Ever since getting BT Infinity Business I have been reviewing several different VDSL2 enterprise modem options. The Cisco 887VA quickly appeared to be an affordable viable alternative to the standard Huawei HG612 modem that had been provided to me during the install.
My initial concerns were that the router wouldn’t be capable of the 80mbps down and 20mbps up speeds that my connection provided as the throughput reported by Cisco for the 887VA was only defined as 25mbps. There were a few other people around the net who had this router configured for use with BT Infinity but a lot of them were only on the 35mbps package and didn’t mention any throughput issues.
Suffice to say I decided to take the plunge and managed to get a second hand version off eBay at an incredibly reasonable price and as I’d be using it purely as a router I wouldn’t be using any of the ‘throughput killer’ features such as NAT and extensive ACL’s.
My complete working configuration (minus identifiable information and passwords) can be found below. I have a /28 IPv4 subnet with my Infinity Business connection meaning I have 13 useable IP’s, one of which needed to be assigned to the Cisco to become the gateway.
hostname#sh run Building configuration... Current configuration : 2883 bytes ! version 15.3 no service pad service tcp-keepalives-in service tcp-keepalives-out service timestamps debug datetime msec service timestamps log datetime msec service password-encryption ! hostname ############# ! boot-start-marker boot system flash c880data-universalk9-mz.153-3.M.bin boot-end-marker ! ! enable secret 4 ######################## ! no aaa new-model memory-size iomem 10 ! ! no ip source-route ! ! no ip bootp server ip domain name ############ ip cef no ipv6 cef ! ! license udi pid CISCO887VA-K9 sn ######### ! ! username ###### privilege 15 secret 4 #################### ! ! controller VDSL 0 operating mode vdsl2 firmware filename flash:vdsl.bin-A2pv6C035d_d23j ! ip ssh version 2 ! ! interface Ethernet0 no ip address ip virtual-reassembly in no lldp transmit no lldp receive ! interface Ethernet0.101 encapsulation dot1Q 101 pppoe enable pppoe-client dial-pool-number 1 ! interface ATM0 no ip address shutdown no atm ilmi-keepalive ! interface FastEthernet0 description ###### no ip address spanning-tree portfast ! interface FastEthernet1 description ###### no ip address spanning-tree portfast ! interface FastEthernet2 description ###### no ip address spanning-tree portfast ! interface FastEthernet3 description ###### no ip address spanning-tree portfast ! interface Vlan1 ip address 217.x.x.x 255.255.255.240 ip virtual-reassembly in ip tcp adjust-mss 1452 ! interface Dialer0 mtu 1492 ip address negotiated no ip redirects no ip proxy-arp ip virtual-reassembly in encapsulation ppp dialer pool 1 dialer-group 1 ppp authentication chap callin ppp chap hostname email@example.com ppp chap password 7 ########## ppp ipcp dns request ppp ipcp route default no cdp enable ! interface Dialer1 no ip address ! ip forward-protocol nd no ip http server no ip http secure-server ! ! no cdp run ! snmp-server community xxxxxxxxx RW 2 snmp-server location ##### snmp-server contact ###### snmp-server chassis-id Cisco887va-Router snmp-server enable traps snmp linkdown linkup coldstart warmstart snmp-server host x.x.x.x version 2c ####### access-list 1 permit x.x.x.x 0.0.0.15 access-list 2 permit x.x.x.x ! ! line con 0 password 7 ######### login no modem enable line aux 0 line vty 0 4 access-class 1 in exec-timeout 5 0 login local transport input ssh ! ntp server x.x.x.x ! end
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It’s been a while since I posted some sort of meaningful or interesting post, so I thought I’d post about the latest changes going on in my life.
Yesterday was the last day at my job where I worked as a Support Engineer looking after Dedicated Servers for a popular web hosting company here in the UK. I worked there for just over a year, but made the difficult decision to move on after various let downs, a severe increase in work and lack of fulfilled promises. It wasn’t all bad though, it gave me a really rewarding insight into the web hosting industry and how it operates. This was definitely useful for my own venture, Cleverhosting. I learnt a lot more about Linux in a very short space of time due to the majority of the companies infrastructure along with the dedicated servers we sold having Linux or a variation of Unix on them. This ultimately gave me the knowledge that helped me to acquire the new job I’m going to. This new job is definitely a lot more up my street than the previous. It’s a Systems Administrator role working specifically with Linux (namely CentOS) which means that I get to participate more in projects that are going on, rather than constantly fixing issues and taking calls. I expect this to be a big new challenge, one which I’m quite nervous about in all honesty. I have no idea what to expect.
