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Thursday, July 14, 2011

We now have maximum security on the wireless router. The key was that you can not use the same name as one that was used before, or the satellite devices stay with the old per-shared key, and won't work. I am sure I used a new name at least once without good results, but at this point I don't care. The tech-support lady told me to go to the right web site, turn the security on, and THEN change the name but not the password. I assume this would have worked when I reset the routers, but every time I just tried to re-establish the old link.

As a side issue - when I turned the notebook on it wanted to update with 37 files and 107 MB. I decided it was time to wait it out (I got tired and stopped the upgrades on July 1) and it took from 8:28 until 12:00 - when it still wasn't done installing. It got 36 of the upgrades but had an error in one, which might have been part of the problem. Anyhow, at midnight I gave up and went to bed. I checked at 2:00, and turned it off. Then at 7:00 it said the install failed, it was going to revert, and it fooled around doing various things until about 8:30, when it seemed to be OK. That's when I got everything up and on line and called tech support again, and in minutes all my problems were solved. If I had known last Friday what I know now, I could have saved $26 and a whole lot of hours.

There's an old German saying - "Ve get too soon oldt, und too late schmardt." I think I just proved it.

PS - The trick is to change the name of the network (or enter the name) AFTER you set the security level.

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MS.ELENI 7/14/2011 8:18PM

    Glad you got it the way you wanted it

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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/14/2011 11:32AM

    I'd have never figured it all out. That's what my husband is good for. ("Ve get too soon oldt, und" some of us never get "schmardt.") If he goes first, the computers will be buried with him.

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More Router Tampering

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

After all my years in the Electronic Warfare business with lots of security emphasis, I got in the habit of keeping my head down. I just don't want to have someone coming into the network, and the notebook hasn't been updated since the first of the month. I read about one virus that changed the control settings of your router so that you pass through a web site that can monitor your addresses, user names, and passwords without you realizing it because the signal passes to the right address and you see only the one you entered - not the one that is looking over your shoulder.

I called the technical services at D-Link, just wanting to know if a cable would take preference over the wireless connection. If so, I could plug the notebook in to the modem and still not be showing my signal on the air. I never got an answer - the technician just wanted me to have everything up and maybe she would be able to fix the problem. I could call back later - just keep the problem number, so I turned on the television and notebook. Then I immediately had updates, so I finally let them come ahead. There were 37 updates and 107 MB of data, so it is taking a long time. We have downloaded everything and installed the first 31 updates, but it's 10:09 and I started at 8:38.

I think I will go to bed when the updates finish and work on it some more between times tomorrow. The BW and I are going down to the pier for lunch with Charlie and his wife (from Venice) tomorrow, and I have to be at a church at 5:00, so there will be some time to mess with the modem tomorrow and Friday.

I wouldn't log on to any financial web site with an unsecured wireless internet, so it will turn out OK however the installation turns out.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/14/2011 11:25AM

    Does not sound like fun to me.

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ROWINGFOOL 7/13/2011 10:48PM

    When you connect, your laptop should tell you how you're connected. If you connect by wifi and don't want to be, it's easy enough to tell it to disconnect, then plug in your ethernet.

BTW the answer to the question you haven't emailed to Jim yet is "yes."

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MS.ELENI 7/13/2011 10:23PM

    Lots of luck.

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Router Problems

Monday, July 11, 2011

I don't teach a class - it's a seminar. All the people have to do is show up and sit through it, and they get a certificate. I do throw in a lifetime of experiences to make the points necessary, and I make sure they understand the concepts instead of just reading the text.

After I passed out the certificates Wednesday, several people did tell me how much they enjoyed the class, and the stories I used to make some of the points.

I can't remember Thursday, but Friday the rain really came, the power did drop out for a second, and the Brighthouse modem didn't work any more. We have had momentary power losses before with no ill effects, and all the significant electronics in the house are on good surge protector, but we didn't have any internet or telephone service from Friday morning to Saturday at 8:00 PM. Then I had internet for the desktop if it was plugged directly into the modem, the the wireless router didn't work. I bought another router Sunday, and it did work for the cables but not for the Roku or laptop. It eventually turned out that it has a strong signal, but nothing can connect to it if it is secured, so today I finally came up with a scheme that lets me use this computer while the router is turned off, and the router is unsecured so that I can turn it on when we want to watch Netflix of the NASA TV channel or use the laptop to update the antimalware programs. The desktop doesn't have an ethernet connection to the modem any more, but the USB cable works just fine. I don't know if someone can load a virus into the router, but even if they can the firewall will keep it out of the desktop, and the notebook just sits in the BW's antique writing desk anyhow. I should have kept the old notebook for emergencies, but we run out of space and it didn't seem necessary.

