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Caution! No Trip Hazard! - Tina Marie's Ramblings
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Caution! No Trip Hazard!
I finally un-wired my apartment.

I've had wires running across the floor in all directions for almost as long as I've lived there. When I moved in, I had two phone lines, one under the computer desk, and the main line, so there were no wires running across the floor.

6 months later, I got DSL, which allowed me to disconnect the second phone line, but required me to run a phone line from the kitchen to the computer desk, across the dining room floor.

A few months after that, I got a TiVo, which also wanted a phone line. This required a second wire, running from the kitchen, across the living room, to the TiVo, and a mass of adapters and filters and splitters at the jack.

Shortly after this, I ran Ethernet from my router to the coffee table, so my friends with laptops could plug into my network. Then another to the dining room table, because one of my friends complained bitterly about having to type in an awkward position on the coffee table. Now I had 2 more cords running across the apartment...

6.5 years passed. Once a week, I tripped over one of those wires and cursed at the whole mess.

A year ago, I got a new firewall with a wireless access point. The Ethernet cables stayed, but no one used them anymore. My machines were still wired, though.

A few months back, I upgraded my TiVo to a Series 2. It talks on my wireless network, allowing me to remove the phone cord to the TiVo.

Now I was down to tripping over a cord once a month. Last night, I got rid of the rest.

I moved the DSL modem, firewall, and wireless router to sit next to the main phone jack, eliminating the last phone cord. I added a wireless Ethernet bridge to the linux box, since I hadn't had any luck getting a wireless card to work in it. I added a wireless card to the main PC. I coiled up all the random Ethernet cables stretched across my apartment. I moved the Mac off the computer desk, moved my 2 towers to sit on the desk instead of under it (where they had been preventing me from actually sitting at the desk), and added a UPS, since my old one died years ago. I added a USB hub, so I didn't have to move the PCs every time I wanted to hook something up.

The rat's nest of wiring is gone from under the desk. There are no wires running across my apartment at all.

I feel far more satisfied about this then it really justifies.

Current Mood: satisfied satisfied
Current Music: Stand By Your Man - Lynn Anderson

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alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: July 8th, 2005 07:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
What distro does the Linux system run? I've found CentOS 4 has great device autodetection/support (well, with the exception of 3D hardware acceleration of an older ATi Radeon Mobility, but then again, it's not a gamer's distro so that doesn't really matter much).
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: July 8th, 2005 07:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
FC 2. I'm not happy with it, but I haven't had enough of an incentive to switch to something else yet.
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: July 8th, 2005 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you're running FC, RHEL or CentOS then make sure you add the dag yum repo to your system so you can get a bunch of useful extras. My workstation at home is still FC2, and it's turned out fine for all the violent video games I tend to play :-)
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: July 8th, 2005 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I still don't have the apt stuff set up right. It's on my list of stuff for you to help me with when you're here (you didn't think you were going to get to sleep on my couch for free, did you? :)
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: July 9th, 2005 07:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I just use yum on the Redhatty types.
Of course you get things like Synaptic and Aptitude with apt, but I've never used them (I just yum install whatever or apt-get install whatever).
From: ptomblin_lj Date: July 8th, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)


I have a series 2 TiVo (and a series 1 as well) and I'm considering getting a wireless net connection for it. Can I just buy any old USB wireless module, or are only certain ones supported?
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: July 8th, 2005 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Tivo

Depends on what TiVo you have:

I bought the dLink one they sell, to minimize configuration hassles, and I plugged it in and it just worked...
From: ptomblin_lj Date: July 8th, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Tivo

I've got one of the DVD burning Tivos, so I don't have software version 7.1. That page says that 7.1 is required for the D-Link DWL-120 and the DWL-G120, but they don't come out and say whether it's required for the DWL-122.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: July 8th, 2005 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Tivo

The 122 is what I have, and I don't have 7.1 yet.
From: zapata_rider Date: July 11th, 2005 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link)


This thread is worthless without pictures.....!!!!!!
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: July 11th, 2005 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Pictures....!!!!

*laugh* Guess I should have. Next time...
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