 1

 My High Speed DSL internet seems to periocially shut off. This problem started a week or so ago and is not correlated with a change in internet usage. It usually occurs after a few minutes of use, all lights on the router will stay green (power, WiFi, DSL, & Internet lights) but all our devices will show they are no longer connected to the internet. The problem can be temporarally fixed by re-starting the router but it will disconect again after a few minutes (around 5-20), once the internet shuts off the second (and subsequent) time(s) the "internet" light will turn off, all other lights will stay green. We frequently stream so it most often happens while trying to watch something, but not always. The problem occurs with devices connected via WiFi and Eathernet Cabel. The Verizion support line I called didn't get me any further than re-starting the router, I'm planning to call back sometime this week when I'm at home and have time.

I suspect this is some kind of problem with the router itself but would like to see if anyone has another idea before I buy a new one.

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mike1907
Newbie

its a good thing AND a bad thing to see other people having the same issue. Over the past year I have had (6) technicians visit, (3) router swap outs, and having to reset the router 2-3x every day. Our cell phones do not connect, both android and iphones, and was promised multiple times that FIOS was the cure and will be in area "soon". this past week, i had someone from Russia hack into my network, got my amazon password, etc. when i get into my router as admin, i can see (5) other devices connected to my network and it is only my wife and i at home. I tried calling support but no one has been able to help. Frustration is at an all time high

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MAR856
Newbie

This has been happening to us also.  Was ready to go buy a new router--glad I found these posting first.  I cannot understand how Verizon can ignore this when so many are having the same issue.  I have not tried calling support yet but when I was logged in to myverizon a message came up saying 'you may have an internet connectivity problem".  Took my throught the reboot of router thing.  Then told me it was fixed.  I highly doubt it  is since that was the like the 8th time we rebooted the router today.

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Renee114
Newbie

Yes, have the same problem.  It's happened about five times in the last hour for me. Internet just cuts out. Phone lines across the street are covered in vines and trees are hanging on them. No homes there. How do I get Verizon to come here and clear the lines? I suspect the problem may be there. Had a power outage and the power company took the tree off the power line and left it on the phone line. Argh.

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kh-gary
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Hi Renee1,

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RQuickDraw
Newbie

Well, the Verizon tech seems to have found the problem. A family of squirrels made a home up there and had chewed through the wire.  At least my connection is more consistent now.

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Tony3825
Newbie

I have been having the same problem with the internet cutting in and out.  It happens every day and has been doing this for a long time.   But in addition to that I have been having issues with emails since Verizon switched us over to AOL and then merged all that with Yahoo.  For the last month or so my emails are delayed sometimes as much as 3 days.  I subscribe to the our 511 road alerts so I can keep track of draw bridges that seem to open on a schedule.  That is good but when the alert arrives 3 days late, that isn't good.  I had to add the alerts to my Gmail acccount and they arrive on time.  What is going on with Verizon???

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RQuickDraw
Newbie

Well, it has now been 1 month of poor and inconsistent DSL connections for me. Even when I have a connection the speed is less than 1 Mbps and only lasts for 10 minutes.  I even upgraded my equipment to a new Actiontec gateway, but that hasn't helped. (I lost my connection 3 times while posting this message.) I'll be contacting Verizon tomorrow to have a tech stop out. Maybe he can fix it. 

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amytaracido
Enthusiast - Level 2

YES!!! See how many people this is happening to? It's amazing!!! I have had Verizon DSL for over 15 years with zero issues UNTIL this April when it began disconnecting CONSTANTLY and got to the point of only having connections for maybe 10 minutes a day. It DOES WORK during that 10 minutes and they at one point told me the problem was not on my end! even sent me a new modem/router just in case since my other one was older. But still almost ZERO connectivity since April.  Still getting my $83+ monthly internet/phone bill though!

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furrmom
Enthusiast - Level 1

We have been having issues for quite some time with Verizon, phone and internet.  The past 12 months have been horrible.  Internet is out sometimes over a week at a time.  This has been happening almost once a month.. Calling tech help is the most frustrating process imaginable.  Every call, you must start from scratch, usually with a C.S. rep from overseas, even if you have a repair/ ticket number .  After approx. one hour repeating the same processes, I am told, there is an issue with the lines and they will create a repair order.  Eventually, we will get some sporadic internet usage, only to begin cutting out again within a weeks time.  We have lived here over 30 yrs, and the lines along the road have not been replaced once.  I have actually been told by Service tech that the issue is the old copper road lines, but Verizon will not invest in repairing them.. 
  I am at my wits end, Comcast will soon be getting our addition business for internet. 
  To add to the crappy service reception, Verizon allowed AT&T to add their long distance to our account even though we had 3rd party billing blocked .  This had happened once before, since we do not use our landline for long distance calls ( basically we keep our landlin for emergency calls due to poor cell phone reception here). We had them correct the issue and add the 3rd party blocking, last month, it happened again !  Then the kicker, this months billed had a charge for changing my long distance provider !   This is the type of service Verizon provides it's customers.

