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Equipment: Arris SB6190 (have a SB6183 on standby if needed). ASUS RT-1900P router.
My first and hopefully last post in this forum. This is pretty straightforward. I’ll try to explain what’s happening, and what I think the problem is.
A few days ago, Phoenix experienced an outage around 12:15-12:30 AM local time. I remember it because I got a text from a coworker who asked if my service was out and if I could remote in check if our network backup provider had kicked in at work. It did. My service was restored in about 20 minutes (Thank You, techs!), however I noticed something very quickly.
I’ve had Cox for about 18 months, and when I signed up, I had the double play (TV and Preferred 100 internet). This was then bumped to 150 mbps. I later went to internet only. Service has been great. I was averaging 150-170 mbps on wired and 140-160 on wireless (not really important, but figured to list it).
When my service came back up, I was maxing out at 91-93 mbps on wired and 75-77 on wireless. I did the usual, reset connections, power cycle, etc. Still got the same speeds. I brought up chat with a Cox rep, and they said I needed to “turn off” my devices, then tried to sell me on Panoramic Wi-Fi. I ended the session. I started a new session, who offered to send out a tech, and I declined. Later, I called Cox support. I got a great rep who spoke the tech language, and saw that my modem was receiving the wrong “service level”. In essence, although I was paying for 150/10 and it was on my account, the modem thought I was on a sub 100 speed. He said he “fixed” the issue and sent out a new signal. It worked for about 5 minutes, I was getting my 150+ speeds. It then kicked back down to 91-93 and has been there since. I had hung up with the rep when the issue returned. He mentioned if his trick didn’t work he would need to send a reprovision request, and have to basically set up as new.
I think what he’s saying is correct, because in a previous instance last year, I lost signal and when it came up, I was getting sub-100 speeds and was told by a rep that my modem thought I was still on the Preferred 100 plan, not the new Preferred 150. The fix there was a reprovision.
If it’s the modem, I have a spare. Anyone have any thoughts?
Thank you in advance.
Well it’s clear to me Cox doesn’t care that my speeds were cut in half. 6 support agents, 4 email chains (which no one replies to), another outage yesterday, and no improvement.
Ok Cox. Wanna play hardball? I’ll call and cancel my service completely tomorrow. Don’t advertise 150 when you can only deliver 92-94 down after you had an outage that you refuse to acknowledge (but I have a paper trail of).
I’m so frustrated and disgusted with the level of support on this case.
Hi Chris, and thank you for responding. I’m sorry for venting my frustration on here, please know I do not personally blame the support techs who I have been in contact with, and greatly appreciate their help and support in whatever way possible.
That’s an interesting idea about the 10/100 deal, I’ve checked my equipment and they are all equipped with gigabit ports, but something could be falling back to 10/100. As a matter of fact, on the speed tests it does act like an invisible barrier at 100. What would you like me to snap a picture of?
I would like to mention, that in the midst of my frustration last night I did a manual power cycle of the modem. More accurately, I unplugged it for almost an hour. When it came up, I then did a reset from within the Cox app on my phone. Since then it’s stayed in the 120-150 range, which is absolutely a-ok with me. It’s now been 24 hours and it hasn’t fallen back. I’m not constantly testing it either, as I had to go in to work today instead of working remotely.
On the technician thing, I went over to a friends house today to troubleshoot their speeds and WiFi. They had a Cox tech over there, but the tech said they are not allowing techs inside houses in Phoenix due to COVID-19. So I’m not sure what the tech could do besides check the taps outside. But if you think a tech should check them, by all means send one.
Anyway, sorry for the long post.