How to use a DSL Modem with Wifi as an Access Point without DSL

This post is how to add wifi to a wired network if all you have is a modem/wireless/router unit but without a WAN port to plug into, just LAN ports.

I have an actiontec wireless n dsl modem with built in wifi and router capabilities (model GT784WN-01 ), but I dont want to use it as a modem – I want to use it to add a wireless access point for an existing wired network. At first I thought it would be easy to just plug into an existing network cat5 cable into the modem/wifi/router without needing to use the modem part of the unit. Not so tru but it can be done, at least with my model.

Here is the trick: Disable DHCP, otherwise the router side of the modem is trying to hand out network addresses and this mucks up the whole process of multiple DHCP servers on your network handing out conflicting IP addresses.

This took me a couple hours to figure it out, I have to give credit to this forum postin on using a modem/router as an AP at dslreports.com (an awesome website by the way) specifically, this entry with step by step instructions. awesome

anyhow, on actiontec modems you will find the DHCP settings under the “ADVANCED” menu tab, picture below of what you are looking for (at least on my version)

By the way, this modem/wifi/router is terrible according to newegg reviews for many reasons. I should have never bought it but for wifi it seems to be okay. Among many gripes, there are security issues with ports being open if used as a modem.

screenshot of actiontec GUI for DHCP

goto advanced setup and turn off DCHP, you can see the radio button at the bottom of this screenshot . the scroll down and hit apply. DONE!

Hope this helps someone, this is one of those posts I make just for my future personal reference to make wireless Ethernet bridges (as well as to burn it into my memory. If it helped you, drop me a comment – all are much appreciated!

How to Convince Global Warming Skeptics it is Real

Your global warming skeptic friend thinks global warming will be okay because they won’t mind a three degree increase in temperature – problem is everything else on this planet will. Sure, they might agree (with the thermometers!) that the earth is warming but they say fossil fuels isn’t causing it and it is just part of a normal cycle. Really? What cycle is that? A three hundred million year cycle?

ocean acidification correlated with rising CO2 in the atmosphere

The oceans are acidifying at a rate and level unseen for 300,000,000 years and this is going to wreak havoc on the global oceanic ecosystem. Now you don’t have the time to teach the skeptic the science about pH and calcium shells so how about this: Think no more oysters. (already happening) Think no more recreational ocean fishing. Think no more tuna. Think global marine extinctions. Think dead oceans. Think dead everything that relies on the ocean.

Sum this up with this kicker: Even if the skeptics are right (lol), weaning us off fossil fuels will create jobs and invigorate technology research. If they don’t agree on that then remind them that they are called fossil fuels for a reason, the earth isn’t an infinite oil field nor an infinite garbage dump. Here they will recall a “fact” about how there are 100’s years of energy left in the ground but there is no time to refute that other than to ask how we know it is there if we haven’t found it. If we had found it wouldn’t prices at the pump be coming down? I wouldn’t mention peak oil, that is a conversation stopper but truth is we have about 40 years of oil, 65 years of natural gas and 119 years of coal. That is unless you have faith, like the dept. of energy, that we will discover a crap-ton more.

Invariably the skeptic will spout off about how wonderful natural gas is and how it is going to save us from oil dependence and create tons of jobs in the USA. I have replied, “Yeah, but what about the water table and all the wells you poison – forever?” The response was a nasty look where you can see them dismissing you an environmentalist greenie in their head, so I don’t know about coming back with that fact right off the bat. They probably don’t even know fracking companies pump millions of gallons of poisonous waste into the ground because, well, they can – thanks to our supreme court elected presidential administration they are exempt from the Clean Water Act. Better to just log onto amazon and send them a copy of “Gasland” as a gift. They probably wont watch it all but at least you supported a small part of the anti-fracking movement. 

But I digress…

Next your typical white high school educated male living in a rural areas will come back with, “Well, there is nothing I can do and I will be long dead before global warming affects me.” I don’t know how to counter this other than saying, “Can I get a quick video of you saying that? Your grand children will be so proud of your apathy.”

After all, now is the ONLY time to do anything. We are on the cusp of it already being too late. Your skeptical friend’s grandchildren are on track to inherit an earth literally fried by grandpa and all grandpa’s friends.

Oh, and if they even mention failed subsidies to renewable resource compaines (like the $500 million loss of Solyndra) remind them that 1)Not all companies succeed, and 2) US taxpayers are giving the largest, most profitable corporations in the history of humankind about $40 BILLION dollars a year in subsidies. For even more fun, here is a link to a very interesting graph comparing Solyndra losses to a few MAJOR military projects that failed.
Wow. Funny how easy it is to isolate facts and spin them into a story that stirs massive taxpayer-hating frenzy.

Sidenote: I propose eliminating dollar amounts in all political discussion and replacing it with percentage of government budget. For instance, we spend 5% of our budget on welfare for the non-working poor rather than saying $196 billon. Who can grasp numbers that big anyway? They have no relevance.

Do you have and tips on convincing global warming skeptics without boring them to death? Please comment!

Verizon Galaxy S3 “No SIM card” error

The new Verizon Galaxy S3 smartphones are creating quite a problem. A lot of people (including myself) are getting SIM card errors (sometimes intermittent) but it doesn’t seem to be related to the SIM card problems. For some, they get the SIM error when switching from 4g to 3g areas and for others it just happens all the time. And if you were thinking of forcing the phone to switch to 3g all the time, well that isn’t possible. And if you take your phone to a VZW dealer that has 4g LTE in the area then you can’t exactly reproduce the error and might end up looking like a raving idiot. This is what the error looks like:

The intermittent “No SIM card” error is causing a lot of dread for Galaxy s3 owners by cutting off all communications on their phone

It happened to me on initial activation of the phone and all tech support said was to go to a verizon store and get a new SIM card. After doing hard resets, taking the card in and out several times, changing location for best signal I still get the same no SIM error –

“A SIM card is needed to operate this phone. Please turn off your phone and insert your SIM card.”

