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post #1 of 4 Old 09-10-2012, 03:52 PM - Thread Starter
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So I've got HSI through my local cable provider and I've been experiencing frequent drop outs of signal. Sometimes the internet just goest down for a bit, cable modem seems to be resetting itself and then it'll come back. I was looking at the lines coming into the house and I noticed something attached to the cable about 2in long that says "Arcom FBR-3A/82" on it. From what I've read it's some sort of filter but I don't know exactly what it does. I've heard these can cut out some of the frequencies coming down the line. I would assume that could be a good thing if it's filtering out extraneous noise, but perhaps it's cutting out signal I need? Does anyone know? I read a couple of places these traps are pretty antiquated these days and can be left over from the pre-digital days when people were trying to steal service. What's the story with this thing?
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Just remove it. It's not good for you.
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Originally Posted by olyteddy View Post

Just remove it. It's not good for you.
You make it sound like a wart or hemorrhoid or something. wink.gif


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Well.... I'd contact my cable provider and let them try to diagnose and remediate. It could be that filter (which may be there for a reason) failing, it could be poor levels/signal from the pole/ped, it could be a failing modem or it could be a bad coax/connector.

FWIW, I basically experienced the same issues a few years ago. After a week or two of replacing connectors, splitter and coax, I got a new cable modem from the provider. Problem resolved. I wish I had done that first. wink.gif

Also, you may be able to access the modem's diagnostic info by to obtain a log of failures and signal levels, which may help with diagnosis.
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