08 March 2006 @ 02:36 pm
Morning Stress  
So, after one of those nights where I just didn't feel like going to sleep, I finally went to bed around 12:30 (and read for a while). WOke up to zombiedip's alarm going off, and told her about the banana bread that chaosreality's lady brought over last night. Went back to bed, woke up at 7:15, and rolled back over and dreamed until 10am. Woke with a start, not meaning to sleep so late, and tried to get my head together.

While my machine was doing some work, I logged onto Di's machine to check my mail, etc. For some reason, the machine told me it had limited connectivity, which it shouldn't. Connection couldn't be repaired, so I logged into the router to see if anything was odd...and found someone on my wireless network! Mother fucker...could have sworn I had that access restricted. Well, needless to say, it is NOW, for sure, and "Don" (as it told me his computer's name was) can just go fuck himself.

This led to a bunch of bullshit back and forth, trying to get the machines back on the network properly; the LAN IP that was normally assigned to Di had been appropriated by this asshole, and I had to reset all of that, but I didn't realize all this until I had gotten everything "fixed", and we all know how I handle computer problems. Cripes, one of these days, I'm going to have a coronary and die...all because I have some computer issue.

Meanwhile, watching the commentaries for Dawn of the Dead and Dagon and reading a big "Ripley's Believe It Or Not!" book I got recently. Gotta stay occupied.
Tobey Cooketherpunk on March 8th, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC)
Usually with something like that all you have to do is make sure the security is up and running, reset the router, and your machines should pick up the new IPs right away.

I've gotten into the habit of hiding the SSID on my router so no one but me can pick it up. It's definitely a good way to keep freeloaders off my wifi.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Wiredarchmage on March 8th, 2006 10:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's what I figured, but after the reset, Di's machine wasn't getting assigned one. I had to reboot it again. Occasionally, after a reset, my router just doesn't seem to pick things up...it hits the connection, but it doesn't seem to "catch on". Weird.

As it stands now, only MAC addresses I specifically allow will be able to use the wireless, so it should be pretty secure.
Tobey Cooketherpunk on March 8th, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that'll definitely keep it secure.

I've got my laptop as well as my Tivo and my Linux box on my network, so I definitely know what you mean.

Geisha Dollgeisha_doll on March 8th, 2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
You know, hon, I've been getting the same shit and had no idea what that was all about. What the hell am I suppose to do?
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Wiredarchmage on March 8th, 2006 11:35 pm (UTC)
What, the limited connectivity? Well, if you have a network guy, get him to check it. if not, find out how to see the connections to your router, etc., and see if you recognize them; in my case, it was really obvious, since I know the names of both the machines that access mine, and this was NOT one of them, and besides that, it was connecting wirelessly.

If you can, bring up the network properties, and see if it givces suggestions for repairing the network or reassigning the IP or anything like that. Also remember the Golden Rule of Windows: If It Doesn't Work Right, Reboot. This applies to routers as well.

Wish i could give you better info, but without being there to check it...