Tag Archives: iiNet

iPhone Settings

Just a quick blog post documenting some solutions to problems I’ve had since installing iOS4 on my iPhone.   More for my own records in case I need to do this again.

But hopefully these tips might help others out there too!

iiNet IMAP

When reconfiguring my iPhone to get emails from iiNet’s IMAP server, it seemed that the iPhone kept on detecting the iiNet mail server as POP and not IMAP.   This frustrated me on no end – I’m SURE I had the email address correct but I just couldn’t find a place to convert the iiNet server from POP to IMAP. 

After some Googling, I found a workaround.    Here’s a trick to get around this:
http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies-archive.cfm/1454945.html

Google Mail not logging in

For some reason, even though I entered the correct username and password to access my GMail account, it was not logging in successfully. I was getting the error “The user name/password for IMAP is incorrect”.  However, when I tried the same user name and password on the web interface, it worked?!?!    Seems that Google was not letting my iPhone in.   Here’s what to do to allow the iPhone to successfully log in.

http://www.madebymark.com/madebymark/2008/09/iphone-imap-and.html
https://www.google.com/accounts/DisplayUnlockCaptcha

iPhone Calendar only showing one calendar

This used to work on my iPhone before upgrading to iOS4.   I had a whole handful of calendars (my work one, my family one, Birthdays, etc) all being sent to my iPhone from my Google calendar.   After upgrading and reconfiguring GMail again, I only got my primary calendar only being sent to the iPhone.   Seems like you have reconfigure the other calendars you want to sync:

http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Google+Mobile/thread?tid=6863c4bc8b1419a7&hl=en
http://www.google.com/support/mobile/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=151674

No Contact Sync’ing with GMail

After upgrading, I lost all my contacts.  Luckily, my contacts are stored on GMail so it’s just a matter of pulling them back down again from the “cloud”.

After configuring GMail, I still did not have any Contacts!!   I’ve come to realise there are TWO ways to sync GMail onto your iPhone and only the Exchange (Google Sync) method transfers Contacts at the moment.

The two ways to sync GMail onto your phone are:
1) Use Exchange method
2) Use GMail method

GMail method:
* Use Gmail profile
* Name: My name
* Address:  yourusername@gmail.com
* Password: Your gmail password
* Outgoing SMTP: smtp.gmail.com
* Syncs Mail, Calendars, Notes

But there is NO contact sync’ing!?!?  WTF?  

Exchange (Google Sync) method
http://www.google.com/support/mobile/bin/answer.py?answer=138740&topic=14252

If you configure your GMail account using the Exchange method (called Google Sync), then you WILL get Contact sync’ing, but no Notes sync’ing.     I guess if you want the best of both worlds, you can use both methods to get it all.

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Hallelujah iiNet BoB!

Just over a week without internet.  In the last few days, I’ve definitely had withdrawal – not easily being able to find out the weather, news or just look up random facts.

The funniest thing was hearing little Miss 8 say one day when talking about some weird zoo animal, “We can look it up on ther internet!  Oh wait, we don’t have any internet at the moment :(“.

In the end I chose BoB.  I just thought – replacing 3 boxes with 1, getting wireless N speeds and range and the USB port was enough to push me over the edge from just getting another ADSL2 modem.

Before BoB

Setting it up

It arrived by courier yesterday after only 4 business days from ordering.  Not bad.  The black box emblazened with the name BoB looked quite nice.

BoB Box

Inside was the modem router, telephone and LAN cables, an inline filter and some documentation.  I decided to be a good boy and actually follow the manual to set it up.

The actual Belkin modem router was surprisingly light.  That black box must be quite empty inside.  After plugging it all in, I powered it on, and it just worked..   IT JUST WORKED!   Well done iiNet 😉 

An even nicer surprise was that my ADSL sync speed was now around 15000 kbps instead of around 8-9000 kbps previously, and the ozspeedtest clocked my download speed at around 12Mbps instead of 4-5Mbps.  Sweet!  I’m not sure why my old D-Link didn’t sync or download as fast, but maybe a combination of newer hardware and less boxes helps.

I immediately changed the wireless SSID and security and then changed all the other wireless devices in the house to the new settings, and was happy to see the Tivo retrieve its TV guide again.

USB

I was quite excited about the USB storage port.  I googled around and found a newer firmware on the internet that I downloaded and flashed.  

The first thing I plugged in was a Western Digital Passport hard drive.   Nothing.  No USB storage device recognised.  I remembered that I sometimes had problems with this drive, maybe because it’s USB bus powered.  I wonder how many volts the BoB USB port puts out and if it’s enough to drive USB powered devices.

The next thing I tried to plug in was a Western Digital MyBook 1TB drive.  This one is powered from the mains, and it was recognised with no problems!  I was able to connect to it from my Mac OSX too.

Unfortunately, when I tried to create a new share folder on BoB, and tried to browse the device for the root folder path, the whole thing just seemed to lock up.  The admin web page didn’t return.  I wonder if BoB was still trying to traverse the zillions of folders and files I had on my 1TB drive.  Not impressed.   So for now, I’m just sticking with the default root folder share.

It’s not a USB print server, and doesn’t support USB hubs (yet), and doesn’t support DLNA so it’s really not a proper NAS at all, but it’s a good start.

Overall

BoB all setup (with WD MyBook)

Definitely recommend this modem router for a typical non technical “Mum and Dad”.  I was pleasantly surprised how it just worked without any custom configuration, but strongly recommend anyone using it to configure a different SSID and set up wireless security (unless you don’t mind other people using your internet connection!).  The only downside for me was the price.

ADSL2 but not ADSL2 speeds

12 months after signing up for ADSL2, I have finally got ADSL2!  Yep it’s taken that long!  No, not iiNet’s fault – but it seems that my local exchange actually didn’t have enough physical space to add more lines – so I was basically waiting for someone to leave or Telstra to renovate the exchange.

But when it was all switched over, my speed increased from about 1Mbps to just below 2Mbps.  What was going on?

I knew I had phone line issues.  Whenever people call us on the land line, it would cut out the internet.  That definitely points to a filter problem.  But I thought we had a central splitter installed.

After some reading on Whirlpool, I got a professional communications installer in and we found that there was an internal wiring problem – my ADSL modem line and phone line were both filtered!

So he fixed that and suddenly I’m getting 5.5Mbps. Much better than before, but still less than the theoretical maximum of 24Mbps – but enough to stream videos and use the PlayStation Network with less delays.  And no more cutouts when someone calls us!

The proposed optical fibre network should help in the future, right?

Note to self – in the future, don’t let the installer go until you check you have a good data speed and it doesn’t cut out when people call in!