Lost the Internet for a While Today

Midland, Michigan
January 1, 2016 6:22pm CST
Before lunch, my husband informed me that his internet kept going in and out, while mine was doing fine at that time. After a bit, I finished what I was doing and worked with both the router and modem trying to get his internet established once again. In the process I lost mine as well. Even after both of us restarting our computers, it wouldn't work. When that happens I usually have to call our internet service provider to have their help from their end, but I hate to have to do that as they always want me to unplug my computer from the router and plug it directly to the modem first. It's a real hassle since my cords are all in disarray. Today I wasn't looking forward to going that route because I had a bit of a headache. I had this for the past two days, but after taking a sinus pill this morning one side of my head got relief. I tried getting extra rest which probably helped out some. When I remembered that I was working the midnight shift tonight I really wanted to get rid of it so I'd be in top shape. it took several hours, but the headache finally cleared up. Instead of calling the ISP people, I got a router my husband purchased some time ago and threw our old one away. It turns out the router was the problem all along. I would have exchanged the two long ago, but I couldn't figure out the directions. After showing my daughter and her explaining them to me it didn't take long at all. My browser opened right up which saved me calling and dealing with the cords. I was going to write something from my tablet during this time, but then realized I didn't have wifi either,
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@BelleStarr (39892)
• United States
4 Jan 16
I hate having internet connection issues. I am traveling and every day it is difficult to connect at the places I am staying. sigh!!
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• Midland, Michigan
5 Jan 16
Maybe you all are staying at the wrong places, We stay at discounted places and haven't had problems in that regard, plus most will have their own computer rooms set up which may be easier than the wifi in the rooms perhaps? I think that all McDonalds have wifi, not sure about other restaurants or whether you could just sit in their parking area to get on their lines or not.
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@BelleStarr (39892)
• United States
6 Jan 16
@MarshaMusselman Panera is good for that I have done it many times. It is my laptop that is the issue I think since all the places have offered free Internet.
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• Midland, Michigan
8 Jan 16
@BelleStarr That would make it rather difficult. Will you have another computer to use once you reach your destination?
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
2 Jan 16
You are speaking Greek to me, but I am happy you knew what to do and did it. Glad you are feeling better. Never a dull minute, it seems.
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• Midland, Michigan
3 Jan 16
You have the internet, obviously, how would you not know what I'm talking about? Maybe your husband takes care of that for the household, or you have a 'computer person' that helps out when the need arises? If I realized changing the router would be such an easy fix, I'd have done it months ago. I knew it would speed up our connection, but didn't realize it was causing connection issues as well.
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
3 Jan 16
@MarshaMusselman My husband is worse than I am. I rely on my younger son or the Geek Squad. My nephew happened to be in Florida, where we are now for the winter, and he set up a Roku for us.
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• Midland, Michigan
4 Jan 16
@DianneN Not familiar with Roku, although I may have sold a few at my job. Is that for streaming the internet through the tv?
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@T_gray (7805)
• Salina, Kansas
2 Jan 16
I really hate when my internet goes out. I never know how to fix it. luckely lately is all I have to do is unplug the router and plug it back in and it works again...hehe. but that happens way too often. soon I will be switching internet providers and hopefully this problem won't be happening much anymore. I am glad you got your problem fixed. I would go crazy going too long without internet.
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• Midland, Michigan
2 Jan 16
My whole family would have gone crazy, too. Were you a bubbler at that other place? When I see your name out and about I keep thinking that's a possibility, but I don't remember where the other person was from, so am unsure. (just looked at your profile, and I'm guessing you're someone different, as I think that person was a he).
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@T_gray (7805)
• Salina, Kansas
2 Jan 16
@MarshaMusselman my dad was there too....his name was MGray. we were both there. maybe that is who you were thinking of?
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• Midland, Michigan
2 Jan 16
@T_gray Yup, that's him. How's he doing these days, and might he migrate over here eventually too?
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@whiteream (3800)
• United States
7 Jan 16
I am glad, you got it back. I know, what it's like to loss service for hours or days at a time. It has happened to me enough over the years.
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• Midland, Michigan
13 Jan 16
A lot of times when it seems to happen here is when I need to pay bills online, or do some work for taxes or such, and then I really have to get it working again, pronto.
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@whiteream (3800)
• United States
13 Jan 16
@MarshaMusselman Ya, that is the problem it happens when you need it the most.
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@Asylum (48223)
• Manchester, England
2 Jan 16
Routers do have a habit of becoming unreliable in time, although in reality there is no reason that they should not last indefinitely.
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• Midland, Michigan
4 Jan 16
Most things these days are made to break down eventually. I'm not sure whether it's because of all the out-sourcing to other countries to do what could be done in one's own or what. Years ago major appliances lasted thirty years, but these days you're lucky to get ten to fifteen years out of a refrigerator/freezer and such.
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@jaboUK (55200)
• United Kingdom
2 Jan 16
I'm glad that you managed to sort the problem yourself, and also I'm pleased that you got rid of your headache.
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• Midland, Michigan
2 Jan 16
I'm debating whether I should try taking a real nap now before leaving at 11:30 for the midnight shift, or whether I've slept enough when trying to get rid of the headache. Probably a couple hours more would do me good. If that's what I do, I'll see you again either tomorrow or Sunday, as I do the same shift in the early hours on Sunday.
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@LadyDuck (183136)
• Switzerland
2 Jan 16
I hate to call the Internet provider too because they want that I reboot the router, but I do not want because we have personal settings. I am glad you were able to fix the problem.
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• Canada
2 Jan 16
I don't miss working Tech Support I use to hate getting people to plug the ethernet to their computer. To save the hassle I would ask how many lights were on the modem. Most of the time if the modem is missing most of its lights it was an issue with the ISP I worked for or the area having a "outage" as we call them. Glad you got it back and working though.
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@marlina (79719)
• Canada
2 Jan 16
I usually call the internet guy or girl and they help me out really well.
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• United States
2 Jan 16
We have the router, the modem, and a signal enhancer. I can't remember what those are called but I hope you understand what I mean. Sometimes we have problems where the enhancer isn't picking up the signal. We usually have to turn all off and back on again. It can be a hassle but is a simple fix. I'm glad you were able to fix your problem without calling the tech support. They just don't understand the inconvenience of reaching through and sorting cords, do they? (our is set up in much the same way)
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@paigea (22654)
• Canada
2 Jan 16
I am glad you got that switched over. I hate dealing with all of that.
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@kevin1877uk (36989)
2 Jan 16
The last 24 hours been like that here, I've rebooted the modem a few times, seems ok for a while then it goes again.
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@zebra2222 (5195)
• United States
2 Jan 16
It is not fun when the internet is down. You feel very dependent on it.