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The Desk Situation

When I first moved into this place, over two years ago, one of the first things I needed was a desk. We live in a fully-furnished apartment, which means we not only need to juggle our own belongings but all the ones which come with the place as well. The second bedroom has a full double bed in it, which is lovely and comfortable for desks, but made fitting in a desk rather awkward - and one of the major reasons to have a second bedroom, you understand, is so that I can have a study. I requisitioned the narrow hall table, which, with some further reconfiguration, I could make comfortably fit in the study. It's narrow, but wide enough, and it worked fine as a desk.

When we have houseguests, however, I need an alternate desk. When that happens - as it does regularly - I use my wonderful Levenger lapdesk, given to me many years ago by my grandmother. It's spacious and comfortable, and even with my computer on it, there's plenty of room for papers. It's not great on my back since I have to work on the sofa, but it'll do.

We have a wireless network in this apartment. It was working just fine until about a year or so ago, when its range became more erratic. During the daytime, I had internet access in my study, but by evening, its radius had narrowed to the living room, and so I had to move along with it. It's not entirely surprising there are wireless internet issues here actually - from here, I can detect something like 30 networks, plus there are who-knows-how-many bluetooth devices sharing the same radio specturm. But it was inconvenient.

At some point in the past few months, the usefulness of the wireless network had narrowed still further. I can no longer get reliable reception in the study at all. The lap desk is nice as a supplement, but now that I nearly always need to be in the living room, I've shifted to the dining table for regular work. This is still useful for when houseguests come (as printperson has today, in fact), but less satisfying as a long-term solution. The study is still useful for non-internet based work and for storing work-related materials, but most of the time these days, I really do need net access and the ability to do work simultaneously. It's not ideal.

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matrygg
Sep. 2nd, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
Could you pull off getting a network expander? They generally run about $75-100 here in the US and it would allow you to reestablish strong network connections where you need to.
owlfish
Sep. 2nd, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC)
I can ask my in-house consultant about it.
a_d_medievalist
Sep. 2nd, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
Does it help at all to use a different wireless channel? Or could you arrange things so that the wireless router is in the study?
owlfish
Sep. 2nd, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
We've tried that and it doesn't help, unfortunately, and there's no phone line socket in the study.
noncalorsedumor
Sep. 2nd, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC)
That's really annoying. :-/ My only suggestion was to move the wireless router into the study, but as you've tried that to no avail, I'm plum out of ideas.
retsuko
Sep. 2nd, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
I had always coveted those Levenger desks and I'm glad to hear that it's a really useful thing--now I will go look at their website and drool a lot. ;-)
owlfish
Sep. 4th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
Yes! They are wonderful!
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owlfish
Sep. 4th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Relocate the access point
A cable from the phone socket to the second bedroom would cross three doors and keep two of them from closing. If this were our own place or somewhere less regimented, we could drill holes to avoid this problem, but here, no. So frustrating!
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