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.


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  1. charles February 19, 2014 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Well it looks like home and we are in rural Londonshire. I recognise BT is all its colours of deception, the cunning wiring is also an old friend…Mind you broadband in Devon. It takes some getting used to! They will not have seem communication speeds like that since the days of D Beeching.

    • Jessica February 19, 2014 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      It is dire Charles. I knew rural broadband was bad, but thought that as I wouldn’t be doing anything particularly challenging with the internet it wouldn’t really concern me. But now I can sit and watch even the simplest page load line by line..

  2. Jenny February 19, 2014 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    We’ve certainly had houses like that, with ethernet cables running everywhere. We lacked the health and safety though meaning they were regularly tripped over (mostly by me… I have clumsy tendencies). Fortunately our current combination of broadband, router and gadgets seems stable and the wires have been rehomed in a box somewhere.

    I hope you get yours sorted soon.

    • Jessica February 19, 2014 at 8:55 pm - Reply

      Mike has already abandoned the wireless and gone back to ethernet cables. I think I will be next.

  3. Janet/Plantaliscious February 19, 2014 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    I sympathise, in theory we have wireless as fast as connecting direct via Ethernet. In practice, the router keeps throwing a hissy fit. So now I have to research a new router. Which has me feeling extremely fed up. Hope the geeks work it all out for you, and you lose the wiry nightmare.

    • Jessica February 19, 2014 at 8:58 pm - Reply

      We have to reset the router at least a couple of times a day, even on ethernet. But the speeds are so bad I think it will need to be satellite. Others in the village have already taken the plunge.

  4. countrysidetales February 19, 2014 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    I often think we’d get better broadband if I hooked the kids up to a giant wheel and got them to run round and round very quickly. I could lend them to you….

    • Jessica February 19, 2014 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      I wonder if I could get the mice to do it. Earn their keep. Don’t they like wheels.. or is that hamsters?

  5. Pauline February 19, 2014 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    Oh dear, modern technology, it’s wonderful when it works, but when it doesn’t,I don’t understand it at all! Hope they manage to sort it out and clear all their wires away so you can get back to using your ipad on your sofa and use your front door once more!

    • Jessica February 19, 2014 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      We take it for granted when it works, don’t we. I am constantly amazed by how quickly I have become internet dependant.

  6. wendy February 19, 2014 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    I hope you get it all sorted soon, those wires alone look a real nuisance. I must admit we’re lucky here, we had an engineer in recently who did something technical to create a super-fast broadband speed. With everything crossed, it seems to work fine. And the installation was all very painless with no drilling, wires etc either ( which would have been a nightmare in our old cottage, too)
    I love the goose on the heart!

    • Jessica February 19, 2014 at 9:06 pm - Reply

      One day, presumably, super fast broadband will reach us too. I’m just not holding my breath. Couldn’t resist the goose when I saw it!

  7. Joanne February 19, 2014 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Oh dear, you’re not having a good time with it are you

    • Jessica February 19, 2014 at 9:10 pm - Reply

      These things are sent to try us. And they do!

  8. Sue. February 19, 2014 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    Don’t wish to be a gloom merchant but we had terrible trouble
    with BT Broadband. To far from the cabinet and old copper wires and lots of water. They dug the road up, talked the talk. Eventually they admitted defeat and said they could no longer provide us with broadband!

    Out come a dish, very speedy broadband and about the same amount as for PlusNet.


    • Jessica February 19, 2014 at 9:11 pm - Reply

      That is our problem too apparently… too far from the exchange. It may well be satellite yet.

  9. Amy at love made my home February 19, 2014 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    My parents live in a perfectly ordinary brick and block built house, except that their wireless will only broadcast in the room with the router, it won’t go an inch further!! No consolation I realise, but crazy huh! I love the assorted methods of keeping the cable out of the way – screwdriver is my favourite, and no doubt your most hated as the whole thing must be very annoying. I hope that you don’t have any incidents with the wire and that they work it out soon! How is the fence/wire to the digester situation going? Still working I hope? xx

    • Jessica February 19, 2014 at 9:15 pm - Reply

      The fence is up and the wire undamaged, thankfully. Today we have been winching back up 50′ trees..

