Dragonboy IT & Electronics Journey

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Nokia E90 - New Firmware rev 210.34.75

If you have Nokia E90 Communicator. Time to upgrade the firmware device.

The latest firmware from nokia rev 210.34.75 brings one changes that I like, flash lite.

The new Flash Lite will allow you to watch youtube website.

I am not really a fans of youtube, but oh well, since this is a nice upgrade, might as well do it :).

By the way, if you are not a fans of flash, then its really up to you whether you want to do the upgrade or not. I do the upgrade and so far all my existing applications are still working fine, just need to reinstall some of them :).

How do you know your existing version?

From your nokia phone, press *#0000# (zero zero zero zero)

The firmware number will be displayed, if its Below <>

How to do the upgrade?

1. Backup your contact list, remember, when you upgrade, all your contact list will be gone.

You can use the Tools -> Memory -> Options -> Backup

to backup your contacts and Calendar and your Program Files

1b. Change the E90 Profiles for your Nokia to "General"

1c. Turn off your E90 and turn on again (To make sure everything is clean)

2. Turn off your Firewall / Antivirus

3. Connect the Nokia Cable to your PC and your E90 phone(make sure you do not go through the "hub", make sure its connected directly to your PC/Notebook.

4. From the Nokia PC Suite, just need to choose the Update Phone Software.

5. Download the file

6. run the Nokia Upgrade File

7. Well just press next all the way, and your nokia will reboot and the installation will continue at the background, just wait about 10-15 minutes, and your new nokia is ready

8. Congratulation, the upgrade is completed

9. Last step, Go to Tools -> Memory -> Restore.....

This is to restore your contact list, calendar, etc :)

10. Done.

Have fun...

Question, post your question will your problem.


Saturday, May 03, 2008

Belkin N1 - Good Router

Do you have more than 1 machine at your home? If you have more than 1 PC or 1 Laptop at your home, you will definitely need a router.

So what are the choices given so many routers available in the market? Linksys, Dlink, Belkin, Netgear, Airlink, etc. All flooded the market with their own Networking products.

For the past few years, I am quite happy with Linksys.

I was using Linksys WRTG54G. The speed is not too bad, 54Mbps. Fast enough to surf the web, watching youtube, and even ABC movie direct.

For the time being, there are 4 different speed available:
1. 802.11b -> 11 mbps
2. 802.11g/a -> 54 mbps
3. 802.11n -> > 108 mbps???

So after careful consideration, its time to replace the Linksys 802.11G.

I was happy with my old router since since it can be customised using dd-wrt. (Well, I did not do much with the custom DD-WRT only do it for fun.
Since this time the N router is getting more affordable. I finally decide time to get a new router. So I choose Belkin N1 after careful consideration.

So what will you get with Belkin N1?
Theoritically, it will support 300Mbps, in my testing, I can only reach 270Mbps connection.

Linksys WRT54G will only give you 54Mbps. Well 270 Mbps > 54 Mbps. So I am happy with the speed increase. The main thing, the new router is suppose to have a longer "distant" so even I am upstair, I should not encounter timeout due to lost wireless connection.

Afte doing some research, I finally decide which model that I want to get. I bought the Belkin N1 from Circuit City. And with some coupon I finally manage to get one less than US$90.

The comments from the internet is mixed for this router, but I finally give it a shot,since the linksys dualband is still very expensive (199 USD).

The installation is pretty straight forward, I do not have problems to install it but there are some minor problems that could be annoying at the beginning.

Problems that I encountered:
1. My wireless is up and down using my 2nd notebook eventhough the 1st notebook does not have any problem.
2. My VPN to office is not working

Searching from the internet and play around with the setting, I have finally found the solution:
1. Upgrade the firmware to the latest beta F5D8231-4_WW_4.00.18 --> VPN will work
2. Turn on the Bandwith (20+40 hz) --> Will make your clients faster since the 802.11N could operate at differnet bandwith (40hz)
3. Turn off the QoS --> For some reason it hates my 2nd notebook if I turn it on.

problem solved :-). No more wireless up and down, VPN, and VOIP all are working fine. Well, I am a happy man now.

Screenshots to help other people with Belin N1 Router:

If you have a problem with Belkin N1, post your question and briefly describe your problems. If I could help, I will be glad to answer your question.

URL: http://www.belkin.com