I sort of hate the klugey setup, and I'm going to check out finding the setting information for the Netgear router to see if I can get it to work again, but two long days is enough to fool around with one problem for a while. It still makes me nervous to have the D-Link router open to the whole world for any use, and for any time.

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DMGABBETT 7/12/2011 12:01AM

    Take a ballpoint pen or bend a paper clip partially straight and hold it in on the reset button for at least 10 seconds or until the lights flash, and it should revert back to factory default.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/11/2011 7:10PM

    I'm glad you did what ever had to be done so that you could stay online. We do miss out internet when it's gone, don't we.

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    No one can load a virus directly into the router. Being unsecured means 2 things. One, your traffic is in the air. So if someone were to drive by and camp outside your house, they could effectively "sniff" all of your traffic and figure out what you're doing. Obviously sensitive data like credit card numbers, bank accounts, etc would all be unencrypted. Second, anyone can connect to your wireless network if they're around your house. Typically you might find a cheap neighbor sucking your internet (my mother does this) at worse, someone could spend the time to gain access to your network.

With all of that said, I ran unsecured for years. It wasn't until I noticed someone siphoning my internet connection that I turned on encryption and security.

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MS.ELENI 7/11/2011 6:41PM

    I was missing you.I thought it was computer problems.Good to see you managed to get a blog done

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Another Month, Another Class

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

I had 14 out of 15 registered students show up this morning for a safe driving course, which is pretty good. The guy who didn't show up registered yesterday, and I called him by accident twice, so I was a little surprised that he didn't get there this morning. The class lives over an area from Tarpon Springs in the north all the way down to Largo, so maybe I'm one of the few people with a class this month. I did start on time, finish on time, and not make any terrible blunders. We all seemed to have a pretty good time.

The only problem was that Coral Oaks came up with a new tray of oatmeal cookies with either chocolate chips or raisins scattered through them. They didn't get there until after the last break, so there were a lot left. I choked down three before I left, and carried another home for a fresh cup of coffee.

I rolled out at six this morning, and was done with the certificates and ready for tomorrow by 3:30, so it was a pretty good day.

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MRDPOLING 7/8/2011 11:07PM

    Well I guess people can't say that you have No Class! hehehe

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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/6/2011 10:19PM

    I would've eaten the three cookies as well. Hope you enjoyed them. You seem to enjoy this monthly class. I'm sure glad that there are people like you who make the effort to teach good driving.

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ALEXTHEHUNN 7/6/2011 7:19AM

    I bet your classes are fun.

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MS.ELENI 7/5/2011 6:56PM

    You have been doing those classes for a long time.
Glad you had a good day

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Cool Walk

Saturday, July 02, 2011

This morning we had a great walk. There was cool air and a light fog, and the dogs and I were nearly alone in the world. We heard one braking dog, saw one curlew, a few geckos, and no people, and when we were nearly home (after more than two miles) we saw three cars moving on Nebraska, one from the east and two from the west. After we let them pass and crossed the street, we didn't see anything else moving until we got home. It was like being a kid again and going for a walk on Ohio Rt. 598 in front of my grandparent's farm.

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ALEXTHEHUNN 7/3/2011 12:30PM

    I love early morning walks.

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REDSHOES2011 7/2/2011 10:31PM

    emoticonlove early morning walks.. Like a cup of solitude..

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MRDPOLING 7/2/2011 10:28PM

    I think I will take that idea. I don't have anyplace to be until 10AM tomorrow so I think I might take an early morning walk around town.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/2/2011 5:14PM

    Being alone on a walk is a rare and wonderful treat. Sounds like you enjoyed it.

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JIMDAB 7/2/2011 12:06PM

    Sounds refreshing in many ways.

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MS.ELENI 7/2/2011 11:58AM

    A lot of people are out of town for the long weekend. Glad you had a nice weekend.

We watched The Red Violin last night. We both like it. The ending was a little confusing.He did steal the original????

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