      • Amy at love made my home February 20, 2014 at 11:17 am - Reply

        That doesn’t sound good at all Jessica, hope that you get things resolved soon and that no major damage was caused to house or garden. xx

        • Jessica February 20, 2014 at 12:20 pm - Reply

          Another storm this morning, it seems we are just going to have to get used to it!

  10. Freda February 19, 2014 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    Ah, the joys! I hope they get it sorted soon. So frustrating, but I would really really miss it..

    • Jessica February 19, 2014 at 9:17 pm - Reply

      I bet you get better broadband than we do, even where you are. Knew we should have moved to Scotland.

  11. Jo February 19, 2014 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    Hmmm, wireless you say? It’s hardly that. Hope you get it sorted out soon.

    • Jessica February 19, 2014 at 9:19 pm - Reply

      You’re not wrong Jo. It seems to me crazy to have wifi and yet still have wires everywhere.

  12. snowbird February 19, 2014 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    I’m laughing out loud at those wires, especially the screwdriver trick!!! Let’s hope they sort it.xxx

    • Jessica February 19, 2014 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      We may need more screwdrivers at this rate.

  13. Sue@GLAllotments February 19, 2014 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Maybe wireless just means less wires and not wire free!

    • Jessica February 19, 2014 at 9:21 pm - Reply

      Now that’s a very good point. But please don’t mention it to BT, they don’t need any more wiggle room.

  14. Crafty Gardener February 19, 2014 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    It’s hard to imagine the builders of the past didn’t plan for the future … who knew all this would be happening.
    Love all your health and safety precautions … have they been patented yet?
    But on a serious note, sure hope they can sort you out soon.

    • Jessica February 19, 2014 at 9:34 pm - Reply

      Makes you wonder what the next 300 years will bring doesn’t it..

  15. Serendipity February 19, 2014 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    It’s all good ’till the electric goes off. I still find it odd that I can’t use my laptop in a power cut just because the router isn’t working!

    • Jessica February 19, 2014 at 9:37 pm - Reply

      I know, it’s infuriating. And here we can’t use a mobile dongle either… no signal!

  16. wherefivevalleysmeet February 19, 2014 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    Wireless is a joke – isn’t it? Hope BT sort you out quickly Jessica.

    • Jessica February 19, 2014 at 9:39 pm - Reply

      Absolutely Rosemary. I think it will have to be satellite. Mike has been tearing his hair out with BT customer service too.

  17. Cathy February 19, 2014 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Oh Jessica – I followed the clues with wry amusement to the geek door…..! Makes me realise how relatively fortunate we are – despite our thick walls the Golfer gets wifi to his laptop through the floor and not only is my newer laptop which I use at the kitchen table better with wifi than the last one, but my just-in-case cable is poked through a hole in the floor upstairs, pulled through a single storey roof space and draped behind a radiator. Nothing as exciting as yours!! 🙂

    • Jessica February 19, 2014 at 9:41 pm - Reply

      I am about to get a similar arrangement, not just-in-case but permanent!

  18. Sol February 19, 2014 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    Hey there

    what about TP links plugs? We have them in our house

    • Jessica February 19, 2014 at 9:49 pm - Reply

      I will get the resident geek on to it.. thanks Sol.

      • Sol February 23, 2014 at 10:38 am - Reply

        it uses your electricity cables as a conductor. That is at least how my Geek explained to me.

        • Jessica February 23, 2014 at 3:48 pm - Reply

          Apparently the one we have does something similar. It works very well, and if we could get a decent broadband speed coming into the house that would be the solution to the thick wall problem. Thanks Sol.

