Router says: ‘No’

What an interesting week I had working from home. It was meant to be the first week I would only work from home on Fridays since COVID first impacted the world last year, late-March here. Then, COVID impacted our city once more and we had a one-week lockdown and our return to work schedule was delayed until next week.

So, Monday afternoon I was working away when all of a sudden dropout after dropout kept occurring every 5-10 minutes until my work day ended; I ended up relying upon my iPhone to finish work that day. That night we swapped internet providers as we hadn’t been too happy with the one we were with. Fewer dropouts the following afternoon, but still occurring, we applied a profile to make the connection less sensitive to line noise, which helped.

All seemed okay until Thursday afternoon, why afternoons I’d love to know, and the router just refused to reconnect. Despite efforts at my end and our internet provider’s, the router was for all intensive purposes kaput.

As Jodie likes to chat with the odd friend living internationally we have a VoIP service linked to our account, thus an appropriate router is required. Unfortunately, most tech retailers don’t sell VoIP-enabled routers, so a hunt for those who do and are open after work times was on. Thankfully I finish at 4pm, so managed to find one retailer nearby (15km/10mi) with just what I needed.

Options were few, so I went with a mid-range TP-Link router, this also had benefit over our older router in that this provided us with the newer ac wifi standard which a couple of our devices already supported. Once home and I managed to work things out it was just then a matter of telling every device, including my washer and dryer, to connect to our new wifi network.

Am sort of glad the old beat died now, new router is far better.

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