We are currently at a rally in Albert Lea, Minnesota. We’re using our Verizon Cell phone, tethered to our laptop , for our Internet access. (To see what I mean by Tethered cell phone, watch the video on this page.) Albert Lea is not a Verizon area. Our cell phone reports that we are on an ‘Extended Network.’ Itâ€™s actually working quite well.
Except when it doesnâ€™t work at all!
Iâ€™ll be reading my email, or reading a blog or other website and all is well. Then, Iâ€™ll try to browse to another website and Iâ€™ll get that message, â€˜Cannot Display webpage.â€™ Usually this means that I donâ€™t have an Internet connection. Nothing has changed, but I see that my Vista Network icon has lost itâ€™s little globe. That means that I am no longer connected to the Internet.
Always, the first thing to try whenever something unexplained goes wrong with your computer, is to restart the computer â€¦ reboot. So I tried that. No change. Ok, how about rebooting the phone? I turned the phone off, turned it back on, and waited. It reconnected, and the little globe came back on my network icon. All is well.
Just a little tip I thought Iâ€™d pass along for anyone else who uses the Tethered Cell phone method of Broadband Internet access.