Leaving the company I previously worked for brought up some rather odd emotions. I found myself quite saddened by my departure despite it being my own choice to leave. I made a lot of good friends whilst working there and I became accustomed to the day-to-day activities that I did so fully knew what to expect.
Anyway, I will more than likely type out a new post in the near future after starting my new position.
I am one of the proud owners of a Tapco audio interface, but I hadn’t used it for quite a while. So the other day when I went to Tapco’s site to try and download the drivers, I couldn’t find them! It appears they had been removed, and Mackie didn’t have them either.
Luckily, there was a backup of the drivers stored on my server which I later found, so I’m putting them on here for all to get hold of should they need them. The driver package has both 32-bit and 64-bit drivers.
What an incredibly disappointing experience I’ve had with Parcel2Go over the last few days.
I purchased a courier service through them to pick up a rather large expensive parcel, and deliver to Maidenhead. I chose TNT through them as the courier to deliver this parcel and they arrived on Friday evening just before 6pm to pick up the parcel, with an aim to deliver it the Next Day. So great so far!
Saturday morning rolls round, and I see that they’ve confirmed successful delivery at 11:48am. Naturally I check the tracking information to ensure it’s got to the correct destination and that everything is in order. Much to my surprise, I found that they had delivered it to somewhere in Kettering, Northamptonshire, 90 miles away from it’s intended destination in Maidenhead. Of course, as soon as I saw this error, I got on the ‘Live Chat’ function of P2G’s website and inquired about why the tracker was showing my parcel as being delivered to Kettering. They completely overlooked my question and all associated issues, stating that the parcel had been delivered successfully to Kettering. I tried to point out that this was in fact incorrect, and so began the problems. I then phoned up TNT who confirmed the delivery had been made and signed for in Kettering to which I pointed out this was completely incorrect and that I’d have to contact Parcel2Go as I’m not the contract holder.
So far, Parcel2Go have been extremely unhelpful, with their ‘Live Chat’ being incredibly unhelpful, to the point of thinking that maybe there isn’t even a human sat on the other side! After numerous chats, I’ve e-mailed the ‘Head of Customer Services’ who has used the line, ‘We will investigate this for you and get back to you shortly.’ which I’ve heard numerous times before. I can only hope that something gets resolved very soon otherwise I will be out of pocket by a lot of money.
Follow the saga on my profile at Twitter: http://twitter.com/#keithrogers88
Any comments or advice are welcome.
UPDATE: Parcel2Go contacted me very quickly by phone after my tweet yesterday afternoon and my parcel magically arrived at it’s intended destination this morning. I’d like to thank them for their swift action on getting this resolved!
I’ve gone and done what I’ve done on one occasion before and would potentially do on many future occasions. I quit the gym!
I just couldn’t find that something inside me to motivate myself to go to the gym for an hour after a long day at work and then rush for the train to get home at a reasonable hour. Not only that, but then I have to get something for tea by which time it’s 10pm and I’ve done nothing I’d usually do on an evening. Play games, chill, watch TV etc.
I did manage to do my own home gym thing for a little while, and I’m thinking about giving that another go. It’s free and I don’t feel as obligated. I’ve got a good workout to follow from a friend but if anyone has any ideas on how to spice it up a bit, please let me know.
I’ve now added a +1 button to my blog so that you can easily publicise something you like on my blog (if you like it of course).
I was lucky enough to get a free ticket to Leeds Fest for this Saturday, Saturday 27th August 2011. Not only was it free, it was also a VIP ticket, meaning I had access to a priority bar along with nice seating areas and toilet facilities. And by nice.. I wouldn’t say the toilets were fantastic, but they were a damn site better than throughout the rest of the site (based on the parts of the site I saw).
