Today I bought a new Cisco Linksys WRT120N WiFi router to go along with the new WiMax connection that was setup for me last week by Ezecom here in Phnom Penh.
I won’t bore you with the exact details of my fun evening fighting with technology, but will abbreviate it into a series of points.
My evening went like this:
- Set everything up (ignoring wireless routers instructions to install their quick-setup wizard software).
- Do the thing that I know is the correct procedure (enter PPPoE details, click connect).
- Feel confused when nothing happens.
- Re-enter settings, re-plug cables, re-set router, power off/on WAN box, re-enter settings, and restart computer in various orders.
- Return to point 2 (but skip point 5 next time around).
- Reset everything and try the wireless router wizard I explicitly avoided at the start.
- Get annoyed with wireless router wizard’s inexplicably convoluted practice.
- Feel somewhat unsurprised when the router wizard fails to help, offers useless error messages, and has a troubleshooter that completely fails to do anything useful other than crash itself.
- Get annoyed to find out the wireless router wizard has silently installed a 730mb ‘magic network’ program that I neither need nor want.
- Uninstall all the wizard crap, reset router, try the basic steps again.
- Feel disheartened when nothing happens.
- Spend a while searching stuff on the net.
- Try some more random things, unplug and reset the router multiple times, power on and off the WAN connection, and restart computer.
- Feel quite pissed off that there’s still nothing going on in internet land.
- Do a load of research looking up IP addresses and trying to fathom Ezecom’s network setup and possible hostnames for the PPPoE connection.
- Admit defeat and accept that I’ll have to call Ezecom support tomorrow.
- Decide randomly to try once more (having changed absolutely no settings whatsoever, just using the bog standard ‘this should work’ setup).
- It works.
I should be delighted that I triumphed over technology, but I didn’t really. It just mysteriously didn’t work for 2.5 hours, and then did.
This waste of time battle with technology, and blog post, was fuelled by foolishly having a coffee after dinner.