Fetching The Mail

Tonight is forecast to be the coldest night of the year. Last night we had high winds and blowing snow drifting into my driveway. I decided to walk to fetch the mail after the wind died down. The temperature was only -25C but the wind was gusting up to 52km/h at times. I put on half of my cold weather gear, parka, hoodie over a toque, scarf, sweater, insulated boots and moose-hide mitts. I was motivated. I was expecting the new wireless access point in the box…

It wasn’t bad on the way out. I had the wind at my back. The router was there as well as an order of flower/garden seeds. Yes! On the return trip, I was in trouble. In seconds I could feel my nose freezing… I resorted to the childhood expedient of walking backwards… I looked silly, probably, but I was warm and the footing was good as the wind had cleared the roadway nicely. I walked backwards 30 yards or so and then faced the wind just to make sure no truck was about to run over me or that I was heading into a rough spot. It worked. I arrived home with only some fingers complaining of cold. The circulation in my hands just isn’t enough to keep a finger warm…

Anyway. The seeds looked to be in order and the router and all its four antennae were in the box. Now to RTFM and hook it up. TLW wants it properly mounted on the wall, not my forte, so I’m going to do the configuration and a family member with a reputation for neatness and making things level will attach it to the house… It’s all good.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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3 Responses to Fetching The Mail

  1. Finally, the grand daughter fell asleep and I got to play with the new hardware. I did a wireless transfer over the LAN at 20 MB/s which is about 10 times faster than the old unit, so I guess it was a worthwhile investment. Browsing is snappy. Speedtest from the Internet was only 45 mbits/s, but that’s much better than before too. The desktop interface, wavelan, gave some alarming indications (LOS, etc.) during the workout so we may have to tweak things yet. TLW took the unit to the far end of the house and the signal is more than 10dB stronger than before. Good.

    I was disappointed the 802.11n unit on the notebook does not seem to know about 5gig WiFi. Will try to get it working for 5gHz blind until we get some new gadget or the right visitor comes by.

  2. dougman wrote, “Global warming! Too much CO2!”.

    It’s not just about temperature or CO2. Here, in the interior of the continent we can expect colder average temperatures but greater extremes and less rain/snow. So, one -35C day is not the end of the world. It’s a symptom of worse to come. The scary thing is that there’s just one such day likely for the whole winter. That’s extreme. Winnipeg typically gets a few days of -40C on average.

    BTW, the new access point is working except for the 5gHz band. Will have to play more. Signal strength is about 15dB stronger than before. Haven’t tried a bandwidth test. The grand daughter said, “NO!”. 😉

  3. dougman says:

    “Tonight is forecast to be the coldest night of the year.”

    Global warming! Too much CO2! Donald Trump! WinTel! Microsoft!


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