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So the comcast guy finally gets my internet working two hours after he arrives. There was some problem outside with the wiring, and also apparently my ethernet cable stopped working some time in the past month. Anyway, we got it working, and everything was fine. I got on my webcam for a bit to show some people around my apartment, speeds were good, fine and dandy.

So, when I was about to go to bed, Seana was going to get online. We took her long ethernet cable and stretched it from my room (where the modem is) to the living room, where she temporarily has her computer until our wireless router arrives. And... nothing. I'm no hardcore computer freak, but I can generally fix minor problems. We went through all the steps... and nothing. I finally pleaded exhaustion and had to go to sleep, and I think she was going to call Comcast. She works online, we cannot be having malfunctioning internet!

We also filled out the form that lists the apartment problems. We found four, total. One, there's a small hole in the washer/dryer folding door thing. Two, the oven timer goes off randomly. Three, the front burner doesn't work. Four, our keys don't work on the storage unit door on the balcony. And that's it. No stains, no broken handles, nothing dirty, good water pressure. Seriously,I mean we went through everything on that list, and checked an awful lot of "acceptable" and by "acceptable" we meant "wow, really great." They'll probably fix everything but the door, which I can live with. Major props to anyone who can fix that blasted timer.

Seana made a soy cheesecake. I dislike sweets. More particularly, I dislike cheesecake. But I've got to try this right? Soy cheesecake? Yeah. Maybe tonight when I get home. I've got to stop by my place to feed/walk Padfoot, and then I'm off to a one-month celebration party for my "nephew." Which reminds me, I also need to stop and get some sort of present or card or something. It's my job to spoil the kid, right?

I woke up at 5:45 and then at 6, out of the house by 6:25, and here by 6:45. I'm also going to take a short lunch today, I think. Try to make up for some of that missed time yesterday.


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Aug. 29th, 2006 01:30 pm (UTC)
Does she have the right kind of network card that Comcast needs? If you're both going to be using it, I'd suggest her getting a wireless card and you getting a wireless router. You might want to check with Comcast about what the possibilities are there. Hmm... I don't know if you could make a direct connection anymore yourself with that (maybe there are routers with an ethernet plug-in port built in?) or not.
Aug. 29th, 2006 01:33 pm (UTC)
I ordered both a wireless router and a wireless card, which I'm going to let her use (since the modem/router will be in my room and cords wouldn't have to stretch). She's had comcast before, so I don't think it's an issue with her network card.
Aug. 29th, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC)
If I understand your situation correctly, you have only one ethernet connection on the cable modem. Therefore, only one of you can be connected at once. So when you went to bed you unhooked your ethernet cable and plugged her's in. And she wasn't able to get a connection, even though you just had one.

If that's the situation then I know how to fix your problem.

Whenever the cable modem connects back to the central office, it "binds" itself to a particular "MAC address." Each network card has a unique MAC address. Therefore, when you switch network cards (e.g., Seana's instead of your's), you have to tell the central office to "re-bind" the connection.

To do that you have to "power cycle" the cable modem. Generally, there is a reset button on the back on the cable modem. It's placement is modem-specific, but you'll be able to tell what it is even if it's not labeled because it's recessed so that you don't accidentally hit it. You have to use the tip of a pencil or a paperclip to push it. The important part is that when you push it, you have to hold it done for a minimum number of seconds, generally 3 to 5. You can tell when the modem re-binds because all the lights on front will flash on and off a bunch of times or some other kind of attention getting pattern.

Not knowing your specific router brand, you might have to try it holding it down for different lengths of time, e.g., my parent's take 3 seconds, but the one I had in Tallahassee last year was 10 seconds.

Anyway, if the situation I described in the first paragraph describes y'all's setup, then I'm 95% sure this will fix it.
Aug. 29th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
I'll pass this along to Seana. Thanks!
Aug. 30th, 2006 12:45 am (UTC)
I agree
I think zhartley is right. If his suggestion works, and if power-cycling the cable modem is inconvenient (I think it would be), then adding a router that both machines could connect to at the same time would be a solution. SOmeone else suggested a wireless router. I figure as long as you're getting a router, it might as well be wireless, but make sure it (1) supports WPA and (2) is not the popular Linksys WRT54g (see http://archives.neohapsis.com/archives/bugtraq/2006-08/0122.html).
Aug. 30th, 2006 01:27 am (UTC)
Re: I agree

I know the guy who discovered that vulnerability :-) We worked at the same place this summer. Using a WRT54g is fine if you load it with one of the 3rd party firmwares (there are dozens, take your pick).
Aug. 30th, 2006 10:34 am (UTC)
Re: I agree
Naturally my dad has one of those, and I'm on his net! :S
Aug. 30th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
be sure to report back on the soy cheesecake if you try it. That sounds interesting!
Aug. 30th, 2006 04:00 am (UTC)
it was good, and seana says it was easy to make. i'll get you the recipe.
Aug. 30th, 2006 10:33 am (UTC)
Fix that damn burner!

When we lived in Utah, our cooktop had a malfunctioning burner also. The hypotmeter that controlled the burner was broken so that it didn't provide any resistance, so anything other than "off" was hi, AND the little nixie tube light that indicated whether the burner was on or not was broken.

So one day my mom went to hard boil some eggs and accidentally turned on that bad burner and knocked her purse onto it. I walk into the kitchen a few minutes later and four foot flames are coming off of her purse. My mom had to run into the kitchen, knock the thing off the stove with a broom handle and then stomp it out, melting a hole into the lineloeum.

It's not the same thing...but any stove that doesn't work 100% should be fixed or junked. In my view anyway.
Aug. 30th, 2006 11:05 am (UTC)
I fixed it, the plug thing was just loose.
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