[Magdalen] Internet puzzle?

Grace Cangialosi gracecan at gmail.com
Fri Aug 14 21:29:05 UTC 2020

Thanks, everybody!
 I still don’t understand it, but I did get that my phone and my laptop aren’t connected to wifi in the same way. I have a line from the phone company for my computer with a router and a booster antenna. And I guess my phone just connects to a tower somewhere... 
We don’t have cable here. If folks want TV, they have to have a dish, and those are ridiculously expensive.

Anyway, my laptop is connected to wifi again.’

> On Aug 14, 2020, at 3:53 PM, cady soukup <cadyasoukup at gmail.com> wrote:
> In addition, geography (i.e. rocks & hills) and botany (LOTS of trees)
> add to the fun for connectivity. Something like 3 companies went
> bankrupt trying to put in cable for the 2 main roads in our county: US
> 211 (east-west) and US 522 (north-south). Too much rock for
> underground. Never got a good deal from the power companies to use
> their poles. Mike Mahoney likely knows more.
> Cable companies really like a 'market' along the road - they want at
> least 250 houses-per-mile to make it profitable to put in cable. Along
> the 2.5 miles of my road, if I count the barns & sheds, there may be
> 40 'houses'!
> All those who did live on US 211 /522 could have cable for the fee of
> connecting their house to the cable (upwards of thousands of feet for
> some farm houses). Those who did NOT live along those roads ... have
> the option of using dial-up or towers.
> Rappahannock Electric Cooperative has made it a priority to provide
> connectivity to their customers, but I have not seen anything further
> than the initial PR copy, so no details. Creating cooperatives for
> internet access may be the only way it will work in today's for-profit
> climate when so much of our 'take-it-for-granted' infrastructure is
> not quite up to grade.
> Cady
>> On 8/14/20, Christopher Hart <cervus51 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Silly me, not even thinking of the wifi router needing to connect over the
>> air so to speak. Living as I do in a very populated suburban area my wifi
>> is provided via a fiber optic connection along with my TV and home phone
>> (which I really don't use but it's part of the package). My cell phone uses
>> the wifi when I'm in the house so it doesn't need to find a connection
>> either.
>>> On Fri, Aug 14, 2020 at 3:30 PM cady soukup <cadyasoukup at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Grace,
>>> Your phone has the ability to connect directly to a tower. Depending
>>> on your plan, your wifi may have a separate connection - it isn't
>>> connected to your phone, is it?
>>> Our phones may potentially connect to one of 4 towers in our area. Our
>>> wifi is hard-connected by positioning to a single tower. Some days
>>> both work, some days neither work. Most often one or the other is
>>> slightly off.
>>> Cady
>>> not too far north of you
>>> On 8/14/20, Christopher Hart <cervus51 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> Your wifi could be fine, but your ISP is not connecting to the internet
>>>> I
>>>> suppose. Brian or Chad might know more.
>>>> On Fri, Aug 14, 2020 at 3:17 PM Grace Cangialosi <gracecan at gmail.com>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>> Can someone please explain why I can be sitting here with my phone and
>>> my
>>>>> laptop, with wifi on my phone and the laptop saying there’s no
>>>>> internet
>>>>> connection??  This has happened a couple of times lately...
>>>> --
>>>> Christopher Hart
>>>> List Mail Address: cervus51 at gmail.com
>>>> Personal Mail: cervus at veritasliberat.net
>>>> Twitter: @cervus51
>> --
>> Christopher Hart
>> List Mail Address: cervus51 at gmail.com
>> Personal Mail: cervus at veritasliberat.net
>> Twitter: @cervus51

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