Category: "WiFi"

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11/19/05

  04:17:46 pm, by The Dreamer   , 428 words  
Categories: Networking, WiFi

broadband = News = More on WRT54GS Success (Now with 70% more failure!) - Users note new version not open-source, less powerful, and buggy

Link: http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/69522

After reading this article on Broadbandreports.com, I was started to worry that maybe I had put off buying a(nother) WRT54GS.

The intent was to get one to play with Talisman (without risking my working Alchemey setup). Though there is also the idea of having a backup or complicating my network by having two broadband connections.

Today, I was intending to do some shopping of a specific nature....along the way I stopped off at Best Buy and saw that they only have the new CGN6 version (v4)....I had heard wasn't as good as my current v1.1 router (less memory). BestBuy did have a $30 rebate offer...which would've made it a good deal if they had older units. As I continued my trek to the intended store, I decided to pop into OfficeMax to see what they had.

Well, OfficeMax also only has CGN6 routers. So, I continued on to the intended store and looked at the item I was thinking of buying.

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11/10/05

  07:02:40 am, by The Dreamer   , 579 words  
Categories: Hardware, WiFi

The Next Gumby Operation

Well, last night I started on the next operation. :wave:

To replace the questionable F drive with a new disk. The old drive is an OEM Seagate 250GB and the new drive is a Retail Kit Seagate 300GB. I figured with all the success I had been having with Acronis Migrate Easy 7, that I would use it again for this operation.

First I took the time to slowly format the new disk, as a check to see that it would work. The last time I had taken the effort, I discovered the bad counterfeit Maxtors. While I was quite certain that this wasn't going to be an issue, there's always the DOA or early death issues.

Plus, also perhaps by coincidence, the one time I skipped doing the complete (slow) format....the drive experienced an early death (<3 months). &#58;&#35;&#35;

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10/12/05

  10:09:02 am, by The Dreamer   , 145 words  
Categories: WiFi, PDA

Palm TX handheld

Link: http://www.palm.com/us/products/handhelds/tx/?creativeID=HmPg_BB|tx_buynow_20051011

Darn...looks like Palm finally did it.

For the longest time (ever), I've been making use of just a Palm Tungsten T. Because there hasn't been a compeling enough reason to leap to other models.

Namely, the lack of compeling new features to satisfy my desires. And, features that I actually want or will use.

Looks like the TX will finally be that model. WiFi is pretty much the only thing I'm missing in my Tungsten T. Though more memory would also be helpful. There is also a price factor, especially if upgrading will require me to buy all new accessories....

But, this looks like the model that'll get me to make the plunge.

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03/18/05

  01:29:39 pm, by The Dreamer   , 223 words  
Categories: iPod, WiFi

The Digital Hotspotter

Link: http://www.canarywireless.com/

Well, I was waiting for the arrival of my iPod Shuffle. But, UPS showed up with two packages in hand.

The other item was The Digital Hotspotter. I had ordered this last month, but it was delayed. And, now it is here. Didn't get any advanced notice that it was coming, so it was a bit of a surprise.

Kind of boring playing with it in my apartment, since it basically found most of the APs that I already know about....the ones that have me crowded onto channels 9 and 3....

Wonder what I'll find when I'm at work.... &#59;&#68;

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03/05/05

  04:28:17 pm, by The Dreamer   , 506 words  
Categories: Networking, WiFi

QoS oops

&#58;&#111;&#111;&#112;&#115;&#58; I had to go and do one more thing to break things.

In my last message, I mentioned that perhaps I should add the 'new' Linux server as 'express'. Make sure its DNS requests take a bit more priority....

So I added its IP....don't know if it was because the IP part was "xxx.xxx.xxx.254" or just the number of entries that I have has made the 'svqos_ips' nvram variable string so long that it is having problems. But, it stored the 'x.x.x.254/32' as 'x.x.x.254/3'....suddenly everything was going as express. Huh? &#58;&#111;

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03/01/05

  09:08:52 am, by The Dreamer   , 232 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, WiFi

Linksys: HGA7T - High Gain Antenna Kit for TNC Connectors

Link: http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?grid=33&scid=38&prid=643

Since I switched to using the WRT54GS with Sveasoft...instead of the BEFSR81 + Netgear ME102...I've been having trouble with my WiFi connection.

