A modem question for everyone

About three days ago, I noticed the 'send' and 'receive' data lights flashing on my modem even when I was NOT online. This puzzled me and caused me concern. I was playing a quick game of Spider Solitaire before going out to a small job, when I realized they were flashing. I immediately unplugged the cable thinking someone had hacked my pc. Then I ran spyware and virus software, but it showed nothing. The next couple of days, it happened again. Yesterday, I called my IP to ask about this. The woman asked me if I had a wireless router or another computer in the house and I told her no. She then said that she had no explanation for it. But she did take my name and address and someone would be out checking on the lines. ?????? Who knows how long that will take.

This morning when I got up, every single green light was on and the send/receive lights were flashing even though, the pc was shut off. That means, all night long, someone was using my pc? my power? my internet access? what?

The lights in question on the modem are labeled: PC, Cable, Send, Receive, and Power. How could all of these green lights be on when my pc was off? And why would the send and receive date lights be flashing when I am offline?

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I am retired from real 9 to 5 jobs. I do my artwork and occasionally write poetry. In September 2010, I moved to Fargo, ND after spending 60 years in Phoenix, Arizona. Now, five years later, July 2015, I'm back in Arizona. And yes, I love the heat!
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83 Responses to A modem question for everyone

  1. daxonmacs says:

    Originally posted by Frlmnk:

    Why a modem would need to constantly change ip is a little far fetched.

    It's not the modem that needs to a change of ip address but using dynamic ip addresses allows the povider to sign up more customers on the same loop ( cable ) than they would be able to in case of using fixed ip addresses.I know what you're talking about dW, you could also use several cgi proxies as a work around for file hosting servers with a waiting time.Rapidshare, however, doesn't require one anymore, it allows single downloads for free users with only a 60 second or so wait, unless the server is really busy and returns the dreaded "try again later" message.

  2. Frlmnk says:

    It seemed to be an attempt to hide ID to me. I had thought that for ID reasons ip addresses were assigned and fixed like the sim card and such.The source server problem is one I am familiar with. Also due to decreased broadband width and the size of pages these days I get booted off the carriers server because loading is taking too long and I have to wait in line again. The speed of my own cpu being only a factor. How much of a factor being difficult to gauge without direct comparison. A couple miles closer to town and it seems like a whole new ballgame. Link up wifi and it's a different world. I've yet to check out the wifi capabilities of operamini. I'm not even sure if it's device limited.

  3. daxonmacs says:

    Opera mini won't restrict the way you access the internet in any way, if memory serves me well. The way you connect is in the settings of your phone, wifi, 3g, or wap or whatever other possibilities.Also, opera mini gets the web pages from the opera servers, that reduces the size of pages considerably.Check out the savings!

  4. Frlmnk says:

    Wow! That must be why I'm running it.

  5. Frlmnk says:

    Will it gimme a free ride to the library too?;)

  6. Weatherlawyer says:

    Most programmes come with a check for updates bug. Java Runtime and Open office do it too so there is nothing wrong with the usually unwanted idea.What are needed on Microsoft boxes are AV and other security updates. But every refresh needs an update.What you can neer know is who is wardriving your ISP connection.The worst that can happen is that you will get a call for thousands of dollars from the crooks running digital rights scams if someone downloads Pirates of Penzance in your IP name.The least is that you can go overbudget on your ISP bandwidth allowance. There should be a way for you to be able to stop outsiders accessing your ISP line and your ISP should be able to tell you when you are over the limit. But whether they will or not depends on how helpful their Asian help office is.Check out a US version of ISPReview

  7. cakkleberrylane says:

    Wierd stuff….. Here's another one. I was checking my email the other day and for a second or two, an email message flashed on. I only had enough time to read the sender's name and a little of the text, it said that she had planned to reschedule a fundraiser event. I was not able to find the email she sent, so I asked her to resend it. She said although she had planned to reschedule it, she had never sent me any email about it.

  8. NLDH says:

    Hi Pam, hope you found a solution for your PC ^^Just want to stop by to say hello and hope you are well.Enjoy your weekend!

  9. daxonmacs says:

    Originally posted by cakkleberrylane:

    Here's another one….

    Sounds like a case for the X-files

  10. DBabbit says:

    Pam, my mother has a Speedstream Modem, and the same thing happened to her with all the lights going even when she had the computer off. (She has DSL.) Last week I literally heard the modem making sizzling noises, and then it died. She's going to be offline until her cable (after 40 years) finally gets installed in April. I'd call COX back and have them bring out another modem.

  11. derWandersmann says:

    Originally posted by daxonmacs:

    Rapidshare, however, doesn't require one anymore, it allows single downloads for free users with only a 60 second or so wait

    Ummm … what Rapidshare are you using? I just did a bunch of downloads (get this: someone uploaded Celtic Thunder: the Show in 41! segments … it took me all day to download). I thought I'd try it, but nope, it gave me the old heave-ho, saying that I had reached my download limit after the first one was done.I had to do the old "Mr. Chameleon: man of many faces" bit.

  12. daxonmacs says:

    @dW:WHen I use rapidshare.com, it only gives me a waiting period as a free user, something like 60 seconds, but no more limits on daily downloads, if by now they haven't changed it again. Download speed is still slower but that's okay with me.I noticed other file hosting services still maintain a daily limit.On another note, there are other solutions.

