So the Wednesday that preceded last Sunday I had to go out to do me jobcenter sign-on…so I decided to make use of the opportunity to head over to PC World and look at the routers there.
I found one by a company called Netgear that had 8 ethernet ports. I figured that’d do the trick.
Little did I know of the difficulty I had just imposed upon myself.
So I took it home and introduced it to our home network. All seemed well when my dad’s laptop showed it had internet.
I then booted up my PS3 to see if I had internet on there…but it wasn’t having any. So, using my dad’s laptop, I looked up online for some troubleshooting fixes that would get it to work…but nothing worked.
My efforts eventually caused my dad’s laptop to lose internet connection as well.
The last thing I tried was to switch absolutely everything off…computers, router, and even the modem…and then gradually switch each one on again…first the modem…wait a couple of minutes…then the router…wait a couple of minutes…and finally my laptop.
This allowed internet to work on my laptop…but not on my dad’s laptop.
It was then I realised I was only getting internet for one device at a time.
So I logged on Skype (Trillian) and managed to come across a couple of technically minded friends of mine.
I explained my router issues to them…and eventually they pointed something out.
So here’s the deal; the full product name of this “router” I had got is “Netgear Prosafe 8-port Gigabit Desktop Switch GS108″
When I told them this full product name…they were like “Hang on…switch. Well, there’s your problem.”
As it turns out, a “switch” is basically a lot like a router, but works differently…and it’s this difference in operation that my home’s computer network does not like.
In hindsight, when I looked at the thing on the shelf at PC World, I did see “switch” in the name…and I was like “Switch? What does that mean? Does it mean it has a feature that lets me switch between which device gets the internet?” and THAT should’ve been a signal to me to avoid it and look for something that actually says “router”.
So I went back to PC World on Friday with my switch…made sure I looked at the actual routers this time…as it turns out, all the ethernet cable ones only have 4 ports…the ones that primarily talk about handling more than 4 devices are wireless…and I don’t want wireless, I do not trust it to be as reliable as wires.
I picked a wired connection router out anyway, one that falls within a provided device rating that says it should handle 4 – 8 devices at once, and went to customer services to do an exchange.
I explained what I as trying to do to the guy at the till…how I needed at least 8 ports for the multitude of devices I’m gonna have in the future…and he said “Well, actually, if you hook up that thing to your new router it basically acts as an extension to that router.”
So problem solved right? Well, not quite. A new problem emerged. A weird one.
The router I picked out comes with an installation disc which allows me to set it up using my laptop.
All seemed to be going well…the setup wizard was quite easy to follow…and I got as far as what appears to be the final step, verifying the router’s settings.
This is where an error message starts coming up, telling me it cannot verify the router’s settings, and one of the suggested fixes was to check my WAN settings or something like that.
I had a hunch what the problem was…see, an earlier step in the setup asks if I want to try dynamic IP to automatically detect my IP address, or if I want to manually enter a fixed IP address. I figure the latter is what I wanna do…but I needed to be sure…I decided to ask my technically minded friends on Skype to see if I was right.
Using my old router, I contacted them…and they said “Yeah, give it a go. That should do it.”
So the morning after that, I booted up my laptop on the new router, ready to give the manual entry a try…but before I even put the setup disc in the CD tray, all of a sudden I found I had Internet connection! As did my dad’s laptop when he booted that up!
So I decided “Welp…if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
I had to activate a special setting to allow my PS3 to get internet too, and that got that working.
And it seems the switch is doing exactly what the guy said it would, with it hooked up to the router, the devices plugged in there are getting internet too!
So all in all, problem solved!
I was too busy last Sunday to post all that then so I had to wait until today to do it.
The other day, my Second Life love and I got ourselves an in-world rental to live in. It’s a rather small one in a tucked-away corner of a parcel but it’s all we can afford at the moment.
See, Second Life clubs…and heck Second Life in general just ain’t as popular as it used to be. Fewer people are buying in-world dough, called Linden Dollars, with real life money, making Linden Dollars dough more expensive to buy, which only makes even fewer people willing to buy it, and so on in a vicious cycle.
As a result, fewer people are being as generous with their Linden Dollars, meaning club hosts like me get tipped less.
Time was I earned an average of over 1,000 Linden Dollars a week from three shifts at just one club, allowing me to pay for a pretty decent rental with a bit left over.
Now I’m lucky to even earn HALF that from my FOUR shifts at TWO separate clubs.
Second Life needs some fresh interest. I wonder if I can get some folks I know on message boards interested?
Well I reckon that just about covers what I have to update you on for now.
So until next time…
Ciao for now,
Cordially, The Blue Fox.