Day 262

I did not want to go here today

Nope. Didn’t want to go here today, and yet, here I am. I’m still trying to set up the wireless hub so Cindy can update her Iphone from the family room. I may get it done by the end of the day.

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I had every intention of finishing this post earlier today. Well, it’s coming up on eleven hours later and I’m just getting around to finishing the words. I still haven’t got the wireless network set up properly, but I haven’t given up all hope. I still have two more things I can try…one of those things is calling for tech support. Calling is a lot like asking for directions when you are lost, it’s the last thing you try. If you ask for help you lose the satisfaction of figuring it out for yourself.

I went to Best Buy because after casting about for help on the Internet I came across a how-to page on the Microsoft site. When I checked there I found out that my computer is too old to fully support the wireless modem that I got at Comcast…the one I had to call tech support about so they could get it to connect to my PC from their end. Anyway, I learned that I needed to buy a USB Wireless Network Adaptor and install it before I could set up the wireless network. So, I told the helpful young man who worked there what I wanted and why. At that point he said I didn’t need the adaptor, I needed a new modem. I told him no, I needed the adaptor, because i had just gotten the modem from Comcast. He said no, I needed the new modem. We went back and forth on that for a few minutes. I finally mentioned the magic words of “My computer is so old that…” and he crumbled and allowed that I was probably right. If he hadn’t given in I was ready to go to Radio Shack.

As an aside, Radio Shack was my first choice but after driving there I found out that they don’t open until 10 a.m. I drove then to Best Buy, and found out that they don’t open until 10. Don’t merchants want to do business with early risers? Luckily Best Buy is next door to Barnes & Noble, so I whiled away the time browsing.

I came home with my purchase and successfully followed the installation instructions. Two problems: 1) At no point was I asked what password I wanted to use, and 2) I can’t access the wireless network with my phone without entering the password that I couldn’t set. Once I figure that out, things should be peachy.

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