Posted by sean on September 14, 2006 at 10:50 pm in Geek Stuff with No Comments


The engineer has finally got around to trundling down to my local telephone exchange to switch me over from FirstNet to Sky Broadband.

I was promised 16mbps broadband, reliability and free sex (OK, maybe not that last one). What I now have is somewhat different and I am not impressed. At this moment in time I am unsure who my finger of blame shall be pointed at – Sky or Belkin, my network bridge manufacturers. At the moment I’ll stick to blaming Kevin Blackwell.

I have installed Sky’s snazzy new wireless router. Not a problem, they even provided a SSID and network key so I didn’t even have to bother configuring. It was literally a case of turn on and pick up the signal. The problems started when I tried to update my network bridge which provides wired internet for my PC and Xbox 360.

My bridge is now refusing to accept the new SSID and WEP code which I enter. I have tried changing static IP address, using a dynamic IP, resetting the bridge, using the web interface to configure, swearing at it, issuing threats to it’s family, hitting with a tree branch. It just will not work. I also refuse to ring the Belkin helpline. Their call centres are all based in India and I would get better advice asking Aunt Mable in the old people’s home.

If this is not sorted before too long, local residents may see a bridge flying through the sky after being thrown from a first floor window. I need internet access on my PC by Monday. The new season of Family Guy started last week and I fully intend to download the latest episode.

Oh, and when I do access my new connection on my laptop, it is very slow. 16mbps my arse. That matter can wait though…

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