Summit Coin

My Summit Coin arrived yesterday!IMG_0003

I ordered this on May 25th, when I thought it was funny and not too expensive. It arrived on August 28th, after I’d given up on it’s arrival entirely. That’s three months after paying for it via a sketchy looking paypal address.

The paperwork was folded in three, both directions, to make it similar sized as the coin itself. That is why it wouldn’t lay flat in my scanner.

The white house gift shop is an interesting company. It claims to have been created under charter from President Harry Truman, but has nothing to do with the US government at all.

The details of this coin blew up on both cable media and social media when Donald Trump announced he would be meeting with Kim Jong-Un, and then further announced that he wouldn’t. After the announcement of the cancellation, the price on the coin dropped under $20, convincing me to buy one as a funny souvenir. After I ordered it, the summit was rescheduled and actually happened.

When I didn’t receive the coin in the first few weeks I looked back in my mail history and couldn’t find any confirmation that I’d actually ordered it beyond the pay-pal receipt. I remembered that I’d ordered the item using the web browser in my phone, while sitting in a coffee shop in another country. I mostly decided to chalk it up to an inexpensive learning experience.

Further research led me to this series of articles, which were interesting details about what the white house gift shop really is, and any relation to the government. WTF Is The White House Gift Shop? A TPM Special Report and White House Gift Shop, TPM Investigation Continues! I recommend reading each of them.

 

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Bad Account Management

I have been getting my hair buzzed at various Rudys Barbershops around seattle for the past few years. They’ve had a web site that visitors can log into to make appointments.

It looks like they’ve updated the engine since I last logged in, and it’s not recognizing the password that I am pretty sure I last used. They have a password recovery link.

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Well that’s not useful at all is it? How do you use email address as a unique key for the account and have multiple entries?

VLAN Tagging for CenturyLink

I’ve dealt with CenturyLink provided WiFi access points in two locations I’ve lived recently, and not been happy with their performance. My 5 year old Netgear WNDR3800 seemed to provide better speed with both 5GHz and 2.4GHz than the Actiontec C1900A provided by CenturyLink, which only supported 2.4GHz.

Unfortunately it was not as simple as learning the PPoE credentials that the Actiontec was using and putting those details into the Netgear. Centurylink in their infinite wisdom decided that the network packets need to be tagged to run on VLAN 201.

One solution would be to go out and buy a new WiFi router that supports VLAN Tagging. The newer Netgear Nighthawk routers support tagging, following the details at this support page.

The Netgear AC1900 router (also referred to as R7000) would do what I want, but would also cost close to $150.

Instead I spent $33 on a Netgear GS105Ev2 switch and spent a little time configuring its VLANs and am mostly happy with the result. My only disappointment is that this switch doesn’t seem to support SNMP for traffic monitoring.

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I have this configured so that Port1 connects to the Centurylink Fiber Termination Box, Port2 connects to my WNDR3800 WAN Port, and Port3 is connected to one of the LAN ports on the WNDR3800.

Port1 is configured to send Tagged Packets on VLAN 201.
Port2 is configured to send Untagged Packets on VLAN 201.
Ports 3-5 are configured to sent Untagged Packets on VLAN 1, the default for this switch.

The steps to get this working, starting with existing setup of Actiontec connected to Fiber Termination box.

  1. Connect GS105Ev2 Port3 to available LAN port on Actiontec and make sure link connection LEDs appear.
  2. Find what IP address the GS105Ev2 acquired on local network using a network scanning tool. I used  NirSoft Wireless Network Watcher and found that my switch was on 192.168.1.17. Going to http://192.168.1.17/ gave me a login to the new switch with the default password of “password”. gs105ev2-login
  3. You should get a switch information page similar to this.gs105ev2-login-successful
  4. Select the menu item VLAN, then 802.1Q and the radio button Enable. You should get a warning message that it’s about to erase all current VLAN settings. Hit OK.gs105ev2-vlan1
  5. Go under Advanced, VLAN Configuration, there’s a text box on the right that says VLAN ID. Enter 201 and push the Add button above it. gs105ev2-vlan2Now we have a new VLAN with no Port Members assigned.gs105ev2-vlan3
  6. Go to Port PVID on the left menu. Select Port 1. Type 201 in the text box. Hit Apply.gs105ev2-vlan4Select Port 2. Type 201. Hit Apply.gs105ev2-vlan5
  7. Now we go to the VLAN Membership setting. With the VLAN ID dropdown showing 1, click Port 1 and Port 2 through the available options until neither T nor U is showing, leaving Ports 3, 4, and 5 showing U. Then click Apply.gs105ev2-vlan6
  8. Now drop down to select VLAN 201. Click so that Port 1 is T, Port 2 is U, Ports 3, 4, and 5 are blank, and Apply.gs105ev2-vlan7
  9. If you look at the VLAN Configuration, you’ll now see that ports 1 and 2 are assigned to 201, while 3, 4, and 5 are assigned to 1.gs105ev2-vlan8
  10. At this point the GS105Ev2 has been configured as much as it needs to be. I had already configured my WNDR3800 to connect to the ISP using PPoE and given it the correct credentials.
  11. Power off Actiontec and put it in a closet. Connect Fiber Termination device to port 1 on GS105Ev2. Connect WNDR3800 WAN to port 2 on GS105Ev2. Optionally connect port 3 on GS105Ev2 to a lan port on WNDR3800, as it will only gain you one extra gigabit port compared to the four built into the WNDR3800.

