I am breaking a little personal rule here.
I try not to post consecutive scribbles on the same topic but what the hell. It’s my site and I can break the rules if I want to.
Yesterday I toddled up to Dublin to get a couple more Powerline plugs. These are little devices that transmogrify wireless signals onto the house’s power circuit. It means that I don’t have to run cables all over the place which is a bit of all right.
So I unpacked the two plugs and matched them to the existing plugs [to stop the neighbours snooping]. All fine and dandy.
Armed with one of the plugs I marched up to the attic where the front wifi once broadcast from. I fired up my mobile phone which has a little wifi sniffer on it. There in all its glory was CIA-Front signal! [before you ask – Curratech Interweb Access!] What the fuck? I had brought up the old router so where was the signal coming from? I brought up my laptop and connected to the signal. It connected all right but that was it. No Interweb or anything.
So somehow I was connecting to a wifi that didn’t exist. I know that because the router was lying on the floor unplugged. Do walls have memory? Was this some previously unknown property of granite boulders? Was the signal just bouncing around the room in a perpetual motion for the last few months?
Sadly I found the solution to the mystery.
There was another router I had forgotten about [newer that the unplugged one]. It was buried under a pile of books and was quite hot. I connected it to the Powerline and all was well. CIA-Front was back in action.
So I pootled back downstairs, connected to my CCTV and told the camera to connect to the front network which is a lot nearer than CIA-Back. Fuck me but it woudn’t connect. Why? I don’t know.
In desperation I connected the camera by cable to the fourth Powerline plug. That didn’t work either. If the fucking thing can only use wifi why the fuck did they include a network socket? It wouldn’t switch off the wifi.
Suddenly the camera decided to connect to the Front signal. Again, I don’t know why. It’s still disconnecting regularly.
I think I am going to have to move the camera nearer to the router.
But that means removing the connectors from their nice safe dry spot under the eaves.