Finding Doors

My internet light was not included for awhile (okay...this picture is from 1995, but you get the dramatic idea!).
My internet light was not included for awhile (okay...this picture is from 1995, but you get the dramatic idea!).

For over an hour I tackled my lack of internet, this after basking in everything being so easily set up just a couple of days before.  Problem was I knew what was wrong, I just didn’t know exactly how to “find the doors” to fix them.

For the foundation of things, I was using my modem/router from my previous residence – that was obviously set up with the previous residence’s settings.  This is fine when it involves things like the router and wireless connectivity of the computers – in fact that was perfect.  But there’s this thing called modem settings and having the right username/password.

In my backhanded way I was able to figure out how to make a username/password (AT&T did not prep me for this at all!).  But then after this was figured out, I had no idea where I was supposed to go add this information on the modem/router.  What happened to ease of graphic user interfaces?  That lovely bit of “fill this in” “click next” “click finish”.

And yes, I tried calling tech support – haunted by the red light of internet death on my modem – but after some failed attempts and re-routing, it just didn’t feel like it was meant to be.  Aside from that – as my latest tweet professes – “you know what’s wrong & what you need to do, you just don’t know how to get there.”

But after some experimentation with the router settings, I was able to find the elusive username/password location and voila!  Green light!

Green means go?  Well – I am blogging this on my internet (non-stolen variety anyway!).

-cct