I was very happy that this was the day I was able to go, as the bands on the main stage were bands I’ve loved for years and I’ve always wanted to see. The main ones I wanted to see were, “The Offspring”, “Rise Against”, “New Found Glory”, and “Thirty Seconds to Mars”. I was hoping to see “My Chemical Romance” but we left before this and I wasn’t overly bothered about missing them.
After getting up bright and early on a Saturday morning (5am), then failing to work my friends shower and having a cold one for about 10 minutes before figuring out I had the tap the wrong way for hot (it was early, ok!) – we set off on a taxi journey to a friends house to meet him and his friends to go to Leeds Fest. Once we set off from his house, we had a 50 minute walk to Seacroft where we had a quick poke around Tesco then took the shuttle bus to the venue.
Upon arriving at the venue, my excitement began to build further. I have never been to a venue like this before and being able to see so many bands at one time coupled with the diverse amount of people there / activities was very exciting to be part of. We went to the guest window to use our free tickets, with the only catch being a £15 donation to charity, which I was fully aware of and absolutely more than happy to pay. Considering the usual Saturday ticket runs into the hundreds for any other person and that’s not for the VIP section, I counted myself very lucky. Once getting my wristband sealed around my wrist (which by the way, as sad is this sounds is -awesome-) we made our way into the guest camp site. I always had my preconceptions about how the campsite would look and had always seen it on T.V. – however, seeing it for myself in person was very cool, especially to see so many people chilling out and really enjoying themselves. We continued to make our way through to the Guest area where we were greeted with a bar without a queue, and various benches to sit on. So far so good! – At this point it was around 10am and we had roughly an hour to wait to go through to the main arena area where all the various tents are along with the main stage. I was quite surprised to see various different shops, take-away places and even a pharmacy. That place is literally a town within a town. During this entire process I was becoming very familiar with the classic muddy festival ground, which made me feel very happy for buying wellies just the night before.
After a brief look around we grabbed ourselves some programmes which were £10 a pop (quite surprising to say the price people pay to get in there in the first place) but suffice to say, I purchased a programme anyhow, as it was my first visit to Leeds Fest, and I felt that I should make it a memorable one. We continued walking around to found ourselves hearing some intriguing sounds coming out of the ‘Festival Republic stage’ tent, so naturally we moved in for a closer look. Looking at our programmes we found that the band we were watching was called, ‘Cherri Bomb’ and I have to say I was quite blown away by the raw talent that these girls had. The guitaring for one thing was simply astonishing, and I really was very impressed. They have a very grungy punky sound which I instantly fell in love with. We watched this band through to the end and then moved towards the main stage where, ‘Architects’ were playing. This was my first taste of a performance on the main stage and it sounded pretty good and looked like a very professional setup. Unfortunately I didn’t take too much of a liking to their music, but they were certainly a musically talented bunch with a nice tight sound.
After watching ‘Architects’ we went back to the guest area where we relaxed for a while and picked up some beers. Much to my surprise I saw ‘Cherri Bomb’ walking through the area sort of hanging around and checking out the place. I have to admit I was a little bit excited, as they were a band I’d developed respect for very quickly and I was tempted to walk up to them and just have a general chat. However they walked off out of the area before I could put my thoughts into action. After further walking around, the next band we went to see was ‘New Found Glory’. This is where I began to get even more excited. They performed a brilliant set despite rather amusing technical difficulties. It would appear that one of Chad’s amps was having some issues and the band quickly sprung into action to keep the crowd amused. They started talking about ‘Come as you are’ being the first song that everyone learnt on guitar, then incidentally began to play it, to which Jordan began singing in a rather low grungy Kurt Cobain esk voice, by which time the technical difficulties had been resolved and they resumed with their set. I always love how bands can deal with problems like that so professionally and keep the crowd entertained at the same time, it can’t be an easy thing to do. Suffice to say every song was thoroughly enjoyable and I even managed to get some recordings (the video quality is excellent however the high volume sadly made the audio clip so it’s quite distorted, however if you keep the volume low you can hear the audio relatively well.) We once again went on a lengthy walk around the place, getting