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Old 03-29-2004, 12:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm wondering... should the datalight on my Toshiba Cable modem be flashing continuously all the time... 24 hours a day? Even when all the computers are turned off and their power sources have been disrupted/disconnected? Seems my modem is constantly interacting with something. Is this normal?

I've seen a dsl modem before. It's data light only flashes when you're actually doing something on the net and the computers are on.

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Old 03-29-2004, 05:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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cable modems are permanently connected to the internet, even if your PC/s is/are not
the activity light on most modems should only flash when connected to your PC.
I think your's is connected to a router, and/or it flashes with activity to and from the ISP's server

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Yes, its going to blink 24/7 unless you unplug the power to the modem itself everytime you shutdown, which is probably not a good idea. Cable modems are always connected so you will have to deal with the flashing data light.
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Old 03-29-2004, 09:47 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hmm. Ok. I was just wondering if it was normal that its constantly flashing. I know it's connected to the isp server 24/7. Last night when i went to bed i turned the pc's off and cut the power to them. The only thing on were the router and the cable modem, which flashed all night long.

I have a friend who has a dsl modem in his house. It only flashes when he's actually doing something online to warrant it. Interesting. So i guess those of you who have cable modems experience the same thing?
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