Rogers Outage: How to Identify Network and Internet Outages
The nationwide Rogers outage in Canada majorly disrupted the lives of many, affecting wireless, Internet, and even people’s ability to call 911. When major network outages or Internet outages occur, it’s important to be notified as soon as they happen. Here’s how Obkio’s users were notified about the Rogers network and Internet outage.
- The Rogers Network Outage
- Set Up Continuous Network Monitoring
- Monitor your Network Locations
- Identify Network Outages
- Troubleshoot Network Outages
- Be Ready for Network Outages
Last week, a massive nationwide Rogers outage impacting Internet and wireless services was reported across Canada. The network outage (and Internet outage) affected several Rogers services, from landline and cellphone coverage to Internet and TV.
Not only could people not make any calls, including 911 calls in some cases, customers also had trouble making debit purchases and accessing Canada's ArriveCan app, which is required to enter the country.
Many Rogers users were left in the dark wondering what happened and why, but the network pros at Obkio are always prepared to monitor network and Internet outages of any size.
Seeing as the Rogers outage, as with most Internet and wireless outages and intermittent Internet issues, was related to the network, a Network Monitoring tool is going to help you monitor, detect, and troubleshoot.
A Network Monitoring tool like Obkio will continuously monitor network performance (including monitoring wired or wireless networks) to identify performance issues and outages, and notify you as soon as they happen.
Obkio monitors end-to-end network performance, from your LAN to Internet, so you know if you’re affected by an issue in your ISP’s network.. Which was the case during the Rogers outage.
Use Obkio’s Getting Started Tutorial to start continuously monitoring your network.
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To monitor your network, as well as your ISP network, Obkio uses synthetic traffic with Network Monitoring Agents.
Following the Getting Started tutorial, Deploy Monitoring Agents in each network location, including Head Offices, Branch Offices, Remote Offices, remote workers and even the Cloud.
When deployed, Obkio will automatically detect your ISP’s network (whether it’s Rogers or any other ISP), and begin monitoring network performance between your network and your ISP’s network.
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Now, you’ll have Obkio monitoring your network, as well as your MSP or ISP network.
Below, you’ll see a screenshot of Obkio’s Chord Diagram filtered by ISP with the status of the ISP’s network.
Taking the example of the Rogers Outage, we can clearly identify the Rogers outage in Obkio’s Chord Diagram. In the screenshot, the status of Roger’s network is in red, which means that all the synthetic testing going through their network is failing.
With Obkio deployed, Obkio’s users were immediately notified at the time of the outage using Smart Notifications, along with the data showing that the outage was in Rogers’ network and not their own.
In the case of the Rogers outage, the problem was directly in Rogers’ network, but network outages and Internet outages can have various root causes.
How can you identify that?
Using Obkio’s Network Device Monitoring feature, with SNMP Polling monitor the performance of networking devices such as firewalls, routers, switches and wifi access points to measure CPU and bandwidth usage for network devices like Firewalls.
Use Obkio’s Traceroutes and Visual Traceroute tool to:
- See the different routers (called Hops) and the latency and packet loss between each of them.
- Identify where network and Internet issues are located
- Run traceroutes in both directions, which helps a lot when troubleshooting with traceroutes
- Share traceroute results with your ISP for quick troubleshooting and support
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With continuous network monitoring, next time a Network or Internet outage happens, you’ll be ready.
When the Rogers outage happened, Obkio users were notified immediately, and knew that the problem was in Rogers’ network and not their own.
Networks are complex beasts, and it’s not a matter of when network outages (Internet outages) and network problems happen, but when.
Get Started with Obkio and be ready for next time.