Category: "WiFi"

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03/29/08

  10:36:42 pm, by The Dreamer   , 136 words  
Categories: Networking, WiFi, Storage

Another try of the HD-PLC

I fiddled with it a bit more...even with both the master and terminal in the livingroom....I couldn't get the terminal to work from either of the jacks by the computer....and further away...the speed test was poor.

Come to think of it, I use powerline speakers for my rear surrounds...at least they work...though that might be why I can't get powerline networking to function. There might be other powerline network technologies that will co-exist, but the speakers are more important and wireless is acceptable.

Plus I already see myself getting better units down the road. Wonder where I would put them, and if it would be 'bad' if I had DROBO's on both....other than a serious lack of cash for all the tech stuff I want to get this year.

03/28/08

  07:33:36 pm, by The Dreamer   , 150 words  
Categories: Networking, WiFi

HD-PLC Fail

:..(

Guess I'll have look at some other solution for home network.....perhaps I'll buy WireTracks for the living room....

Anyways...I when I first tried to set it up...I couldn't get link in the storage room. Turns out the plug tab is broken for that cable in the network closet, so it wasn't in all the way. Next I got things set up...and when I put the terminal by the living room computer....I couldn't get it to work there.

Seems there's too much interference in the living room for it to cope with. While going around trying plugs, I unplugged some stuff...which seemed to help a little bit, but not enough. And, I couldn't go without what I had unplugged.

So, for the time being, I'm staying with the current WDS bridging. Wonder if I got a pair of Airport Extreme's...if they would do bridging? :??:

03/23/08

  03:32:22 pm, by The Dreamer   , 574 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, Networking, WiFi, Storage

Updated my ugly NetMap

Link: http://www.lhaven.net/netmap.html

Wait...it isn't April 2008 yet.

Well, there's one item on the map, that I haven't purchased yet. But, I intend to order it tomorrow...and I do hope it arrives before the end of the month....but decided the put a future date to indicate that it contains future stuff. &#59;D

It also contains that I'm dropping the WDS bridge for Powerline networking (HD-PLC), that has been ordered...it just hasn't arrived yet. Originally, there was some question of finding an open outlet behind my home theater setup to plug it in. But, then it occurred to me that the adapter could go anywhere on my wired network...since I had made that upgrade....and there's the jack in the storage room that I haven't acquired stuff to put around yet.

There's a plan to do so, but I need to go through the stuff in there to figure out what to get rid of to make space for using it for more than storage. One is to acquire a network laser printer (ideally with color and duplex capabilities, maybe copier)....and locate it here where (rather than next to one of my computers, due to concern on whether I have enough power at those locations U-( ) I'm also wondering if I really need all the features, to maximize the number of other gadgets I also want to acquire....

Meanwhile, I'm already plotting my next addition....Been thinking of getting a TimeCapsule, but now Apple has released the patch to allow Time Machine to storage attached to an Airport Extreme....so I'm thinking that I'll do this, and get a Drobo to attach to it (assuming the pairing will work). Of course, it could be a while before I get around to having all the pieces.

Possibly like the 500GB SATA drive I purchased a while year before I found something to stick it in to.... :crazy: Sadly that was the mirror drive in my Linux server (Orac) that failed recently. I should maybe see about getting Seagate to replace it.... Even though I don't need it for the Linux server now (though I am considering buying an enclosure for it...to mount 4 more drives outside of it....possibly more, since there's 4 regular eSATA ports and 2 PM-capable eSATA ports on the back. Though waiting for a version of Linux that'll hopefully support PM.)

Also looking at USB over ethernet, since I'm running out of space for USB peripherals at my main desk.... This this spot also cries out for the acquisition of a Drobo....since I pretty much to disk-to-disk backup now (since I had long ago past the point of reasonable tape backup [to DLT7000's] of my system, and it seems less and less likely that I'll be buying a new tape drive [LTO1] now). I'm sure if I think some more (oops I did), I can think of other places around here that cry out for additional Drobo's. Wonder if there's a limit to using the GeekBrief.TV discount code.... Though Drobo isn't the only think on the market that might solve my needs, but it is one of the cool looking things. Though it is only a USB storage device....there's an ethernet option for it, but it isn't a native ethernet option...so that sounds like it would be slower than some other sort of NAS product.

Hmmm.....so many gadgets....so little time, money, space, power, etc... :lalala:

03/18/08

  08:12:03 pm, by The Dreamer   , 277 words  
Categories: Networking, WiFi, Home

Panasonic BL-PA100KTA Adaptor Turns Electrical Wiring Into Ethernet Cable

Link: http://www.ohgizmo.com/2008/03/17/panasonic-bl-pa100kta-adaptor-turns-electrical-wiring-into-ethernet-cable/

I've been thinking of trying some form of Home P* Networking. At my previous apartment, I was considering Home Phone Line Networking. Because I had switched to Vonage (and no more home phone service), and the phone lines were conveniently located to the locations I wanted to link together.

But, it had to be better than what I was getting by WiFi, and even though the new standard was approved...I never saw any retail products for it.

Now in my new home, I don't have phone jacks near the places that I want linkup + plus its CAT5, so I'm using that for my network (in places). But, there are computers and such located away from phone jacks (and cable jack)....so I used WDS bridging to link things up. With a plan that someday I would get Powerline networking (AV or HD) to replace it.

One concern is whether I would have an open outlet to plug the oversized wall-wart, without losing the other jack...since just about every outlet in this place is in use. There have been numerous occasions where I was looking for an open outlet to plug something in, and couldn't find one.

Then I read about this Panasonic one...and saw the picture and the price.....I just had to pull the trigger on it to get one. So, now to wait for it to appear.

