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    jackdashack reacted to CA3LE in To leave on or turn off modem. That is the question?   
    The hard drive should be fine.  I've left drives on for years without sleeping them... it might even sleep after not being in use for a while.  Listen for it.  I assume you're talking about a mechanical hard drive.  ... As long as they aren't dropped and they stay cool they can spin for many years without any problems... non-stop.
     
    Also, don't turn your modem and router off.  You're only wasting minutes out of your day.  They too can usually stay on, sometimes for years without needing to be reset.  Your modem grabs updates in the middle of the night sometimes from your ISP, it can't do that if it's off.  When you power it back on it will get the updates but it wastes your time.  Just leave it on.  I do.  My modems, network, hard drives and computers are on 24/7 and I rarely have issues. Keep your hardware free of dust because that's like a blanket... keep object off the vents.  Electronics can theoretically run forever as long as they don't overheat or get corroded.  A mechanical hard drive and fans obviously will wear out but you can still get many years out of them running nonstop if you buy quality hardware.
     
    I tried the usb hard drive thing on my router and it pissed me off.  It was slow and stupid feeling.  Maybe the new routers are better. Is it USB 3.0?  ... if the hard drive sounds active a lot and really hot I'd probably put a flash drive on there instead... otherwise leave the larger mechanical drive.  And leave it on always.  If you're putting important information on it. Make sure you have a solid backup strategy.  It doesn't take much to lose everything... I had a 2TB drive, thought I was safe... kids knocked it off a >1ft tall shelf and broke it. It fell onto shag carpet and still broke it!  You can hear the platters just flying around in there, sounds more like a rattle than a hard drive now.  :-/  ---- but before that it ran without turning off for hundreds of days... with lots of access.
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    jackdashack got a reaction from CA3LE in USB Feature on this new D-Link Modem/Router   
    Actually I found the manual online and it seems to be pretty clear on this.  SEE POINT 3
     
    Thanks to those that viewed.  Jack 
     
    1 DSL Port Connect to an active telephone line (RJ-11). 2 LAN Ports (1-4) Connect Ethernet devices such as computers, switches, and hubs. 3 USB Port Connect a USB thumb drive or external hard drive and share files with  users on your network. 4 WLAN Button Pressing this button to turn the Wireless feature on or off.  5 Reset Button Pressing the Reset button for 10 seconds restores the modem to its  original factory default settings. 6 ON/OFF Press this button to turn the unit on or off.  7 Power Receptor Receptor for the supplied power adapter. 8 WPS Button Press the WPS button located on the side to a
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    jackdashack reacted to jackdashack in USB Feature on this new D-Link Modem/Router   
    Actually I found the manual online and it seems to be pretty clear on this.  SEE POINT 3
     
    Thanks to those that viewed.  Jack 
     
    1 DSL Port Connect to an active telephone line (RJ-11). 2 LAN Ports (1-4) Connect Ethernet devices such as computers, switches, and hubs. 3 USB Port Connect a USB thumb drive or external hard drive and share files with  users on your network. 4 WLAN Button Pressing this button to turn the Wireless feature on or off.  5 Reset Button Pressing the Reset button for 10 seconds restores the modem to its  original factory default settings. 6 ON/OFF Press this button to turn the unit on or off.  7 Power Receptor Receptor for the supplied power adapter. 8 WPS Button Press the WPS button located on the side to a
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    jackdashack reacted to CA3LE in 2 Small Issues with the site.   
    You could try loading up a different browser in the background for your tests if it's an issue. What I do sometimes is run Firefox with TMN's automatic speed test and then use Chrome for browsing. Then you don't have to worry about closing the browser on accident and you can clear your cookies without an issue.

    I just ran a few auto tests with extraID and it's working fine so it's probably because your clearing your cookies thoughout the day.
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    jackdashack reacted to CA3LE in 2 Small Issues with the site.   
    I'm not going to end up on the floor. It's all within my ability. Just takes lots of time.

    What I think is happening with the extra ID is you're clearing your cache and cookies periodically... that's saved in a cookie. Are you being logged out too?
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    jackdashack reacted to CA3LE in 2 Small Issues with the site.   
    Hey Jack,
     
    I assure you... it's coming.  Multi-selection in the database and the user settings currently stored in cookies will be database driven where applicable.  Those additions are very high on my to-do list.
     
