|"The above post from Quicksilver is pure baloney|
You should not be hearing this "static," and for someone to suggest it won't cause any problems is a complete misrepresentation. Of COURSE it can cause problems, in the case of your modem, slowing data transmission.
It probably is a protection component, such as an MOV (metal oxide varistor) or other surge protection device, which has in fact, been "surged" at some point, and now it is trying to break down."
I stand by my post, by the way an MOV is primarily used to surpress surges. Talk to any guy who knows the slightest about components that give static/white noise where there is a link to an analogue output, as a phone headset, (think of the speaker ) .
I didn't say there would be no problems: "for the most part it shouldn't cause any problems." Not the same as saying there would be no problems eh.
With regard to your comment "been "surged" at some point, and now it is trying to break down."
read what the guy said, "We have had phone line static since we moved into our house 2 years ago." From a surge to 2 years before break down, no way. Think of the list: rectifiers, trasient v suppressors, z diodes, switching diodes, transistors.
Are you going down that road for break down points?
You are entitled to your opinion, right or wrong. But using words like baloney and misrepresentation is b*llsh**. I have never knowningly misrepresented anything to anyone on this site and never would and I don't like the accusation.
In the end it is up to the guy what he does.
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