Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. - Cyril Connolly
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Not so smart after all
I got up around 8:30 this morning. Here's what I accomplished:
8:30 - 9:30 Checked email, blogs, news, etc. Had coffee.
9:30 - 10:00 Catch the TV news, feed the cats, clean up the kitchen.
10:00 - 2:00 Installed all the software for the new phone, set up all the features, and worked on email and internet connectivity. I had the phone all set up by 11:00, and then I futzed with all the connectivity settings for THREE hours. I read the fine print, reset all the parameters, tried all the troubleshooting they recommended, and got nowhere.
2:15 Gave up and called technical support.
2:20 Got through to an operator right away (Steve - very nice guy actually), who proceeded to inform me that the reason I could not get any connectivity was because I had not called him yet to activate the #$%^& phone!! By 3:00 he had me all set.
3:00 - 3:30 Finally grabbed a shower.
3:30 - 4:30 Did a few chores
4:30 Decided to tackle the fact that installing Tivo on my wireless network last weekend, had crashed my internet connectivity to my laptop, and even then, I couldn't get the Tivo to connect to the internet either. The network was fine. Every device could see each other, everyone pinged back happily when I tested the IP addresses, all the port settings were configured properly, I had tried EVERYTHING I could think of in the few evening hours I had during the course of the week, and still nothing was working. So...I decided to take it all apart and start from scratch and reinstall everything.
4:30 - 5:00 Attached the laptop directly to the router and reconnected it to the network - success!
5:00 - 5:10 Reset the all router connections for the DVR. The trouble was simple. (It always is) When I installed it the first time, I selected "wireless media adapter", this time, I selected "Digital Video Recorder" instead - voila!
5:15 Ran the install program for the network adapter on the Tivo again - success!
The good news is that my home wireless network is up and running and all the devices are connected and working well.
The bad news is I wasted my entire Saturday doing it......