Hitron CGN3 only works for Destiny (Xbox360) in bridge mode

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Hitron CGN3 only works for Destiny (Xbox360) in bridge mode

Hi, I'm not too sure about posting this here but I need some help.

I play Destiny on the Xbox 360 and have recently switched to Rogers Ignite60 internet. I use a wired connection to my Xbox. I had no problems playing with my old ISP and gateway modem.

Since switching, I cant play for even 10 minutes without being disconnected from the game servers. This game is sort of known for having connection issues..but not like this. I have talked to at least 8 different people having no problems.

I have tried port forwarding my Xbox, I have tried putting it in a DMZ, I have tried turning my gateways firewall off, and nothing helped except for putting my CGN3 gateway into bridge mode, which is not a solution as I need the wireless capabilities for other devices.

I understand I can buy my own router to solve this, but when my old provider's gateway worked just fine I see this as a waste of money to compensate for Rogers' poor hardware or whatever is going on here.

Any help is appreciated, maybe I am missing a setting on my gateway that would cause this? Other games seem to play fine, though I will be suddenly disconnected from Xbox Live once every couple hours, which also has only started happening since switching to Rogers and this Hitron gateway.

Thanks!
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Re: Hitron CGN3 only works for Destiny (Xbox360) in bridge mode

Can you log into the modem, navigate to the STATUS.....DOCSIS WAN page, copy the downstream and upstream tables and paste them into this thread.  Those tables contain the RG-6 signal levels and signal to noise ratios which might show some type of problem.  Was your previous ISP internet connection via DSL or Cable?

 

There is an ongoing issue with latency to and thru the CGN3 series modems which Hitron and Rogers are currently working on.  Unfortunately there is no eta for the firmware fix.



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Re: Hitron CGN3 only works for Destiny (Xbox360) in bridge mode

My previous internet was DSL from Bell. If it makes a difference, the modem is actually an CGN3ACSMR.

Here are my down and upstreams, though if it makes a difference my modem has been factory reset since the last time Ive logged into the game and had these problems.

Downstream Overview
Port ID Frequency (MHz) Modulation Signal strength (dBmV) Channel ID Signal noise ratio (dB)
1 609000000 256QAM -1.100 4 38.605
2 591000000 256QAM -1.400 1 38.605
3 597000000 256QAM -1.300 2 38.983
4 603000000 256QAM -1.600 3 38.605
5 615000000 256QAM -2.200 5 38.605
6 621000000 256QAM -2.200 6 38.605
7 633000000 256QAM -3.500 7 37.356
8 639000000 256QAM -4.000 8 37.356
9 645000000 256QAM -4.600 9 37.356
10 651000000 256QAM -4.700 10 37.356
11 657000000 256QAM -4.800 11 37.636
12 663000000 256QAM -4.700 12 37.356
13 669000000 256QAM -4.400 133 37.356
14 675000000 256QAM -3.900 134 37.356
15 681000000 256QAM -3.000 135 37.636
16 687000000 256QAM -3.200 136 37.636
17 693000000 256QAM -4.100 137 37.636
18 699000000 256QAM -3.400 138 37.636
19 705000000 256QAM -3.600 139 37.636
20 711000000 256QAM -3.000 140 37.636
Upstream Overview
Port ID Frequency (MHz) Modulation Signal Strength (dBmV) Channel ID BandWidth
1 30596000 ATDMA - 64QAM 39.500 6 6400000
2 23700000 ATDMA - 64QAM 39.750 7 6400000
3 38596000 ATDMA - 64QAM 41.250 5 320000
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Re: Hitron CGN3 only works for Destiny (Xbox360) in bridge mode

The signal levels on the downstream are a little low, but that shouldn't cause any problems.  The Signal to Noise levels are fine and the upstream signal levels are fine as well.  Unfortunately you have the CGN3ACSMR, which is definitely having problems at this point in time.  There are two issues on the go at the moment, 1. the latency to and thru the CGN3 series modems, 2. an issue specific to the CGN3ACSMR and League of Legends, where users either can't connect to the game or end up getting kicked off the game.  The interesting thing is that Destiny is the game that is giving you the most problems.  Does the xbox only ever use one particular set of ports for port forwarding or does that ever change according to the game?  Are you able to easily determine that and if so, can you have a look at Destiny and a game that works and see if there are any differences in the ports that are used and post what you find.

