Lost DSL connection

I woke up in the morning but was too tired to get out of bed, so I thought I’d check my email on my Pocket PC. I got an error message that the mail server was not responding. I was able to wirelessly synchronize to my desktop PC, so I didn’t think it was my wireless network’s problem.

Finally, I got out of bed, and found that my DSL connection had been down for hours. I thought, ugh, but at least I have dial-up as back-up. I tried to connect with my modem and instead of getting that annoying shrieking sound, I got a cackle sound and an error messsage. I tried again. Same thing. I picked up my landline phone… no dialtone! :shock:

I checked my wire’s connection to my jack. They looked fine.

I called the company techline. The short story is that the phone company tech has to come over to look at the line. Fortunately, I pay a monthly fee so I don’t get a huge bill when someone comes over to look at the line.

Shucks, it sucks not to have internet. I’m suffering withdrawal. :cry: I can check some of my email messages on my cell phone at least, but there are so many things that I can’t do now. My TV listings can’t get downloaded. I can’t figure out how to convert wav to wma files. I can’t listen to or watch launch.com. I can’t download album info on a CD that I’m playing. I can’t work on my website because I’m using PHP, which is server-side code and I can’t see how my pages will look without uploading up to my server.

The repairperson is scheduled to come by on Wednesday… 2 more days without internet at home. :dunno:

5 thoughts on “Lost DSL connection”

  1. Although they both use wireless signals, wireless internet and GPS are two different technologies. (For those who don’t know and are wondering, 2paq is my iPaq. :D)GPS

    Global positioning system uses signals constantly emitted by several satellites in space. This is a passive system where you only have to receive the data, but send nothing back. It is like using a radio to pick up radio signals, for free. To pick up the GPS satellite signals, you don’t need a subscription; you just

    need a GPS receiver. The limitation of the system is that the GPS receiver must be in line-of-sight of the satellites. So, you wouldn’t be able to get a signal inside a building, or sometimes cloudy days can disrupt the signal.Because positioning in a 2-D space requires knowing 3 points, it could take a while to have at least 3 satellite signals locked in. However, when it works, it works great. It saves me so much time. Not only do I avoid getting lost, but I can be more efficient while driving… and know if I have enough distance to past that slowpoke in the right lane before I must exit the freeway.

    Internet

    This is more similar to cellphone technology, where reception is limited by how far the signal can go from a tower. You don’t need to be in line-of-sight of the antenna to receive the signal. Since this requires receiving and sending data, they won’t let just anyone use the systems. Most of them require subscriptions, although people can set up a wireless network and leave it open to others to use. When I am unable to use my own DSL, I try to use the wireless signals from nearby wireless routers in my complex. However, I am only able to use these signals because they did not encrypt their signal, so I am NOT going to be sending anything containing confidential information, including email. I would just use it to surf the net. I would not mind sharing my signal if there weren’t such bad people in the world who would exploit my generosity and try to hack my network. So, I have to take security measures that makes it even hard for me to use it.

    Right now, wireless internet is not as widely available as wireless phone signals.Since the signal strength is so weak, it tends to be limited to certain locations, like airports, coffee shops, book stores, etc.

    Sprint PCS does offer the ability to use our cell phones as modems for portable computers. Thus, anywhere we get a PCS signal, we can use the internet. However, the subscription cost is ridiculous, so it’s mostly for more affluent business users.

  2. Yay! :clap: I got my DSL back today. You know, a year ago, I didn’t even have DSL. Now, a few days without it is torture. :cry:

    When the technician installed my DSL last year, he highly recommended that I get [url=http://www02.sbc.com/Products_Services/Residential/ProdInfo_1/1,,117--1-3-0,00.html]WirePro[/url]… repair insurance. It costs $2.99 a month. The repair today would have cost $100 if I didn’t have WirePro, so it has paid for itself for about 2.8 years. 8)

  3. booo! :x An hour after getting back my DSL, I lost connection again. I thought it might be temporary, so I gave it a few hours to resolve itself. The DSL never came back.

    I called tech support at a time when tech support would be off. That was a pleasant surprise. Unfortunately, the person had a very thick accent, so I figured that SBC had offshored its support. It was quite frustrating trying to figure out what he was saying, but I kept my cool because I felt that he was trying hard, and I was thankful that there was even tech support at that time.

    The conclusion was that they would send a DSL technician to my apartment. The other technician had been a voice line technician. Wow, I’m really getting the most out of my Wire Pro investment. :roll:

    At least this time around, I could use dial-up for internet access. When I had the unlimited phone plane, I would have just left it connected. However, I now have the limited use plan so I can only dialup when I really need to do something. Otherwise, I have to pay for minutes over my allotment. Such a pain. :?

  4. btw, does 2paq always connect to the internet? Like I know you get GPS signaling but can u always pick up internet anywhere? Or do you have to be paying for subscription somewhere where there’s wireless available? From ~curious non-technical me.

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