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08/09/06

  04:43:20 pm, by The Dreamer   , 218 words  
Categories: VoIP, WiFi

Third Day with DPH-540

I thought this day was going better than yesterday, in that while I paused while registering on the campus network....and was unresponsive....it eventually did register and work again.

But, seems that at 11:29 it locked up....because that's all it would show/do when I looked at it just a few minutes ago. XX(

This, required me to pry the now fragile battery out of the creeky case to reboot it.

Before I put the battery back in, I shaved off two of the lugs at the top of the battery...it still fits snug enough, but at least now it pry out much easier.

Meanwhile, I didn't mention the other issues I had with it last night. Namely it doesn't automatically roam between the WiFi networks of work and home. Have to open the phone, to wake it up to its need to rediscover the network change.

And, it apparently doesn't do VMWI...so I have no way of telling if there's voicemail. The Email function in it requires me to navigate to the Email menu and tell it to check. :?

I wonder if the Broadvoice provided WiFi phone is better or worse?

Pretty much at this point...I'm staying with Broadvoice (since its my local number, and it likely isn't portable...) and I want WiFi. :>>

08/08/06

  08:03:30 am, by The Dreamer   , 264 words  
Categories: VoIP, WiFi

Second Day with DPH-540

Isn't going so well....first I had trouble connecting to campus network, went through my settings and realized that I had gotten the WEP settings wrong. I was kind of guessing from memory from home, but it was a kind of silly mistake. :oops:

But, then my phone locked up on "Acquiring Network IP". And, it was totally unresponsive. Meaning my only recourse would be to remove the battery....right?

Easier said than done. D-Link made it so it was impossible to remove the battery without either destroying the battery and/or the phone. I had to find something to pry the battery out with, and the flimsy case of both...there was a lot of creaking and the battery ended up splitting before it would come out.

Does raise the question that in addition to wanting to get a belt holster for the phone, are their going to be spare batteries for it?

Anyways, once I got the battery out and back in.... for which I hesitated, because I would really thought about altering it so that future removals wouldn't be so difficult. Unfortunately, to carry it to work this morning...it displaced my leatherman. The one time where I really needed to have it, I didn't. >:-(

....anyways....once the battery was back in...it promptly established service and I'm back in business. I did a quick outgoing call to my cellphone (where I have no service here) and listened to my voicemail greeting. Wonder who'll I'll call first with it from here.

Actually, I wonder who I'll call first from anywhere....:lalala:

  06:34:24 am, by The Dreamer   , 413 words  
Categories: General, VoIP, Networking

I have too many VoIP....

I think I now have too many different VoIP services at home. But, I really don't know which one to nix....except possibly for the obvious fact that one of them is currently only supporting my fax machine.

Except that I currently have no fax machine set up, and I'm questioning if I'll ever have cause to set one up again.

The only 'issue' is that the company provides a service that I would like to make use of someday....'distinctive ring'. Though it is the kind of thing that would allow me to share a fax machine with a 'voice' number :roll:

It also offers Western Europe as part of my 500 minutes per month. Something they no longer offer in that plan, though my cousin plans to move from the UK back to the US....so I don't really need the feature that much, and I never did use it that much before.

The reason I can't go the other way and ditch the other service, is that I want to keep the number...but it was assigned to me by the VoIP provider...so it isn't portable. :..(

While the 'fax' number was ported to the VoIP provider, I don't really have a need to keep it...since my ear doesn't understand fax, and maybe it is time that some unsuspecting sap experience junk fax. Which is pretty much all I get on the line (other than DNC violators or exempts that thing talking to a machine will get a person....when the sole purpose of the line was to only host a machine :crazy: )

Hmmmm.... :**:

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08/07/06

  09:23:38 pm, by The Dreamer   , 363 words  
Categories: VoIP, WiFi

I got it....a DPH-540

With no great surprise, I bought myself a D-Link DPH-540 WiFi VoIP phone. I picked it up from the post office today. And, when I got home from work...the first thing (well, almost....first I washed the sweat off of me, and then I made a required phone call to my parents....) I did was signup with BroadVoice.com.

It wasn't so much that this was a VoIP provider that would work with the D-Link, but in prior research I found that they were one of the few that offered Manhattan, KS local phone numbers. The fact that they have a BYOD plan was the icing. &#59;D

Overall, the setup went pretty smoothly.

The first obstacle, was that it wouldn't register with my WiFi network and get an IP. That turned out to be my fault :oops: I had forgotten to add its MAC address to my WiFi AP, to allow it to connect.

The second obstacle was a little bit harder to solve. And, required use of some reading and other diagnostics. Broadvoice had given the name of its 'proxy_ip' as "proxy-nyc.broadvoice.com". Some investigation reveiled that it didn't exist. And, further investigation eventually led to the discovery that it should've been "proxy.nyc.broadvoice.com". Though it appears there are other proxies available, I wonder why this one. Guess its a question of whether network-wise if proxy.chi.broadvoice.com is closer or not than proxy.nyc.broadvoice.com. Wonder what other proxies they have, and whether they would matter as I roam with my phone.

The final problem seems to be with voicemail. I set up custom greetings, but so far it is greeting me with the system default one. I don't like it....though I suppose it would be obvious to a caller whether I'm busy or wasn't available to answer, without the default system greeting telling them this.