    Realize that I'm one person putting this all together.  At any given time I'll have 15 projects on the table.  I can't start on new plans until I push and release the things I'm already working on. I really have to balance my time and prioritize certain aspects that are more critical to the development.  If I try to do too much at once I'd never release anything good.
     
    Besides the programming there are hundreds of other aspects to running TMN that I must do.  I often work 16 hours a day, 7 days a week to build and run the operations.  When in production mode I sometimes work for 30 hours straight because I'm the type of programmer that needs to finish a thought before I can turn off.  Before I start anything new I think about it for a few months and plot the structure of how I'm going to tackle it the right way.  I call it positive procrastination.  When I actually sit down to build it... I'll have it finished in a single session.  I almost never start something that I can't tackle in one programming session, whether it's 8 hours or 40 hours it gets done before I sleep. I've tried to take power naps, but I can't stop thinking until the task is complete so I just lay there and continue to program in my head.        
     
    So be please be patient with my process.  I just don't have enough fingers to develop as fast as I'd really like to.  Please understand that this is a very painstaking, time consuming process and like I said... I'm one person.
     
    Thank you for your continued patronage, glad to see that you use and like my site enough to keep on top of me to make it better for all of you... trust me dude, your voice is ALWAYS heard here.  I take all suggestions very seriously and always address the valid ones.  It can just take me a little more time than if I the resources some of my competition has.   ... maybe one day I'll have the capitol.  Keep telling your friends if you want to help with that.  
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    jackdashack reacted to CA3LE in My mistake apparenetly and I lost wireless connection   
    Hey Jack... I added a best answer/solved feature.  Just click "Mark Solved" on the posts that helped you most.  

     
    sorry it took so long.  
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    jackdashack reacted to TriRan in Geniuses Wanted: Suggestions for 3rd party modem/router   
    alright i had a little time today so i looked up some router models well within your price range
     
    Routers: 
    Netgear N900 -$129
    Netgear N600 -$99
    Asus RT-N56U -$99
    D-Link N750 -$89
    D-Link DIR-850L -$129
     
    Any of those routers would be a fine choice, many of which you will find in your local best buy
     
    as for the modem
     
    your options are limited but i did find the Arris TM822G brand new for $130 with free shipping
     
    it would be quite a bit cheaper then its motorola counterpart which hovers around $180 just for the modem/telephone 
     
    if you decided on the Arris and got say the Netgear N900 both have free shipping and would put your total investment around $250 you would be rid of that pesky leasing charge and have a much more powerful homenetwork
     
    the Arris TM822G is approved for comcast Xfinity aswell
     
    and to answer your questions earlier
     
     
     
    Wireless N - correct!
    Dual Band - can be simultaneous 2.4GHz is preferable because 5GHz is almost line of sight the higher the freqency the more interference there is going through objects such as walls
     
    E4 - i believe hes referring to the linksys E4000 series router and tomato is a type of open source firmware that can be installed
     
    QoS - Quality of Service think of it like load balancing it's supposed to on a connection by connection basis ( every connection your computer makes to the outside world which is typically hundreds even thousands ) classify and prioritize. what that does is say your streaming a HD movie and someone else on your wifi starts a simple file download from a website, it's supposed to keep your streaming at a higher priority so your packets are always transferred first as to eliminate buffering,
     
    what i've found with QoS is most routers do not have the resources to do this properly so you might actually lose thoroughoutput by the router being overwhelmed with tasks. i usually do not use this feature
     
    and firmware is like an kind of like an operating system think of it as windows is for your computer a firmware is the base operating system for the router or just about any electronic device even your TV has firmware or cellphone
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    jackdashack reacted to TriRan in Geniuses Wanted: Suggestions for 3rd party modem/router   
    I think he currently has A promo deal where he has to have it to get the pricing. Sorry I haven't replied sooner this week has been probably the busiest of my life I haven't even had time to get on the computer to look up routers but I promise I will try my best to look it up tomorrow before I go to work
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    jackdashack reacted to mudmanc4 in Geniuses Wanted: Suggestions for 3rd party modem/router   
    Think about chucking the ISP provided VoIP. Unless of course they've wired it into the existing infrastructure as they tend to do. You can just as easy grab vonage who sends a free VoIP device with any package.
     
