At long last: Online at home

Finally, after about two weeks of wrangling and deciphering and even brute-force experimentation, I’m online and running at full speed at home. (Insert huge sigh of relief here.)

Without too much complication, suffice to say that (I think) I had to set my VDSL modem with the account and username of my ISP, and (I think) now everything is good. My fingers are crossed, but I have a feeling it will be smooth sailing from here on out.

The setup was through a proprietary program for Windows only, and needed the proper character sets installed in order to be understood … as best I can. My first Windows installation I didn’t install the character sets, so of course I had no idea what was going on. After I figured out how to make windows show hiragana, katakana and kanji, I could at least track my progress against the installation manual.

And after I installed two or three thingamajobs, I finally got the user account linkup page, managed to get the right account names in the right boxes, and now everything’s working — in Windows and in Linux. Once the information is set, it doesn’t seem to need resetting, and I don’t have to redial on reboot. So I’m a happy camper.

The best part is, my speeds are twice what I was getting on a cable modem in the states. It’s been a long time since I used DSL — and of course, I’d never used it in Japan (because I’d never lived in Japan before) — but this is considerably better than what I was getting back in 2000 and 2001.

So anyway … I’m back. :mrgreen:


2 thoughts on “At long last: Online at home

  1. Alejandro

    It’s cool to have you back. I hope your feeling’s right and from now on the problems will subside a bit.

    As an aside, I’d never heard of a proprietary dialer. I DID get into fights with my ISPs to get my connection configured on Linux, but I never had to face that.

  2. Luke

    Recently I got ADSL account with Covad here in the states. They gave me a DSL Wifi router with an internal NAT and DHCP. The technician who installed the line actually configured the router for me and typed in the username/password stuff in there.

    All you had to do was to plug yourself in, or connect to the Wifi network. Of course that was the exact opposite of what I wanted – I just wanted a modem, that I could put outside my Sonicwall Firewall… Sigh…

    Anyway some DSL companies go above and beyond now to make installation as painless and trouble free as possible.


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