I don’t need a network, do I?

This story was originally published on May 9, 2014. After encountering some trouble installing a new printer this morning (it was a bad network cable), I figured it was time to update and re-post, especially in light of all the new devices opened and connected during the holiday season.

So, you think the Internet is a magic thing that just works all the time? Think again.

One day a few years ago while enjoying an eleven-hour drive with my wife and our four children, one of the kids asked “why don’t we have wi-fi in the car?” Before I could even inhale, to begin the list of reasons why that is never going to happen, the child continued, “and don’t even tell me you don’t know how to make that happen.”

This got me thinking about the evolution of the Internet in our home and how my children really don’t know a world without completely reliable and fast information access, everywhere, all the time. […]