My first test blog and a little about modems/routers and speed.

Okay, this blog was never meant to stay up for any duration. I was just seeing what type of features were available and to test for functionality.

But, in for a penny - in for a pound.

The link below is a site for default usernames and passwords for various modems/routers...something I've found useful to have bookmarked when troubleshooting other routers.

The idea behind waking up this morning was to test my friend's router for speed and to see if a tweak was available to increase the speed.

By using the list above, I was able to determine the options availiable on the actual modem/router interface, which in this case was achieved by typing in in the browser search bar and entering in the default password and username (pretty basic for most members here).

Next I went here to determine the actual speed, not the advertised speed of the connection.

And select the appropriate region for your connection.

On the modem/router interface, there is generally a link back to manufacturer, so I used that to see if there was a firmware upgrade for that particular model to see if the speeds could be increased....which there wasn't.

Googling my modem and keyword firmware or upgrade brought me a few ideas on tweaks, but most appeared to be Linux based and that's not the OS used on this system.

That's about it. Any further research had been set aside to write this "Test" blog;-)

The attachment is a photograph of me standing around in the beauty of North Idaho.

Take care



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you are one smart cookie!  very informative;) i enjoyed it! 


--. All truth is simple... is that not doubly a lie? .--

Put it under the spyware/virus topic.

I've talked about it with other posts asking for help, but it could use it's own topic header, Problems with Mass Mailing in Email, or something.

And men never stink when we "brain-fart";-)

You cannot perceive beauty but with a serene mind. -Henry David Thoreau

[frantically waving arms around] - this is me 'clearing the air'! Laughing

Initially we were just looking into 802.11N vs 802.11G. For a home network, N seems like swatting flies with a hammer. I'm going to purchase a Linksys (I'm sickly dedicated) 802.11G with at least 1 RJ-11 port and a few Ethernet ports.

I like your input on hardwiring the data storage to the router, since that baby can sit by the router - this physical config provides more security and speed.

OH! And I want to post a note about my email issue.... It's resolved now, but I want to alert other users. Just need to find a place to stick it....hmmm.




We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle

I really do appreciate that and I will when time allows. 1/2 the day is gone already and I must go.

Second part, you made me smile.

If I was standing on a fish, I'd slip and fall......

Thanks Lynn,

You're always welcome to email the contact address if there is anything that you want to talk about - technical assistance or otherwise.

Now, don't you have a novel to finish? Half the forum is waiting for the exciting conclusion.

You cannot perceive beauty but with a serene mind. -Henry David Thoreau


I finally got here. I had copied your info because I was afraid it might be gone before I got back to it. I remember once, not too long ago looking up the name of the network on something. Do you know what I'm talking about? I 'm not sure if I googled the network name, (not the number) and if that's how I got there. I was googling a certain person's name of their network. It's very possible I found out about it here.

When given more time I want to work on this and better mine. Thank you for this information. And, my dear Ashton, maybe not the right place here, but I haven't yet congratulated you on being moderator. Congratulations! Very, very well deserved because you are so helpful and so SMART!!!!! You still impress me as do a lot of people here!


If I was standing on a fish, I'd slip and fall......

>>>We're still talking wifi...right? We dun nee' no steenking Ethernet


Thats the sound of my brain...farting.

Yup, you're right. If anyone here ever questioned my ethics as a moderator, no, I'll leave my posts up showing me to be the idiot. Though, it is a "test" blog;-)

So, with my instincts screaming to get out of this conversation...let's continue.

I guess I'm failing to see the need for DHCP. With five fixed IP addresses, why bother? The printer will need to be statically assigned and it's good practice to keep the data storage separate from in/outbound connections from the net. Heck, I would have more fun seeing a Gbps transfer rate to the storage unit using hardwire, but thats just me.

I imagine you'll still want port allocation for the X-box and that will need to be statically assigned. Perhaps, this a case for VPN and assigning a 10.0.x.x. class to the peripherals and mapping them to the default gateway, but then your internet connection is probably DHCP and that would require an occasional change.

Also, none of the routers on the link will work for you? Finally, what the heck I'm I doing giving advise to a MCSE? ;-)

Take care

Hey Ashton,

We're still talking wifi...right? We dun nee' no steenking Ethernet (aka RJ-45 ports)!! Laughing

The idea is to connect the VoIP phone/call manager directly to a WIFI router, and configure said router to act as DHCP to perhaps five WIFI nodes with fixed IP addys, using 802.11G or 802.11N, and 256 bit WEP encryption.

Currently I have a small, 4 port router with two RJ-11 ports, then through one of the Ethernet ports I've stacked a small 802.11b WIFI router. I want to consolidate the efforts of both routers into one unit, and upgrade the transmission type from B to either G or N.