wet in the process as it decided to start absolutely pissing it down. Luckily my friend had a mac packed for me which I found very considerate. After trekking through the mud for a considerably lengthy time which was quite a grueling workout we found ourselves in the ‘Festival Republic Stage’ tent again, watching ‘Cerebral Ballzy’. I have to admit, they weren’t one of my favourite acts to see, the music was OK but the front man seemed a little bit too out of it to form proper coherent words. After sticking around there for no more than about 15 minutes, we went over to the main stage again to see ‘Rise Against’ playing. As we got closer, I could hear the trademark vocals of Tim McIlrath and was so excited to be there seeing ‘Rise Against’ play after really enjoying their music for so long. I didn’t know all the songs, but I enjoyed them nevertheless. I really thought ‘Rise Against’ performed very well, in other words they sound very close to the studio sound that is on their albums, and to my mind that’s a fantastic thing. Moving on after this, we once again grabbed a few beers, hung around, then went back to the main stage to see ‘The Offspring’. This was the band that I was most looking forward to seeing, as they are one that I’ve never seen before and I love their music. Once again, the trademark sound of the vocals was there as we approached and the song instantly recognisable. I stood there mesmerized watching them play, noting that they looked considerably older on stage than in their videos of the era of the songs they were singing (well duh, it was from years ago), I guess I never accounted for that! Once again I thoroughly enjoyed watching ‘The Offspring’ and even managed to grab some video of their performance as well. Finally after some food and more beer, we found ourselves watching ’30 Seconds to Mars’ on the main stage. Jared Leto really knows how to get the crowd going. His singing in a ‘live performance’ is certainly not as good on a studio album but it didn’t detract from the overall performance whatsoever. Once again, I enjoyed the performance. I also liked the way he got people from the audience up on stage with him and put his arm around them as he sang. I find this engagement with the crowd to be very entertaining, and the audience certainly felt the same thing. He had the crowd going wild, more so than the other bands I had seen on this day.
There is so much more to say about these fantastic bands, but I could go on forever and I’m already over 1500 words on this post! I don’t want to bore anyone. Another final things I want to add before closing have come to mind. One being how the singer of ‘Rise Against’ seemed to have a bit of a political agenda (what band doesn’t) – he mentioned the London riots and how they were provoked by taking away people’s futures. Or words to these effect. I felt this was maybe a bit of a generalisation on the matter and not really accurate. It’d be nice to hear other people’s thoughts. And the second thing was how one of the ‘New Found Glory’ band members mentioned how they have a t-shirt which has ‘Pop Punk’s Not Dead’ on the back of it and how they felt this was particularly important to them and not something that was ‘just cool’ to put on. They mentioned that because of today’s mainstream music largely taking over, a lot of other music has since been forgotten or put down, but because of their fans, they have been able to continue producing the fantastic music that they do. And it was a big ‘Fuck you’ to those who didn’t like it and thought that mainstream music is somehow better or should be the norm. I really liked this and it made me smile. I hope it makes you smile.
Please enjoy my videos (despite the poor audio quality, I am sorry) – and let me know what you think. The video are embedded into this post. Please also see the Leeds Festival site for more information on the 2011 Festival: http://www.leedsfestival.com/2011/lineup/
New Found Glory # 1
New Found Glory – My Friends Over You
The Offspring – Want You Bad
30 Seconds to Mars # 1
30 Seconds to Mars # 2
30 Seconds to Mars # 3
So I’ve been lucky enough to pick up a Samsung Galaxy SII Android phone just recently. I got this on a 24 month contract with T-Mobile UK. Would have much preferred an 18 month contract though!
The phone itself is very speedy and smooth. It’s a massive improvement over previous models, but as always Android holds it’s own above the contenders and proves to be the best in my eyes. I really like the web interface which you can enable for the SII however I haven’t used it extensively, so can’t comment too much on it’s workings.
The camera is excellent on the phone as well, and is really clear. Even with all it’s functionality, it has fantastic battery life which surpasses the standard battery life of my previous Android phones, which has left me really impressed.
The screen is also crystal clear and really responsive to touch.
Overall I’m super impressed with this phone, and have to admit I’m really glad I got it. The only thing that bothers me is that something will no doubt come out soon which supersedes it, and I’ll be stuck with it for 24 long months.
Please let me know what your opinions on the phone are.