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moochie
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎05-28-2010
Location: WV
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Intermittent cracking on phone line

Every once in awhile there is a pretty loud cracking sound on my phone line.  Some days worse than others.  I can also hear a soft hum on the line most of the time.  When it rains, my dsl speed drops considerably, sometimes losing sync.  Does this sound like a line issue or is there something else maybe.  I just installed a new whole house dsl filter/splitter running cat5 cable from the nid to filter/splitter.  I also used cat5 cable to run to my jack for the modem.  Anyone have any ideas?

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Mar-65
Posts: 27
Registered: ‎10-08-2009
Location: WNY
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Re: Intermittent cracking on phone line

Can you undo your recent changes and see if the problem goes away?

 

You have so many variables it will be hard to isolate.

Try removing parts of the picture and see if anything changes

 

Disconnect your modem entirely and see if that affects the crackling.

Try unplugging all your phones except for one and see if that helps. Rotate through each phone .

Do you have any phone splitters? Try removing them and see if there is any difference.

 

Try plugging a phone directly at the NID with everything else disconnected to see if that reveals anything.

 

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moochie
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎05-28-2010
Location: WV
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Re: Intermittent cracking on phone line

Thanks for the reply, but it's done it for quite a long while.  Even before I installed the filter and even before I got DSL.  I guess I just noticed it more since I got dsl.  When it rains or when temperature gets above say 75 degrees and it's sunny it will start.  Dsl will drop out and like I said the cracking noise and what sounds like a low hum.  Ran cat 5 cable for one of the phone jacks and will do the other when I get the time. 

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Trekker1
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎07-07-2010
Location: 18014
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Re: Intermittent cracking on phone line

I have the same problem.

I have had the problem on and off for 12 years. Mostly when it rianed. That was repaired (outside  box at pole across street)

Had DSL connection issues. a repairman was sent and installed a whole house filter. Connection issues gone, but I have cracks and static constantly. I checked my outside customer access box, the line is clear. Inside it isn't.  So It has to be the filter and here is why.

 there are two sets of wiring. the phone wiring that was here when I bought the house, and a seperate line I ran from the customer box through my house for a second phone line when I had dial-up. I now use that for my DSL from my computer to the customer box where it is wired into the single land line phone number. SO it cannot be an inside wiring issue if two seperate physical lines are affected by the smae issue. the only thing they have in common is the whole house filter. Anyone experience this?

 

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