We have an intermittent loss of dial tone and the intermittent need to reboot the system. After initial troubleshooting and the purchase of a new phone set, we have been advised that this is a known software issue and a fix is being worked on. This has been ongoing for three months which frankly is unbelievable. Does anyone have any further information on this issue?
I find that hard to believe and you've had dialtone issues for that long with a landline. No dialtone issues typically have a tech out to address them as it's usually a physical issue. It has nothing to do with software and I doubt a "fix" is being worked on. How many technicians have you had sent out either to the area or to your house in the last 3 months? I'd call back and really escalate this.
Odd. I'd call in and escalate the issue. If the phones / etc at your house has been ruled out as part of the issue, call. Once the line is provisioned (programmed), it's either on or off. I still don't buy the software fix explanation they gave you. You've either got a short in the line somewhere or water could be getting in and causing problems too. Both could yield intermittent no dial tone.
I know for the lower mainland, with all the moisture that comes and goes, if the demarcation box's seal is damaged, water could get in and corrode the contacts (if you have an external demarc). If the drop line to the house is old enough that the insulation is cracked / damaged / chewed by squirrels, that could be an issue as well. If the phone line is underground, similar issue but it depends if it's in a conduit or just buried in dirt. Conduits can sometimes fill with water and dirt holds moisture. Outside of your property there could be a number of different issues that a tech could identify.
Thanks for the help Nighthawk. The explanation we have been given is that if we hang up our phone before the other caller, the line remains "in use". (I may have gotten this backwards). This can be cleared usually by hanging up and trying again to get a dial tone. Occasionally, the system needs to be rebooted, so we have to power down the "white box". This is a new installation in a new neighbourhood, so I don't think it is hardware related but you may be right, as your explanation is more plausible than a software issue that can't be fixed within three months.
White box? Are you on fiber? If yes, the white ONT cannot be rebooted because of the battery backup connected to it. No matter what they tell you, do not disconnect the battery as only a tech should be touching that. Considering the huge number of existing fiber installs not having this issue, something is definitely out of the ordinary. Just as a test, have you ever tried a simple corded phone?
A trick I've done...use your cellphone to call home. Sometimes this wakes up the equipment. Had to do this a few years ago.
If that fails.... I would call a technician. I have a very old heritage home.... they had to redo the wiring from the telephone pole to the home. Then punch a new wire into the home.
Thanks Nighthawk and xl. xl I can usually get a dial tone by hanging up and trying again. As Nighthawk suspected, this installation is fibre optic and comes with the new "white box" which we have been told is the issue. We did try a corded phone and no difference. I will try escalating this issue next.