Mystery solved

Posted on November 19, 2014


blinking lights
So for those of you waiting on the edge of your seat for the answer to last week’s, What is it???, the answer is here. It is a Netgear Nighthawk Smart Wi-Fi Router. What?? In English terms, it’s a machine that allows your computer, smartphone, tablet or any other device to connect to the Internet wirelessly. I was very lucky to get this nifty thing from the Amazon Vine program. I must confess I didn’t realize how neat it was until I asked Mr. Ken, my local geek, about it. He almost fell off his chair he was so excited.

Me: “Ken, can you come in here and look at this thing I’m being offered by Amazon? I think it’s pretty cool, but I don’t know.”

Mr. Ken: “Oh my gosh, this is awesome, it has a dual core processor and a dynamic QoS, you should definitely request this.”

What’s a QoS? Sounds like a quota or a quorum, doesn’t it? It means “quality of service” and that means that some Internet traffic is prioritized. Still confused, well so am I. . .

So it arrived and Mr. Ken absconded with it up into his office. I didn’t hear a peep from him for several hours. When he finally emerged, he was smiling and said I have checked all of the Internet connections and we are running 5 times faster.

I’m thinking to myself, “I thought we already had a very fast connection, but I guess for geeks, there is no such thing as too fast.”

I know better than to ask him how he measured the Internet connection.

I really wanted to capture this device in it’s full glory. At night, it has about 5 blinking lights on it, so it lights up the room. A picture can’t do it justice. But here I sit, with a super fast Internet connection, feeling like I am on a space ship.

Next week I will get back to reporting on my conferences. I got tied up this week with signing up for a month of unlimited barre classes, which takes priority over everything else. I already warned Mr. Ken, my Mom and my friends that I will be hard to reach since I will be practically living at the barre studio.Ā Ā  You can tell where my priorities lie. šŸ™‚

Blinking lights photo is courtesy of Scott Robinson’s Flickr Photostream, under Creative Commons Licensing.