Welcome to the era of wireless broadband.

Or Not.

A couple of significant factors work against us. The first lies in the construction of our house. 300 or so years ago the builders failed to make allowances for the free passage of radio waves into, out of, and around the structure. The walls are just too thick. The problem was compounded when the iPad arrived. Not so much the device itself but by my not unreasonable desire to use it from the comfort of the sofa, a long way from the router. There is a technical solution. A signal booster now sits in an electrical socket in the dining room extending the wireless reach to that end of the house. It does the job a treat.. for the iPad. It also latches on to so much of the available bandwidth that no other device will now work.

Which brings us, somewhat inevitably, to compromising factor number two: broadband speed. A subject of ‘discussion’ between Mike and BT dating back almost to day one in this house. And so to cut a long, and frankly beyond me, story short BT are now testing the line. While they do, two days thus far, wireless broadband is not exactly what it says on the tin.


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Wireless router

Please try to overlook the colour of the carpet, which in reality is even brighter. It’s not for keeps.


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 We won’t be using the front door anytime soon


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Health and Safety

Following a near garrotting incident on the way to the boiler cupboard, the wire has been extended and securely taped down.


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Upstairs is provided for too..


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 Health and Safety gets technical


But where do all these wires ultimately lead?

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In there be geeks..

 I’m just hoping they can sort it out. Soon.