Broadband is back!

I’m writing this blog because I can.

On Saturday lunchtime, my broadband died and refused to reconnect. No ADSL sync light, just a router reporting “link down”. Boo! This came only a couple of weeks after my old ADSL router silently died on duty.

The actual route taken to getting things back online is tedious, so I’ll not bother explaining it. At one point though, I was struggling along working from home on 38.6kbps dial-up access. Now that’s not funny for two reasons. Primarily because it takes an age to download even the simplest of web pages, but mostly because ping times to the systems at work were monumentally slow (600-1000ms).

Anyway, all is fixed now, with the magic light suddenly reappearing at about 12 noon today – that’s about 48 hours without broadband.

I’m surprised I’m still alive: the therapy session is booked in for tomorrow.

Typical!

Just at the point where I have loads of ideas for blog entries, I go and lose my internet connection. Last night saw the death of my trusty D-Link router. No final fanfare, no friendly “goodbye packet”, just a silent disconnect and steadfast refusal to do any more data exchange. That’s rare for two reasons: (a) routers very rarely fail anyway; and (b) it failed during steady-state power-on status – these sort of things normally fail at power-up due to thermal shock.

After a fruitless trip to Novatech in Portsmouth (including an 8-mile detour down the M275 due to a missed exit), I decided to bite the bullet and go to PC World where I would spend way over the odds just for the convenience of walking into the store.

Except that I managed to pick up a decent Linksys (i.e. Cisco) router for just £40 – that’s twenty less than the same out-of-stock model in Novatech. So I’ve saved £20 on the router, but spent a tenner on diesel.

Configuration of the WAG54G2 router was easy and it looks unfortunately stylish, given that it’s going to be stuffed away on a high shelf for the rest of its life.

For an extra bonus point, I was expecting this to be expensive, but I don’t seem to be able to find it much cheaper on the web either. PC World: everything you stock is no longer overpriced; only some of it.