Sunday, February 28, 2010

Wireless Internet

So, last week when I had to reload my computer, there was some fall out. 

Turns out that I copied almost all my files. But not all of them.  The folders that were on my desktop did not transfer over.  Ok, fine, I should be happy that 99% of everything was saved.  Except one of the folders was MSU.  Which is where I'm taking my grad classes.  Every single assignment I've done so far this year is gone.  G.O.N.E.  Luckiely, I've turned them all in, and didn't have to scramble to re-do one, but still. that sucks.  There were other folders on the desktop, but I can't remember which ones, so I guess they didn't have anything too terrably important. 

Another bit of fall out was our wireless router.  My father in law set it up.  My father in law sets up networks for the DoD, and is one of the head guys of network security on a military installation.  Let's just say the network in our home rivals the DoD's.  He set it up so good, that it took him almost 3 years to get his computer able to connect when he comes to visit us.   Yep.  It's pretty stinking ironclad. 

I have no freaking idea how to even begin trying to get my computer back online that way, so I scummed, and set my laptop up in the living room, with the ethernet cable connected to our cable modem straight into my computer.  It works.  But I have to sit in the living room to get on the internet, no more blogging, or facebooking from the comfort of my bed....  (and as a side note- I can't print out my coupons either, because my printer is an 'all in one' set up in the other room).

I even set up the living room differently, so that I could move my chaise lounge (which I love, but haven't sat on in forever, it never was 'part' of our set up).  I moved the love seat to the back corner of the living room, set apart from the general lay out and moved my chaise lounge up, so that I can sit in the chaise, and kick back while on my computer. 

Finally today I sat down and was determined to be able to figure it out.  Travis tried to help me the best he can, but it was interesting.  Note- your IP address is different then your MAC address, and you can't find your MAC address online (the way you can by going to  Just in case you were wondering.

Well, I'm happy to say, I did it!  I'm wireless!!! WHOOOO!  I can now blog in bed!   (and print my coupons, which is good, because they get all new ones tomorrow).  Right before Trav and I hung up, he said "I shouldn't have helped you, because before, at least you are forced to get out of bed so you can get on the computer." 


As a side note- my house is actually no longer a disaster area.  I opened up all the windows to let in some fresh air (which was awesome) since it was pushing 50 today.  The living room is clean as well as the kitchen, and table.  I vacuumed those rooms, and put the wreaths in their cases and put them back in the attic.  I also folded all my sweaters that were laying all over the guest bed to dry. 

Now to start my research analysis that is due in (now) less then 24 hours.


  1. What an excellent (and worthwhile) bit of procrastination.

    Should you feel the urge to do some more, I have a house you could come and attack with cleaning products at any time. Of course, I'm more than a few hundred miles away, so it's a long shot - but hey...

  2. My husband is a network engineer for the DoD as well. :) A blessing and a curse, all at the same time. Take care!