I ordered both the kit and an extra adapter....just in case I should ever want to run network into the one room that I didn't convert its phone jack to networking....or I decide to claim some other inaccessible corner with networking equipment. :P

03/06/08

  06:43:58 am, by The Dreamer   , 141 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, Computer, WiFi, AppleTV, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite, Storage

Woot : TiVo HD DVR

Link: http://www.woot.com/Blog/BlogEntry.aspx?BlogEntryId=4120

A new category has appeared on my blog.

That's because I pulled the trigger on buying a TiVo HD DVR yesterday....via Woot!

Not entire sure where I'm going to put it or how it is going to be connected into my setup. But, I've done it.

Not sure what this means to my HTMac project. I think I still want a computer as part of my HT, but it might take on a different form....perhaps it'll be something with its own screen (either as its primary display or only display)...also not sure how it ties into the plan to switch my main desktop from Windows to Mac. Or my other Mac purchase wishes.

Like the Time Capsule. Or at what point do I stop buying stuff for the only mac that I do have....my work laptop. :lalala:

01/12/08

  03:00:34 pm, by The Dreamer   , 763 words  
Categories: VoIP, Networking, WiFi, Home, Broadband

Finally did one phase of redoing my home network.

When I first moved into this place, I ran into a problem where I wasn't able to put all my computer equipment in one room. And, then it was further compounded by the fact that there is only one cable jack.

Though the room where I had intended all the computer equipment to go is where the demarc is located, so it probably would've been possible to add a splitter for the the cable modem there.

But, what I did was reconfigure my Linksys router to do WDS bridging and participate in the WDS bridging I was doing with a pair of Belkin F5D7130s.

So I had the cable modem and a pile of stuff at the front of my living room connected to it...and the Linksys router. My computer with one of the Belkins in the opposite corner of the living room and the other Belkin in my 'computer room'.

The VoIP ATAs at the front of my living room....

And, all was adequate. :lalala:

But due to the SNAFU of getting cable service, I had gotten DSL service and I got out what was my spare Linksys router and set up the 'computer room' with that. So far I've kept the dual gateway home network.... :>>

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01/08/08

  07:02:12 am, by The Dreamer   , 199 words  
Categories: Stuff, WiFi

ThinkGeek :: Wi-Fi Detecting Watch

Link: http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/watches/9313/

When I first heard about this WiFi Detecting Watch, I thought it might be neat enough to get....though I probably should've read the description a bit better.

It just detects the presence of WiFi and reports on signal strength....it doesn't report SSIDs or what WiFi is present.

And, I don't know if it is really insensitive or what, because when I'm on campus, it always reports 00....even though I know that there is pretty much total WiFi coverage on campus. Just the closed K-State WiFi network. Though it seems to give readings of WiFi at home. Though I don't know if it is reporting scores for my WiFi network or somebody else's.

There might be a strong open network that its seeing, instead of the local closed network. Or maybe it can only detect APs within a few feet....no idea where the APs are on campus, though I could probably find out if I really wanted to....

The other features on the watch are kind of confusing as well, and it doesn't fit very well, etc. So, I'll probably still be looking for a new watch....assuming that I still want to be wearing a watch. :??:

10/19/06

  05:28:21 pm, by The Dreamer   , 206 words  
Categories: Computer, WiFi

MacBookPro 10.4.8 Airport Slow

Slower than dialup!

It was so fustrating...I thought the culprit was student loading the campus WiFi network. Though it occurred to me that it started being really slow after the application of the 10.4.8 update.

So, I searched and searched for why.....there was a vague reference to something called CoconutWiFi as a culprit. But, I didn't know what it was...so figured it didn't apply, so I kept looking for the culprit in my case.

Finally, I looked up what CoconutWiFi was...while I didn't have it or anything like it running on my MBP....I did have Yahoo! Widget "Sys Monitor" running.

Turning this widget off, made a dramatic improvement to my speed.....I ran several speed tests to confirm.....speed differences were like 10kbps versus 2200 kbps.

I can't believe I suffered this long....

OTOH, I was positive that I had taken the MBP home a time or two, and didn't observe this level of degradation.... Could be the fact that campus is a large area served by many different APs on different channels around campus, all with the same SSID. While home, my APs are all on one frequency (and the neighbors' have different SSIDs...and different channels). Or some other technical factor....

10/03/06

  08:04:15 am, by The Dreamer   , 170 words  
Categories: Networking, WiFi

The Cloister Bell was ringing all night

I went to bed early last night, hoping to catch up on some zz's :zz:

It didn't work out that way....first the HOT phone kept jumping around all night, lept off once during the night. But, equally annoying was that the cloister bell was sounding on my computer in my living room.

That means from my computer's prespective one of the websites I monitor had gone down....the sites I monitor are this one and http://www.lhaven.net. Poopli and the K-State main page.

As it was, I don't think any of those sites went down (though I've been having issues lately with this site....) Turned out part of my WiFi network had failed. I've been thinking of replacing parts of it with HomePlug network adapters....but if I were to implement the plan...it was to span the large distance of my living room to my 'computer' room. And, not the opposite corners of my living room....

But, I guess I might have to rethink my plans....

09/03/06

  09:08:38 pm, by The Dreamer   , 298 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer, Networking, WiFi

Once again....it was in the last box.

...the last piece of the backup my laptop puzzle, was to find the tapes. And, eventually I did find them in the last box.... |-|

Though it wasn't too bad, since I found other stuff along the way that I either put into use or set aside knowing that I would get to it next.

However, it did distract me from a couple of bigger projects that I just keep putting off, but really ought stop.

To further the distraction.....while on the quest, I was also defragging my laptop and updating some packages on it...I decided to do a net survey.

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Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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