It's good to see some airports that have queues for people that travel frequently and know what they're doing. But I'm left thinking that IT vendors need to have something similar.
Bigpond (part of Telstra) in Australia have recently introduced new 42MB/sec modems on their 3G network. It's actually just a pair of 21MB/sec modems linked together but the idea is cute. Around most of the country, they work pretty well. In the middle of the CBD in Melbourne however, at present they just don't work.
Having more patience than myself, my wife (who also has one) called their support line today. The symptoms were:
- The data connection works fine till around 8AM.
- It works fine again after about 5:30PM.
- At all other times during the day, the connection strength shows a full signal and connections happen instantaneously.
- During the day, a ping to the default gateway is returned after about 3 seconds about 1 in 100 times. All other pings are lost.
- No DNS names can be resolved at all.
- No IP traffic can move at all.
Now, let's see what you think about the suggestions from the "support" people:
- It must be a problem with your computer configuration. (Interesting that it works fine outside those times without change)
- It could be a problem with your browser cache. Please clear it. (Hmmm, well there goes the useful cache)
- It might be a problem with your username and password. (But how does it work without change the rest of the day?)
- Please manually connect to the Telstra 3G network instead of the Telstra network that we connect you to by default. (No change occurs)
And then they get scary:
- Please reset all the security zones for all sites in your browser. That might be the problem. (WTF???? What outstanding advice!)
At what point do companies ever begin to think that this sort of nonsense is acceptable?
Do you have different levels of support for your customers, depending upon their knowledge level? If so, how do you decide who can use the more advanced support? How do you control access to it?