    Leaving this out , your options open up considerably.
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    jackdashack reacted to ipse in Geniuses Wanted: Suggestions for 3rd party modem/router   
    Not sure if it helps...I'm in Canada and just bought a Thomson (Technicolor) DCW775. I's Docsis 3.0 and 4 port GB and wireless n router (dual band but not simultaneous).
     
    http://www.technicolor.com/en/hi/digital-home/mediaaccess/cable/u-s/dcw775
     
    I'll see how it behaves as I already own a Linksys E4200v1 running Tomato which I plan to continue to use as my primary router...but so far the THomson seems decent.
    One thing I think is missing (big time) is QoS...but then again, bandwidth is plentiful with channel bonding.
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    jackdashack reacted to CA3LE in Geniuses Wanted: Suggestions for 3rd party modem/router   
    lol, there will be a reply soon..
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    jackdashack reacted to TriRan in Geniuses Wanted: Suggestions for 3rd party modem/router   
    i've never replaced a modem like that but any cable modem you can get that does not have the router built in will be just fine... i don't believe the arris modem you linked has the telephony built in, the motorola one does though
     
    as for routers i'm really liking d-link and netgear at the moment i am far from impressed with the linksys stuff that has been coming out recently and i haven't had much success with belkin in years if your wanting me to help you look up some models of routers i'd be happy to in the morning just let me know how many devices your looking to connect what kind of range you might want and your budget
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    jackdashack got a reaction from CA3LE in Geniuses Wanted: Suggestions for 3rd party modem/router   
    I was hoping when I called for geniuses that all of you would come running!    I have talked to certain ones here in the past that were very knowledgeable. (right about now your saying to self, I don't remember talking to him) Anyway, CA3LE and others helped back then. I am on Comcast and they have been giving me that Black Tower of Doom, the Stupinity all in one telephony, modem and router. Have been through 4 and may need a 5th depending on the next few days results with a change. I have been approportioned the 50mbps on the ethernet. Of course most of you know now that they are giving out ridiculously poor routers. I think this is by design as they know that 10's of 100's of these could be present in one housing complex and they'd be "walking" all over each other. So they make the radio's very poor.
     
    From talking here in the past I'd decided to go 3rd party devices. Now as far as I know there is no device that has all 3 operations. However there are modems that have telephony. So you buy the router and bridge them. I was given several suggestions for the modem/telephone

    http://www.amazon.com/Motorola-SBV6220-Surfboard-Digital-SBV-6220/dp/B0045TB51A/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_7
     
    http://www.amazon.com/ARRIS-Touchstone-Cable-Modem-DOCSIS/dp/B008GG78FU/ref=pd_sxp_grid_pt_1_2
     
    No real suggestions on which device to be a good dual band router. So I am looking for suggestions here. If you followed the first link you'll see they are out of stock. I think a lot of folks are getting the same idea and I'm concerned that when brother gets up here from FL in a month or more (he's my techie) I may have trouble finding good equipment in this area. We are not a city. We about mid-state DE and while we have a number of good stores, no guarantee that the local Best Buy will have it, then it's a 45 or 60 mile trip to the next Best Buy.
     
    So I'd like to get my equipment on scene here for when brother arrives and not have to go shop. So I'm looking for anyone that has the same service and replaced the same Arris DOCCIS 3.0  modem/router/telephony black Xfinity tower I will be replacing. 
     
    All help will be greatly appreciated and I will check the Genius box next to your name for your reputation here.   I wouldn't lie!  Jack  ":-D
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    jackdashack reacted to TriRan in My mistake apparenetly and I lost wireless connection   
    Those don't exist yet we are working with CA3LE to get them activated right now though
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    jackdashack got a reaction from mudmanc4 in How do you remove an attachement from here!?   
    Well I've apparent spent out all my LIKES for the day, there's no VISA for LIKES that I know but to all you good guys above that's helped and responed ..


