Monday, March 3, 2014

Connecting with WiFi

We've had Wi-Fi connection issues ever since I can remember. As a matter of fact, we've had landline phone and internet issues for quite some time as well. I finally called to put in a ticket and have a repair guy come out to take a look. Turns out...We've got some wiring problems! Not good.

Aside from the wiring problem, we had a really old modem. I mean, really old. The guy said it was one of the first that the company had way back when...Being that we've had that modem since we moved into our house, I believe it. It was a dinosaur. He upgraded our modem and fixed the WiFi connection. We've never had a strong WiFi signal, even though we've been paying for the service for years. Now it's working great! We can watch something on Netflix and not get kicked offline! 

The repair man told us that it would be $200+ to fix the wiring issue. That is money we currently do not have on hand to spend. The particular wire in question affects the landline, internet and WiFi, but our best bet was to get rid of that wire - at least for now. As a quick fix, he suggested that we get a USB network adapter, allowing our desktop computer to connect to the WiFi as a laptop would. So to save a couple of hundred dollars for now, we opted for the adapter.

We went with the Linksys Adapter by Cisco. It's not the top of the line, but it's not on the bottom either. Retail price was $49.99, and Staples was having a sale over the weekend, so we got a 20% discount. Nice.

I'm just relieved that we can still be online without having to spend $200+ right now...I was worried there for a minute!

How was your weekend?

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Marsha said...

Great diy tip. Jeanpatch Holistics on Etsy

katiecupcakes said...

I hit up the paper section at Staples this weekend and stocked up on cardstock. I needed the extra cash for the IKEA crafting table I just bought! Glad you got to save your pennies, too!

Denysia Yu said...

I currently have verizon as a internet provider. And our internet was cutting in and out, and finally, I called Verizon, and complained to them about it really bad, and they sent us a new modem. Now our internet doesn't cut out anymore.

xxDenysia Yu

Dana said...

This is so ironic because we have the same issue. I just reset it with the automated person for my internet cable company. I can't believe fixing wires cost so much. And now, most companies charge to have people sent over to check out if everything is running okay in your home or outside your home. I don't understand why I need to pay extra if our internet isn't working when it's their company's job to give us access to it! Ugh. Internet problems suck. I'm glad your family found a cheaper alternative!

Natalia Khon said...

Thank you for sharing! Great advice!

Memories for Life said...

There is nothing worse than phone and internet troubles...ugh. We have the same problems, but mostly because we live in the country. Glad the adapter fixed your problems for now :)

Melanie Ledford said...

It always amazes me how much we all rely on our wifi and phone lines! So glad you were able to get yours resolved without spending those couple hundred dollars!