  19. Sarah February 19, 2014 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    I hope as a result of the testing that you can get a better signal and speed. Sarah x

    • Jessica February 19, 2014 at 9:51 pm - Reply

      I hope so too. It’s so frustrating Sarah!

  20. Denise February 19, 2014 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Does make you wonder if the folks who lived in your cottage when it was brand new were actually better off without all this modern technology. Love the Health and Safety measures and cunning use of screwdriver!

    • Jessica February 19, 2014 at 9:52 pm - Reply

      Part of me would really like to have lived back then, much simpler.

  21. SeagullSuzie February 19, 2014 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    Technology at it’s best…hey? Old houses are just not made for it, and I’m sure it’s no fun-all those wires everywhere. I use those plug ins too for the TV. I hope they can sort you out.

    • Jessica February 19, 2014 at 10:04 pm - Reply

      If all else fails I can always get in the car, drive to the nearest town and use the iPad on its SIM card..

  22. Anna February 19, 2014 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Now why didn’t those builders have the foresight to cater for the age of wireless broadband Jessica – a most serious omission on their part 🙂 Hope you get that wirey nightmare sorted out soon.

    • Jessica February 19, 2014 at 10:07 pm - Reply

      Wasn’t it just. Do you think it’s too late to sue?

  23. CJ February 19, 2014 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    Oh technology is so ridiculously tricky isn’t it. I’ve been wrestling with a website all evening and I have only just restrained myself for throwing the laptop through the window. I solve one problem, and another pops up. Don’t even get me started on ISPs. I do hope your thing is sorted very soon, I’m guessing you would like less wire running about the place!

    • Jessica February 20, 2014 at 11:32 am - Reply

      The simplest things seem to take so long. Again this morning I left the shopping to the last minute.. deadline looming and everything on go-slow. It got very close to chucking the whole lot out of the window and just going to the supermarket. Only 30 mile round trip after all.

  24. islandthreads February 19, 2014 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    Jessica you always manage to write about serious irritations in an amusing way, sorry but you had me giggling again, I haven’t yet tried my broadband in any room except the one the router is in so maybe I should test it, my son lives in Sussex and his broadband is slower than mine and mines not quick, I think the key word with the advertisements is ‘up’ ~ speeds UP to ?? I sometimes wonder if anyone gets to top speed, good luck, Frances

    • Jessica February 20, 2014 at 11:40 am - Reply

      Quite. If your house is physically attached to the local exchange, maybe. But even then I doubt it.

  25. finlaygrayJohn February 19, 2014 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    I love the fact that there is often a duck income shots x

    • Jessica February 20, 2014 at 11:41 am - Reply

      They want to be in on everything don’t they!

  26. Linda February 20, 2014 at 1:22 am - Reply

    Ok…..here I go!
    This made me laugh out loud, Jessica!
    I even showed my boyfriend the pics…..soooo funny!
    I am sure not to you, though!
    Good luck…..keep us posted! Hahaha!

    Linda :o)

    • Jessica February 20, 2014 at 11:42 am - Reply

      We have at least managed to remove the wire from the stairs.. progress!

  27. nataliescarberry February 20, 2014 at 1:34 am - Reply

    Ah, technology! What it has added to and taken from our lives. I hope things get worked out so you can enjoy it’s presence in your home. Blessings, Natalie 🙂

    • Jessica February 20, 2014 at 11:50 am - Reply

      Thanks Natalie. You’re right, it has taken away too. It’s much more difficult to ‘turn off’ these days.

  28. woolythymes February 20, 2014 at 2:28 am - Reply

    ah, yes…..safety first. I’ve got an extra roll of ‘duck’ tape if you need it! (loved the screwdriver??–very ingenious…i’m not letting my hubby see this post. He might get an idea or two!)

    • Jessica February 20, 2014 at 11:53 am - Reply

      Where there are men, there are wires. There have been threats to ‘wire up’ my study, floorboards up etc etc. I have held out so far..

