I won't bore you with the details until after I have a full response to my complaint to Telstra but the Tbox and the new combined router modem did arrive.
This is the not so old digital recorder on the shelf under the bowl. It weighs about four times as much as the Tbox, and while it is superior for digital recording, the Tbox does the job adequately.
It also has a much smaller footprint. It does not have the skip ahead function to deal with ads, but only fast foward. It is slower to respond. I don't think the storage capacity for recordings is as large and the electronic programme guide is not as good, but as I said, it is adequate. R has played with it more than I have and he is happy with it. The remote control is not crowded with buttons you never need use, and to my surprise, like the old one, it has a dual tuner, meaning you can record two shows on different networks while watching a recorded show or watch one network while recording another. The word network as I use it, describes all the channels from one broadcaster, such as ABCTV, ABC2, ABC3 and News24, meaning you can record two or more of the one network with one tuner.
The new modem lit up beautifully. What a pitiful shame it did not work. Part of my complaint is the amount of time we spent on the phone to the Telstra call centre in the Philippines. This entailed another call. Our old modem was 13 years old and was connect to 'system 2' whatever that is. We had to be switched to 'system 3'. No matter how many times I have tried to correct it, they have our address as the building number only and not our apartment number. Once again this played a part in the confusion. Funny, the billing department has the address correct. Once they did their part, all was good. Last time I checked, our download speed was about 8mb per second, it is now 15 mb per second, but I don't really notice the difference. It is a lot more stable though. Clearly the old one did need replacing, and it is nice to not have a separate router. Once it connected the cable to the desktop, I had to put in the code number into the Tbox, the tv, 2 phones, 1 notebook and 1 tablet. They all connect instantly now.
Oh yes, when the little man was here putting the new tv on the wall, the electrician was here installing my new bedroom fan. While the fan unit is much the same, the remote control is different, somewhat slimmer and neater.