Oh Shoot!

@p1kef1sh (45638)
January 17, 2009 2:26pm CST
Today the P1ke's got switched from satellite to cable TV, telephone and broadband. Now the first two items were installed by the technicians, but I have to set up my own wireless broadband. "It's easy" said the guy. Hmmm. I have another 10 days to run on my existing broadband account so haven't switched yet. I can remember all the fun I had that time being out of commission for almost a week. So if I disappear you will know what has happened. Did you set up your own wireless broadband. Was it a cinch?
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@nannacroc (4049)
17 Jan 09
yes I did it all by my own self, well I put the wires in the right place, then Rie sorted out passwording it and setting it up to the computer. I did try hard though. Maybe you should have waited until daughter was home. You are a clever fish though so you shouldn't have too much trouble.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
17 Jan 09
Daughter would just get grumpy. I shall manage. I have to. Or I won't be able to talk to my evil twin tomorrow evening. I couldn't cope without my weekly dose of lunacy. How's the invalid. Can I call her "Hop a long" yet?
@nannacroc (4049)
17 Jan 09
She's doing well thanks, not quite hopping yet. Invading my space even more than usual though. Speak tomorrow I hope.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
17 Jan 09
A space invader eh? Still, I bet you have lots of girly chats. LOL!
@riyasam (16571)
• India
18 Jan 09
here the wire broadband is too expensive.my hubby does have a wireless broadband but he uses it only during emergencies.sometimes we have power failure here,then the wireless does come in handy.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
18 Jan 09
Doesn't your wireless router require power to run it Riyasam? I'm impressed.
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@riyasam (16571)
• India
18 Jan 09
how can a wireless require power??are you trying to confuse me???????
@p1kef1sh (45638)
18 Jan 09
A wireless router is an electrical devise that sends the internet signal to your computer. It usually plugs into the mains electricity somewhere.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
17 Jan 09
I refuse to help you set it up, because if you are off computer for more than 24 hours, then maybe I'll get a real life phone call.........................LOL
@p1kef1sh (45638)
17 Jan 09
Well I have skype!
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
17 Jan 09
You swimmin' backwards today Mr. Fish? LOL If you are off computer/internet, then your skype is rather redundant ain't it? LOL Remember land lines?
@p1kef1sh (45638)
17 Jan 09
I do remember landlines. I also remember mortgage payments! LOL. However, once I get my cable sorted I think that for a very small additional cost call foreign lands, Places where the map says "Here be Dragons" etc, can become affordable to call. If you have the number of course!!!.
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@ellie333 (21018)
17 Jan 09
Hi P1kef1sh, I am a complete computer novice as you know but in April I got the Wi-fi package so I could get my younger daughter a laptop and guess what, I did set it up myself. I just had to put a disk in and follow the instructions it was that simple. Hopefully you one is the same. Huggles. Ellie :D
@p1kef1sh (45638)
17 Jan 09
I am just nervous of messing things up and not being able to work out what went wrong. Naturally the leaflet is written in swahili and translated by a double dutch speaker! LOL. XX
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@ellie333 (21018)
17 Jan 09
Well my daughter was here as back up for me if I messed up, don't suppose yours is home for the weekend at all as they seem to be better at deciphering ebegebe language translations LOL. Godd luck with it though. Huggles. Ellie :D
@p1kef1sh (45638)
17 Jan 09
I don't have the same confidence in p1kelet. She gets bored far too quickly Ellie. She'd wander off to a party or something. I sorted some clothes in her bedroom today. She has enough clothes to start her own thrift shop! I also discovered where my pullovers had all gone to!
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@elitess (5072)
• Ipswich, England
17 Jan 09
Hi there pike. It is easy provided someone shows you at least once what to do... at least that was the case with me. A relative of mine showed me how to install it - i have a wireless connection laptop and a regular cable computer both plugged in in an internet router that splits the connection that i have.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
17 Jan 09
Currently I have a wireless router. I'm not sure that I have a modem. See, I'm already confused! LOL.
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@elitess (5072)
• Ipswich, England
17 Jan 09
Well you don't need a modem to create a wireless connection, you just need the router and the cable with the internet connection that enters the router - from the router you "send" the internet through thin air to the computer - if it is a laptop it probably has the wireless system incorporated, if it is a desktop computer you need a device that is capable of receiving wireless internet to plug it in the computer.
