I need to vent, and maybe get some advice on this.
I use AT&T DSL, been using Pacbell internet for years have had no problems at all.
We finally realized how out of date and slow our internet is compared to what's available. So my dad calls up AT&T (out of an accident, there was some mix up while we were researching plans, they thought we ordered something, etc led to the phone call) We find out we've been paying $40 a month for service that now costs $15 and they failed the tell us. So we upgraded to the 2nd tier service and the highest available in our area, which costs $20 a month. It doubles our speed, nice.
They set us up on this internet last night, was wonderful, everything moving quickly and nicely.
We also ordered a new wireless gateway (router/modem combo) from them for $70 with a $50 rebate and I ordered myself a new wireless card from newegg.com The Gateway came today, so I quickly plugged it in and got it all set up.
My dad's computer took awhile to get up and running since it was doing the most work. My laptop was set up and ready almost instantly, mainly because it's newer and using 802.11g as opposed to 802.11b.
My own computer put up a fight, which wasn't surprising considering it's a piece of junk and I don't have my new wireless card yet. I set it up quickly/badly and something is still wrong and I can connect to everything (mIRC, IMs, Steam, other stuff) but the internet. Correction I can open up Google and some other pages, but I can't login to anything. No matter, new card is coming next week, so for now I'll stick to my laptop.
Until a few minutes ago. My mom calls and my dad is talking to here for awhile, then BOOM my connection dies from the interference! This has never happened before with that phone (has happened with the other phone on the same phone line as the DSL, but it's located closer to the gateway) So I'm throughly frustrated and pissed off, which leads to me taking out my anger on my dad (bad idea)
So I Google for some fixes, learn the obvious fact of interference and I'm faced a few options
Keep changing the channel the gateway runs on and hope it doesn't interfere with the channel hopping phones (so far I've found one that I'm safe for now, will find out how safe I am as time goes on)
Replace the main cordless phone and my dad's cordless phone/fax machine business phone.
Hire somebody to come out and wire a network from the kitchen to my room