  29. haggiz February 20, 2014 at 6:14 am - Reply

    I love how you get round every trial and tribulation with a screw driver and humour.. I bought my husband an iPad for Christmas and found him sitting up against the wall in the living room in a very awkward position as apparently that was the only place he could get it to work! Julie x

    • Jessica February 20, 2014 at 11:55 am - Reply

      Sounds like me and my phone.. although generally I have to walk up to the top of the hill for that. I hope he is enjoying his iPad, wouldn’t be without mine now!

  30. Christina February 20, 2014 at 7:25 am - Reply

    I live about 5 km from the nearest town (which is the provincial capital) so you might think ADSL would reach me, but not a bit of it! we have a satalite connection which is expensive and not that fast especially when its windy for some strange reason! The walls of our house are about 60 – 70cm thick so have to have extenders wherever we want wireless (everywhere of course).

    • Jessica February 20, 2014 at 12:01 pm - Reply

      I suppose this is the price we pay for living where we do Christina. It’s a small price I guess, in the scheme of things. But we are going to have to look at satellite more closely.

  31. Helen February 20, 2014 at 7:44 am - Reply

    Hah! This is just the same in our house and my husband has become an obsessive checker of broadband speed plus we have a terrible noise on the phone! Old houses in rural locations are far from high tech! I rather like your arrangement though. Very modern art – a piece entitled ‘frustration’ perhaps ?!

    • Jessica February 20, 2014 at 12:08 pm - Reply

      I can envisage such a piece.. A sort of Edvard Munch ‘Scream’ overlaid with many crossing lines in different colours.

  32. elaine February 20, 2014 at 7:46 am - Reply

    Oh the irony – so much for wireless technology

    • Jessica February 20, 2014 at 12:09 pm - Reply

      I have a feeling the best we can do is hide the wires!

  33. knitsofacto February 20, 2014 at 9:27 am - Reply

    Your house bears a close resemblance to my son’s bedroom. I’ve never dared follow all the wires. I’m told they merely lead to assorted computing, gaming and music devices, boosters, etc. but I suspect something more sinister given the occasional cackles of laughter to be heard in the small hours … ask him and he tells you he was Skyping, but he was reading Frankenstein not so long ago!

    Hope you get it sorted soon x

    • Jessica February 20, 2014 at 12:17 pm - Reply


  34. Anne @ Life in Mud Spattered Boots February 20, 2014 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Every time I see a smug BT advert for its amazing broadband speeds I feel like hurling something at the TV – usually my ipad, which has spent the past half hour searching for the wireless network. Thick house walls, miles from the exchange … same old story.
    Glad to see you’re taking appropriate health and safety precautions!

    • Jessica February 20, 2014 at 7:23 pm - Reply

      The promise is very different from the reality! Relieved to know it’s not just me.

  35. Jayne Hill February 20, 2014 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Our 1960’s bungalow has just the same issues. We bought a wireless booster which did help but the overriding problem is that wireless transmits the data a lot slower than decent quality old-fashioned ethernet cable.

    In the end we got our electrician to crawl around under the floors (thank heavens for the space) and fit hard-wired ethernet sockets in the rooms we mainly use devices in. It’s made a HUGE difference to speed and reliability. The wireless capability is still there for non-connected items but for our main PC’s it was definitely worth it (Management often works at home).

    • Jessica February 20, 2014 at 7:28 pm - Reply

      I think this may be the next stage for us too. Mike is already back on ethernet, I am next. It’s just the small matter of carpets and floor boards up.. Then the wireless will just be for phones and tablets which don’t connect.

  36. Jayne Hill February 20, 2014 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Just a thought, this might help someone: When we moved here the connection speeds were dismal. I was lucky to find a couple of ‘mature’ retired BT engineers who did a little “pocket money” work and they came in and looked over our wiring.

    Long story short – they removed every extension from the phone circuit and tidied up the wires inside the Master Socket. Apparently every single thing attached to your phone circuit slows it down, therefore the less you have plugged in the better. It helped for a while although putting in fixed Ethernet cable (above) is what really made a difference.