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RQuickDraw
Newbie

I am having the same problem. I agree with Stan that it seems like no one has been able to get this problem fixed. I am using a Westell 6100G modem and a Netgear WNR-1000 router. I would pay to upgrade my equipment but that hasn't helped anyone on this forum. BTW, I haven't called for tech help yet. I gues that is next, but, based on what I have read here I am not too hopeful they can help. I don't want to go with Comcast but it might come to that. 

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Stan9329
Enthusiast - Level 1

I see lots of customers reporting the same intermittent DSL operation I am having BUT no one is responding that Verizon fixed it.  I am having the same "DSL internet periodically shuts off" experiences.  I haven't changed my Westell 6100 modem, yet.  I'm not sure why I would or should since none of these posts reported any success.  Half way through typing this post my DSL went down (red INTERNET LED).  I waited 4 minutes for DSL to come back on so I could continue to seek help in fixing it.

Has anyone successfully resolved this issue??

bshan75
Newbie

I've had the same issue for the past year. They sent me a new modem and it didn't help. They then sent another modem (same model) which couldn't be truned on. I'm seriously looking at local cable since this is obviously unreliable service.

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mike1907
Newbie

my only option is to go back to Comcast as FiOS is not offered in my town yet and wont be for some time. after (6) technician visits, (2) switches at the box, (3) modem swaps and multiple calls to tech support, no one can fix the issue. I continue to hear static on my phone, they can hear it but still no solution. My internet continues to drop 2-3x per day. ugh

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isanothappy
Enthusiast - Level 1

Have similar issue as everyone else. Internet disconnects several times per day, but mostly between 11 am and 2pm. We have FIOS for the last 4 years. The issue started around Feb 2018.  Why does not one mention throttling ?  I read Cali first responders is suing Verizon for throttling.  I watch my link speed, it goes up and down , sometimes to crawl, through the day.  anyone found a solution ? 

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Renee114
Newbie

Yes, there is throttling. Getting kicked off some sites now or notification that I don't have the proper bandwidth. End of the month...

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janeb2
Enthusiast - Level 3

Me, too.   So I purchased a new router, which didn't help.  Calling doesn't help, either.  

RP33
Newbie

Having the same problem; it used to be intermittent but has now gone on for a week. Doesn’t matter if it’s the phone or the desktop computer, and the computer is plugged directly into the router (Actiontec GT7 that came with this DSL setup new four years ago). 

I don’t get a red light on the router. But the internet light constantly flickers. It won’t stay steady green. The DSL light is steady solid green, as is the wireless light. Rebooting has not helped. Aside from the router lights, I know the line gets a signal because the phone rings when dialed.

Ironically, this began happening just after the most recent bill payment ($115). Also ironic: A Fios truck was parked outside the same day this problem began. I have not gotten any notice that DSL is being discontinued or that a Fios upgrade is mandatory in this building or neighborhood. If it is, I would like that made explicit. 

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RP33
Newbie

Just got off the phone with a help desk technician. He ran some line tests and also had me swap the ends of the line running from the wall jack to the router. He concluded that the phone line is fine. The problem is with the Verizon DSL Internet line as it comes into the apartment building. A repair tech is scheduled to come by on Monday.

I mentioned to the help desk guy that I saw a Fios truck here the day this problem began and speculated that maybe a Fios installation has interfered with the line. He agreed that this is possible. Big Kudos to him for thoroughness and honesty.

If Fios is in fact here now, I may just upgrade. TBA.

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Hailstorm4
Enthusiast - Level 2

I just spent $40 on a new router from Verizon & the internet still keeps dropping. Have to reboot the router sometimes 3 times in a row... 

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maurmike1
Newbie

I've been having this same problem since June. It drops off periodically between 11AM and 2PM. It virtually never drops off late in the day or at night. Obviously it's not the modem. I've  tried getting past the automated voice on the socalled "Customer Support" line without success. 

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