Taking Things For Granted – The Significant Presence of Internet
Gone were the days where dial-up is needed to connect to the internet, even if it worked, the speed left much to be desired. However, through literal improvements, internet became a daily thing. In the current stance of cyber technology, wi-fi is everywhere, even when on the go, you can still connect to the internet through portable devices like laptops, tablets and phones. It’s almost unthinkable not to have a stable internet connection.
Today, will be the day I share everyone a painful experience I had sometime ago – an incident where I wasn’t able to connect to the internet for an extended period of time, and is actually still experiencing the aftereffects of that incident now.
Coming back home, I sat down on my comfy chair, and tried to go to my blog, twitter, etc.. and go about my usual business, only to find out.. I couldn’t. I thought it was just a slight connection difficulty and assumed the internet will be okay later, and off I go with some downloaded games and anime. The second day after that, I tried once more but I still couldn’t connect, the third day leads to similar unsatisfying result and by the fourth day, I was beginning to despair. Every time I was watching an anime or playing a game, I felt empty – I couldn’t help but feel that I should be opening some downloads in the background.
After that, I started troubleshooting, and tried all sorts of method to fix my internet connection – resetting my computer, the connection, the modem and the router, rebooting, renewing IP address, and even reformatted my computer – all to no avail. I deduced that the wi-fi receiver in the CPU is damaged. In the end, I just bought an USB Wi-Fi receiver and connected it to one of the USB ports on my CPU.
My speed was able to reach a speed somehow similar to the previous one, however, it wasn’t as stable. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes, it keeps getting cut off, and it can get really difficult to re-stabilize the internet connection after a reboot. Of cause, I can always try swapping and installing a new wireless receiver inside, I’m however, not quite familiar with hardware maintenance, especially for newer motherboards like this. Actually, I’m not even sure if the wireless receiver is integrated into the motherboard or not. I can always bring my CPU to the repair shop however if I really need to, but since I can use it now anyway, I will hold it off for now.
The moral of the story is not to take things for granted, even for things like connecting to the internet as we never know when “something unexpected” might happen – always expect the worst, if you will.