I was at a client’s place and I happened to snap a picture of the wireless access point that was located in his office. I have seen many of such points around and I was wondering if I could get one for my house. It should be so simple…one on the ceiling providing Internet access for everyone. Then I saw the price of one of these Alcatel-Lucent ones and decided that it might not be such a good idea after all. Then I saw this Ubiquiti one:
It was relatively inexpensive and looked pretty good too. But I am starting to wonder about these cheaper ones….will they actually be good? I suppose the price is a big trade-off but you can get one of these for less than $200. Or maybe I should stick with my TP-Link wireless extender and be done with it
I bought this TP-Link TL-WA820RE USB Wi-Fi Range Extender online four days ago when I saw it being advertised. The actual price was apparently $30 but I got it for about $20. I tried it out when I received it today and I must say that it works very well. The instructions included are very easy to follow and setting up was a breeze. I have always had a pretty high regard for TP-Link products and this will serve me well, I think, in my mum’s place, where the wifi signal is pretty weak.
I bought this TP-Link m5360 router yesterday at Sim Lim Square. It cost me about $99. The first thing I did with it was to take it out, power it on and charge my mobile phone, which was down to about 20% in battery power. So that was the first thing it did for me. But what is this marvellous new toy I have all about? This is what it is.
The m5360 is a combination of a 3G Wi-Fi Hotspot and portable power bank. It comes equipped with a built-in 3G modem and I managed to get it up and running fairly quickly as a Wi-Fi hotspot by inserting my Starhub 3G SIM data card. This M5360 is able to provide 3G wireless sharing to up to 10 users simultaneously. The beauty about this thing is that it comes with a 5200mAh internal battery makes it a very ideal travel companion as well. Remember I wrote a post about cheap data cards in Vietnam? And furthermore, with its LED display, users can have a view of the device’s operating status, such as traffic statistics, Wi-Fi status, user numbers, network type (2G/3G), signal strength, Internet connection status, messages, battery meter and lots more.
I had a bit of an issue plugging my SIM card in. There is a tiny slot above the slot where the SIM card goes to so be very careful about that. I do not know why it exists there but apparently it does. I managed to take the SIM card out using a pair of tiny tweezers. But after I took it out, I managed to hook it up by sliding it into the right slot and it was a breeze after that. There is a slot for a SD card as well and this whole router can be used as an external thumb-drive should you decide to do so.
My old Huawei dongle is 7 years old this year and it is about time I retired it. It was having times when I just could not get a strong signal when using it. But this fantastic new device will see me going into a new era. Thanks TP-Link for this marvellous device!
A few days back, we were at a client’s place and wondering how to fix an issue tat got us all stumped. It was only after a lot of checking that I found out that the switch was giving issues. There were two 16-port switches, cascaded to each other. The bottom switch, which was a Linksys 24-port switch, was giving issues. It looked alright with the flashing lights and all, even when we connected peripherals to it, but it was plan to see that it was problematic. Looks like I may have to ask them to bring down a new switch. maybe this 48-port will work.
This is what I had to do when I went to Vietnam recently. I needed Internet access and so I broke out my ever useful TP-Link MR3020 router cum WAP and hooked it up to the RJ45 port in the hotel room. Now here is the thing with hotels. Most of them charge you for wi-fi because of the conveniences wi-fi is able to deliver. You can hook up a plethora of devices to wi-fi and that is why most hotels charge for it. But most of the time, LAN Internet access is free. So that is when I hooked up my little router and had instant internet access. Signal was powerful and worked a treat
Sometimes, I go against what I preach. I have said in many a post that I always will NOT upgrade firmware on my devices. But sometimes, my own advice falls on deaf ears. This is what happened.
As you all probably know, I have this gem of a router, the TP-LINK MR3020 that I like very much and has saved me many a time. I have used it with absolutely NO issues with my Huawei E1550 HSDPA dongle. Now a couple of years back, when I re-contracted with my service provider, they “gave” me a new dongle, a Huawei e3131. That Huawei dongle does not work with my MR3020 and the router does not detect it. So what do I do? First of all, I go to TP-LINK’s website to download the modem config files so that the router will recognise the e3131 modem. I tried a few but they did not work. So I look at the new Huawei e3131 and I look at my old Huawei e1550 and tell myself: it is time for a firmware upgrade for the TL-MR3020
So I go to TP-Link’s website and download the firmware for the modem. I download it and install it. After that, the router reboots itself and presents me with a new login screen. I try to login and can you believe it? I am bloody locked out! I tried the default username and password, I tried the old username and password (old passwords do NOT work on newly-firmware-flashed modems) to see if it would work but no go. So after kicking myself, I fired up the internet and went to look for a solution. I came across this article written by someone who advised to use Opera or another browser to login. I cannot believe it. It was something so simple and THAT WAS THE ANSWER! So I fire up Opera and thank heavens, the default username and password worked!
So I login to the router, checking what has changed and what had not and then came the moment of truth. Would this Huawei HSDPA dongle work on this newly flashed router? Well, I unplug the power, plug in the Huawei e3131 and would you believe it? The bloody thing would NOT work! Fucking hell. But then again, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Edison taught me that
So a lesson here folks. If it is nit broken, do NOT fix it. Looks like I have to trawl the Internet auction sites and find another Huawei e1550 3G modem stick because I think that is about the only thing that works with this router. My old Huawei e1550 is not broken…but it is old. I just want to be prepared. So looks like I have to get a spare, and that right soon.
Lesson well and truly learnt.
I know I mentioned here that I bought this TP-LINK TL-WR841N router. I for one take back my words. This router has been giving my connection the fits. With this router plugged into my modem, I do not know why my cable modem had so much un-necessary chatter and it really affected my Internet surfing speed. So any of you people out there contemplating on getting this router…here is some advice: don’t. Or in the very least, flash it with OpenWRT