Sigh. No Internet for 16 hours.
All because the “office staff” managed to screw the router up AGAIN and killed off the default gateway address.
What’s a default gateway address?
I’m glad you asked me. Ready for this?
In computer networking, a gateway is a node (a router) on a TCP/IP network that serves as an access point to another network. A default gateway is the node on the computer network that the network software uses when an IP address does not match any other routes in the routing table.
There you go. Glad you all understood that.
For those who didn’t, it’s the computers way of saying “I’m totally screwed, haven’t got a clue which idiot knackered me or how they managed it in the first place, so I’m going to use something the chimpanzees can’t possibly muck up in order to get going again”. Only this time they did, i.e. they managed to change the unchangeable!
In today’s world of complex, isn’t it refreshing to know that no matter how carefully software engineers write their
poetry whoops programs, all it takes is someone between the ages of 18-180 to screw up in seconds what probably took them years of college education to learn.
Thank Gawd for dial in modems and free, public access Internet service providers aka ISP’s, and the few “direct dial in” bulletin and message boards that are still running.
Low tech, low-speed, and apart from the phones lines dying, 100% reliable (sort of).