… nearly killed my modem. Everybody should live by the adage that if it is not broken, do not fix it. I am curious by nature. Many times, I have dismantled stuff just to see how it looks inside. On my lucky days, those devices get reassembled back as they were before and continue working. On unlucky days, I have to run out and buy a replacement because it would not work again.

Last Sunday, I fiddled with my ADSL modem settings and it refused to connect after that. Desperate calls to Streamyx Customer Support did not help much. My friend Emil offered to bring his modem and Ethernet card to troubleshoot the problem later today.

Streamyx sent two technicians this morning to check the ADSL settings in my computer. They hooked up another modem and got connected. The diagnosis was that my modem died. The technician explained that the modem was provided free and there is no replacement for it. I thought I had to get another modem and burn a hole in my wallet.

As a final resort before going out to buy a modem, I checked the tmnet.streamyx newsgroup and found the configuration to reset the modem to its default settings. Viola! I am online again. This must be one of my luckier days. Bless you, whoever you are.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.