|Kludge first, tidy up later.|
Two years ago AT&T's 2WIRE modem finally gave out, and we replaced it with a $150 Netgear DGND300 (pictured standing, right), which broadcasts Wi-Fi signals throughout the house under the 802.11g and the faster 802.11n standards. All was copacetic.
Last month AT&T announced that:
1) All ADSL users in the area would be switched to VDSL (very high-data-rate digital subscriber line), which can't be read by the Netgear modem;
2) ADSL service would be discontinued by the end of September or when the subscriber switched to VDSL, whichever was earlier;
3) VDSL users would receive a "free" AT&T modem.
Rather than try your patience, dear reader, with a long(er) whiny post I'll just say:
Fortunately, it was a simple matter to connect the modems via an Ethernet cable and use the Netgear's stronger signal. All is copacetic again, but the shabby treatment by a too-big-to-care company will make us look harder at alternatives to AT&T. © 2012 Stephen Yuen