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rattfan ([personal profile] rattfan) wrote2017-04-23 05:35 pm

Science is going to fix this, damn it

 Cue Twilight Zone music:

I've started to keep a log of when my Internet connection checks out and when it comes back, since noticing there seemed to be a pattern.  It's not precise, but since the problems began early this month, the long dropouts happen in midmorning to early afternoon and the connection comes back in the late afternoon/early evening.  Every day since about 16/4, when the connection began checking out for most of the day, and we're now at 23/4.

So.  Is it something to do with the installation of the NBN cables in this suburb?  Or is it a problem that happens at a certain temperature, which could explain the fluctuation between, say, yesterday it came back at 5.50pm and today, a cooler day with even a bit of rain, it came back at 5.24pm.

Given that my modem is new and manages to work all night (or at the points when I woke up and looked, and I had insomnia badly last night) I don't believe it has a problem.  Everything is plugged in that ought to be and has been tested according to instructions from Iinet support. There's already been a line check and I was told a fault had been found and fixed.  Uh uh, I don't think so.  Second check happens on Wednesday.  Whatever else they are, Iinet and Telstra are at least prompt in responding to wails from the populace, or such has been my experience this time.  The first check was done on Easter Sunday, no less, with the guy saying;  well, they didn't have much work so they were doing it early.

Folk are free to check my logic, but I feel weirdly reassured that I am finding a pattern.  It suggests there is something wrong there to be found!

Then again, not sure how reliable my logic is.  I'm the person who spent about two hours last night trying to print a PDF attachment that wouldn't.  Thought my printer was out of ink until I worked out that Windows 10 apparently has a problem with letting you print out such things.  And yes, I eventually hammered through to finding out how to do it.  It was my acknowledgment from the Sokos Pasila in Helsinki that I had a room booked for Worldcon, btw.

Also; my shower head fell off in my hand on Friday while I was trying to superglue a crack where it met the wall.  The lesson for today is that Selleys superglue does not work on showers, and you will get a lot of water sprayed in your face if you are an idjit who forgets to turn off the water first.

Thank Whatever for bathtubs.  I'll sort that problem out next week!





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[personal profile] lysanatt 2017-04-23 02:13 pm (UTC)(link)
You and technology (and bathroom stuff) aren't really good friends... :D

Anyway - is there a possibility that someone either uses a signal amplifier or a device that cuts off signal in the vicinity? Sounds like the idea of a log is a really good idea.
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[personal profile] lysanatt 2017-04-25 11:47 am (UTC)(link)
Nah, not on purpose. People don't usually know that they disturb other people's signals, so they buy signal amplifiers to boost their own Wi-fi while messing everybody else's up.

It is not unlikely that there is an outside source; there is so much that can make interference that it's not even funny.