@hotsummer (10465)
• Philippines
18 Jan 09
so it needs a special device for desktop to connect the wireless router. seems pretty confusing to me now. anyways, i am not also good in this kind of thing. i will want to learn more on these things. but i am really slow at things.
@djemba (767)
• India
18 Jan 09
I did set up a cable broadband connection.it was easy;i just put the right cables in the right slot and followed the exact instructions given to me by a technician..Now i've done it so many times ,i feel like an expert..Wireless couldn't be that hard,i m sure u'll be able to set it up in the ten days u have left
• United States
19 Jan 09
it's the matter of 5 minutes, in fact.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
19 Jan 09
I have set it up. Took about three hours but that was partly because I don't have a Windows PC. Goes well though.
@camomom (7536)
• United States
18 Jan 09
Camodad did. I have no idea if it was easy or not because I know nothing about that kind of stuff.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
18 Jan 09
He got you on and that's the main thing. It took me a few hours but here I am!
@camomom (7536)
• United States
18 Jan 09
I'm glad you made it work so quickly. I think it took him a few hours also.
@ElicBxn (61051)
• United States
17 Jan 09
Not me, you don't want me dealing with techie stuff.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
18 Jan 09
LOL. You a Trekkie too! I am boldly going...... (Awful split infinitive there!)
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@ElicBxn (61051)
• United States
18 Jan 09
Yeah, I love those science guys, and I can understand science, but the minute you put anything pratical into the mix and I start having trouble! Oh, I can stick wires various places, with a diagram, but if I need to set up a wireless router, well, I'd probably password protect it and not have the password!
• United States
17 Jan 09
I don't even remember, but I think when we bundled ours, our son set it up. If he can do it, you can, too. Don't be askeered, little man. You can do it! Starts chanting: Pikey, pikey, go pikey. You can do it! Go pikey!
@p1kef1sh (45638)
18 Jan 09
I've still not done it Bo. But thank you for having faith.
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• United States
18 Jan 09
I am one of your biggest fans, little man, you know that*S*
@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
21 Jan 09
I'm guessing you'll be all set up by now! (I'm working my emails backwards, so came to this one last ... must get a better system ...) Always beware the man who says 'it's easy'. That's like believing the man who says 'trust me, I'm almost a gynaecologist'. I have no clue how easy it is or indeed, is not. My husband set up ours and I don't recall any foul language - but it's different for everyone, and he's set it up for plenty of clients and used PLENTY of foul language ... so there are obviously many and varied anomalies. Hope yours WAS a cinch!
@p1kef1sh (45638)
21 Jan 09
I got there in the end Guy. "Cinch" would be an understatement!
20 Jan 09
When we got had sky installed, the guy did the tv and the broadband but then we didnt have broadband in so he could just set us up with it. Your cable guy probably left your broadband as you still have some days left on your broadband account. It really cant be that hard can it???
@p1kef1sh (45638)
20 Jan 09
Wanna bet?! LOL. It took me three hours but here's the proof that even I can manage to set it up!
@Humbug25 (12551)
19 Jan 09
Hi ya p1kef1sh Well I hope you manage to figure it out or someone else to help you and you don't go offline. My boyfriend at the time sorted mine out for me but now I need to sort out another computer that my mum gave me for my boys and I haven't got a clue how to do it. I have been told it is easy to do but it always is when you know how to do it!!
@p1kef1sh (45638)
20 Jan 09
People always say it's easy when they have their own up and running Humbug. I am not the best person to ask. However, if you have a wireless router and an installation disk; and assuming that you are using windows (unlike me) then it ought to be straightforward. Good luck.
