Thursday, May 04, 2006 last

Well, at last I feel settled again. You never realise how much junk stuff you have until you have to pack it into boxes, transport it and unpack it again at the other end. Sheesh, from now on I'm going to make more of an effort to ditch the stuff I can live without and aim for a more Zen-minimalist approach to life :)

Broadband is now connected, although it's only a 1 meg connection instead of the 2 we enjoyed before. Hmmm... we're living in a built-up area in York, not out in the sticks... I don't see why the speed is so low. I think we might have to go back to NTL when the Wanadoo contract expires in September.

The only problem for me at the mo is the wireless router we bought is absolute merde. It's a Dlink we bought from PC World on a whim, and it's a complete waste of money. It's supposed to be a 54mbps connection but it drops to 5mbps when it's at the other side of the room. Trying to use it in another room is a frustrating experience to say the least, at most I have about 2 minutes of decent connectivity then Boom it drops out.

I've done all the usual things like check for updated firmware (2004 was the latest, unbelievably), changed the wireless channels, tried it with and without encryption. In frustration I even took the laptop to work and used it on our 11mbps link and it was utterly flawless for 2 days so come the weekend the Dlink is going back.

That's more than enough geekiness for one day.


Anonymous said...

Just the one word : "lynksys". Not supposed to be compatible with the Mac airport but it is and no software needed !!

Caroline Mathieson said...


I've used netgear routers for years now. Mine is in the bedroom because that's where the telephone comes into the house but all my gear is in the study (second bedroom) and is all connected over the wireless. It also works all over the flat including in the bathroom which means there are two walls between the laptop and the router.

Glad you and your SO are all settled in hun.

Caroline xx.

Rose said...

How am I supposed to know what you've been up to if you don't keep this up to date.