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Routers, Routers Everywhere, But Not A Byte to Send

About a year ago, I bought a new router — a Belkin N1 Vision — and until recently, it’s been rock solid, just chugging along serving up pages, and letting me see the world from my little ol’ office.

Lately though, things have been a little less rosy. I came down one morning, finding the router powered down, and have found it “confused” to the point where it wouldn’t handle data four or five times since. After doing some reading on the ‘net, I’m inclined to think it’s a heat problem. There’s a bunch of anecdotal stories out there to support that. And with that, I thought I was in for buying a new router. It’s hard to fix a design problem… although I did read about someone who gutted their N1, and installed a cooling fan!

In some of my reading, I found some talk about a new router firmware level that was released this summer. I’d upgraded to v1.00.15 in mid-July, as I try to stay up-to-date on things like that. I had had some difficulty with the speed display on the N1 not working, and I thought the new release would help. My reading over the last couple of days has had some folks linking the overheating issues tied to the new firmware. Dunno if that’s true, but I do notice that Belkin’s site no longer lists 1.00.15 as a firmware download. Hmmmm…… 🙂

So tonight, I’ve devolved my router, and we’ll see if things quieten down. Watch this space!

Back to My Mac

While I haven’t spoken in this forum about the Back to My Mac functionality that was released with Leopard, I’ve been kinda bummed ’cause I couldn’t get it to work with my home network. I’d thought that this would be pretty cool stuff, especially on the Great American Roadtrip.

I’d tried before we left to get my Belkin N1 Vision to do the right UPnP stuff in order for Back to My Mac to work, but all to no avail. I never quite figured it out, and vacation tasks loomed tall over geekly tasks, so that project fell to the side.

Now, a few weeks after vacation, I’ve found some time to work on this little problem again. First, I made sure that it was still broke. Yup, still broke. 🙁

I found that Belkin had released new firmware for the N1 Vision, so I blasted that onto the router, and enabled the UPnP bit on the control panel. Still no joy. 🙁

I took a gander at my good friend Google to see if anyone had reported success with this router and Back to My Mac. Sure ’nuff, someone had reported the same problem I had, and had the brilliant idea to power cycle the router.

Guess what? It worked. The Systems Prefs panel for MobileMe now indicated that it could configure the router, and all things magic took off. Cool beans.

Now, to start doing a little playing with the new functionality!