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some fridays

Usually a Friday night looks something like this

but sometimes it will look like this

with me living it up…

As you involve more and more brewskis, you may find the need to drain the

increases dramaticly


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Configured my Belkin F5D7132

I bought a Belkin F5D7132 for $40 bucks on newegg. I was going to buy another Netgear WGPS606, but they are suddenly $80 which is insane.

I use the gear to hookup crusty PC types to my spiffy wifi.

Of course the WGPS606 also does the print server thing and has 4 ports. The Belkin has 1 port and seems to be really cheaply constructed.

I know I don’t really care about cheap construction either as long as it gets the job done… but 1 port? Really? Come on…

Get the fckr ready

  • disconnect the antenna
  • plug in power
  • push and hold reset button for 11.227848 seconds
  • OK, according to the manual that should really be “2661/237” seconds, but for me it’s easier just to convert it to digital… If you are slack you could just hold it for 10 seconds. Or you could tuffen up a bit… Your call. You know your own life better than I do.

    Connect to it

    It has a little web interface. It’s ip is

  • sudo ifconfig eth0
  • pull it up in your browser
  • Sometimes it acts kind of like a dumbass and you may have to reset it again.

    This may cause some teeth gnashing so throw something across the room, beat
    the dog other inappropriate thing you do to vent rage.

    Eventually you will see something like:

    Set the password

    Click on “Basic” on the left hand side and it will ask you for the password.

    It tells you to hit submit if you haven’t set it, so click “submit” like
    the champion of clicking “submit” you are. Really go nuts with it!

    It will show you a screen with a bunch of stuff to ignore.

    Click on the “System Settings” link on the bottom left-hand side.

    Use your mad skills to figure out where to put your password…

    HINT: “Type in new Password” and “Confirm new Password” worked for me.

    Click “Apply Changes”

    Logout and login again to make sure it is all kosher.

    Hook up to yer network

    OK! Time to click on “Basic”! Sweet!

    Click on “Site Survey” and screw on the antenna. It may have picked up your
    network without it, but if not, click “refresh”

    Click the “Select Network” for you network and you will be rewarded with a
    scary looking:

    Then fear the wrath of:

    Somehow I missed the chance to set the PSK, whatever… once it rebooted,
    I connect to it again clicked on “Security” and set it.

    Click “Apply Changes”

    The end

    Finally, I click the “Network Manager” on my laptop and tell it to use
    “Wired Network” and it does it:

    ifconfig eth0
    eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:16:41:16:83:A2
            inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
            UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
            RX packets:6847 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
            TX packets:7073 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
            collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
            RX bytes:6048751 (5.7 MB)  TX bytes:742450 (725.0 KB)


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    BTW… Irritated by the pointless war in Iraq? Miffed by outrageous gas prices?! Don’t blame me! I voted for porkchops!

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