I like to think of myself as being technically proficient. But after this past week, I’m not so certain.
I bought a new router to replace/upgrade the one we’ve been using for the past eight years. After doing a bit of research, I settled on one from a company called TP-Link. I have 2 of their WiFi extenders and they’ve been working well, so I thought I’d bite the bullet and get a router as well, to complete the set. The price point seemed right, and the features on the router seemed to be in line with what I needed to be accomplishing in terms of my home network. It also had the ability to be controlled by an app, which would be useful if I was away from home and needed to reboot the router remotely or change settings if I happened to be on vacation. If vacations are still going to be possible in the future.
I bought it from Amazon since we have Prime, and it arrived in a couple of days. It seemed pretty straightforward when I opened the box, it came with its own Ethernet cable, a power supply, and a really small instruction booklet. As with many items nowadays, the instructions were more visual than textual, with limited information as to how to set up the unit. Having had more than one router in my day, I disconnected the D-Link from my fiber modem, connected the Archer A8 (the new one) and turned everything on.
And nothing happened.
Well, to be clear, it turned on, and I got green lights indicating that it saw it was powered on, connected to the modem, but the indicator that said it was connected to the Internet was an off-putting orange. And thus began my tumble down the router rabbit hole.
Like so many, I’ve read the poem ‘A Visit From Saint Nicholas‘ and noticed the stanza ‘And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap’ and thought nothing of it. As I’ve gotten older and started losing my hair up top, I thought about perhaps at night it would behoove me to have a warm head. To that end, when my wife asked me one year what I’d like to have for Christmas, I told her it would be great to have a nightcap. She asked why I would want to have a drink. (She was being humorous) “Ha, ha…funny funny” I replied. “You know what I mean.”
And she did. On Christmas morning, I opened one of my packages and found a very nice nightcap (red) from a business called Berkeley Hat. Honestly, I’d never heard of them, but they make useful and novelty hats of all different shapes and sizes. I’ve been very pleased with the nightcap, it’s warm and it covers my head nicely. Even so much so I bought another one, in dark blue.
I was thinking about this entry this morning only because last night as I was going to bed, I couldn’t find my cap. Sometime during the day it must have fallen off the nightstand, and was on the floor either next to it, under the bed, or somewhere nearby. Since it was nearly midnight, my wife was asleep in the bed already. It wasn’t a good time to be turning on a light and banging around looking for it. I went to sleep without my head covered and I did manage to sleep all night, even though it was chilly in the bedroom. I’ll find it during the course of the day today, and it will be ready for me when I go to bed tonight.
Not for nothing, but I noticed on Amazon that they sell footie pajamas in adult sizes….