Friday, June 30, 2017

USB

Day 51

Something Weird Happening


10am - In yesterday's Blog, I wrote to you about losing my iPhone Personal Hotspot connection. In order to get online, Skyline Ford's WiFi was used.

This morning, we are online. However, we do NOT know how we are online! It is really weird!

iPhone has a USB cable plugged in. Network system preferences reports that the USB is currently active and has an IP address that allows us to be online.

But how are we online? I have not been able to figure that out!

11am - Cricket Wireless
I have determined by being online, that my Cricket high speed data has been turned off.

I have phoned Cricket for support, and they do not know either!

11:30am - Cricket Supervisor
I've asked for a higher level of support from Cricket. While speaking to a supervisor, the phone connection dropped out!

Really? 


12:30pm - High speed internet restored
Cricket reset my internet connection on their end. This reset appears to have restored my high speed access.

I have been working with this problem since 9am. That's 3½ hours!

Resolving computer issues sometimes takes a lot of time and effort.

Note: Believe it or not, there are other issues!! My Mac's network card is turned off. I do not know how to access this card. But my system reports that Mac's network card is off. 

I've not yet found info by using Google about Mac's network card. I shall keep trying!

1pm - Going to Mac store
There is a repair place in Salem called Simply Mac.

We are going there for help.


2pm - Simply Mac fixed it!
While I was at the Simply Mac store, a young man named Caleb helped me. I watched what Caleb did. He was doing the same things that I did. But what Caleb did worked!

I am now sitting down at the Simply Mac store, on a comfortable couch. And typing this Blog post to you using iPhone's Personal Hotspot!

I must NOT have the magic touch! Caleb certainly does have the magic touch. Lucky thing for The Scampy Team that he does!

2:45pm - Stopped connecting to iPhone's Hot Spot
So, I returned to the Simply Mac store. A tech guy messed with the iPhone and Mac and it worked again.

I remained in the store, and booted up both the iPhone and Mac. I was unable to connect. So, I walked over to the Simply Mac service counter. The tech played with both devices. And.....he connected!

3:45pm - Trying to connect
I remained in the Simply Mac store and rebooted both iPhone and Mac. What was happening, according to the Simply Mac people, is that sometimes it takes awhile for our Mac to find iPhone's Personal Hotspot.

Imagine that?

4pm - 15 minutes to connect
That is right! It took about 15 minutes turning stuff off and on before I was able to see my iPhone's name on the Mac's WiFi list.

Incredible! But true.

Do you have any ideas for me?

5:30pm - Tránsito engine will not turn over!
We were heading from the Lancaster Mall to a nearby AT&T store. But, Tránsito's battery would not turn over the starter?!

Uber taxi is coming to jump start Tránsito.

I never, ever, ever give up!
I do not understand what all this horse shit is that is happening to me. I do not ever give up! Never!! Ever!

I will keep going on. I do not care if a 1,000 of these things that are plaguing me come on. One at a time. Or all at once.

I just keep going. One step at a time. Until I am free of all this crap!

So.....bring it on!!

6pm - Uber taxi guy
Uber guy just jump started Tránsito. We are good to go!

7pm - O'Reilly Auto Parts
We went to O'Reilly to buy a larger battery. However, while we were in the store, we spotted a jump start device that contained a tire inflater!

Here is a [Link] to a description of this jump starter.

So, we bought the jump starter. It costs less than Tránsito's replacement battery. Also, in my opinion, Tránsito's battery is good. There may be something that is drawing power from the battery when the engine is not running that causes the battery to fail.

I'll have to learn what that "something" may be.

Hi Rita,

I do not believe that there is a trailer battery pack. The trailer's electric brakes are powered by the tow vehicle's battery.

The Tekonsha P2 brake controller shuts off completely after about 15 minutes of not being used.

RVers who have battery issues after installing a Tekonsha brake controller, have other problems. Most likely there is corrosion on the brake output circuit of the tow vehicle's 7-way which is tricking the controller into detecting a trailer connection.

Tránsito's battery problem today occurred because I left the emergency blinker on for perhaps three hours.

Also, I plugged an inverter into the 12 volt DC outlet. That DC outlet does NOT power down when the engine is turned off. I have to find out why?

For now, I disconnect that inverter when turning off Tránsito's engine.

George




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Nite Camp Location Map

Elevation: 221 feet




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19 comments:

  1. Maybe your phone is roaming. Look at your settings and see if you are connected to a wifi or roaming. I usually turn roaming off unless it's an emergency.

