The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.
I am writing this article from a hotel room in Las Vegas. Before you jump to conclusions, I'll point out that I am a non-gambler but I enjoy the shows and all the other attractions in Las Vegas so I try to get here every year or two. I recently found a bargain airfare and a hotel rate that is too cheap to pass up, so here I am.
The hotel is a typical Las Vegas business: full of glitz, casinos, bars, and a bit short of services. My frustration this week is the Internet service in the room. This hotel doesn't provide wi-fi wireless Internet access. Instead, each room has a WIRED Internet connection. Theoretically, that should be even better than wi-fi except for one thing: it doesn't work very well.
In the several days I have been here, the Internet connection has worked less than 50% of the time. I am a bit of a techie so I always look at the modem in the room which has a number of status lights. When I see the ONLINE light is not illuminated, I know that it is offline. While it has worked sometimes, as I write these words the Internet connection has been offline for about 24 hours. Repeated calls to the hotel staff have resulted in no change. Apparently, the staff doesn't know how to fix it. It seems to work in the morning, then drops offline in mid-day and remains offline until the next morning.
Luckily, this hasn't been a problem for me. I am still online at very high speeds, regardless of the hotel's problems.
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