No matter what I do, it just says the SIM card isn’t installed.

My next option is to go get a new (free) card but from what others have said, that doesn’t solve the problem – at all. It isn’t about the SIM card, it is about something else and all you get from Verizon is:

“Your request has been escalated to the System Performance Team and there seems to be a network system issue in your area . These issues are usually resolved in 24-72 hours.”

Many have reported returning their phones after replacement SIII phones and replacement SIM cards keep throwing the same intermittent error. I will do the same if this doesn’t get corrected soon as like most people I NEED reliable communication in today’s modern life. Is this a software or hardware issue? Is this going to be the next big Verizon scandal like the iPhone antennagate?

Please share your experiences in the comments below!

UPDATE: I was trying to activate a 4g phone in a 3g area. Apparently you can not do that. I called Verizon to confirm and Shayla said that is true. We will soon see if that is the issue but it is odd that the error it throws at you is the “no card” error rather than just saying you need 4g coverage to activate – shouldn’t that be highlighted in the instructions? After all, Verizon is known for coverage in the sticks – apparently you just can’t activate one there ;)

 

UPDATE: Getting a new SIM card solved my problem, so far.

Japanses Tsunami Donations used for Whaling, not People

If you donated money to the Japanese Tsunami relief and love whales, you are a sucker. At least I feel like one.

30 million dollars was diverted from the tsunami donations to strengthen their whaling fleet – which has a quota of 1000 whales a year – including 50 humpbacks.

Humpback Whale Credit: NOAA

ABC Australia: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-12-07/japan-whaling-fleet-embarks/3716546

Japan Today: http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/japan-using-quake-disaster-budget-for-whaling-aid

Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/08/japan-whale-hunt-disaster-funding_n_1135980.html

Learned of this while watching Whale Wars, most recent season. Not the most reliable source so i included above for reference.

I find it curious that when it comes to animals, some we love & some we eat. Personally I am a vegan at heart but would serve whale meat at a family get together just to get people to question their own choices and how that directly causes suffering.

And here is a verbatim quote from my high school teacher. I forget why but a Japanese foreign exchange student (a good friend of mine, FWIW) made him mad and the old male (we think he was KKK) teacher got 12 inches from his face and said it so loud the whole class could hear. This was in 12th grade BTW, we were all like 17 years old. I never forgot it. I was so upset to hear of the diverted donations it makes me want to say what he did – “we should have dropped the third one”

doing it with pure people power – now THAT would be a sport!

Of course, we shouldn’t have dropped the first one and the take away is you can’t judge other people’s culture from the perspective of your own. I mean, I am not going to quit drinking Jameson’s whiskey just because one of the heirs (James S Jameson) bought a little girl and offered her to cannibals just so he could witness the process and make sketches of the process. That would be ridiculous, I don’t live in that century and I’m only 1/8th Irish!

Shoutout to all my Japanese homies back on the motherland – i hope they let me back in!

Miami Cannibal Rudy Eugene – the Pothead Bible Study Cannibalism Story

 

I was very intrigued to find this cartoon by the author of my favorite book “You Will Die” explaining why the Miami Cannibal didn’t start eating face because of LSD, Bath Salts or Cocaine:

Eat shrink wrapped dead mammals from the store, not fresh ones on the street!

Rudy Eugene was a violent, violent lad. Then he started smoking a lot of pot and it calmed him down. He was a bible-toting christian and refused all drugs, even aspirin. One day, god told him to stop using marijuana and TWO DAYS later the violent tendencies within him came back with vengeance – causing him to eat a mans face off.

http://suburra.com/blog/2012/06/04/bible-study-cannibal/

I hope posting a tiny distorted modified thumb with link to original is okay by the author, perhaps fair use?  I just want people to see it and a visual cue is much better than a plain link

From the Narco Polo blog, direct link to cannibal cartoon
http://suburra.com/blog/2012/06/04/bible-study-cannibal/

In 2004 he became the first person to be Tased in North Miami Beach when he went on a destructive rampage in his mother’s home. He shoved her, broke a table, smashed items, and told her, “I’ll put a gun to your head and kill you.” When the police arrived he threatened them as well.

 

What happens when angry moms who watch too much Corporate TV reporting done by sensationalist a-holes that just make shit up like “the new LSD” to get more viewers and sell more papers? Congress bans “bath salts” to halt the progress of zombie epidemic:

http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/news_politics/2012/06/miami-zombie-attack-may-mean-action-in-washington.html

Bath Salts: its what’s for dinner – for zombies!

“When they learn about this face-chewing situation in Florida, hopefully that will change a few minds,” said Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), an original sponsor of legislation to ban bath salts and other synthetic drugs.

Media Bias, anyone?

When I first heard the media lumping bath salts and LSD together that really pissed me off. I thought I was the only one.

BTW: Charlie Dent, keep up with that drug war rhetoric. That is the real problem, poor people getting high to avoid the reality that they are owned by the corporate overlords. They need to really FEEL that pain to get closer to god. Keep up with the fight, soon the war on drugs will be won!