I was sitting here last night when I noticed something.
I had put the new router for the new broadband on the floor. I had left it switched on and it was connected to the phone line but nothing else. Its wireless was running so I could see its control panel from my laptop but fuck all else, and there were two little lights gleaming – power and wireless.
Last night though it started to flash. I went over and another little light called DSL was blinking every so often. I checked the control panel but it still said no DSL or broadband. Maybe they were only half connecting me? Would I have to wait another week?
This morning I was up early [damned weird sleeping habits again!] and had a look at the router. It was still giving those little flashes and fuck all else.
I decided to investigate.
I discovered I had made a tiny mistake. There is a little splitter yoke, and I had plugged the phone into the router socket and the router into the phone socket. I switched them around. The DSL light stopped flashing and shone steadily and the one beside it marked "broadband" was now glowing as well. I checked the control panel and all was sweet.
You'd think that was the end of my troubles but it was only the start.
You see I had decided to stick the router in the sitting room instead of the
junk room office, and all the cables radiated from the junk room office all around the house. But that was no longer the central hub. So I had to do a quare bit of re-running of cables. And then I had to run around reconfiguring everything as a lot of the settings had changed.
There were two devices I was concerned about. One was the Interweb radio Herself uses. If I left that without a signal it would be akin to sticking needles into a tiger. The other was her laptop. If she couldn't get into Farcebook then I might as well phone the Lads in White Coats now to collect her for the Happy House. Or else an ambulance for myself.
It's all nearly sorted now. The old connection is now unplugged and unused for the first time in years. The new system is running smoothly enough. I'm getting about four times the download speed and about one sixth up, which is something I'll have to get used to I suppose. Luckily I don't upload pirated videos?
All I have to do now is clear up the mess of cables everywhere.
I wonder when the fibre is coming?