Things drop to 1Mbps randomly..other times it stops completely. I have AP watchdog set, but it is kind of a strange kluge. At least I don't use channel 11, otherwise it would break the law every time the watchdog kicked in. Of course, cranking the power or changing antennas also deviates from the rules.

But, since I found out that the WRT54GS has TNC connectors and sells an antenna kit....I became torn on whether I should upgrade the antennas or go back to a standalone AP.

Since I went to all the trouble of upgrading my laptop to 802.11g, going back to the old ME102 isn't that interesting. And, compared to buying a pair of new D-Link DWL-7100AP...trying antennas seems a cheaper thing to try. So, that's what I just ordered.

Though the reason I've been looking at the DWL-7100AP is that it purports to do WDS bridging over 802.11a. Which could help ensure my neighbors don't interfere with the WiFi bridge that my home media devices (ReplayTVs, Momitsu V880N...and perhaps someday the HTPC HD-DVR I'm thinking of building) are on.

Of course, the other alternative is to let my laptops access the 802.11g WiFi bridge that I currently use. &#58;&#108;&#97;&#108;&#97;&#108;&#97;&#58;

02/19/05

  02:25:45 pm, by The Dreamer   , 599 words  
Categories: Stuff, ReplayTV, VoIP, Networking, WiFi, RoadRunner

WRT54GS & Lingo

Well, I removed some of the wiring nest...and worked in the WRT54GS.

Everything went smoothly...the only tweaks afterwards mainly involved getting PRTG and WallWatcher working again.

With WallWatcher, the WRT54GS seems to log way more. Or perhaps the old router was just ignoring more. Though it could just be interface that logging is done at. One thing I started seeing was all the broadcast noise on the WAN interface. Guess it explains why the activity light on the Cable Modem is on solid, even when I'm not doing anything.

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02/18/05

  11:01:39 pm, by The Dreamer   , 228 words  
Categories: Hardware, VoIP, WiFi

Dead Harddrive

Wouldn't you know it...the harddrive in my computer at work died this afternoon.

I managed to run chkdsk enough times to get it to boot finally...but things are serious messed up, that I can't log into my account and services won't start properly. The big problem right now is NTbackup is having issues....so I can't toss my data onto a tape.

Dell is supposed to be dispatching a new drive for Monday...though I'm on vacation on Monday...and so are a lot of other people. Our local IT person was out today as well.

But, there is supposed to be a ghost server, so that might have been something.

I'm probably gonna trundle in tomorrow and try copying some of my data onto network shares, and then shut it down until Tuesday.

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02/17/05

  12:29:56 pm, by The Dreamer   , 86 words  
Categories: Computer, VoIP, Networking, WiFi

WRT54GS v1.1 is here

But, I don't know if I'll get around to playing with it before the weekend.

There are some home network changes I've been meaning to make that I need to get done before I start experimenting with the new router and the Sveasoft.

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02/16/05

  07:25:02 pm, by The Dreamer   , 146 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software, Computer, WiFi

Intel Pro Wireless 2200 mini pci for Toshiba 5105-S701

Link: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5749630369

As I mentioned earlier, the 802.11g mini PCI card I bought off of eBay arrived today.

I made the swap, and after a few bumps....like not remembering what my encryption settings were and forgetting to update the DHCP and WAP MAC address lists. Things seem to be working well.

The only other hitch was getting Toshiba's Network Device Switch tray app to accept that I no longer have a Toshiba Wireless Mini PCI adapter and that I want it to still work with the Intel one instead.

After lots of trial and error in the registry...I got it working. Don't ask me how though. &#59;&#68;

The WAP is still 802.11b...so not much improvement yet.

The other loss is the Wireless switch and light (and keyboard shortcut) don't work with the card...but I recall hearing long ago that this would be an issue.

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