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Apple Airport Express and the case of the wrong region

My Airport Express has been used for about six months via ethernet to stream audio, but recently I moved stuff around and had a tidy up and now my wireless signal in my room is (now, was) rubbish.

Initally I tried reconfiguring it to be a wireless access point, but nothing I could do would make it work. There was apparently no wireless signal being transmitted. Digging around the configuration pages in Airport Utility it seemed my Airport Express thought it was a US unit, those being the only countries available to select in wireless settings. I was informed this shouldn’t really cause an issue (it would only cause two extra channels to be missing) but it was bugging me.

Downgrading and upgrading the firmware didn’t help. You can’t even manually download recent firmware anymore, it all has to be managed completely (downloading and installation) through the utility manager.

Just about to give up, I stumbled across this article on MacBook which details how to fully reset the Airport Express. It worked! Basically, unplug the device hold down the reset button (near the connections for speakers and ethernet) and plug it back in whilst continuing to hold down the reset button.

I held the button for around twenty seconds whilst the notification LED flashed orange really quickly. A quick trip back to Airport Utility and I have a functional wireless network again! Yay!

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Slingbox Pro Power Supply Issues

Recently acquired a Slingbox Pro (known to be functioning fine). Plugged it in, it didn’t want to see the network. Wasn’t the cable, the same one worked fine on the PS3. Didn’t want to reset itself.

Turns out the power supplies burn out quickly; and thankfully I also acquired a Slingcatcher which uses a similar power supply (5A instead of 4.5A). It however has a sticker saying ‘DO NOT USE WITH SLINGBOX PRO’

I figured I’d try it since it was only 0.5A difference, and my Slingbox sprang to life after one more reset.

It’s happening to a lot of people.

Thoughts about PogoPlug

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The PogoPlug Pro is an awesome piece of networking kit that allows you to share one or more USB storage devices across your network (and the internet if you want). Simply make an account, plug your drives in and away you go. Apparently the original Pogoplug has been discontinued and the Pro has taken its place. The only difference I am aware between the two models was the Pro featured Wifi (which I think probably isn’t the best idea for a file server…)

I have a 2tb Western Digital drive hooked up to mine, formatted as HFS+ (Journaled). I was thoroughly surprised that it worked, but it did out of the box. On the client side I’m running a MacBook Air running the latest version of Snow Leopard and my PC is running Windows 7 Professional 64bit. File access is great on both, even over wireless on the laptop. I have only really encountered a problem when I was driving to store my iTunes library on the PogoPlug and run it over the network. iTunes didn’t appreciate this idea, as awesome as it seemed to me. It would randomly lose files and whatnot, even though I could still happily browse the pogo drive. I moved iTunes back to my PC in the end.

PS3 Media Server, and Airvideo run fine when looking for their respective media stores on the Pogo (from the Windows PC). I was slightly disappointed in media stream capabilities built into the device, whilst it works, I thoroughly recommend using PS3 Media Server as you probably already are. As for having to pay $29 to upgrade to the ‘premium’ software to stream video to mobile devices? No thanks. Airvideo does all that and more for £1.99.

I’d definitely recommend the PogoPlug Pro to anyone who is serious about sharing files with multiple computers, although I haven’t had a chance to test out sharing to 3rd parties over the net so I cannot comment on that!

Apple AirPort Express

Replaced an old wireless access point with an Apple AirPort Express this week. It’s pretty neat, the best part being wireless speakers connected to any iPod touch or iPhone in the house. Wherever you are! Also, my wireless actually works now which is also a benefit.

The Express plugs directly into any stereo system and will play music from any iTunes library or iDevice. There is even software available that will let you redirect sound from an application (such as Spotify) to the Airport. Spotify in the living room! Now that is useful.

It can function as an access point, like I currently have it set up or it can connect to an existing network allowing you to connect it to a remote speaker system in a bedroom or garage for example. Apparently you can extend network range too, but I haven’t looked into that yet.

Airfoil is the program I played with to redirectsound from a Windows PC. Available for Mac and Windows. It has a trial mode limited to ten minutes, but it definitely works with Spotify and probably a few other programs. Grooveshark, maybe?

Probably the best bit of wireless kit I’ve ever purchased!