Next thing is to see how it works on the Campus WiFi network....which is largely the reason for a WiFi VoIP device. Wonder what the fate of my cellphone will be. :??:

Actually, the next thing will be to find a case to wear the phone around....

07/30/06

  11:42:38 pm, by The Dreamer   , 1003 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Software, Computer, Wireless/iPhone, VoIP, Networking, Cox HSI, AT&T DSL, Broadband

Setting up another WRT54GS

Well, I decided it was time to setup the other WRT54GS....in anticipation of getting Yahoo!DSL...which I ordered just as I was losing hope of getting Cox in time.... though I ended up getting it just in time, so I was able to check online if I needed to go into work at 12:01am or not :>>

But, I decided not to cancel the order, even though I don't know how to live with landline again (and it is rather expensive considering that it is just basic local only service). There was a time where I thought about running a dual WAN home network, and it looks like I'm gonna do this. &#59;D

So, to start this process....the first thing is to find my WRT54GS. I tried to remember which box it might have been stashed into, and hoped to myself that I at least marked on the box that it was in there. After about two hours of digging around, I noticed that it was sitting on the bottom shelf of my computer desk. Guess I had previously found it, and set it aside for this future event.... :oops:

Now to check my laptop so that I can replace the firmware with Sveasoft and load in my various customizations.

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07/26/06

  04:41:43 pm, by The Dreamer   , 69 words  
Categories: Time Warner/Cox Cable, VoIP, Networking, TV, HDTV, Cox HSI

Yeah....

I have cable TV and broadband again!

:wave:

Had to use my own modem, rather than the free one....the installer didn't have my details for what I had ordered, and therefore didn't have that equipment. But, better to get service....and he did land a HD converter (and I had that SB5101 laying around).

Now I'm just waiting for a DPH-540 to appear, so I can do phone....

07/19/06

  07:04:11 am, by The Dreamer   , 317 words  
Categories: Wireless/iPhone, VoIP, WiFi

D-Link DPH-540 Wi-Fi Phone

Link: http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=485

I've been toying with getting a WiFi VoIP phone for some time....especially since I can't get cell service down in the basement where I work.

Meanwhile, there is also an issue where I can't get local numbers from the VoIP carriers that I belong to. So, I've been thinking of jumping ship.

The only hard part is my existing phone numbers. Some I would like to keep, others I'm less concerned about.

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06/30/06

  11:27:07 am, by The Dreamer   , 108 words  
Categories: General, Time Warner/Cox Cable, Wireless/iPhone, WiFi

I've been cutoff!

In Time Warner's usual high efficiency...the service tech showed up well in advanced of the scheduled window. He left with all my rented equipment, including my cable modem. So, I have no more Internet or Telephone service at home (well, I have my phone....and for some reason the only calls have been Unknown numbers violating DoNotCall....:##)

So, how am I posting this.

Well, I could cable up to my cellphone and get online this way....but I'm not currently doing this.

What I'm doing is taking advantage of the clutter (2.4GHz spectrum) and using somebody else's open WiFi access :lalala:

Anyways...off to find more boxes.

06/24/06

  10:25:33 am, by The Dreamer   , 2145 words  
Categories: Digital Photography, Hardware, Software, Computer, Momitsu V880N, Wireless/iPhone, Travel, VoIP, WiFi, AppleTV, PDA

SanDisk Cruzer Micro (2GB) w/U3

Yesterday I bought one of these from Best Buy. I had been on the fence for getting one for a while, since floppy drives are starting to get scare and CDs aren't practical. And, there'll be times where using the Internet be an option, either.

But, it came down to size for price and convenience. I have an iPod Shuffle, and I do have most of it set aside for space...but I never actually use it for data, because it isn't all that practical. I don't like the music part of it that much and having to deal with a cap that I can lose reduces my desire to actually carry it around.

During my recent trip, I got to thinking that there should be some way to better synchronize the data for RoboForm between my computers. And, read about GoodSync and later the Pass2Go product. Seemed the way to go with this might be a USB Flash Key, and possibly one with U3. Even though U3 isn't Mac, but then RoboForm isn't available for the Mac yet and I don't currently own one yet. But, I'm contemplating one to replace my old laptop....inaddition to the HTmac, I've been talking about building

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06/07/06

  10:24:00 am, by The Dreamer   , 494 words  
Categories: Travel, VoIP, Networking, RoadRunner

The death of dialup....

Long after I got broadband service, I continued to have a dialup ISP account. Namely with IBM->ATT Global->Business Net (I think that's how it evolved).... I was principally using the account so that I could access the Internet when traveling, though I did occasionally have to use it as backup for when my broadband was down. And, there was also the gap during my last move.

But, about a year and half now, I've been living landline free at home. So, using it as backup to my broadband....just doesn't work anymore. And, the amount of travel I do is so very little, and just about everywhere I've gone...there has been some kind of WiFi access. Free or Pay.

About the only reason I'm truly hesitant to give up the account, is the email address. For a long time it was my stable, non-free, non-personalized email address (and not dependent on any of the domains that I have registered....) Which was supposed to mean that it was the most reliable way to reach me. Except that it is 99.999% spam these days...and that's at a rate of 100's of messages per day.

So, I think it will be time to finally cancel my dialup account. Even though the monthly savings will be insignificant compared to the upcoming change in lifestyle....:**:

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