My server changed – will it help?I sent PCCW another email re the problem during lightning; a tech support guy phoned me, said he’d asked someone to check the server (which – I think – relays transmission to my home).
Just phoned by a technician, and he has changed my server; so it will be interesting to see if this helps to reduce or halt my intermittent server troubles during nearby thunderstorms.
Yikes! – checking HK Observatory site to see if thunderstorms likely in next few days, I see there’s a thunderstorm warning, and looks like there are major storms just north of HK, including north of Lantau, mainly moving east but edging southwards too. So, could very soon have chance to see if new server helps.
More lightning – and more problems with PCCW broadband
Lightning in my room a problem?!!
He also seemed to have no idea re the map I sent, showing locations of lightning at times I was experiencing problems.
So, woeful I’m afraid!
A tech guy to come to my place tomorrow; but seems odd to me to have problems at my place, when lightning might be over 10km away.
What’s the use of testing my line during normal times, ie not during thunderstorms?
Here’s link from US, re lightning – even fairly distance – likewise causing interruptions to broadband:
In my case, too, surely seeing electromagnetic interference: I was rather shocked your tech support guy who phoned me did not seem to understand this. (Maybe far too used to dealing with regular problems with modems??)
Nearer relay station could help?
Moreover, we also found that our technician has visited on 10 Sept and report the broadband line is working fine. If the problem happen again, we suggest that please feel free to email us again or speak with our Hotline representatives directly at 1833-833.
The technician also suggested the lines to reach my place maybe long, so susceptible to electromagnetic interference; he was going to suggest pccw install a closer relay station. Not mentioned in your email.
Without something like this, surely the problem will recur.
PCCW satisfied without reason
I did not write that the problem has been rectified.
The problem occurs during lightning (thunder storms), even at some distance.
No new base station built nearer to my home.
So, the problem surely will happen again as and when there are more thunderstorms."
PCCW upgrade possible?
Lightning north of Shenzhen affecting broadband on Cheung Chau
Well, still finding lightning can impact broadband on Cheung Chau; and over surprisingly large distance.Services were disrupted during recent storms, but close to Cheung Chau; so close that unplugged computer etc lest affected by surge thro power supply or phone lines. Last night, though, happened again; my email to pccw:
"I’ve had extensive correspondence re lightning (during thunderstorms) affecting my broadband connection.
Was at Siu Kwai Wan, north Cheung Chau.
Over the winter, I have moved to southeast Cheung Chau– again have this problem.
Most recently, tonight; getting pauses with broadband tv, also with broadband connection for emails/Internet: can see modem lights showing that not connected, then reconnecting.
I’ve previously checked HK Observatory website, to show re lightning detected.Have found that could have a problem when lightning over 10km from Cheung Chau.
But tonight, my record so far – HK Obs shows lightning is over north Shenzhen! See attached, a couple of minutes after one of the broadband pauses.Must be powerful at times, so radio frequency interference disrupting broadband transmission."
Lightning still affects broadband service
The issue continues; here's follow-up email I sent PCCW, after dropping them a message to say I still have this trouble:
Just had a technician round to check my modem n home wiring: all ok, which not surprising to me.
My belief: the lightning causes electromagnetic field, which interferes w broadband signal being carried to my home – enough to stop the broadband connection, which then has to restart.
Even with lightning maybe 10km away this can happen.
See this image, from time when my broadband connection was often stopping: you can see there is no lightning record exactly over Cheung Chau, and most is over the sea south of Hong Kong. [I've previously had problems w lightning storms nearer to Shenzhen]
How long is the link from my home to wherever a broadband "router" is on Cheung Chau?
– I reckon the cable carrying it is not protected from electromagnetic fields.
Guess it would be difficult to protect, anyway.
A friend at north Cheung Chau, where I used to live and had same problems, also still has this trouble.
So, perhaps affects places outside the main village area on island.[/quote]
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