My cable modem is making buzzing noises

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by Brandonv, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. Brandonv

    Brandonv Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    I have used several different cable modems in the past and I don't remember any of them making noises. My current modem though, makes a kind of static-like buzzing sound (not too unlike the sound of a HDD, but more high pitched) whenever there is any kind of internet activity, like for example downloading a file or loading a webpage. Is this normal, or should I give my ISP a call? My modem is a RCA DCM425.
     
  2. JustAFriend

    JustAFriend Commodore Commodore

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    It only buzzes when they have the camera on and are watching you.

    ;-)
     
  3. Robert Maxwell

    Robert Maxwell so far this is a dumb future Premium Member

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    It probably has an internal fan, which would be making the noise. You should pay attention to see if performance degrades when it's making noise--the fan might be failing.
     
  4. Noname Given

    Noname Given Vice Admiral Admiral

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    I too think it's an internal fan that's probably slightly off kilter. You could try power cycling and or shaking it just a bit to see if the fan reseats properly; but as long as there isn't any performance degradation, and the noise isn't unbearable, I wouldn't worry too much.