That lil' pink heart in your bling should be gold. Thanks for your help!



We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle

Thanks for clearing up the RJ-11 question.

Well, I looked around and you're right, you have a problem. You're basically asking for a router that can handle seven RJ-45 ports and at least one RJ-11.

Most of what I briefly looked at could handle 3 or 4 Ethernet connections and perhaps two RJ-11s. So perhaps the idea is to direct connect the VoIP into the router and pick up a cheap 8 or 10 port switch to handle the other connections.

I'll look around, time permitting. This may be a Cisco website issue and not a Google issue.

Some routers and prices that I did look at that might fit the bill

You cannot perceive beauty but with a serene mind. -Henry David Thoreau

Ashton, for the most part your thoughts are usually right on! Laughing

Ok, 802.11N provides a more saturated signal by overlapping several radio frequencies. The N technology can provide less dead spots, a seemingly faster wireless connection, and a more broad range. As with previous routers (B & G) the N router does have 256 bit encryption and DHCP capabilities.

What I'd need it for is a simultaneous load of three desktops, 1 laptop, 1 game console (xbox 360), a VoIP phone, and a data storage drive. Maybe I'll add one of our printers. Right now my biggest challenge is finding a G or N router with an RJ11 jack for our VoIP phone and call manager.

The wireless NICs on all nodes are currently 802.11G with backwards compatibility to my pathetic 802.11B router, which offers 10 Mbps connection to those nodes.

While I've not been able to gain speed, I've gained some quickness by port allocation and fixed IP addys.

On the govt side, we'll never go wireless. In fact, to have the secure area of our office certified, we're not permitted to have any form of wifi on our physical configuration. Go figure! Tongue out



We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle

Well for the most part I got it right...good ol' Wiki.

What I forget, is that I always answer this question in the form that me and you are going to set up a small home and office wireless network, so what do we really need with a potential of 2 to 3 users tops?

Not much.

But for a corporate LAN or a Wi-Fi "free" citywide network then the increase in data transfer rate becomes necessary as more users join the network, thus "g" and now "n".

The change in frequency to 5GHz (it's a choice - probably defaulted to 2.4GHz) is to be European compatible, but dollars to doughnuts, it probably also foils those with network analyzers and password crackers for weak encryption standards. That is, till the next generation of analyzers come out dealing with the 5GHz band...and password crackers can handle 256 bit encryption algorithms (probably already exists - I seem to recall hearing something..).

Other notes, "b" actually has a wider range, "n" has the best. A T1 connection to wireless router should definitely use "g" or "n". If I was a corporation, I would still be leery in using wireless LANs in the interest of data security.

Just my thoughts.

Post Script: Yeah, I'm now thinking that if you use "n" and select 5GHz as the frequency band that you want to broadcast. on..then I would definitely make sure that wireless NIC (card) can handle changing to that frequency.

"b", "g", and "n" on the 2.4 GHz band will still run into interference with microwaves, cordless phones, and bluetooth.

You cannot perceive beauty but with a serene mind. -Henry David Thoreau

The pitfalls of taking Cisco two years ago...what the hell is "N"?

I should probably research before opening my big mouth, but to show a certain sense of realness...I'll post on the fly and allow others to take me down a notch.

I think that "N" may operate on a different frequency, and not the standard 2.4Ghz, which has lead to security issues in the past.

The RJ -11 jack may be a non-issue, as typical cable speeds hover around 3 Mbps download and 500 Kbps upload. I never really understood moving from "b" to "g" as the "b" standard was adequate.

<another edit here> If you're not using RJ-11 connection, what are you using?

Where the "b" standard was not adequate was the firmware involved in wireless routers (which had nothing to do with the standard). Typical firmware in older routers never included hardware firewalls and utilized "crackable" encryption algorithms (WEP).

Okay I'll post this and go to Google...


You cannot perceive beauty but with a serene mind. -Henry David Thoreau

YAY!! We like that better than looking at the back of your head!!!

Happy Monday!

Nice photograph, Ashton! You're one tall dude. Cool

I've not been able to tweak more speed from either of my routers at home, though port allocation helps. Recently I've considering moving up to a wifi, with RJ11 jack, at 802.11G, or making the full jump to N. Have you read anything on the N grade routers? I do know that most are backward compatible.



We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle

I used the attachment option.

Initially, I tried to upload a zip file that contained the HijackThis setup.exe file, but that was successfully blocked.

You cannot perceive beauty but with a serene mind. -Henry David Thoreau

how did you attach the JPG file? did you use the "attach" option, or did you use the "insert image" button in the editor?

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