I’m not sure if I mentioned this, but when we came back from Philadelphia, our wireless network was fried. And my mouse died a few weeks ago (thought it was a driver, and it’s more than that.) Tonight, I felt as if I was rebuilding a computer.
We worked on the router to try and get it to work and while the computers pick up the network, the internet port is done. I am pretty sure power surges during the snow storm of ’09 killed the internet. (Or, the port, at least.) Technology is an important part of any home and business. If you are in Manchester, UK, and want to implement the use of technology within your workplace, you can always look into something like IT Support Manchester who can help with any IT needs, from general support to a specific problem.
So tonight I bought a USB hub for my mouse and other items (I couldn’t use my mouse, the internet and connect my iPod to the computer all at the same time because I only had two USB ports….it was a problem.) So far, the hub seems to be working (yay for Shawn and the Best Buy guy for steering me in the right direction!) I decided to go with a Netgear router, because I’ve gone through THREE Linksys routers in the past two years. And that was after I had one router for more than five years with no problems. (I also blame Charter, our internet service provider, this is why I think it would be a good idea to use someone like Usave to compare broadband providers and get a better deal.)
Keep your fingers crossed. I’m signing off to make magic in our home. My husband would be so happy if he could use his own computer this week.
Update: Two hours later….the new router isn’t working properly. I thought it was (I had the husband’s computer connected) and then the connection disappeared. The user interface for the wireless settings isn’t as easy as the Linksys settings, and I can’t get my computer to connect to the internet without being plugged in directly. This can’t be the solution because the cable is in a different room! (I currently have cables running through two rooms and we’re tripping over everything.) This makes me wonder how durable and reliable industrial computers are, they cannot be more complicated or slower than personal computers, right? If there are any products on shop sale I may have to experiment this for myself!
Netgear is a major fail in my books. Unless it can miraculously fix itself overnight. This girl is going to bed.