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September 3rd, 2007

stupid router.....

don't know what the deal is with it. It always tends to have spells of trouble like the wireless going down and then I spend days off and on trying to reboot it by unplugging it for two minutes and plugging it back in and I get either good internet to the Dell, low connectivity, or anywhere from 2 minutes of normal operation to over an hour.

in the past it usually somehow takes a week and it corrects itself but even though it hasn't been a week, I doubt it would correct this time. For one thing it seems that since mom passed, that it started acting up with increasing regularity....seems to act up at least once a month and then it seems to give problems like once every third week and then every other week, etc etc....

With this recent case though, it started only a few minutes into me watching season 1 episode 6 of Space: 1999 on http://www.tv-links.co.uk/ and one of my sister's kids was on the Dell.

I know better than to be a straw grasper and somewhat superstitious or whatever one would call the following thought but it seems that whenever I am using either computer without anyone else on the Dell (I don't let anyone else use the laptop) and I am not watching anything on TV Links (especially not streaming an hour long clip of an old sci-fi show) I can have the whole router system OPERATING NORMALLY for hours and hours....proven last night when I had an internet radio station playing on the laptop with the speakers on mute while we all slept...

...but yet when one of the kids uses the internet or I watch something off of that site, THE WHOLE THING GOES DOWN....

I don't get it though because they've been getting on the net ever since they moved in and it just puzzles me and I even watched all the episodes up to episode 6 of that show with no problems at all and then all of a sudden the router is giving disconnections....

...and heaven forbid I tell my sister's kids that they can't get on the internet....my sister might have a fit about that and they would be upset that they can't play their little games on nick.com.

On a side note it's wierd too that the router would go down when the kids get on the internet but yet when the router's working fine and I'm on the net in my bedroom, how can it still be up when my sister goes in and hops on?

Another side note...how can I play my MMO's for an hour without bringing down the router? That's another puzzling thing...I was able to go through a mission on MxO and that lasts a long while and when one is moving around on those online games, there's obviously data trafficking going on and downloading and uploading and stuff.....