sidebar 2005.06.30
Yes, I know I'm doing two lame things: posting on my own sidebar, and then commenting on my own post. For the former, it's a dual purpose: "encouraging my example" (I hope) as well as having an outlet for the short little thoughts that filled the "khtcea" palm journal but don't always fit in well to proper. As for following up my own post, eh, I just didn't want to clutter the sidebar.
--Kirk Thu Jun 30 11:52:52 2005
Revolving doors freak me out. When I did MUN in high school, the hotels we stayed at always had revolving doors. Everyone in the group would be like "ooh! let's go!" and I'd always use the side entrance.
--Candi Thu Jun 30 13:24:25 2005
Electric revolving doors scare me almost more, especially when they're those huge ones that doesn't use space efficiently for people. . .I hate when they just stop when you least expect. I think I've almost hit the door a couple times.

But dangit, Kirk! I was just about to post a sidebar about how annoyed I am with my RCN cable modem supplied to me by Comcast and how it went crazy and wouldn't work then started working after a couple hours of trying to make it work obsessively when I bought a LinkSys Wireless router a couple weeks ago, stopped going crazy, sporadically went crazy with reseting the modem and router fixing it then last night, the modem totally went in the fritz until this morning. Most annoying part: when I first got the router, I could hook the modem into my computer and it would work all right. This time, I can't even do that.

Searching around on the Internet, I've heard people complain about this very situation and said that just buying your own LinkSys cable modem can fix the problem. . .but now, I think I remember a couple people saying that after awhile, the cable modem went crazy again.

The whole thing just frustrates me because dangit, I'm too busy to be a tech and this is the third router that I've bought in four years because the past routers just stopped working (The first one I let someone else borrow, so they could've broken it; but second one just plain stopped working one day. . .a tech savvy friend tested it and told me that the AC adapter part was broken, so a whole new router was needed). There's just a point where I become a consumer, don't necessarily want to deal with this crap but don't want to have to pay $60/hour for someone to figure out the problem for me and get even more annoyed when I know that Comcast won't help me, since I bought the hardware from someone else.

--Mr. Lex Thu Jun 30 14:12:52 2005
You can feel free to post a sidebar! It will live alongside mine. Or wait 'til tomorrow and it can have the space to itself.

Sorry about your connectivity issues....I've had 2 Linksys routers and very few problems, even with whatever cable modem the service gave me.
--Kirk Thu Jun 30 15:47:39 2005
Oh yeah, I forgot that sidebars could live side by side!
--Mr. Lex Thu Jun 30 15:52:57 2005
I have swapped my Comcast modem out at least once a year (more like every 9 months) and it drives me nuts!!! They always tell me it must be a cabling issue ... but I have a brand new house w/ new cable and it still the issue ... go figure!!! Absolutely crazy.
--Beau Thu Jun 30 16:10:32 2005
We have a Comcast modem and it works fine. 

I had set up a network in our house two years ago, and last summer I decided to make it wireless. So I set everything up with the new wireless router, but it wouldn't work. I had to hook up the regular router to the cable modem and then the wireless router to the regular one. And that seems to work splendidly.
--Candi Thu Jun 30 17:34:38 2005
Candi, just a thought, did you go through that step of having the new router read the Ethernet MAC address of the old setup?

"MAC" is like an ethernet card's unique identifier--it identifies the physical hardware. If you plug the PC directly to the cable modem, it's how the PC tells the cable company who you are. Things that fit between the PC and the cable modem, like a router, often are first set up by having the router read the MAC address from the PC, from then on the router uses the same MAC when talking to the Cable company. So with your router on router setup, the old router has a certain MAC that the cable company wants to hear, but you didn't teach the new router to use the same one (it's a pretty easy thing to follow the instructions to do). But if it ain't broke, maybe it ain't worth fixing. (Did you or Comcast install the first router?)
--Kirk Thu Jun 30 17:46:02 2005
Jesse, You don't have to replace the router when the adapter fails. That happened to me a while back and I got a new adapter at Radio Shack for $15. But they are consumer electronic devices, designed to last only so long because they will be replaced with newer technology very quickly. I had a non-wireless router for 2 years, then got a wireless one, but replaced it a year later with wireless-G. Now we'll have WiMax coming out in a year offering even more speed and range. The routers are essentially disposable.
--Mr. Ibis Thu Jun 30 19:37:48 2005

I had set up the first router. And yeah I had gone through that step. I don't know why it didn't work. I fiddled around with it for about an hour before trying the wireless through the wired one, and that worked so I cut my losses and we've had no problems.
--Candi Fri Jul 1 00:21:15 2005
Oh, sorry. I was giving you the "obvious" solution just in case it didn't occur to you.

But since you have probably about the same understanding as it as I do, I want to ask, maybe the cable modem is set up to the old routers natural MAC and not the PCs? In which case you'd switch the order of the two routers, and connect to the wireless one specifically (hmm, might get confusing), and then tell the wireless one to read the MAC off the old router, not the PC itself. Just an idea, but, perhaps "if it ain't broke don't fix it" is the key idea here.
--Kirk Fri Jul 1 02:00:00 2005