@MsTickle (25065)
• Australia
19 Jan 09
My daughter did hers without any problems. I've just gone from dial-up to satellite and I got the technician to set my laptop up as a wireless connection. It isn't working right. I cannot connect to some places and I get network timeouts a lot of the time...sometimes I cannot do anything online. I have to go away for a while and hope for the best when I come back. Sometimes it lasts for hours sometimes 5 minutes. I have a great signal but a lousy connection. I was going to do my own discussion and ask if this was normal.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
19 Jan 09
That sounds quite frustrating. Mine is working well now than goodness.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
19 Jan 09
I haven't tried it but I do have a wireless router and a wireless card in my computer so I will be able to move it around when I get my fibernet set up. I haven't a clue as how to do that. I will have to follow the instructions in the manual word for word...or let someone do it. Which no one I know that knows how to do it lives close enough. They live almost 2 hours away and with this weather we have it be closer to 2-1/2-3 maybe. For those who have done it several time it might be a cinch but for me it is no cinch although I wish it was.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
19 Jan 09
If you don't know what you are doing it really is quite daunting. At least I think so. Took me about three hours! I have an unusual computer apparently! LOL.
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
19 Jan 09
My husband set up our wireless DSL. He said it was easy. But I wouldn't want to try it, but think I could if I had someone telling me what to do.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
19 Jan 09
I managed in the end. Once you kow what yiou are doing it isn't too bad. It's the knowing bit that's the problem!
@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
18 Jan 09
Hi P1Ke! I recently upgraded to faster broadband with a certain mobile phone provider that have an "Airy" Element about them! Their wireless router came with an install disc that I played on my puter-it was able to tell me if I had the filters in wrong or that the phone line wasn't hooked up..didn't take 15 minutes from taking the thing out of the box until I was back online! Good Luck with Yours!
@p1kef1sh (45638)
18 Jan 09
I have an Apple computer and my ISP doesn't support them apparently. That's NOT what they said originally. Anyway, there helpdesk guy was helpful and between us we got it working. Took about three hours!
@patgalca (15161)
• Orangeville, Ontario
18 Jan 09
We just switched from cable tv to satellite with three different receivers on 3 different televisions (HD receiver on our large flat screen tv, PVR on one, and regular on the one in our bedroom). It has been a major pain in the butt switching over to satellite and sometimes wish we could go back to cable. It has been almost two weeks with this and it has taken at least a week to get everything working properly. We still have problems switching from satellite tv to Playstation (which I care nothing about). We have one remote that won't adjust on/off or volume so need to use the tv remote therefore we have two remotes in our bedroom. The satellite went out on us Friday night in the middle of a show (fortunately our cable hasn't been disconnected yet so we just switched over for a few minutes and then went back and it was fine) but only on the one television. Thought the PVR would be great except when you tape a show the television has to be on the actual channel you are taping. How stupid is that? What if I am going out and want to tape a couple of shows on different channels? Can't do it, can I? But I do have it set up to tape my soaps every day in case I have to run out. We can't tape from the VCR, or at least we haven't figured that out. I have talked to so many technicians on the phone for such long periods of time that I was going stir crazy, losing patience. I told them I thought technology was supposed to make things easier!
@p1kef1sh (45638)
18 Jan 09
What gets me is that whilst they are trying to sell you the stuff they make it sound so simple. Once they have you, suddenly it is too much for them! However, I am up and running now.
@Jody20 (887)
• Netherlands
18 Jan 09
Yes, i always set it up myself, i just switched from broadband to adsl. My broadband company got together with 2 other companies and went on with a different name but the internet connection didn't lol. I had days when i lost connection more then 10 times, so i decided enough is enough and switched to another company. I never had any problems installing my internet connection.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
18 Jan 09
I had to call the ISP who told me that they don't support my computer! However, the guy was helpful and suggested a few things that did work in the end.
• India
18 Jan 09
I could enjoy broadband for just one year when I was in Bangalore. It wasn't "wireless"; I remember seeing too many wires around. Well, the guys installed it for me and disappeared, and I ran into problems a few months later. No gallant from my ISP rushed to my help this time. They said there were "no problems" their side and let me grapple with "my problem." I remember "repairing" my broadband connection. I uninstalled everything and reinstalled it. I still don't know what I did and how I did it, but I was successful.:) Cheers and happy Mylotting
@p1kef1sh (45638)
18 Jan 09
Funny how when you are thinking of buying they will move heaven and earth for you. Once you've bought then they treat you like dirt.
• United States
18 Jan 09
we usually always did ours but i think this last time with comcast we ended up calling them for help because of something.. i cant remember why
@p1kef1sh (45638)
18 Jan 09
The instructions that I have got are "simple", they just contradict the other instructions that they gave me. Which are the right ones I wonder?