Friday, July 4, 2014

When the Internet failed

At the best of times it is always a huge inconvenience whenever the Internet goes down, but thank goodness that it does not do this very often. As a matter of fact, very seldom for me.

Most of the time I can tell when the Internet goes down. First I check to see if I can access it and when I am unable to do so I then check my emails. If both are unavailable then something is wrong, but if only one is unavailable, then I wait. I also use my iPhone or iPad to help decipher things for me.

On this particular day when it did indeed fail, I felt like a fish out of water, so to speak, but this is the way I suppose that many would feel as well.

I was able to ascertain that indeed the Internet had gone down but here is where the fun started. When I called my ISP to find out what was going on they kept telling me that it had not gone down and that it was a problem in my own home. Just imagine the panic I felt at hearing this. What!? How? Why? What to do now? The technician kept telling me that it was my modem and because I could not tell him whether or not the modem lights were on, it posed a royal headache for me.

The technician suggested that I find a sighted person to help me and on that day my neighbor, Sandra, was there to rescue me. It was not just the modem, but the connector to the modem. Matter solved and something new for me to keep in mind to check on the next time my Internet goes down.

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