Most people who have cell phones have a 1 or 2 year plan that allows them to update their equipment on a fairly regular basis. For all but the most geeky of us, this is probably often enough to keep us out of the mobile device technological dark ages. But there are many other areas of our daily lives where we allow the technology to lag. A big part of this is that updating technology invariably costs money. But often the benefits are well worth the price. The reason this is on my mind today is that last week, our cable modem died.
Believe it or not, we still paid $5.00 per month to rent the modem from the cable company. The modem was at least 2 or 3 years old. Connected to the modem, we had a 2 or 3 year old router with 3 Ethernet cables attached. One of these cables snaked around the outside of the house to a wireless router. This wireless router was located where it was so that the signal could reach the entire house. This worked well enough when it was set up since connection speeds were not what they are today. We had 3 to 4 mbps Ethernet speeds and 2 to 3 mbps wireless speed. The cable package we pay for allows for speeds up to 20 mbps, I think, but our equipment did not allow us to obtain that. Once in a while someone would complain about things being slow, but overall everyone was content.
Enter the deceased cable modem. After some time trouble shooting, I determined that the Ethernet port had died. Rather than get it fixed or replaced by the cable company, and having to wait several days for a technician to come out, I decided to buy a new modem. Because technology changes and improves so fast, I believe you should always buy the most up-to-date when things need to be replaced. So online I went to research, and then off to the stores I went to shop.
I ended up getting a much faster cable modem and a very fast wireless router. Now we have no need for the long run to have the wireless at the other side of the house. It is hooked up to and sits right beside the modem and reaches all parts of the house with no drop in speed. Now we have Ethernet and wireless speeds at least 4 to 5 times what they were. It is a noticeable difference. Plus now we have a home network where we can add a network printer and a networked large hard drive for backups.
This is all a very big improvement and well worth the $150.00 and day of time it took to get it all researched, purchased, and setup. Now we just sit back and enjoy it for a year or two, at which point it will be outdated and the process will need to be repeated!