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Nostalgic for the sound of logging on to your local bulletin board?
Learned to diagnose communication protocols by ear?
Frustrated that your cable modem is in another room, and the only way to tell that it's misbehaving is getting up and looking at the blinkenlights?
Suffer no more!
This small device sits over the set of LEDs on your cable modem (or router) and makes sounds related to the pattern of the LEDs when it detects anything abnormal. 9V battery powered, should last about as long as your smoke alarm's battery unless you have very poor cable service.
I can practically sing along with this [ytk, Mar 24 2013]
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||It would be kind of cool, especially for "ah, kids, don't know how lucky they are, in my day it was 28.8k on a good day..." ramblings in nursing homes to come...
||Jeez...you kids don't know how lucky you are. In MY day, it was 300 baud to the local BBS. 28.8k? You had it good.
||Just last night (no, seriously) The Good Fairy Jenny was
talking about how big a deal it was to jump from 14.4 to
28.8, and I commented that I missed the old dial-up
modem sound. I'll never forget the first time I heard it over
hi-fi speakers and caught all the subtle harmonic nuances
that I'd never known were there.
||// It would liven up a party. //
||That says a lot about the sort of parties you get invited to, if any ...
||Also, it's rude to refer to a wake as a "party".