Wednesday, March 14, 2007

What not to buy: WGR614 (v4)

I was the lucky guy to get the 4th generation of the WGR614v4 wireless router from Netgear (3 more versions were launched). It used to work fine with 2 computers wired to it untill one pleasant day when it chose to generate mayhem upon the living beings living peacefully in this house. A call to my cable modem company helped me conclude that my cable modem was fine as a direct connection from the cable modem to one of the PCs granted me internet access. Netgear support and firmware upgrades proved theirselves useless.

I bought a Linksys wireless G router, replaced the netgear choking one and to my surprise it worked like a charm. Eventually I plug back the netgear router to act as an access point/hub at one end of my home network, it works fine for 2-3 days and then it jams itself again somehow. Another intriguing feature that this device has to offer is the slowdown on wired PCs connected to it whenever a wireless connection is made.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

MX5000 x Blackjack Bluetooth Activesync

After having the hell of a time getting my blackjack to connect to a 1800MHz network (more info here) it is finally fully operational. My next goal was to sync it through bluetooth. I searched for the phone, found it, paired it AND synced it. I tried to sync it again, but it said the port was in use. I restarted the computer and to my surprise my keyboard and my mouse went offline. After a minute or two my keyboard re-established the bluetooth connection, but my mouse refused to do it. I had to use my keyboard to reach the connection utlity and then re-pair my mouse. I'll blame this one on widcomm, but I'll also add that 2-3 days ago my bluetooth mouse started to randomly choose where it wanted to move as I moved it. After a hard punch it pulled itself back together and resumed normal functionality.