PoE, Comcast Modems, and Service Outages
jay at west.net
Tue Mar 29 20:25:57 UTC 2022
On 3/29/22 11:21, Aaron de Bruyn via NANOG wrote:
> I just got off the phone with a Comcast tech, and wanted to double-check
> my sanity.
> Somehow in the last 6 months I've managed to reach the exact same rep
> twice when dealing with an outage or a degraded service event.
> I asked him to remotely reboot the modem because there was high packet loss.
> Both times I've talked with him, he noted the high packet loss, started
> to reboot the modem, and then asked me point-blank if we had any PoE
> switches on our network.
> When I said "yes", he said I needed to disable PoE because it messes
> with the Comcast modems and he can see "buildups" in his graphs that
> show power is "leaking" to the Comcast modem every 24 hours.
Obligatory relevant xkcd: https://xkcd.com/806/
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