I’m back. An excellent Telsta/Bigpond tech guy came around first thing this morning and got me going. Something was definitely wrong at the other end. He provided a new Bigpond two wire gateway for my ADSL connection. My old Alcatel SpeedTouch ADSL modem, supplied by Telstra when I first signed up years and years ago, bears a sticker on the underside declaring that its warranty expires in September 2001.
Once that was going, my Belkin router refused to provide a path through to the modem, so I figured it was time to replace it. It took me three stores to find a non-modem, non-wireless router. Apparently I’m pretty old-fashioned.
Found a Netgear one. Took it home and installed it, and stuff all seems to be working properly.
A couple of times during all this I rang RG Computer Repairs, which I found in the phone book. I was just after a small outfit that could be flexible and was local. RG is only a couple of suburbs away.
As it turned out, Rodney Green (it’s his business) didn’t need to come out, but spoke great sense over the phone. So I just wanted to say to anyone in the Canberra area: if you have a problem, try RG Computer Repairs on 6291 5444 or 0404 041 921.