Netgear DGN1000 Review

After my recent problems with Picasa I decided it was time to replace my ageing Linksys router with something a bit more up to date, modern looking and hopefully would solve some problems with my XBox Live and uploads to Picasa. I’d always installed Netgear kit and other peoples houses so I thought I’d go to the latest version for myself this time – the nice and shiny black DGN1000. Tracking it down was easy, in the end Amazon came up with the best price of £34 which was a bout £7 cheaper than everywhere else but to my horror it received totally appalling reviews pretty much everywhere!

Anyway its specs where exactly what I needed so I decided to give it a whirl, this is what Netgear  have to say about it:

The NETGEAR N150 Wireless ADSL2+ Modem Router is a simple and secure way to share your high-speed Internet connection at Wireless-N speeds for surfing the Internet, email, online chat and Facebook. Complete with a built-in DSL modem, it is compatible with all major DSL Internet service providers and Wireless-G networks, allowing hassle-free connection flexibility.

  • Built-in DSL modem — ADSL2+ modem and router combined create complete gateway for DSL Internet connection
  • Surf, email, chat — Wireless-N connection for basic Internet applications like surfing the Web, email and Facebook
  • Share Internet connection — Allows Internet broadband sharing and the freedom of wireless Internet usage
  • Easy setup — Smart Wizard® CD with graphical installation guide and multi-language support
  • Live Parental Controls — Keeps your Internet experience safe
    • Blocks unsafe Internet content and applications and can be managed from anywhere
    • Protects connected devices through the router such as PCs, gaming consoles, and iPod touch®
    • To learn more visit www.netgear.com/lpc
  • Secured connection — Push ‘N’ Connect offers a secured wireless Internet connection at the push of a button
  • Compatibility – Compatible with all major DSL Internet service providers (ISPs)
  • NETGEAR Green features — Power and Wi-Fi on/off buttons, Energy Star-compliant power adapter and 80% recycled packaging

 

I have to says its pretty good, I haven’t written a review on Amazon about it because I’ve only had it two weeks but I set it up in all of 2 minutes and its stable as can be, hasn’t had to be rebooted once and on Wireless N is lightening fast. The only issue I have with it is from my Media Centre running Vista refusing to get an internet connection, it connects using WPA2 well and gets an IP address but for some reason will not allow an internet connection, switching back to WEP all is well and everything in the house connects perfectly. To be honest I haven’t investigated this too much and is probably an easy fix.

I’d buy it again I think for the price, probably not if it was £45 or more.

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Picasa 3 / Dell InternetWriteFail

I don’t really know what’s going on here but I thought I’d put this up to see if anyone else has the same problem or any idea what’s goings going on. For a couple of years I’ve been using Picasa and Picasa Web Albums to organise my photos and back them up to Googles servers. I’d always had trouble uploading the photos with timeouts and stuff but recently it had been getting worse taking over 8 hours to upload 10 photos after numerous retries.

In the end I turned to the help forums and after hours of digging through posts I could see people having the same problems but no real solutions, I’d tried reinstalling, etc. and didn’t want to face rebuilding the face tags and geo tags I’d carefully done over the years.  One of the more radical things I tried was replacing my ageing Linksys router with a new Netgear one only to find that wasn’t the problem – then someone suggested trying the upload while wired into the router rather than wirelessly – BANG all the uploads went through in about 30 seconds!

Problem now confined to the laptops wireless connection – I dont know what to do about it but if you have a Dell Studio 17 with WiFi/Bluetooth mini card and you are having problems that could be your only solution. I have no problem with FTP or Dropbox or any other kind of software ONLY PICASA.

Anyway, for now I’m happy to carry on plugging in whenever I need to upload, if anyone has a solution please let me know below!

Jabra Halo Review

I bought these due to our open plan offices at work and the fact that my computer makes some noise contantly with twitter and emails etc coming in. While no one complained I felt it was best to mute the sound to the world except me! I can’t stand in ear headphones so looked for a decent set of over the ears that were a bit different. Wireless is always good for me so I happened upon the Jabra Halos. I found them much much cheaper than the £60 they want for them in the UK by importing them form the states via eBay for £19! They really are very well made and simply look stunning. Folded up they are compact and tucked nicely out of the way.

After charging them up my problems started, after a while it dawned on me that my laptop (although its a brand new near top of the line Sony) does not have an AD2P profile and so the only sound I could get thrrough them was horrible tinny hiss. I checked this by pairing them with my HTC Desire phone and they played amazingly well, the phone call quality and microphone were also excellent.

Anyway they’re going to have to go back on eBay as while they are great I dont really use my phone for a lot of music!

 

Cut the wires and make your favorite music sound even better with the Jabra HALO wireless headset. It connects easily to your mobile phone through stereo Bluetooth and enables you to stream music wirelessly. You can even make and take calls wirelessly.
Use the corded option if your player of choice doesn’t support Bluetooth Stereo/A2DP. With Jabra HALO you can leave your phone in the pocket or in the bag and control your music directly from the headset. The design is as strikingly clear as your voice will be with the Noise Blackout™ which eliminates unwanted background noise to make your voice stand out during calls.

The Jabra HALO makes it easy to join the wireless revolution and enables you to turn your mobile phone into your primary mobile multimedia center – with less wire and more music.

  • Enjoy wireless music and answer phone calls in crystal clear stereo sound
  • Corded option for MP3 players etc
  • Extra audio enhancement with Zirene® Power bass
  • Remote control your music via touch sensors
  • Convenient carrying style – Folded in a soft protective pouch
  • Noise Blackout™ technology with dual microphones – For clear communication
  • Multiuse™ – connect to 2 devices at the same time

 

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