Okay, so this is a strange problem that I've not been able to figure out. Maybe someone here will have some helpful ideas. I noticed over the past couple of months that sometimes my cordless phone reception would break up. I could still hear the person I was talking to, but they couldn't hear me. I thought it was the phone, so I got a new cordless phone, but it has the same problem. It does not seem to happen if it is plugged into the outlet in my bedroom, and I'm talking in the bedroom, but if I am out in the kitchen, dining room, or living room, it does. These rooms are all on the same floor, pretty close together. If I plug in a regular corded phone to the kitchen phone jack it works fine.
I have an Apple Airport for my wireless router, and it's about 6 years old, maybe 7. It, too, has been having some issues lately. Periodically it drops the wireless connection to my devices. So my iPhone and my iPad and my laptop won't connect to the airport but all the devices can see that the airport is there. If I restart the airport, everything is fine. I've tested whether the phone problem still exists with the airport unplugged, and it does.
The other thing is that, in the past few months, 2 or 3 times I've come home and had no phone line. I have comcast for phone, cable TV, and internet. When the phone line has gone out, I've still had TV and internet. Resetting the modem fixes that problem.
I don't have any new appliances. I did get a new stove and a new fridge, but both before the problems started happening. The comcast modem and airport are both in the kitchen, and that's where I also had the cordless phone plugged in at first.
Any ideas? I am thinking about moving the modem to my office anyway, because that will give me more counter space, but I have to get comcast to come and do that since the modem is hard-wired into the phone line because of my alarm system. I keep thinking that it's the comcast modem that's causing the problems, but there's no way to test that because if I unplug it, I have no phone service. I was also thinking I may get a new airport, but the problem with the phone still exists if I unplug the airport. So, it doesn't totally make sense to me.