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Internet connection fiasco

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posted on Aug, 3 2015 @ 07:13 AM
Not having regular internet service, I tend to

rely on a hotspot from xfinity wireless.

Some days, the reception is great and I have

connectivity all day long. BUT on other days

like today, it is basically hit-or-miss.

I do understand about RF waves, how they travel,

wavelengths, etc. Knowing that there are many things

like large metallic objects probably brick or concrete

also that impede the travel of the minute wavelengths

involved with the wifi connection, plus the fact that

I am probably on the 'fringe' of coverage for that hot-

spot, I am actually amazed that I can even connect at

all sometimes.

But back to my main thought... If I was able to connect

this morning - with decent bandwidth also - why the heck

can't I connect right now while I am typing this gripe?

Is the ISP playing tricks on me? I feel as if it were

playing hide-and-seek with me. LOL

I can't connect to save my frickin' life!

As I watch the "Wireless Connection Status", I can see

that not even 1 single packet is being received.

I had thought that being the weekend, that the ISP could

possibly be performing some type of maintenance, but

I can 'see' the SSID, why doesn't it seem to see me?


Sure, I could move closer to the hotspot, or even

temporarily grab my notebook and go for a bike ride

to find a better reception area. But then I wouldn't

be in the comfort of my humble domicile.

Years back, I had a similar issue. Then, as now, I

didn't have a hard wired Internet connection. What I

did back then was way worse:

My coomputer was connected to my cellphone through

BlueTooth. My cellphone then in turn connected to

the nearest wifi hotspot. (The computer didn't have

wireless capabilities, only blue-tooth was available)

Imagine the nightmare then, of establishing and keeping

a connection 'alive'. And it was dreadfully slow. It

was supposedly a 56kb (yes kb) connection, but the

actual throughput when all was said and done was more like

28 kb, probably less.

Sorry for the rambling, I just had to vent a little.

Oh yeah, I have tried 'repairing' the connection, which

basically involves simply rebooting the wireless net

adapter, also tried rebooting the computer as well.

In some instances (when I was using an older version

of firefox, rebooting actually helped - especially

after firefox would "hang", thereby disallowing any

Intenet activity)

Here I wait, and wait, and ....

Hey I just received a total of exactly one packet.



The next day:

Okay, so I wake up and turn on the 'puter, and today, I have

internet. YaY!

Must have been the ISP fooling around.

posted on Aug, 3 2015 @ 10:34 AM
a reply to: mechanicx32

Using DSL here - for many reasons and I always have 'connection' problems during the hottest part of the day. For me I was told by one phone dude it was cheap insulation used by Verizon on the phone wiring. I'd plot, keep a record, of when you have problems and see over time if it correlates with anything.

posted on Aug, 3 2015 @ 10:49 AM
So you are complaining about the quality of a public internet connection that you don't pay for? Then you rant about not being able to connect and somehow magically post to ATS while you are not connected?

edit on 2015/8/3 by Metallicus because: sp

posted on Aug, 3 2015 @ 11:00 AM

originally posted by: Metallicus
..... magically post to ATS while you are not connected?...

Did you even read my original post??

I tried all day yesterday to reconnect, no joy.

Today , no problems.

And I do pay to use the wifi service I am talking about.

oh, and i was venting my frustration. That is supposed to be what this forum is for.

Some people just have to find a reason to argue and debate, I guess.

edit on 3-8-2015 by mechanicx32 because: edit

posted on Aug, 3 2015 @ 11:50 AM
a reply to: mechanicx32

You're using free connections in public places where tons of others can and are jamming up your "free" waves...and you're complaining?

Location, time of day, servers, users, interruptions of free usage....and you said you understand?

Respectfully? Sorry...don't think you some data usage....

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