Archive for January, 2010

Heavy duty battery protection


The APC BACK-UPS RS 1500 LCD is indeed great protection. This is a very nice looking unit with a large and bright LCD screen. Both buttons on the front light up as well. It can handle heavy loads up to 865 watts (1500 VA) and it has Automatic Voltage Regulation. These features make it great for applications where battery backup and surge protection are critical to maintaining stability and up-times.

This unit is quite large and heavy and it is from one of the most trusted, if not, the most trusted, name in the UPS (Uninterruptible Power Source) industry.

A great example of why people trust APC is the customer service they provide. Several years ago we ordered a battery backup from APC and received a defective unit, APC sent a new UPS to us before we had even returned the defective one. We were very impressed and we recommend paying the higher prices for APC products due to the high quality of the products and customer support.


Solution for GoDaddy ‘pageok directory size:’ DNS issue


A very common problem we are seeing with GoDaddy lately is the pageok error. What happens is you see this text:


Directory Size: 17529

Instead of the website that is supposed to be there. Oddly enough the number that it shows for the size seems to be the same regardless of which website you are trying to access. In other words the text is the same in all cases. Although if you are even seeing the ‘pageok’ text you might be helped by this solution.


Vonage gives away V-Portal VoIP adaptor free

Vonage V-Portal VDV21-VD
For many years we have been using VoIP (Voice over IP) technology due to the low cost and extensive features. VoIP is perfect for world travelers who want to be able to call friends and relatives from where ever in the world we may roam.

We use VoIP services that allow a standard telephone to route calls over the Internet using a special VoIP adapter. Our old VoIP adapter had been mostly reliable over the years, except for some infrequent issues with calls going directly to voicemail without ringing the phone and trouble calling certain numbers in certain areas of the country. These were minor annoyances, but we wanted to see if there was anything better available, so we decided to take a look.

After finding out that Vonage is currently providing new customers with the V-Portal VDV21-VD at no cost, we signed up.


Solid Full Gigabit Router with SPI and DoS attack prevention

TRENDnet TWG-BRF114 (Version 1.0R)  4-Port Gigabit Firewall Router

We’ve seen a number of posts across the web requesting a review of the TRENDnet TWG-BRF114 (Version 1.0R) 4-Port Gigabit Firewall Router.

We happened to be upgrading our network and were in need of a high throughput router to replace our aging Linksys BEFSR41 v3. The old Linksys seems to max out at around 16mb down. It served us well for the 5-6 years we’ve been running it.

The new TRENDnet TWG-BRF114 arrived from Amazon with next day shipping via FedEx all for about $110. The unit arrived in perfect condition and on the next business day.

We were surprised to find the router is cased in steel, heavy and very solid feeling build quality. Nice first impression. The back panel port ethernet and power ports seem very solid as well.


Motorola makes fast DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem

Motorola Surfboard SB6120 SURFboard® eXtreme

We recently found out about the new Motorola Surfboard SB6120 SURFboard® eXtreme. This modem supports the new Docsis 3 standard for cable modems. It is also backwards compatible with older systems. It uses a new channel bonding technology to increase bandwidth.

Also Comcast and other ISP’s have been deploying Docsis 3 and Comcast claims they will have it deployed to 100% of the U.S by the end of 2010. We had been using a Docsis 1.1 Linksys BEFCMU10, which is about 6 years old by now. With all these new possibilities and our speedtests showing only 3mb/s download we decided to try the new Motorola out to see if we could get more bandwidth for our money.