Then we redid my daughter's bedroom. Not a huge expense itself; just some paint and a carpet, but she needed a new mattress, big expense. So we finished with that, I breathed another sigh of relief, no more big expenses.
Last night I was barraged with "the internet connection isn't working in my room" and "the printer isn't working." I told them both to go away and I'd deal with it tomorrow. I figured I could get some cheap booster anntenae for the internet and the printer just needed a new ink cartridge; it had been warning me about it for awhile.
This morning I headed into the computer/craft/junk room and checked out the printer. It's a printer cartridge error not an ink cartridge error. I googled the error and followed the fix instructions which ended with "and if it doesn't work, take it to a qualified technician." I was pretty sure my 8 year old printer had just given up; its scanner stopped working six months ago, now apparently the copper connection plate in the back of the printer had given up too. I was also sure a qualified technician would be more expensive than a new printer. Sigh! Another big expense. At least a person can purchase a new printer for under $100, but still more money must fly out the door.
The internet connection issue is more complicated. I have a g-wireless which is not a good or new as an n-wireless (I have no idea what I'm saying, I'm only repeating what everyone kept asking me). No one sells the wireless range expander, because that would be way too easy, they'd rather sell me a new router with the n-wireless. I'm really trying to avoid having to set up another router, because I fail every time. I spent hours on the phone trying to set up the first one, which, by the way, was supposed to "set up in minutes." Of course I spoke to someone in India who was more concerned that he couldn't understand the cryptic words I used for my wireless connection and my email address rather than the fact I couldn't get my wireless router to work. Apparently one of my cryptic words eant "bullet" in his language. I had to continually remind him I am not living in India and would not offend anyone here and just because the cryptic words didn't mean anything to him, didn't mean I didn't understand them. So you can understand my hesitation at not wanting to hook up another router.
Finally, I decided I should go to the heaven-sent, locally owned, personally assisted, virus-eradicating, computer repair shop and ask them. He suggested my first step should be to move the router to a higher location and point the anntenae towards the other end of the house. Then he told me if it didn't work, he had a router at a reasonable price and he would remotely hook it up for me at no extra cost. Now you can see why I have named them heaven-sent, because they have rescued me once again. I really love knowing people.
So this is my experiement after shifting the router. I am sitting in my daughter's room typing this. The connection looks fine, but does drop in strength on and off. Maybe I just better go buy the new router. You may think this is not important, but my kids go to the technology academy at our public school and do all their homework on school-assigned laptops. And I certainly don't want to be the reason my daughter can't complete her homework. Maybe after these purchases, I should just hold my breath.