  13. daxonmacs says:

    Originally posted by Weatherlawyer:

    I should have got married.

    More complications :DHere's a solution

  14. Weatherlawyer says:

    No. What I really want is someone to make fidges and freezers 700 mm high (27 -28) inches to go under my computer so I can have a beer or a pizza when I want one.But when it refrosted I had a slab of ice in an unopened bag of broccoli. How did that get there?Why do standard fridges have to be over 30 inches high? You can't use them as tables at that height.Would they work sideways if I put some books on them. I have a load of library books I daren't take back. Nor throw away.Shoot. My life is complicated!I should have got married.

  15. Weatherlawyer says:

    That much beer would solve all my problems. How would it work on dodgy modems though?

  16. Weatherlawyer says:

    Thanks. I almost understood that. What I really need is something to stop me switching my fridge off by mistake when I douse the computer at night.But at least I ate well that day. Mostly. I never noticed for a while and I was out of cheese anyway.How does all that water get into frozen veg?

  17. daxonmacs says:

    WL: bandwith use is obvious I think. When you stream your music or videos, your upload is going to be used.I do think however that you can set a certain bandwidth to be used, as to allow you to still browse the web comfortably and if not, they should add that feature.Over here some adsl providers don't take upload into account, so streaming wouldn't be an issue.Cable providers still do.In short Unite is something between a torrent client and a filehosting service, with your own harddrive as host, and folders of your choice to be allocated.You can password protect the access, I'm not sure about setting a bandwidth limit.Interesting gadget if your provider has entered the 21st century.

  18. daxonmacs says:

    Probably not whatsoever, but after a few beers you would no longer mind ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. daxonmacs says:

    Originally posted by Weatherlawyer:

    How does all that water get into frozen veg?

    You want the explanation of the phenomenon cellular base or the technical one?

  20. Weatherlawyer says:

    Anyone got any idea what this Opera Untie does? Apparently you can use your desktop as a server for the internet with it. I don't know how that works it sounds very much like a botnet to me. And what would it do to your bandwidth?Bandwidth.

  21. Frlmnk says:

    Flood or drought, freeze or fry here. So why is this all so much like sticking my tongue in a light socket?

  22. derWandersmann says:

    Fridges don't work sideways, WL. Take it from me.

  23. Frlmnk says:

    Are you sayin' you're buyin'?

  24. PainterWoman says:

    Hahahaha…..drinks are on me tonight. I just became a grandma!

  25. gdare says:


  26. Frlmnk says:

    Yes. Congratulations Painterwoman. :up::D

  27. Weatherlawyer says:

    Congrats grannie. Boning up on fairy stories now, eh?Piccies of pixie?

  28. daxonmacs says:

    Congratulations, Pam.Guess there's paint on the canvas, eh? ๐Ÿ˜€

  29. PainterWoman says:

    Originally posted by daxonmacs:

    Guess there's paint on the canvas, eh?

    Yes, there is. Am working on two small paintings, an 8 x 10 in. and a 5 x 7 inch. Since I usually paint on 24 x 36 or larger, it is a challenge with these small canvases. I tend to get very nit picky with small paintings. It's difficult to have flying brushes on such a small surface.Back outside I must go. I'll photograph them at some point and do a post later.

  30. PainterWoman says:

    Pictures of my granddaughter will be sent to me soon.Still having issues with the flickering lights on the modem. Now, also, I'm having an issue with my Opera browser. I wanted to make the text 'huge' and in 'green' in my new blog post about becoming a grandma and it wouldn't let me. There was a note that said 'enable Javascript' but I checked and it already is. So then I disabled it, then enabled it but still couldn't do what I wanted in the text. Oh well. Have already been sitting for half an hour and don't feel like messing with the problems or asking at the help desk. Will do it later after doing stuff outside.

  31. derWandersmann says:

    OK … I talked to my kid. You have nothing to worry about. The modem lights flashing when the pooter is offline, and even when it is turned off (the pooter, not the modem) is perfectly normal. It is caused by your ISP just checking to see that there is still a machine at that address. It does that periodically, especially when no packets are being sent or received, just to keep itself up to date.

  32. PainterWoman says:

    Thanks dW. I was really thinking someone was using my Internet connection because I'd never seen the lights going when the pc wasn't on. It is still doing it periodically but I have a new anti-virus software which tells me nothing is wrong. Changing that software was one of the things I did just in case the old one wasn't picking out the bad stuff.

  33. anonymous says:

    Anonymous writes:I also have the Scientifc Atlanta DPC2100 through Cox (Phoenix)Arizona. I also have their Cable TV and Digital phone. I am having the same issues. I think it is Cox and/or the modem personally. My modem does the same thing if the computer is on or off and at all different times of the day. I unplug the modem for 20-30 seconds and it resets itself and all is well until the next time. It happens about 8 times per month. The constants are that all the lights are flashing wildly and I cannot connect to the internet when this happens. Right at this moment I am obviously on the internet and only 3 lights are on. The flashing PC, the cable and the power lights.I find the whole thing quite annoying and hesitate to call Cox for obvious reasons but will eventually. As to viruses or hacking I don't think so. I have a firewall, AVG, Spybot, Adaware and all are dated daily/weekly and run daily/weekly.Call your ISP and get a new modem.

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