Over the past several weeks I realized just how important Internet connectivity was to me.
On Feburary 8, after returning from my trip to Seattle, I discovered that my Internet connection at home was broken. It started out the alarm light on my DSL modem.
I called support and walked through the normal questions of “Did you power cycle the modem?”, or “Is the modem plugged in?”
After we got passed that we thought it was a modem problem, so they arranged to have a modem dropped off at my house the next day. The same problem persisted.
To make a long story short, we wound up dedicated a single pair of wire for phone jack and used that pair strictly for the modem from the NID.
Now I have new hardware, they put me on a new network with speeds about 3MB.
I was offline for 11 days. It was a long 11 days since it took all of my sites and email server offline. I was stuck with tethering my cell phone to my PC for Internet access. The Bluetooth works as a great alternative, but can be pretty slow.
Connectivity is one of those things that you don’t realize that you miss unless it isn’t there. It’s just like dial-tone…You pick up a phone and expect to hear dial-tone. I open a browser, I expect it to go to my favorite home page. Nonetheless, I am back online!