Brian "Krow" Aker (krow) wrote,
Brian "Krow" Aker

Lack of Internet Connectivity, Suckage, Clearwire

Came back to work last night to discover that my internet
connectivity had went out.


Upstream router went bye bye and it took the culprits nearly 20 hours
to fix it.

So what did I do?

I went and got a second internet provider. For $50 a month I get 1.5
one direction and something awful the other direction. Both of my
routers now know about each access point though the system isn't
smart enough yet to load balance. Backup DNS will be setup before the
night is done and I am rethinking how my network works so that I can
just re-point everything out one of the gateways at a drop of the hat
(or do something even smarter with a heart beat).

The second ISP is ClearWire which is a wireless broadband provider.
So far I can't get their advertised speed, but it does work, and I
did get a static IP address out of them. I'm off on a trip tomorrow
so not much is going to happen with this until I get back. The setup
of their device was super simple and getting one of my routers to
speak to it was only a little annoying (aka had to hookup my laptop
and dump all of the information and then setup the router with what I

Yes, I should have done this years ago, but I dislike the redundant
"physical line" thing as redundancy. If a squirrel takes out a poll,
I don't want to lose all of my connectivity at once.

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