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Grandfather’s Tales – Why You Always Plug Directly into the Modem [Humorous Comic]

Note: Comic contains some language that may be considered inappropriate.

The tale of the troll router, or, how I learned to love plugging directly into the modem [via Reddit]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 03/30/12

Comments (9)

  1. Mike

    I love this comic. But What is it called?! :)

  2. Tokoth

    Love the comic, I’ve been in the situation myself before (everything is set up properly, why no work?)

    But I also find humorous that the warning about possibly offensive language appears in smaller print below the comic, presumably to be seen after the reader has viewed said language. I don’t know about anyone else, but I usually start reading at the top of a given webpage and work my way to the bottom!

  3. Rob

    so, you power cycle the modem, but not the router?


  4. Irish_IT


    Let him have his moment of victory

  5. Tokoth


    Wow… I wasn’t going to nitpick a comic like that. Glad someone went there though. :p

  6. Jason

    Question.. if it were say a “cable modem” isn’t it actually a router since it is a digital signal coming in and not analog? Thus, no MOdulation or DEModulation. Just sayin.

    Of course, could be DSL.

  7. Steve-O-Rama

    Moral of the story: routers are trolls.

  8. Jeremy

    I think ISPs and router manufacturers are in cahoots. Every six months or so my perfectly good routers have a mental breakdown and I end up having to reflash the firmware (TomatoUSB) just get everything working again.

  9. coolkid3245

    BTW, it’s called Rage Comics, google it :D

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