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Another modem bites the dust

Sun 13 Jun 2010 by mskala Tags used:

I was away at a workshop from Wednesday morning until Saturday evening, and I didn't have network connectivity where I was. As a result, it was not until I got home Saturday that I discovered my DSL modem had been failing over the course of the past few days. It first flaked out for a few hours on Tuesday night, but since it then was able to connect again I thought when I left Wednesday that the problem was on the ISP's end and fixed by them. Through most of my trip, however, it was dead. I got about half an hour of use from it on Saturday night by dint of repeated power-cycling, but then it failed even harder and seems unlikely to rise again now.

This raises the question of what to do about getting the connection up again. When Execulink fucked up the transfer of my DSL to my new location in January 2009, I resolved to stop dealing with them when I next moved. But since it's looking like I have to go through a few days with no home Internet connection anyway, and I'd probably be having to go through a connection change anyway in a few months, when I may move out of the Execulink coverage area, it seems like now may be the right time to switch away. Accordingly, I've put in an order for Rogers cable networking. They are slime too, of course.

3 comments

kiwano
Are you still in Toronto? I have a DSL modem/wifi AP that I use in winters that you could borrow until you get a replacement for your connection.. kiwano - 2010-06-14 12:11
Matt
I'm still in Toronto, but I doubt it's worth trying to borrow your modem. I'm currently expecting to get my new connection up Wednesday morning, and I've already called and cancelled the DSL. Even if the DSL is still connected (likely; I doubt they process cancellations very fast) at best I could get a few hours of connectivity on Tuesday, and I'm not so much of a networking junkie as for that to make a huge difference. Matt - 2010-06-14 12:53
Owen
We're using start.ca dsl and they've been pretty awesome. Always get a live person on tech support. Owen - 2010-06-15 11:45


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