Thanks to this post for the same information that I’ve presented here. I’d attempted to do this before with an existing GS108Tv2 switch I had sitting around. What I’d forgotten to do was make the port going to the WNDR3800 send Untagged packets. I’d been properly sending tagged packets to the fiber, but the WNDR3800 didn’t know what to do with the tagged packets. After confirming it worked with the GS108Tv2 I ordered the cheaper 5 port switch just to have something else to play with. My only disappointment with the 5 port switch is that it doesn’t seem to support SNMP to monitor the traffic going over the network.

SpeedTest.Net results from different devices

I’m visiting my parents today, and one of the normal things I run a check on is the condition of their internet.

I’ve got the speedtest.net app installed on my iPad. Running it produced acceptable results. 17Mb/s is not great, but it should be good enough to stream HD video, and that’s the main thing I want to just work when I’m not visiting.

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I brought up the website in my browser on my Microsoft Surface tablet and received significantly better results.

SpeedTestBoiseSurface

71Mb/s download is almost comparable to what I’m getting at home. At home I’ve got symmetric bandwidth, so my upload speeds are often better than my download speeds.

Both of these tests were run through an old Cisco RV110W Wireless-N gateway that only runs on 2.4GHz frequencies.

I’ve registered significantly higher speed transfers on my iPad in the past.

Is the iPad limited in it’s transfer speed when running 2.4GHz? It’s possible that the higher speed transfers in my iPad history were all when I was connected to my home router running 5GHz.

I’ve always hated the US practice of tipping.

I really haven’t liked the increase in expected percentage being given as a tip. The entire reason to use a percentage to begin with is that it gets proportionally larger as the underlying value gets larger.

I came across an article sharing much of my sentiment, and followed it to a second article that had lots more information about the practice of tipping, so I thought I’d share them here.

IPV6 6to4 and Centurylink

My home internet is DSL by Centrylink. I’ve got the DSL modem connected to a Netgear WNDR3800 router that I’ve been happy with for the past 6 months. With the recent (6/6/2012) IPV6 day I decided to look into whether I had IPV6 available to me.

It was fairly easy to go into the advanced settings of the router and tell it to use Automatic mode for IPV6. Once I’d done that I could go to sites to test my network connection such as http://test-ipv6.com/ or http://ipv6-test.com/. Both of those sites indicated that I was using the 6to4 mechanism for IPV6 access.  If I clicked on either of the information buttons for the ipv4 or ipv6 addresses, they both showed as being registered to Qwest, which doesn’t surprise me because I’ve seen how far behind internet bookkeeping usually falls when companies change names.

I don’t know if the 6to4 was being done at my router, or if it was being done at a qwest data center.

I know that when I ran the tests in my browsers on my windows machines and iPad they all came back saying that they had a unique IPv6 address, but the browser would prefer using IPv4 if it was available.

What I seemed to notice was that some of the apps on my iPad seemed to have more intermittent issues connecting to services. The facebook app seemed the worst of these. I don’t know if the problem was at all related to the state of IPv6 on my network, but I’ve decided to disable IPv6 at the router for the next couple of weeks and see if things on my end are any more stable. The options in my router were Disabled, Auto Detect, Auto Config, 6To4 Tunnel, Pass Through, Fixed, DHCP, or PPoE. My router is configured in the basic setup so that it does PPoE to the quest server to supply my IPv4 address, and I selected Auto Detect in this dialog to try out IPv6. I looked at http://qwest.centurylink.com/internethelp/static-ipv6.html and only found details of using a limited selection of modems.

I’m interested in knowing if anyone that is not using one of the Centurylink supplied DSL Modems is using IPv6, and if so what settings are used, and what the results or various tests have been.