My Stupid Wifi Network (Updated)

May.28.2008 at 9:58 am 4 comments

**Updated the post … its below in red**

I got home yesterday and had to do something quick for work, so I got my work laptop out and VPN’ed into the client’s network. I finished my stuff, turned everything off, and decided to watch the Lakers game (because everyone at work was talking about it and I was curious what all the hoopla was … they’re leading 3-1 now).

So around 09:30 p.m. I decided to go online to read some news with my personal laptop (a Macbook). It usually connects to my network right away, but this time it gave me a message stating it couldn’t find it, “Say what Macbook!?”, I said shockingly.

“Stupid piece of shit router, what the hell?”, as I stood in my apartment dazed and confused. I was getting annoyed because my neighbors decided to play the game of, “Let’s slam our doors really hard”. For some reason I jump or shudder everytime a door is closed hard. It just scares me …

Anyways … I started to play “Troubleshooting the Router”, which was not fun by the way …..

The first thing I checked was to see if everything was plugged in and if the Internet was down … checked and working.

Next I look at the router to make sure everything looks right, etc. … checked and working.

So I’m thinking … maybe it’s a Mac problem … so I grab my work laptop (which is a PC) and try to connect to my Wifi network because it worked earlier. Like my Mac it didn’t find it either, but after 2-3 tries of me trying to connect … it FINALLY connected, but browsing was slooowwwwwwww … dial-up would have been faster.

So I thought maybe it was a setting or all the encryption I setup on the router … so I reset the damn thing with all the factory presets. I set everything up again, but to no avail.

I grugingly walk to my bedroom and connect to the Internet using the good ole Ethernet cable. So there I was … sitting on the floor in my bedroom with two laptops opened, trying to figure out why my wireless network wasn’t functioning. I sign into AIM and notice a buddy of mine was on, but he signed off.

I wanted to ask him about it … so then I see another friend online … but he was away. Damn it!!! So I was getting frustrated and frustrated as the minutes passed by. So I was thinking, why not just turn the thing off and do a power cycle.

So I turn everything off, and went to get ready for bed. I come back, turn everything back on .. and guess what … still no wireless connection. I thought it might have been a hardware problem … but it’s broadcasting its SSID and everything seems okay.

The problem I’m getting is that when I try and connect … the error message I get is, “Connection Timeout”. So I’m thinking my laptop isn’t talking to the router or vice versa because it’s not assigning an I.P. address. I even tried creating a static I.P. with no luck either.

So tonight I’ll be troubleshooting again and I’m going to test if I can connect with NO wireless encryption. If that still doesn’t work … you’ll see a Linksys router being thrown out my apartment window.


– A

So I got home yesterday … made dinner and tried to relax while watching Scrubs and wondered how long it’ll take me to fix this network problem. I finished eating dinner, washed dishes, and started my game of, “Troubleshooting the Router”.

I got everything setup, turned my laptop on .. and you know what!? I don’t know what or why … but it just connected to my Wifi network. I sat there dumbfounded and confused why it was suddenly working now … arghhh!

So I browsed a couple of webpages to make sure everything was working … it was. There must have been some computer gremlin lurking around in my router … arghhhhh!!! At least it was working so I turned off my laptop and went to watch a, “John & Kate Plus 8” Marathon on TLC.


Entry filed under: Computers, General, Random, Technology, Thoughts.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tara  |  May.29.2008 at 7:15 am

    The slamming-door game must be a popular game in every apartment, because I have neighbors who do that too. Such angry people! Oh and my mom and I had to stay in a hotel once (long story) and the people next door had ten million kids who would let the door slam and then they’d run up and down the halls. GRR.

    I hope your computer starts functioning soon! It’s so irritating when the problem is never as simple as a loose cord.

  • 2. - A  |  May.29.2008 at 8:04 am

    I guess it IS a popular game amount apartment dwellers! They were playing that game A LOT last night too … ughhhh

    It’s funny that we rely so much on our computers these days … we cannot function without it .. 🙂

  • 3. Tara  |  May.29.2008 at 8:23 am

    Glad it’s up and running again! We have bad days, maybe computers have those too!

    I’m going through the Scrubs seasons through Netflix, and watch an episode while I’m on my exercise bike. What’s even better is when I turn off my DVD and there are more Scrubs episodes on TV! I like that.

  • 4. - A  |  May.30.2008 at 9:02 am

    haha … I thought I was the only one who loved that show … thankfully it’s coming back on ABC and not NBC .. woot woot!


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