I’ve been having a number of weird performance issues in the last month or so and I’ve finally attributed them to the Time Capsule. My friend Erick mentioned that he had just upped his Comcast speed to DOSCIS 3 and was getting 45mbps down, so I did the same. On ethernet, I would get the… Continue reading Awful Time Capsule wifi performance
Be nice to your wireless network
My recent issue with my laptop forced me to try Time Machine over a wireless network to the Airport Extreme N. This has been working fine, but I wanted to see if I could eek out even better performance. Thus, I dedicated the Airport Extreme N to a 5ghz N only network. I then set… Continue reading Be nice to your wireless network
FINALLY! SonicWall VPN Bug fixed in Apple Airport Extreme N!
Yes! Yes! After 12 months of not being able to use my router, Apple shipped Firmware 7.3.1 which passes SonicWall VPN packets! So far, the router is fast, super fast. Now to see if it keeps connections!
10 months later – Apple Airport N Router still broken
I’ve been in touch with AppleCare ever since I got this router. They have continued to “look into” our VPN issues with SonicWall. They even swapped my router for a new one (before the gigabits came out) The last email I from Apple was today: It appears we still do not have a solution or… Continue reading 10 months later – Apple Airport N Router still broken
MacWorld 2008 – Time Capsule
Ok this product is a joke. Apple has a bad enough record with routers as it is (My 10 month old router still does not allow Elizabeth’s VPN to connect, wheres linksys and d-link do) but check this scenario out: Back up to Time Capsule, oh laptop kernel panics. Reboot. Wait 9 hours while it… Continue reading MacWorld 2008 – Time Capsule
Poor marks for Apple’s Extreme N router
I’ve been using my Apple Airport Extreme N router since March. Some things work great, like iChat now functions perfectly. However, other things, like accessing VPN with SonicWall’s client have never worked and there are still no solutions from Apple. Now, the damned thing can’t see my printer. Power cycle the printer, unplug from hub,… Continue reading Poor marks for Apple’s Extreme N router
Airport Extreme N Basestation 7.2.1 still does not fix SonicWall VPN issue
Six months ago I bought an Airport Extreme N Basestation. The VPN has never worked with Sonicwall VPN client. Now, six months later, firmware 7.2.1 is out and the VPN is still broken. How patient should one be, waiting for Apple to support standards? Linksys works, why can’t Apple?
Apple shoots customers in the foot with simplicity, again
Yesterday I had Verizon switch my FIOS from PPPOE to DHCP. I was an early customer so I was on the cruddy PPPOE equipment. That was a long process but Keith rocked and got me taken care of within a day. Awesome! Last night I start my usual routine of testing the SonicWall VPN with… Continue reading Apple shoots customers in the foot with simplicity, again
Excellent support from Apple
People following my blog have noticed that I’ve a lot of problems with my Airport Extreme N, from VPN, to dropouts, to AirDisk. Throughout all of this, Daniel has been giving me excellent service, including phone updates, new equipment and status on the issues. I’m looking forward to the day I can report that my… Continue reading Excellent support from Apple
Major Airport Disk flaw
I’ve just discovered a nasty bug with AirPort Disk on firmware 7.1.1. While using Chronosync to backup my iPhoto library, CS kept complaining about a file already existing. Well replace it! So I finally started looking at the files. On the source, the filename was: 100_0002_2.jpg On the Airport Disk: iNode142770 Oops! So I unmounted… Continue reading Major Airport Disk flaw
Did Airport Extreme N firmware 7.1.1 fix AirDisk?
While Charles reports he’s had one dropout of AirDisk (My name for Airport Disk) since 7.1.1 shipped, I’ve had an entire day of a disk mounted and operating quickly, about 2-3MB/s, over 802.11n and USB 2. Not bad I guess. I even used ChronoSync to sync 25gb of data to the AirDisk. Its been going… Continue reading Did Airport Extreme N firmware 7.1.1 fix AirDisk?
Why did our technical lives get so complicated?
I am a contractor for a major out of state university. In order to get expenses reimbursed, I have to fill out a form. An awful form at that. They send me a link to the PDF file. I open it in preview and I cannot edit it. Fine. I download Acrobat Reader, which lets… Continue reading Why did our technical lives get so complicated?
Apple Airport Extreme N Firmware 7.1
Apple released version 7.1 of the firmware for the Apple Airport Extreme N router today. While people on Apple Discussions have suggested it fixed the VPN client issues with Nortel software, but our tests here show that Sonicwall Client 188.8.131.526 still does not function. Sigh.
Airport Extreme N Users – Turn on your IPV6 Firewall!
As noted in the linked Ars Technica article, Apple messed up and left the IPv6 firewall off. Oops. Read Out of the box, the router will connect you to the IPv6 Internet using an automatically configured tunnel. This means putting IPv6 packets put inside regular IPv4 packets. Those of you who really want to test… Continue reading Airport Extreme N Users – Turn on your IPV6 Firewall!
Apple’s new Airport Extreme N base station has a neat feature called AirDisk. You can attach drives to the USB 2 port on the base station and share them with users on your network, or over the internet apparently. Installation is easy. With the Airport Utility, you click Disks and choose how you want to… Continue reading AirDisk
Airport Extreme N has landed!
I got an IM today and was told my new Aiport Extreme N basestation was in at the Mac Store! So I headed on over and picked it up. After I finished work, I plugged it into the laptop via ethernet to configure it. The Airport Assistant was easy to use and it even told… Continue reading Airport Extreme N has landed!
Airport Extreme N supports NAT-PMP
Found in the manual for the new Airport Extreme (of which I am anxiously awaiting) is this tidbit which might help us iChat users out there: You can set up NAT Port Mapping Protocol (NAT-PMP). NAT-PMP is an Internet Engineering Task Force Internet Draft, an alternative to the more common Universal Plug and Play (UPnP)… Continue reading Airport Extreme N supports NAT-PMP
Cancelled my Apple order
I cancelled my order for AppleTV and Airport Extreme .n. I’ll pick up an AE at The Mac Store when they are in (am going to preorder today) and with my 1080i TV, I just can’t see the 720p of AppleTV working well with my cruddy scaler. So I’ll pick up Aperture instead and get… Continue reading Cancelled my Apple order
Wither MacWorld Expo – Enter AppleWorld Expo
If it wasn’t clear by Apple, MacWorld Expo is ending as we know it. Today Apple used the MacWorld Expo venue to do three things: Introduce Apple TV, a consumer device to shuttle media from your computer to the television Introduce iPhone, a brand new phone platform Change its name from Apple Computer, Inc. to… Continue reading Wither MacWorld Expo – Enter AppleWorld Expo
Ordered my Apple TV and Airport Extreme
Sorry Erick, I wanted in on the early batch 🙂 Yes, Apple did release a 802.11n Airport Extreme, they just didn’t mention it in the keynote.