For a large portion of my day, I’m online. Whether it’s checking email, reading through websites, chatting on Twitter – my time spent on the net is staggering. Not to mention I’m also syncing my Dropbox in the background, maybe streaming a bit of Internet radio, or trying my best not to laugh too loudly at yet another adorable cat video. Even when I get home, my connection with the online world continues, as I stream music and videos from my network drives. I rarely give a second thought about the network that runs 24/7 at my home, pausing only to figure out why the latest episode of The Big Bang Theory isn’t showing up on my media drive.
But what if this cozy home network was taken offline? What if I couldn’t wirelessly access my files or stream media to my iPad?
Well, that’s exactly what I’m going to be doing this week. The folks over at Linksys have challenged me to go without any WiFi at home for a week. So this morning I unpluged my router and gave it to a friend so that I won’t be tempted to temporarily reconnect it. I’ll still have my phone with me to pick up emails, but I won’t be allowed to tether any devices to it. No Internet and no wi-fi at home for a week. Will I survive? Follow the #WifiFamine tag on Twitter to see how I cope.