Just wondering if any of you out there have experienced or seen this kind of a thing off late with your broadband connection.
In case you haven't, I'm hoping to get some feedback on what might possibly cause this strange thing.
Note: The post proved out to be a bit lengthy as I wanted to give out as much details as possible. So please read through with patience and let me know if any part of it is confusing !
To begin with, I use the ITI DNA-A211-I model router configured in bridge mode recently. (Forum members "Essbebe" and "meetdilip" would remember this and my post regarding fake BSNL sessions earlier this month)
Let me list out the problems that I have had in the last 2 days since I believe they might have something to do with the strange problem that I see now :
1. Since I have my router configured in bridge mode, I have scheduled the dialer to dial the connection at 2:05 AM for the downloads to start and a disconnect command has been scheduled to take place every morning at 7:55 AM. Everything went on well until the past 2 days wherein I notice that the connection gets disconnected automatically at anytime between 7:00 AM to 7:20 AM itself. I really don't see a practical reason behind this. The DSL light is stable yet the Internet (dialer) is disconnected. I have set the redial option too to take place in case of a disconnection.
Although not much of a concern, I'm still wondering how could this be?
2. Since yesterday (Sunday) morning, my ShaPlus bandwidth meter stopped functioning or stopped tracking my network usage. I tried restarting the application, but it would not track the bytes exchanged for some reason. I have set it to ignore only the data transfer during the night unlimited 2 AM to 8 AM. But the same behavior was exhibited in today's day time too. How?
3. This gets a bit serious. (Not as serious as the main issue that I'll discuss a bit later down)
In bridge mode, although the LAN connection exists, my internet (usually and technically and normally) will and should work only once the dialer is connected. Correct? But since Sunday morning my internet did not stop working even after I disconnected the dialer !!! How in the world ? Connecting / Disconnecting the dialer had no effect.
I then switched off and restarted the router and it was functioning okay. (Meaning the internet did not work without connecting through the dialer) But once I disconnected the dialer after few hours of usage, I was still able to browse the internet just with the LAN connection alone being active..?!??!
If all this has left you confused, listen to this main issue. Since my bridge mode was not working as it was expected to, I thought maybe something was reset from BSNL's side to make it a pppoe connection maybe and wanted to give the router page a look.
Once i typed in 192.168.1.1 and hit enter and enter the admin login, the entire router page looked all the way too different with a blue background and the word "Teracom" was displayed in the top right corner. Though surprised, I was not shocked as I thought some upgrade took place from BSNL's side. Only after a bit of "googling" I came to know teracom was a router just like ITI was ! So, I was wondering how come a different brand / router make's configuration page is showing on mine ?
Just to be sure, I tried switching off the router and restarted it again... and.. guess what . This time the usual ITI router page with the white background came up ! ---> Pls. refer screenshot "actual iti router.JPG" of that page attached.
I thought I missed a chance of taking a screenshot earlier of the teracom page. But was in for a surprise again. Just opened a new browser window and typed in the router ip and this time... The Teracom router page background came up but with an error message ---> Pls. refer screenshot "router page error.JPG" of that page attached.
Once again I just refreshed the webpage and the teracom router page showed up
(Please note, i did not restart the router this time. It was the SAME connection. Just opening the router page on a new browser window gave me these 2 different pages) ---> Pls. refer screenshot "teracom router.JPG" of that page attached.
Notice the ip address displayed on the router page?
I had a very mad thought that I was seeing some other guy's router page on my system. So just to clear that out, went to "www(dot)whatismyip(dot)com" and that.. for god's sake... SHOWED A DIFFERENT IP ADDRESS !!!!!!!!!!! which i'm sure was my actual ip ----> Pls. refer the screenshot "ip.jpeg" of the page.
Note: Both the ip's were tracked during the same session only. I did NOT disconnect the dialer or restart the modem that would naturally change my ip. Both screenshots were taken one after the other within a few seconds.
One more thing that forces me to believe that I was seeing somebody else's router page is the fact that there was a difference in the line rate between the 2 router pages. Ever since I had iptv installed, my upstream/downstream rate have been (theoretically) 508/6140 as you can see in the ITI router page screenshot that is attached but these values were totally different on the Teracom page that I saw ! (468/1937) as you can see for yourself.
How could such a thing be possible guys? I thought its important that I mentioned the 3 other problems as well before telling the main issue as they might have something to do with this strange problem.
Kindly enlighten me on this. I'm not going to use my connection any further until I sort out this crazy thing