    • Jessica February 20, 2014 at 7:32 pm - Reply

      Oh, this place is a nightmare for phone extensions, there’s even one in the bloomin’ shed. No wonder we are grinding to a halt. Thanks Jayne.

      • Jayne Hill February 23, 2014 at 10:55 am - Reply

        Sorry, me again:}

        Just had another thought. Easier than hard-cabling ethernet around the house you could try Devolo units. We’ve used them in a couple of previous homes and they are brilliant.

        http://www.devolo.com/uk (no affiliation, bla bla bla)

        • Jessica February 23, 2014 at 4:10 pm - Reply

          Thanks Jayne. The extender we have must do something along the same principle. If only we could get more broadband speed into the house we would definitely get more of these. I have a horrible feeling we are just trying to do too much, too many devices, with the lousy service that we get. Mike sits in the same room as the wifi hub and even he has gone over to ethernet. Even so, if he wants to download a large file I have to turn iPad, extender and my laptop off or the download fails.

  37. frayed at the edge February 20, 2014 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    Oh dear, what a palaver! I suppose I had better not tell you that I am sitting on the couch in the lounge typing this on my laptop!! I hope you get it sorted out and can dispense with the wires!!

    • Jessica February 20, 2014 at 7:42 pm - Reply

      One day Anne, that will be me. Not sure when..

  38. Em February 20, 2014 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    Oh yes….I know that look very well. Our test socket has had things dangling out of it for months. One of the perils of rural living it seems!

    • Jessica February 20, 2014 at 7:44 pm - Reply

      Months you say… ??

  39. Rosie Nixon Perthshire Photographer February 20, 2014 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    The council put a notice in the paper that our area was going to be getting fast broadband in the next year. I get fed up sometimes waiting for pages to load … hence the reason it’s taken me nearly a week to visit blogs who left comments on my new post last Saturday. Hope the wires disappear soon for you!

    • Jessica February 21, 2014 at 12:14 am - Reply

      Oh that sounds positive! I think we are last on the list.

  40. colleen February 20, 2014 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    As an ex-HSE emplyee, I can’t tell you how thrilled I am by your arrangements for the mitigation of risk. Ahem.

    • Jessica February 21, 2014 at 12:18 am - Reply

      I am much relieved to have passed inspection. Still tripped over the damn wires though..

  41. Caro (Urban Veg Patch) February 21, 2014 at 9:34 am - Reply

    I have the same problems here in London – without the screwdriver! My son has interrupted or slow internet in his bedroom and we live in a shoebox 2 bedroom flat!! The faster the promised speeds, the worse the service delivered or so it seems to me. The best connection I’ve had recently was via my mobile ‘hotspot’ while I was away at my parents’ house! Sympathise with the wires – Virgin wanted to stretch a wire across my balcony access door – duh!

    • Jessica February 21, 2014 at 10:30 am - Reply

      You know, I had thought it was just rural areas that had a broadband problem. It isn’t is it?

  42. rachel February 21, 2014 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    Oh dear….. even at the edge of a small town, we are used to the broadband slowness now, and the fact that nothing penetrates past the bathroom (a comfort that we can’t take laptops to bed with us, mind you) but The Gardener has to get into his car and drive down the road to get a mobile signal…..

    • Jessica February 21, 2014 at 10:43 pm - Reply

      During one of Mike’s many sessions with BT this week they cut off our phone. Not to worry said they, we can contact you by mobile. Ha! No doubt in the remotest parts of Asia, or wherever the call centre is based, mobiles actually work..

  43. wherethejourneytakesme February 22, 2014 at 12:07 am - Reply

    Do be careful of the hanging cables Jessica I nearly hung myself in the garage once with a low hanging xmas lights cable held in similar ways to yours with masking tape and such like. Luckily I lived to tell the tale! We have no TV, phone or internet at the cottage and I do not miss it at all but then the longest we are there for is two weeks! We can use a mobile – vodaphone signal only – at the bottom of the garden but then we can’t hear for the noise of the sea. At least the doctor lives next door but one if we have an emergency!
    Hope you get sorted soon.

