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post #13051 of 13072 Old 08-24-2014, 03:54 AM
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Have Charter internet and having problems?

As of yesterday, Charter is having DNS routing issues nationwide. Don't know (and don't care, you'll see why below) if they've gotten it fixed today.

Because if you're a computer geek you can bypass Charter's issues and fix it yourself.

Change your default DNS to 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 (Google's DNS server) instead of automatic (using Charter).

You can do this per computer/device, or in your router which will apply to all devices connected to it (wired or wireless). If you have several PC's and Smart TV's and Roku boxes and stuff, it's best to do it in the router (so you only have to do it once).

Should solve your internet problems instantly, and you do NOT have to change this setting back if and when Charter gets its own problems fixed.

https://developers.google.com/speed/...dns/docs/using

You can also Google "how to manually change DNS on _____ router"
Replace _____ with your router make/model.

Hope this helps.

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Because if you're a computer geek you can bypass Charter's issues and fix it yourself.

Change your default DNS to 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 (Google's DNS server) instead of automatic (using Charter).
Or if you are even geekier you can run Steve Gibson's DNS utility and find several that are faster than Google.

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You can also Google "how to manually change DNS on _____ router"
Replace _____ with your router make/model.
Alas, not the Motorola NVG510 Residential Gateway supplied by AT&T -- they lock it in. You can, however, set it for each network interface (NIC) and they will bypass the Residential Gateway's slow defaults.

Lots of fun.............
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Thanks, guys. I first noticed the problem yesterday after adding a gig switch and plugging in a few devices for my nephew's system (while also experiencing audio issues). After I finished the cabling, there was no Internet access. I spent a couple of hours troubleshooting, only to give up to watch the Cardinals game. Later, a friend called and said, "So, what's going on with Charter Internet?" He then described exactly the same symptoms as I was having earlier. I also found out that, although I was running, Internet access was unusually wonky on my own system. Good to know it wasn't anything I'd done - just an unusual coincidence. I'm going to make the change later today.
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Wow, nothing posted here since 8/24? Where is everybody?

I've watched a few movies on 30-2 GetTV, and I'm mighty impressed to see that channel shows widescreen movies LETTERBOXED instead of pan & scan like MeTV and AntennaTV (at least the movies I've seen, anyway).

Of course, the resolution still sucks since the bitrate is only 2.32mbps and the letterbox bars take up nearly half the resolution that's there. But I still find that preferable to the P&S on 4-2 and 2-2.
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Summer doldrums? Endless reruns? Reality TV? Streaming?

Lot's of reasons why it may be slow. Hopefully, things will pick up when the new Fall season gets underway. Then kSDk will start messing up in all likelihood
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I've noticed on some market threads, like my home market thread (Springfield, Decatur, Champaign), sometimes we go months without a post simply because there's nothing to be said. No changes OTA or with a paid provider, no technical difficulties or complaints, no new reges asking OTA 101 questions. So there's nothing to be said, unless we just start making small talk about what's on TV, which I suspect is actually considered somewhat off topic on the local HDTV reception threads. (But I never step foot outside of these threads. Outside of occasionally catching a show on Netflix or Hulu, I don't watch much TV anymore, my primary interest here is just DXing and helping new users. Makes me something of a misfit on a home AV site, I know.)
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Two weeks ago I switched from DirecTV to UVERSE. Installation was painless even though I could have gotten wireless receiver. Only problem with intall is that the installer didn't check that he whole home DVR thing worked (which didn't). Solved myself by resetting both receivers. With all the storms we've had lately I haven't missed the lost D* reception. Only real downside is D* wanted their access cards back and as soon as you pull them, the DVR won't play back recorded programs. I almost caught up and could watch recordings after service was disabled up until I pulled the access cards. Overall there are some small differences. UVERSE guide isn't as user friendly, but program searches and most operations are much faster. I noticed the D* receivers were getting slow in responding. I'm assuming it's because of all the software upgrades that occurred over th 5 years I had them.

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[QUOTE=kc9hzn;27536914.........I don't watch much TV anymore, my primary interest here is just DXing and helping new users. .........[/QUOTE]

Any good advice to share with regards to DXing distant HD channels? I assume that's what you're doing. I have a great UHF yagi on the roof but no rotor. In the past I've caught a few distant channels in the early mornings, but the fact that I must always first perform a scan of all channels makes the process rather slow & cumbersome. Is there a better way?
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Only if you have a spectrum analyzer.

A rotor plus a high-VHF antenna would also be very useful so as to give you the capability of exploring other directions and the 7-13 band.

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Any good advice to share with regards to DXing distant HD channels? I assume that's what you're doing. I have a great UHF yagi on the roof but no rotor. In the past I've caught a few distant channels in the early mornings, but the fact that I must always first perform a scan of all channels makes the process rather slow & cumbersome. Is there a better way?
Your DXing setup is better than mine because I'm limited to an indoor antenna for space reasons. About the band scanning issue, I believe the higher end DXers today usually have SDR dongles or computer TV tuners (and compatible software) that can autoscan. SDR has another advantage for the TV DXer, if you've got a large enough hard drive, you can set the SDR to automatically record the whole band, so you've solved the recording problem, too. Another plus for the SDR dongle, though this is a bit off-topic, is that we have neighbors in E-skip and F2 range using (or that will use) every format of DTV. If you want to do Latin American TV DX and not be limited to Mexico (the only one using ATSC), the SDR dongle is the only way to go. The necessary dongles are actually very cheap, about $20-$30, but you need to get additional software to use them for SDR. I haven't used any personally, though, because I don't have a large enough space to keep my computer set up and on all the time.
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Channel 4.3 is lit up (again!), just happened today. Right now it's showing a static map. Anyone know what's coming on this channel?
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Observation: Looks like KMOV killed their ATSC M/H stream (no PID 0x1ff6 in transport stream) and put up the weather radar map in its place.

KSDK and KETC still have that PID active so they're still broadcasting M/H.
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KDNL as we know now has Gettv. Now its going to get Grit. As Sinclair has sign on to carry the network with KDNL being one of the stations.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-relea...278659661.html
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Watch out, KMOV!

CBS going all in to internet streaming:

http://www.cnet.com/news/watch-out-h...eb-tv-service/

If they bring out a CBS Fire TV app with this functionality, and/or add it to the CBS Roku channel (currently useless since it's nothing but clips) and stream in 1080, preferably with 5.1 channel sound, I'm in.

I'd love to watch new CBS shows (Hulu only shows previous seasons of CBS shows) without having to put up with KMOV's multicast-diluted picture or pay Amazon/Hulu per episode.

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KDNL as we know now has Gettv. Now its going to get Grit. As Sinclair has sign on to carry the network with KDNL being one of the stations.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-relea...278659661.html
I checked out the GRIT website and it looks like they have some good programming. I'm looking forward to checking it out. Hopefully they broadcast in OAR.
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Any idea when this Grit channel will launch? Didn't see that info in the article.

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I checked out the GRIT website and it looks like they have some good programming. I'm looking forward to checking it out. Hopefully they broadcast in OAR.
OAR? Wassat???
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Duh....... Thank you, sir.
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That was my fault, I should have spelled it out instead of just using the acronym. I check in on a couple different forums and sometimes the acronyms get so crazy you almost need a translator to figure out what people are saying.
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So do we know when Grit will start yet?

Of course I still wish the local channels would quit multicasting altogether. That's what's driven me to Amazon/Vudu/Hulu for more and more of my network viewing lately.

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I'm old enough that my childhood had TV before cable. While I do hate bit stealing for sub-channels, I do love the sub-channels themselves because they are so much like the channels I grew up watching.
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