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    Not all 8 meg Broadband is the same.

    July 1st, 2008 byPhilip Nicosia

    We used to have Sky broadband which at £5 a month was a bargain. There was nothing wrong with Sky Broadband apart from their routers but I wanted to get some extra speed. I was on an 8 meg package but I guess that because of the distance between my house and the exchange I was lucky if I got 2 meg. I also wanted a faster upload speed so I would get a better picture with my Slingbox away from home.

    So I looked around and looked a BE internet that was enabled in my area as they were offering ADSL2+ Max which Sky didn’t have on my exchange.

    Then I realised that BE internet were bought out by O2 and since I had got an iPhone on O2 I could get their 8 meg for £7.50 a month as opposed to BE internets £14.00 an month.

    So I got my MAC code from Sky and signed up with O2 back in December of last year and I have to say I am now getting twice the speed I was from Sky.

    My download speed which I checked earlier is 4068 kb/s and my upload speed is an impressive 648 kb/s. Even if Sky broadband offered their Max package in my area my upload speed would have been capped at 450kb/s when I enquired.

    So for an extra £2.50 I get double the speed and unlimited downloads. I have to say as well that O2 have excellent technical support and unlike Sky their supplied router isn’t too bad either. I was also impressed with their sales team. Rather than try and upsell me to a dearer package they told me up front that I wouldn’t get any faster speed on their 16 meg service so there was no point in paying the extra.

    So if you have an O2 contract phone and live in area they cover it is well worth checking out.

    Arrested over wi-fi ‘theft’

    August 28th, 2007 byPhilip Nicosia

    Not me fortunately but I read this on the BBC News Website.

    A man has been arrested in connection with using a wi-fi broadband connection without permission.
    He was initially detained by two Police Community Support Officers in Chiswick, west London, on Tuesday.

    They became suspicious when they saw the 39-year-old using his laptop outside a house in Prebend Gardens.

    When questioned he admitted to using someone else’s unsecured wi-fi broadband connection. He has been bailed pending further inquiries.

    The case is now being handled by the Metropolitan Police’s computer crime unit.

    Det Con Mark Roberts said: “This arrest should act as a warning to anyone who thinks it is acceptable to illegally use other people’s broadband connections.”

    Dishonestly obtaining free internet access is an offence under the Communications Act 2003 and a potential breach of the Computer Misuse Act.

    How ridiculous is that? The problem here is that there are plenty of places around with free wi-fi connections so how do you differentiate between ones that are given freely or ones that people have been too bone idle to secure?

    If people don’t want to share their wireless internet connection then they should secure it!

    Linksys WAG54S Won’t Reconnect

    February 19th, 2007 byPhilip Nicosia

    I have a Linksys WAG54GS that I bought only a couple of months ago and if it disconnected from the internet the only way I could reconnect is to go status and press connect. Obviously if I wasn’t at home at the time and had access to the router I couldn’t do it and the internet connection to my house would be down until I returned.

    Linksys WAG54S

    This was a real pain as it meant I had no access to my webcam, CCTV system or Sony Locationfree amongst other things.

    I tried everything I could think of with the settings. I tried both connect on demand and keep alive but nothing worked so I decided to try their online support and after waiting for more than 30 minutes for an operator they suggested I upgraded the firmware of the router. This has actually solved the problem but what annoys me is I only bought this a couple of months ago and the firmware I had version V1.00.08 needed to be upgrade to V1.00.12 which was released on 06 December 2005!

    So why on earth are they shipping routers with firmware over a year old or are they telling me I bought old stock?

    I would prefer to think that it was old stock (although I have my doubts) as I can’t believe any responsible company would want to ship routers with firmware which is so out of date and had been upgraded twice to fix known problems.

    Sony UX280P – Unlocking

    January 27th, 2007 byPhilip Nicosia

    One of my brothers recently bought a Sony UX280p as a treat to himself for giving up smoking after seeing my Sony UX180P. The main differences between the two are more ram and a bigger hard disk drive in the UX280P.

    When he got it he didn’t realize that he had a sim card in it and could use it to access the internet on a 3G connection in the UK. He even deleted the Cingular Connection Software that came with it.

    Anyway, after pointing out the error in his ways he was able to download the Cingualar Connection Software from here.

    Once he had done that he was able to unlock the Cingular Edge Card so he could use it on another network and then got it up and running with a payg T-Mobile sim card taking advantage of their unlimited internet access for £1 a day.

    To do this he followed the instructions that I had previously written for the Sony UX180P and these worked just the same for his UX280P so if you need to unlock the Cingualar Edge card on the Sony UX280P or use a T-Mobile sim card with it then just follow the instructions on the pages below:

    Unlocking The Cingular EDGE Card in the Sony UX180P

    Using T-Mobile on a Sony UX180P

    Who Is Next Door Nikki?

    January 22nd, 2007 byPhilip Nicosia

    Who is Next Door Nikki? Going through search referrals for this site I noticed I was getting quite a few hits for the search term ‘Next Door Nikki’ and they were being directed to the Big Brother section of the site.

    The thing is these searches are coming from anywhere between page 30 and 50 of the results.

    The quest for information about ‘Next Door Nikki’ must be great!

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