    • Jessica February 22, 2014 at 9:26 am - Reply

      I think what I’d miss internet for most, apart from blogging, is google searches. The numbers of times we’ve solved a house related problem through a quick search. There is usually a video somewhere to cover most of the things that confront us.

      • wherethejourneytakesme February 24, 2014 at 1:02 pm - Reply

        Ah well we have found our own Google in the town called Billy!! He runs the hire shop and is a font of all knowledge – what he doesn’t know isn’t worth knowing – whatever we need if he doesn’t know he can direct us to the right person for the job. So at home we Google but at the cottage we Billy!

        • Jessica February 24, 2014 at 6:26 pm - Reply

          Sounds reasonable to me!

  44. Ali February 22, 2014 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    Next time we move, I’m checking the broadband speeds and phone signal before we decide on anywhere…. Bane of my life. I feel your pain!

    • Jessica February 22, 2014 at 5:40 pm - Reply

      We’ve become so dependant on them that’s the trouble. That sounds like a good move!

  45. Sue February 25, 2014 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Been there done that, believed all the lies from BT and then we moved and went all hi tech and we now have satellite broadband which wonder of wonder WORKS!!

    • Jessica February 25, 2014 at 6:59 pm - Reply

      I am sorely tempted Sue and each further day of struggle is chipping away a little bit more at himself too. In the end we discovered it is just the lousy broadband speed on offer down here and there’s nothing we can do about it.

  46. Mary Jenkins May 17, 2017 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    This post had me laughing out loud. Heath Robinson would be proud! The screwdriver!!!!! I am still giggling! And believe me I feel your pain!

    • Jessica May 20, 2017 at 11:41 am - Reply

      Thanks Mary. Broadband speed is a constant battle in this part of the world, it’s still no better after all this time!

      • Mary Jenkins May 20, 2017 at 4:41 pm - Reply

        You are so sweet to reply to every comment – you know that’s lovely but you DON’T need to – anything to spare your time so you carry on blogging at Rusty Duck x

        • Jessica May 20, 2017 at 10:07 pm - Reply

          It’s one of the most enjoyable bits of blogging. We get to know each other through exchanges in the comments and that’s lovely.

  47. Charles May 18, 2017 at 9:32 am - Reply

    You can get signal boosters that plug into the wall and amplify your wifi signal. I had to put in two, they cost about £20 I think, as our barn has 3 foot thick walls the poor old BT wireless box only worked in the living room. Now it works everywhere. Of course this only gives you connectivity in your house and does nothing for the pathetic rural broadband speed you have in Devon and we have in Somerset. It does however mean you can rant online while looking at the rain in the garden and it gets rid of cables. The one Two bought are called TP-LINK and are simple to use and you can use as many as you need, they simply pick up the wireless signal, amplify it and re broadcast it. So if one is not enough get another and another until the house is covered.

    There is another Charles, commenting, this Somerset Charles, although to be honest I lived in London for 27 years. Thanks for continuing blogging, you were an amusing voice of sanity as we survived burglary, the move to Somerset and other adventures.

    • Jessica May 20, 2017 at 12:12 pm - Reply

      I sincerely hope that the troubled times are now behind you Charles and you are happily settled into bucolic bliss. Albeit with lousy broadband.
      We’re so far from the exchange that even though the nearest hub is now wired for superfast it’s made no difference here at all. We rely on an EE dongle which on a good day (sunny, middle of winter, no rain or leaves on the trees) achieves a whopping 30 thingys per second, at a cost. The ultimate answer is fibre-to-premises which is slowly being rolled out to those of us deep in the sticks. So we live in hope. Not so long back I was sitting out in the middle of the outback, waiting for the sun to set over Uluru and doing my emails with no trouble at all. I’m sure you’ve had similar experiences in even more out of the way places.

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