 

One possible solution is to swap your modem for a CGN3 and see if that resolves the issue.  The price for that however is giving up the 802.11ac capability and running into the problem with the CGN3 2.4 Ghz network, where it will lock down in data rate to the slowest device on the network, instead of running all devices at their rated wifi data rates, taking into consideration the signal to noise ratios of the wifi channel in use.  On paper, the CGN3AC and presumeably the CGN3ACSMR run the 2.4 Ghz network as it should, allowing each device to run at its max wifi data rate available.



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Re: Hitron CGN3 only works for Destiny (Xbox360) in bridge mode

This is most likely just the general strict NAT on the cgn series 😞 even with forwarding.

Bridging usually is the best solution to this unless/until they fix it.


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Re: Hitron CGN3 only works for Destiny (Xbox360) in bridge mode

Thanks for the replies. Im not sure how to check the ports in use, but Destiny's networking troubleshooting recommends to foward the same ports that Microsoft/Xbox says to, so I assume its just the one set of ports.

I'll try to get a different modem from Rogers, reading around here there's a chance I can get a Cisco without these issues? Otherwise I'll have to choose between buying my own router or getting slower internet from Bell but a better gateway I guess.
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Re: Hitron CGN3 only works for Destiny (Xbox360) in bridge mode

Hey mmont,

 

You mentioned that it seems to work in gateway mode so your issues are likely related to the NAT/bridging issues the other posters have mentioned. However, like you mentioned in your post Destiny is a game which has a reputation of having connectivity issues. I used to play Destiny on Xbox One a few months ago, and I experienced "the Noah's ark" of disconnect messages which you are probably familar with. If I remember correctly, my common disconnet errors were bee, fly, lion, and zebra. In the end I was able to solve my issues, so you might want to give this troubleshooting a try. Even though you are playing Destiny on Xbox 360, I think some of these troubleshooting steps should be of use to you.

 

What I discovered is Destiny is a game which is very sensitive to network latenency and packet loss. My issue was hard to track down as the issue would come and go. However, any time I would get disconnected I would see other issues in the house such as sluggish webpage browsing on my PC. 

 

What I started doing was running a continous ping test on another computer in the house. In windows, if you go to Start > Run and type "ping -t www.google.com" it will bring up a command line window which will constantly ping google. When I would get disconnected from Destiny, I would go to the ping window on my computer and would see "request timed out" messages. While the ping isn't pinging the servers you are connecting to for Destiny, they can be used as a general indicator that you are receiving packet loss on your connection.

 

The root causes for my issue were two-fold:

1) I was connecting my Xbox One via wifi on the 2.4GHz spectrum. In the house we also had a baby monitor using the same frequency and would cause interference when it was on. You mentioned that you are wired, so this should not affect your Xbox 360.

2) When using computers with full wired connectivity, I would still experience packet loss at certain times of the day. To this day I don't fully understand why this was happening, but eventually Rogers sent a tech to my house to review the setup. What seemed to address the issue was connecting our cable feed to another card in the central box in our neighboorhood.

 

For what it's worth, I very recently switched over to the Ignite 250u plan using a Hitron CGN3. I played Destiny for about 5 minutes (not much of a test) with an out of the box setup and it seems to work fine.

 

Good luck with your issue. I hope this helps!

 

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Re: Hitron CGN3 only works for Destiny (Xbox360) in bridge mode

Thanks Aelph. My xbox's network statistics tell me I have a 1% packet loss and 76ms latency, as opposed to 0% and about 30ms on my previous ISP. Hopefully a modem swap will sort this out.
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Re: Hitron CGN3 only works for Destiny (Xbox360) in bridge mode

Do you use the wifi on the modem, and if so, just for test purposes, try turning it off and see if the max ping time comes down at all. 

 

If you swap modems for something like the Cisco DPC-3825, that will limit your max download rate compared to what you can use with any of the Hitron modems.  But, for test purposes, it will be interesting to see if the ping times come down at all.  If not, then the issue is with the node that your modem runs off, and the network beyond it.



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Re: Hitron CGN3 only works for Destiny (Xbox360) in bridge mode

I would run your xbox network statistics test a few times to see if that remains consistent. When I was having issues, the packet loss would vary anywhere between 3% and 40%.

If you call rogers support and tell them you are experiencing packet loss, they can perform tests ping tests on their side to confirm if there is an issue with your end or with the neighbourhood (if packet loss is the issue).