    BIG LIKE!     Ut oh!  LIKE police near by!  LoL  
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    jackdashack reacted to mudmanc4 in How do you remove an attachement from here!?   
    I sent you message through report center as well as your personal messenger.
     
     Anyone else needing to edit , view or remove something they have uploaded or attached,
     
     edit your profile > look to the left menu , find ' manage attachments' and click it , you'll be able to remove anything there.
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    jackdashack reacted to mudmanc4 in My mistake apparenetly and I lost wireless connection   
    Chances are you were more clear then I was absorbent
     
    So the plot thickens with the machines commonly set already to accept a dynamic IP. Which leaves the router.
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    jackdashack reacted to mudmanc4 in My mistake apparenetly and I lost wireless connection   
    I'm really shocked comcast is not following standards. Using a 24 bit block instead of a 16 bit. Generally those IP ranges are left for modems, at least in the case were speaking of.
     
    Your local net should look something like  modem IP 10.x.x.xx => gateway - 192.168.1.0=>192.168.1.1 leasing from 192.168.1.2-224.
     
    I'm sure another comcast member will have a real explanation on that, to me it's borked and does not follow IPV4 standards. Really it does , but not.
     
     Power down all machines. Dis connect the cat5 cable ( blue or yellow sometimes grey Ethernet wire ) from the windows 8 machine.
     
    You should reset the modem, if there is a button on the back recessed, hold it in for 20 seconds, then unplug the modem, while continuing to hold the button , plug the modem back in , and continue to hold. 20 second - 20 seconds - 20 seconds.
     
    Before powering anything else up power up the windows8 box, STAY physically disconnected from the modem and find the network connection preferences, set the connection to get an IP via dhcp -- not static.
     
    Then plug the windows8 box into the router/modem/ tower of aweful -- post what happens.
     
    If you cannot get online with that machine , figure a way to get online with another and post up yes ? 
     
    BTW - I'm not really that kind, ask my youngest son right now , - just had him do homework he wanted to do  ' later '  lol
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    jackdashack reacted to mudmanc4 in My mistake apparenetly and I lost wireless connection   
    Ok I'll see about finding something on the settings in '8' , should be rather simply hidden, as microsoft tends to do sometimes. brb
     
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    Right click on the 'network' icon and chose 'Open Network and sharing Center'

     
    Now, select the connected network Option you can see the network with which you are presently connected. Connection Status window will pop up. Click on Properties.

     
    Scroll down a bit and click on 'Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)'
     
    And tick 'Obtain IP address automatically' as well as 'obtain DNS server address automatically' and press 'OK'

     
     
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    jackdashack reacted to mudmanc4 in My mistake apparenetly and I lost wireless connection   
    When you say gateway , are you referring to the modem / router combination device ?
     
    The two were possibly one wired mac and a wireless mac, which would have accounted for the double entry.
     At the same time , the only logical reason on a simplified intranet for conflict , could be a static Ip was set on the wired side, and not listed outside of the dhcp range , before the laptop was connected to the router / modem or of course any time in between, but you would have to know this, unless someone else had control of the laptop before you. Again , if you had a PPOE connection before comcast, which required a static IP per device or almost any other reason want or need, for a static IP.
     
    This would account for you not seeing the IP within the router, as the static IP after restore, is again , within the dhcp range, or on a subnet -- ie: 192.168.2.1/24 Vs. 192.168.1.1/24 /32 ect
     
    Check your IP is set to dhcp and within the comcast dhcp range.
     
    Running XP ?
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    jackdashack reacted to onegoodman in The General Dissing of Comcast I Suppose! Pt 2.   
    Seems that time of day, effects the speed of the Comcast's service. The more users online in your area the slower the speed results.   I will post the results here from different times of day, and I will empty the browser, and java cashe each time before the tests. The tests will be performed on a wireless Linux system using Chromium browser.
     
    Here is the system specs that I will be using.
     
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    jackdashack reacted to onegoodman in The General Dissing of Comcast I Suppose! Pt 2.   
    Saturday noon results.
     
     

     
     
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    jackdashack reacted to onegoodman in The General Dissing of Comcast I Suppose! Pt 2.   
    Saturday afternoon results  Better than the noon results. 
     

     
     
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