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    1. Hi Rita,

      My iPhone is not connected to WiFi.

      My iPhone roaming is turned off.

      George

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    2. I assume you're blogging via your PC. Is your PC possibly connected to an open WiFi?

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    3. I am blogging via my Mac. My Mac is not connected to an open WiFi.

      George

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  2. Mobile companies are getting competitive with unlimited data these days. Verizon dropped my bill to $85/month and then gave me unlimited Hotspot/data. I use about 200Gig/month now instead of the 12Gig I used to be restrained to.

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    1. Hi Point,

      Yes. You are correct. However my iPhone needs to be unlocked in order switch providers [i.e.: Verizon].

      It takes perhaps 5-days to complete and unlock. I am going to phone Cricket for an unlock.

      George

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  3. Yes, the world has changed. I remember when there were no computer issues because there were no computers. Also, I remember when there wern't any cell phones. Was it a better world?I love my computer and cell phone but miss some aspects of the "good old days"

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    1. Hi Sheila,

      I agree. The World has changed. When there was only AT&T [Ma Bell], it was easier.

      Now we have all these companies [AT&T, Verizon, Sprite, Cricket, etc]. And they are difficult to deal with.

      George

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  4. Sometimes it just takes a while for the Mac to recognize the iPhone.

    The fastest and most reliable way to tether your iPhone is via USB. The Mac is set up to connect to your phone via USB, not WiFi. You can find instruction on Google. The cable isn't as convenient as an iPhone WiFi hot spot, but it works better.

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    1. Hi Nick,

      You said a mouthful!

      A USB cable is very dependable.

      George

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  5. 2015-2017 Ford Transit Recall
    https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2017/06/28/ford-issues-one-safety-recall-and-two-safety-compliance-recalls.html

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    1. Hi Larry,

      Mine is a 2012 Transit Connect. Not my recall.

      Thanks for looking out for me!

      George

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  6. Sometimes my iPhone as a hotspot is recognized immediately. Other times, it takes awhile.

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    1. Hi Linda,

      My experience too. But only beginning yesterday.

      Before that, my hotspot got recognized quickly.

      George

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  7. Keep strong George! This lifestyle is not easy at all, but every challenge has a solution...right? All of your FANS will lift you up and keep you going! Maybe Transito is mis-behaving? Like a new puppy being dragged on a leash? :)

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    1. Hi Point,

      I have a belief [without any proof], that my life is a test. I am going to pass this test with flying colors! And when I do, I will be destined to help other souls do the same thing.

      I have great courage. Why be modest about that? I have it, and that's that! And that courage carries me thru to victory over all this shit that is thrown my way.

      You wanna know a secret, Point? I am addicted to shit being thrown at me. I want whatever is throwing it at me to understand that. And to become demoralized at that knowing!

      George

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  8. I was thinking maybe your trailer is not hooked up right so I googled it. Here's what I found: If the battery in the trailer brake battery pack is bad it will suck the life out of the truck battery. I may be wrong but I thought there were diodes or something like a relay box available to stop the charging or drain of a trailer battery like campers use?

    I've seen more than one post with folks complaining their battery is dead when they leave the trailer hooked up. No answers to many except for the one above.

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    1. Hi Rita,

      I want you to know that I appreciate very much the effort that you put out doing this research for me! 😎

      I do not believe that there is a trailer battery pack. The trailer's electric brakes are powered by the tow vehicle's battery.

      The Tekonsha P2 brake controller shuts off completely after about 15 minutes of not being used.

      RVers who have battery issues after installing a Tekonsha brake controller, have other problems. Most likely there is corrosion on the brake output circuit of the tow vehicle's 7-way which is tricking the controller into detecting a trailer connection.

      Tránsito's battery problem today occurred because I left the emergency blinker on for perhaps three hours.

      Also, I plugged an inverter into the 12 volt DC outlet. That DC outlet does NOT power down when the engine is turned off. I have to find out why?

      For now, I disconnect that inverter when turning off Tránsito's engine.

      George


      PS: For RVers who have corrosion or electric connector contact issues, I strongly suggest using Caig DeOxit. Click [Here] to read a story that I wrote about Caig.


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  9. Hi George, I'm certainly glad that you enjoy solving the problems that come your way on the road. Personally, I don't miss them a bit. Meanwhile - enjoy....

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