Modems can be major problem areas for a dial-up link. The most common indicator of problems with the modem configuration is no response from the peer. However, you might have difficulties when determining if a link problem is indeed the result of modem configuration problems.
Modem manufacturers' documentation and web sites contain solutions for problems with their particular equipment. The following procedure helps determine whether a faulty modem configuration causes link problems.
For complete details about ping, refer to the ping(1M) man page.
If small packets are received but larger packets are dropped, modem problems are indicated.
% netstat -ni Name Mtu Net/Dest Address Ipkts Ierrs Opkts Oerrs Collis Queue lo0 8232 127.0.0.0 127.0.0.1 826808 0 826808 0 0 0 hme0 1500 172.21.0.0 172.21.3.228 13800032 0 1648464 0 0 0 sppp0 1500 10.0.0.2 10.0.0.1 210 0 128 0 0 0
If interface errors increase over time, the modem configuration might have problems.
When you display the resulting /var/log/pppdebug log, the following symptoms in the output can indicate a faulty modem configuration. The local machine can hear the peer, but the peer cannot hear the local machine.
No “recvd” messages have come from the peer.
The output contains LCP messages from the peer, but the link fails with too many LCP Configure Requests messages that are sent by the local machine.
The link terminates with a SIGHUP signal.