Writing from my couch... finally....

I finally fixed my home wireless network. I work at home three days a week, and my home office is in the garage. The problem is the wireless router's signal only barely reaches into the house -- so when I try to sit on the couch with my laptop I can't actually be online. And thanks to Murphy's Law, if I'm not online I'll definitely run into some issue where I need online access - either to access a CVS repository to look at a file history, or perhaps googling some API.

So I finally went out and bought a wireless network Range Extender. You just place it near the edge of your current reception area, and it talks to your existing router, duplicates the id etc. and effectively extends the range of the network from the new location. Sounds easy in theory -- but it took three calls to tech support, one lasting nearly an hour as we kept resetting the router and range extenders. There were lots of snags - positioning of the devices during configuration, upgrading firmware - and then the biggest problem: some problem with the device they apparently know about (but didn't realize while helping me) where the "valid link" light doesn't turn on when it in fact -is- working...

Oh well, I'm happily blogging this from my couch!! And I'm noticing several Sun bloggers are posting many good political blog entries... Alec Muffett, Tim Bray, Geoff Arnold and others.

Comments:

May be you should consider changing to a smaller house ;) Or to dilbert house

Posted by Benjamin Francisoud on October 19, 2004 at 10:43 PM PDT #

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