Why can I detect an outage before Tech support can?
On multiple occasions I can be at work and see my network at home go down. I will text my neighbor and ask if his is down also, every time he confirms his is out also. I then start a chat with tech support and tell them we are both down and every single darn time they will "assure me they can see my modem and will try to restart it" Every single time i tell them to try and Ping my modem and they don't. They seem to gloss over the statement that we are both down and try to send a Tech out to my home, at my cost of course when the issue is up the road and essentially an outage for a complete area. After 20 or 30 minutes of arguing with them that they really can't see my modem, they eventually give up, close the chat and then 20 or 30 minutes after that happens an "outage" is posted for my area.
Why won't tech support listen to the customer and raise some red flags beyond the typical "lets restart your modem" or "did you lose power recently or try unplugging it"
@Cox please give some us more savvy customers a red button to push to assist with early detection of area outages vs just a single customer.
Correct and I do know this. If the OP called to report not seeing a home modem from off the Cox network, as a rep, this wouldn't alarm me because I could see the home modem is online and OP is off the Cox network.
However, since OP verified the outage with a Cox-subscribed neighbor, as a rep, I should poke around or inquire with NetOps. I'm sure Cox is monitoring their networks and NetOps wouldn't immediately notify the Help Desk because they may be fully aware, assessing and troubleshooting.
First, as a Help Desk, you don't set a quota for the number of calls about an outage. This is insane. People are paying you for a service but you'd deny their service until you received 3 more calls. The first call is a heads up but OP had duplicated the outage with a neighbor. Take some initiative, make inquiries outside the Help Desk and don't wait for other paying customers to complain.
Second, as a rep, if I can see the modem is online, why would I recommend a service call? Where would the tech go? The OP is at work.
You were obviously trained to be reactive and to procrastinate. I was trained to be proactive and to treat people with a problem with some respect. We different!