technical


We finally got an Internet connection installed on Monday 25th February, and for a while had Ethernet cables running through the hallway (covered by left-over carpet in the doorways to prevent against tripping to some extent). On Sunday 2nd March, however, we installed some proper network cabling. We now have cables running from wall jacks in Josiah’s room (where the cable modem and router is) to similar jacks in Jordan’s and my room. It took longer than I expected, mostly due to difficulty drilling a hole through the wall beside my wardrobe door.

It ended up being quite a flat affair, as you can see in these photos:
Jordan and Peter trying to make a hole past my wardrobe doorJosiah and Elaine spectatingRuth was happyJanice in her usual pose

The end result (at my end):
An ethernet jack with a cable plugged into it

It is taking us a while to get a proper Internet connection here at the flat (though hopefully we will get TelstraClear cable installed on Monday), but in the meantime I have been using a USB WiFi adaptor in the middle of a dish I constructed a while ago from Chinese parabolic cookware based on these instructions. This lets me connect to the VUW wireless network (well, sometimes at least), and from there I can use the SWANS VPN to get to the Internet. The dish sits in my window frame, carefully aimed up at the university, as you can see in these pictures:
The dish in contextA close-up of the dish