I mean, seriously. Go out, find a duck and f*ck it. My nerves are shot but as you can see quite plainly I AM on the internet. Last week Ken went the Verizon store and got himself a Thunderbolt. (whatever that is). I was rumbling along just fine here on my PC with a 3G wireless USB modem from Verizon. Ken very thoughtfully brought me a brand spanking new super duper improved and speedy 4G wireless USB modem. We thought.
Last week before heading up north I tried installing it. No dice. My computer complained it had no “drivers” to run the thing. I call tech support. They informed me that this device they had sold me required my PC to be wi-fi um…..working. I mean, the computer had to be wi-fi compatible….or something. So, they had sold me the wrong device. However, the tech dude informed me, I could purchase a USB wi fi adapter and then be good to go with my new 4G thingy and…bonus….anyone who comes over with a laptop can immediately connect through the internet..which up until now the kids have been unable to do here unless they stole my 3G USB modem.
Ok, fine used trucks.
I ordered the adapter. Installed it and attempted to get my new 4G device connecting me to teh intrawebs. Nope. The light on the device which should be happily green was a sickly violet. New tech support lady sez “Your sim card is probably bad. Go get a new one.”
I did. Went in. Got new sim card. Salesdude shakes head and says “Very weird”. But, I just got home and turned everything on. My wifi adapter is flipping from “connected” to “disconnected”. The 4G device now has a nice green light, but connection is still not happening. The message I am getting is “No IP address”.
Joy of joys! I find a “Support” number in the directions for the wifi adapter. First girl who answers the phone tries to be helpful but you can tell she is looking things up. When I say “I have no IP address” she mutters to herself “IP address”…and says I have to have a password for my router. Well, I don’t know where my router IS….I thought it was part of my PC. She has no idea where I would find a password for my router. She puts me on hold. Hallelujah! A “real” tech support dude answers the phone and tells me to look on the back of my Verizon 4g device. Miracle of miracles…it says “Password” right on the back!!! There’s a 14 digit number that is so small I have to take it outside in the sunlight to read it. I write it down embiggened for myself and come back in…plug everything in and what the f*ck. IT WORKS.
I am online and feelin’ F.I.N.E.
F*ucked up. Insane. Neurotic and Emotional.
Anyway….I have boxes and papers and shit strewn all over this goshdarned desk and I am a wreck, but the intrawebs are working again.