My DSL connection has returned

An AT&T data comm technician arrived today a little after 2pm. I was told the line wouldn’t support the “Elite” speed of 6 Mbps, which was one of the reasons why my connection “broke.”

After a phone call and restoring my account to the “Pro” speed of 3 Mbps, all was well. Sort of.

My modem wouldn’t connect, but his spare modem would. I can’t complain. It gave me about 11 years.

I had to order a standard DSL modem from AT&T, which should arrive by Thursday. Lame.

Fortunately, Chris Lin had a backup one[1. Specifically a 2Wire HomePortal 1000HG, which has a built in wireless router]. I drove to his place to pick it up, chatted for a bit, and accepted a few brownies[2. “I have half a pan of brownies left over and I’m starting on a cheesecake recipe. What to do…” via Twitter] before going home. Thanks man!

I won’t use his DSL modem permanently. I have a Linksys WRT54GL router[2. Flashed with DD-WRT] I’d prefer to use. Plus, Chris told me that the built-in wireless router in the 2Wire DSL modem/router isn’t good.

Although it was pretty stupid having to wait a week, it’s good to be connected at home again.

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan works at Automattic. Cat whisperer. Sometimes, a photographer and card magician.

One thought on “My DSL connection has returned”

  1. That doesn’t sound right, your line should perform as fast as it can, regardless of Elite or not. Either way I’m glad to see that you got it all back up and running. The WRT54GL is a good one, I have two here (both running DD-WRT in WDS to extend the wireless range).


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