I'm angry because it's the tool that's set as the default and is actively replacing wired for no reason. If you're at college and need a quick and dirty internet signal then sure, use wireless. I'm fine with that. But defaulting everyone to having wireless on your home desktops is ridiculous. It's actually difficult to use the simpler and more reliable wired now than it is to use wireless. I actually do have wireless routers set up if I want them. I use them for all the extraneous devices like my houses three smart tvs and the four gaming consoles that need internet occasionally.
You are right that it's the receivers fault. But I still stand by my statement that wireless sucks. The fact of the matter is that getting wireless to work properly is hard. I'm someone who has a lot of computer experience and a lot of friends with good computer knowledge and remembering all the little details to get the wireless working perfectly took me ten minutes, but I completely forgot I'd need to upgrade the receiver to get any sort of speed from my new connection. Imagine what a casual user would do? They would have upgraded thinking "yes faster speeds" and because the tech setup the modem under the assumption that we'd use wireless, they'd have been unintentionally tricked into downgrading from 20Mbps to 1Mbps download speed instead of upgrading to 150 like we were supposed to get.
In a wired setup though, there's no question. You plug it in and you're done. At worst you need to reset the modem occasionally when there's a blackout. Stores won't give you an underpowered ethernet cable because even the lowest things they sell these days are cat5e which would work for our situation.
There are lots of examples of superfluous wireless devices in the world. Wireless mice might be acceptable on a laptop, but on a desktop? Like hell. My friends room mate used to have the most horrible mouse on the planet until I finally swapped him with a proper wired mouse. When I talk to in-store staff, they don't even think wired is still an option anymore. They say it's deprecated? Are you kidding me...
Then people don't even realize what's causing all of their problems. They think they need the newest iphone for a thousand dollars to fix their crappy wifi signals.
It's not a problem for me, but if I wasn't around NONE of my family would have been able to fix this stuff. My mother already calls the shaw techs all the time to try and fix her remote that never seems to connect with the gateway box. She's almost switched herself to comcast (an infamously badly rated company) because she is fedup with all the problems we have.
You wanna know what the casual computer user's solution to all the above problems would be? Spending hundreds or thousands of dollars replacing the equipment or calling in tech support simply to change the battery on the wireless keyboard... Do you have any idea how many times I've had to go to my mothers place just to press the "reset wireless" button on the wireless mouse and keyboard?
Edited by DarkD, 11 September 2016 - 10:59 PM.