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Internet woes - advice?

October 24th, 2009 at 12:18 am

Where I live they have time Warner cable for Internet. I connect to it via a netgear wireless device. The best signal strength I get is 60%.

I can't play netflix on it, nor can I watch most YouTube videos. That's annoying, but I can live with it.

What I can't live with anymore is the connection constantly going down. Wednesday night I was trying to finish up my reference list for my research paper. There were some items I had a question on and needed my desktop - the iPhone wasn't easily able to do the needed search. The net kept going down. Finally got fed up and called my dad and walked him through finding the info for me.

Tonight it stopped working at 6:15 and still isn't working at 7:20.

Considering that I'm only here till May, I really hate to spend much money on getting the Internet working.

They have a modem I could plug into, but it is Far away.

Any ideas???

8 Responses to “Internet woes - advice?”

  1. Petunia Says:

    Uh. . . a long cord to plug into the modem?

    The library (our library has high speed internet) and working as far ahead as possible?

    We're on dial-up (with a long cord to plug into the phone line) . . . I'm no help.

  2. lizajane Says:

    When I can't stand slower speed and have to get something done, I plan around a trip to the library, Panera Bread or McD's for a wireless connection. It's kind of a pain, but also relieves the stress of fighting with it all.

  3. disneysteve Says:

    I'm curious why the connection is so bad and why the cable service goes out so often. It is unusual for cable to be that undependable. I'd call the cable company and complain. See if they can't do something to stop the frequent outages. Are you paying for this service or is it included in rent? If you are paying for it, I'd start keeping a log of outages and make them credit you for all the time that the service is unavailable.

  4. frugaltexan Says:

    Petunia, a long cord to plug in to the router is an option I'm thinking about.

    going to the library would work sometimes, but I can't search for any of the scholarly journals there that I have to read for classes - some cookie problem. I'm missing the power cord for my netbook - so ....

    it is part of my rent. I figured out last night that I am actually connected, but it's not finding my network address - I had that problem when I first moved in, but resolved it by re entering the access code. I tried that again , and no can do. Frown
    I can do a lot on my iPhone, but some things are not possible to do - plus typing on it's keyboard takes 5 times as long.

    Tomorrow I'm going to see if I can find a long USB or Ethernet cord and hopefully that'll work. If not, I'm not sure what to do.

  5. disneysteve Says:

    I believe there are different qualities of wireless routers, some with stronger signals than others. Perhaps they need to upgrade the router so that the signal reaches you.

    You should be easily (and inexpensively) able to get a replacement power cord for the netbook. I had to replace my laptop power cord a couple of years ago. I got mine at CompUSA (now out of business) and I think it was only about $30.

  6. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Good news! I got a 50 ft Ethernet cable at Walmart today, and now my internet is working again - and I think it's even working faster!

    Of course while my landlady was taping down the cord that had to snake across the front entryway, she was making comments under her breath about not being able to have company over because they'd trip over it!!! Ugh! It's not like I didn't try other avenues!!

  7. disneysteve Says:

    That's great. Sometimes the best solution is the simplest.

  8. Broken Arrow Says:

    Oops, got here late, but I was going to say that it's most likely your wireless router.

    Either settings or perhaps even signal strength. Have you had problems with it in the past? If so, you may have to replace. If not, it could either be settings and location.

    Well, either way, so long as it's "fixed", I guess that's that.

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