Anyway...the modem is here. Supposedly the service will be turned on Monday. But we're not supposed to try hooking things up until after 7 pm Monday to be sure it's on. Whazzat? So it's daytime in India where tech support probably is??? Or what?
They offer a short list of places online to get help. Hellooooo...if we've disabled dial-up (as they suggest/tell you to do) and the DSL isn't working....how are we supposed to go online to get help? (This reminds me of the power company's automated "power outage" number, which expects that when you call from a dark house to say the power is out, you will have your account number handy...and can see it...and can also write down the ten-digit number they want you to use if you call again...) OTOH, we'll use my laptop to do the initial handshaking stuff, and it's used to being hooked up to high-speed--it's been around the world and functioned just fine with hotel and internet cafe connections (and wireless, for that matter.) (OK, not *exactly* around the world. Large chunks of "world" remain unexplored. But it's been to Australia and New Zealand, as far north as Norway and to Barcelona, as well as wandering around the UK, so doesn't that count? Not? Oh, well. I'm a writer; I exaggerate for effect...)
Aside from that, I'm looking at the little boxes and cables and things and itching to start putting stuff together. I put everything (aside from the stuff not relevant to the this project) back into the box and am Not Touching It until Monday night at 7 pm. Not. Won't. Even though....