December 18, 2009

When All Indicators are On

When all indicators are on, all the time, on an apparatus that is supposed to indicate network traffic, that doesn't tell you anything.

I'm happy to be back online, back on the Internet, having replaced my dusty Terayon cable modem with a brand-spanking new Motorola SB5102 modem from Shaw.

But it concerns me that all of the indicator lights on the new modem are ON - all the time.

Power? ON, and steady.

Receive? ON, and steady.

Send? ON, and steady.

Online? ON, and steady.

PC/Activity? Flickering like crazy, ALL the time. . .

So what does this tell me? Nothing.

At least with the old Terayon modem, you knew when your computer, or another one on your LAN, was talking to the Internet. With everything ON, all the time, I now know nothing. . .

OR

During this modem upgrade/router replacement I have been taken over by some evil botnet. . .

Later: According to Motorola, this is normal behaviour, though I still wonder. . .

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Posted by Paul at December 18, 2009 10:08 PM