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Q: What do you do when your internet connection in China gives out?

Besides go to Starbucks Smile

 

I just had a new internet connection installed to a new apartment, and it keeps giving out. I've been searching out technical answers, but am just wondering how everyone else is holding out.

6 years 15 weeks ago in  Web & Technology - Other cities

 
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It rarely happens. I have frequent disconnects that will disturb streaming or file downloads, but never longer periods of time without connection. 

There used to be some unprotected wifi's in the hood but I see now they are all password protected, so I guess if it should fail there is no alternative than to talk to the wife and dog, nearest Starbucks is almost 5Km away, there is of course a small cafe down on the corner with free wifi (it's even unrestricted and one can Facebook from there) but it is a very slow connection and their coffee is so-so.

 

It's a China Telecom line, the building I live in is connected with fiber and there is a 5 floor "box" some clicks down the street which I believe is China Telecom's local main hub. Downstream I usually get about 10Mbps, upstream is tragically disappointing.

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I also have internet trouble from time to time, so I carry a spare pre-paid 3/4G mobile router with me. Good in Mainland, HK, Macau, and Taiwan. It's paid for in 4 month chunks for 1500 HKD, with 20 GB of capacity. You can find something along this line. It's useful for long train/cab rides or just times when you feel like doing a little work in a green space. 

Oh, I just wanted to add that you can download a packet reading tool for nearby wifi networks to crack passwords. I often leave a computer on at home at all times, you could do that. A few days worth of packets is enough to find the passwords you would need to always have a stable connection.

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I had this problem too and went to the place where I pay my internet bills (China Unicom internet). They then sent a guy to my house to check the problem and he eventually installed a new rooter. It was a big pain though because he was only available during work hours when I was also supposed to be working. Expect major disruption to your life when trying to get the simplest thing done here!

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I go to my 3G if my net fails, My samsung and give fast wifi to any computer. I can't say enough good things about smartphones and direct internet connection features and wifi sharing hot spots.

 

I use a laptops & PC's  85% less now due to Smartphones.

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Panic and think why the world is so cruel, prepare myself for suicide and cry until the connection is back (which usually returns after 10 minutes...)

 

All kidding aside, I just watch some series I already downloaded or lie on my bed and read a book.

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  I knit, drink coco and watch a little light pornography.

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