Category: Hardware

I bought one of these a few months ago as I had just moved house and needed a new way to watch video off the server on the TV/Projector downstairs. At my old place it was in the next room so I just ran a pair of long s-video and audio cables across. Because I wanted the server upstairs in the new place this posed a bit of a problem due to the layout of the rooms. At the time I was tinkering with using a wireless network so when I read about the D-Link Medialounge device I got quite excited.

Continue reading “Hardware Review – D-Link DSM-320RD Media Lounge”

So after months of battling with my wireless network I’ve finally had enough. Wireless technology is just not ready for mainstream usage despite what the big brands may be saying. Sure if your a casual user who just wants to google some data or check your mail it might be fine but for file sharing, web hosting and online gaming it just isnt a truely feasable tech. I’m removing all the wireless cards from the systems here and reverting back to good old Ethernet. I wrote a letter to Belkin, the manufacturer of all my wireless hardware to let them know that lying is not cool, you can read that on the next page.

Continue reading “End of my wireless woes”

I recently purchased a Belkin F5D7000 PCI wireless network card. I’ve installed 3 of these in various machines over the past few months and had little trouble with them. The one I used in my machine would have to break this of course and from the start has given me problems. I’m 99% sure that I’ve got a working fix or at least can shed some light in the direction of fixing ping spikes.

Continue reading “Wireless network ping spikes”

My BT Home Hub died a horrible death last week when an automatic update failed. Since then I have been unable to connect to it via wireless or ethernet. I followed BTs advice and held in the Wireless Association button on the back for 20 seconds to do a hub restart. This didnt help in the slightest. I finally sorted it out by doing a manual update on the bios. I felt like sharing the steps I used to get it fully functional again so it may help any other “lucky” users of the BT Home Hub 😅

Continue reading “BT Home Hub Manual Bios Update Guide”

Sky By Broadband is not what it seems:

http://hintofsarcasm.com/2006/01/12/sky-by-broadband

I installed it last night and was showing it off to some other people. Today when I logged in my firewall told me that a service I had never heard of was trying to act as a server. At first this had me a bit myphed but then I remembered the last thing I had done last night; install SBB (Sky By Broadband). So I pulled up my services panel and saw a new service called KService.exe running. I did a quick google and found that its a service installed along with SBB. That’s also when I found the above page. It turns out that SBB is a peer to peer application such as Emule, Kazaa etc.