A Wireless Tale

[retract­ed]Ali­cia received a nice Dell Insp­iron Note­book for Christ­mas, but since bring­ing it home, it has been a bit of an out­cast on our home network.

You see, the poor lit­tle com­put­er, which Ali­cia has chris­tened Enid-Euge­nia, has a wire­less adapter; how­ev­er, our home net­work was entire­ly wired. I know, there are some of you out there who can’t even imag­ine a net­work as archa­ic as ours must have been. Wires? I mean, who the heck uses those nowadays?

An inter­im solu­tion was to add li’l Enid-Euge­nia to the net­work via her wired net­work adapter; unfor­tu­nate­ly, this entailed hav­ing the note­book in quite an incon­ve­nient loca­tion in order for the only spare wire we own to reach our router.

So Ali­cia has had a spiffy, new com­put­er, but for the most part, she’s been forced to use it in a per­pet­u­al­ly offline state, except­ing brief moments to down­load var­i­ous things via the incon­ve­nient loca­tion that befit our wired net­work’s reach and the even rar­er moments that she was able to hop on a pub­licly Wi-Fi network.

All that changed today when a valiant DHL deliv­ery­man hand-deliv­ered a won­der­ful­ly futur­is­tic look­ing Linkys WRT300N Wireless‑N Broad­band Router. Oh, sweet, sweet future! ((Or would that be present? Or even past at this point? Oy!))

I was­n’t sure how long the set­up pro­ce­dure would take; I haven’t toyed around with wire­less net­work­ing in a cou­ple years, and back then, my com­put­er was but a client on the fam­i­ly net­work. Con­fig­ur­ing a wire­less router ((If your wire­less router required no set up, you might want to go back and check that! Make sure it’s pass­word pro­tect­ed and that you’re uti­liz­ing any avail­able secu­ri­ty fea­tures, lest you leave your home net­work open to any­one with­in range who hap­pens to have a wire­less adapter.)) and set­ting up a mixed ((Wired + wire­less.)) net­work was unex­plored ter­ri­to­ry for me.

So all of that said, I’m very pleased with how eas­i­ly the set­up process went. Actu­al­ly, the only part of the process which ever knocked on the door of Mr. Frus­tra­tion was deal­ing with all of the net­work­ing cables and final­ly plac­ing both cable modem and router in a place which made much more sense than where they have resided for the past year.

I do admit that the WRT300N is a bit more advanced of a mod­el than we actu­al­ly need; indeed, I passed on the mod­el avail­able at Wal-Mart after I saw the WRT300N men­tioned on the back of its box. At least I’m ready on the off chance we ever come into pos­ses­sion of an Inter­net-ready game sys­tem! ((I am hold­ing out hopes for a PlaySta­tion 3 or Xbox 360 for a vari­ety of rea­sons, notably Gui­tar Hero 3, the upcom­ing LEGO Bat­man, and the also upcom­ing Ghostbusters…))

Regard­less, at least I did­n’t com­plete­ly geek out by splurg­ing on a WRT600N.

Okay, I admit, I did­n’t find out about that one until after pur­chas­ing our router; kin­da takes an edge off of that restraint I showed, no?

Well, that’s the sto­ry of how Ali­cia can now blog from any­place in our house.

And I’m here stuck like glue to our home office.


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Rick Beckman