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I got interviewed
I was interviewed by the_gadgetress, who writes a blog for the OCRegister. This is it - about TiVo, of course. She had to edit it down because, frankly, I type too much. But I'm happy. :-)

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lizzielizzie From: lizzielizzie Date: February 11th, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
She had to edit it down because, frankly, I type too much.

*snrk* she don't know you very well, do she?

zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: February 11th, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Nope. And boy did I ramble in the email, a lot.
luxefibre From: luxefibre Date: February 11th, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
hey congrats on that! very fancy. okay, but really, here i am, the most pesty person ever...problems, again. okay, firstly, it is doing the thing again with not connecting, even if we force it. we got the tivo adapter and it worked...once, i think. then, we got a new router, the lynksys 80211G, and that isn't connecting either, in fact, we had to unplug it and plug in the old netgear to get wireless service for the computer. anyway, when i go to the router addy for the old router, i can't access it. it asks for a username and password, which we never set up and won't let me open up any info. for the new router, of course it let me do all of that, open the page etc, but we can't get it to connect. it says that the internet isn't working.

anyway, we are utterly at the end of our rope. i have no clue what the problem is. any ideas? we have been turning off and on, unplugging, rebooting, reentering all of the codes, etc. also, we have a mac, if that means anything at all to you.

thanks so much.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: February 11th, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Since you can't get into the old router, I would try the new one again. You probably have to configure everything from scratch. Configure the router to work with your Internet connection. Then configure the WiFi settings, and turn on security - at least WEP, preferably WPA. Change the network name (SSID) to something unique.

Then on your PC/Mac, select that new name and configure the connection - which should just be entering the security pass-phrase you used on the router. Then you do the same thing on the TiVo - just redo the network settings, select the new name, and enter the pass-phrase.

If you use WEP (128-bit) you need to copy the HEX key off the router. If you use WPA you'll enter a pass-phrase yourself, and then you enter the same thing on the PC/Mac and TiVo.

Once you have the connection you should be able to connect to the router from the Mac using WiFi - get to the admin interface, etc. If that works, then you have a working WiFi connection between the Mac and router. So if you still have trouble getting to the net it is probably the connection from the router to your broadband.

Some broadband services will lock down to one hardware device. Each network port has a unique identifier (MAC Address - nothing to do with Mac), so the cable modem (or DSL modem) may be configured to authorize the ID of the old router port. There is almost always a way to get the new router to impersonate the old one - but you'd have to get the MAC from the old router, and you can't get into it. So it is probably easier to call your provider and tell them you've upgraded to a new machine and need it reset - well, after asking if they do lock it down.

The only other thing I can suggest is finding a geek to come look at it. When I was laid-off for a while a few years ago, I did odd-jobs like helping people setup their home networks, to make a little money. And there is always Geek Squad from Best Buy.