02/28/11

2wire 2700 HG-E – Internal’s

Hello Everyone,

This is in addition to the firmware problems we have been having with the MTU through Xbox on the 2Wire Telus brand router once it has been firmware reset (and ultimately bricked).  You can follow the first part of the post here:  http://www.filearchivehaven.com/2011/02/20/telus-2700hg-e-firmware-and-usage-off-of-telus/.

I believe this definitively shows that this unit cannot support ddwrt (freeware firmware).

I finished tearing the unit apart and wanted to post some photos. To open it easily, just use a screw-driver in the air-slots.  You will find two long plastic clips near the edges that need to be pushed in to release the covers.

Higher quality photos are below.  Including the CPU which has a custom 2Wire Ares CPU.  And a NAND memory chip at 128MB.

Photos below.

-l (1215)

02/27/11

Venus Project – Solar Powered Blinds

Hello Everyone,

I’ll be sharing with you (over the next while) or plans to engage the Venus Project in our own home.

So following Zeitgeist Addendum (which is [as all three movies are] a free download by the way) I can comfortably say that I agree with many of the points in the movie and I can see many of the benefits to the Venus Project.

So, the final question the movie is:  What do you do?

You know that energy companies have to rely on consumable resources to bill consumers as much as possible for profit.

Step 1 – Go green

Find a way to pay as little for ‘resource’ based energy from consumable products.  Many renewable resources exist (solar, geothermal, wind, water, others – yes, district heating is a cool idea) and as individuals it is up to each of us to find a way to stop paying companies for energy that is unnecessarily expensive and energy that is not sustainable.

Well, for us is to reduce our power usage.  We live in an apartment, all of our power is ‘free’ to us as it is part of our agreement.  So why the change?  Well, its not just for the environment, or to do our part.  Its because by using renewable resources we are reducing the amount of money (however small) that is reaching the hands of large business that damages the quality of life and environment of our planet.

So, the easiest way for me to do this – is to use the only available renewable resource to us in our home – the sun!

The best way to harness this energy in an apartment?  Why, solar power obtained from your blinds!  There are several different solar panel blinds you can purchase for your home.  Some are very attractive.  And you can also add Solar USB Chargers to your home, helping (however small) to reduce your footprint.

So, on our to-do list is to purchase:

  • Old, sturdy blinds
  • Some solar panels
  • A solar panel battery
  • Some cabling
  • Some components

Or, a prefabricated Solar Panel (which I’m more likely to go with).

So hang tight!  We will definitely be makign some solar panel changes in our home.  And we will post some photos to cover it.

For more information on the Venus Project in your country, please visit the following page:  http://www.thezeitgeistmovement.com/

-l (6933)

02/25/11

Facebook buttons added! Why not :)

The title describes it all!

Well, that and we upgraded to WordPress 3.1.  I killed the ‘connect WordPress to Facebook Login’ option though – I just don’t like the risk and problematic support.

I mean, Facebook has never had the best security and it certainly has had its share of coders who have created one heck of a Java bloatware website.  But its sure one of the best social networks out there.

At any rate, the options have been added!  But only the ones needed to really be able to share on the site.

Lloyd (309)

02/20/11

Telus 2700HG-E firmware and usage off of Telus

Hi Everyone,

I thought it might be a good idea to share this out with the world.  So for those of you who are curious, Telus has a series of routers that it used to give out to people.  These routers can be toggled between DSL and Ethernet (Cable).  Making it easy to switch over to Shaw or another provider (albiet against Telus’ will).  The model I will discuss here is the:

2Wire Gateway 2700HG-E Router

2Wire 2700 HG-E

For what its worth, its actually a fairly nice router!  By default it ships with the version 5.x firmware, which is a fairly nice firmware version.  It allows for some pretty heavy options, especially at the MDC level.  However, recently Telus ‘forced’ an update to all of the 2700′s to update the units to 6.x firmware.  Avoid this firmware verison at all costs.

Below, I will cover the access passwords and over-ride passwords for the different versions of the 2700.

Problems with the 6.x firmware update

The problem here, is this resets the MDC password, the login password, the SSID (Network Name for your Wireless), your WEP Key, all of your Firewall settings and forces your router to an MTU of about 500.

Now, why is this a bad thing?  Well, Xbox 360 requires a minimum MTU of about 1364 or so.  The MTU is your maximum transmission size, or the size of the data packet (ethernet frame) going from your Xbox 360 to the Xbox server.  In the internet world, a list of 1364 bytes can be broken down into two or three subgroups, so two packets of 682 or so.  (Its actually going to be larger than that, because it needs to add additional data – but you know what I mean).  Now Xbox has set a rule saying its packets cannot be broken up into smaller packets during transmission.  And your router will discard it if it can’t break it up, and it feels it needs to.

So, for the end-user your Xbox will simply fail to connect.  Now with the firmware 6.x, thanks to Telus, the MTU is ‘locked’ at about 500 Bytes or so, and is unchangable.  When the value is changed, it still (internally) resolves to about 500 bytes or so.

What this means is, you need to either find the 5.x firmware or purchase a unit running the 5.x firmware at all costs.  Now for those asking, I have not been able to find the 5.x firmware – which means I am shopping for a new router today.  Installing the 2700HG-G or 2700HGV firmware will not work.

Access Information

Below are the passwords and access information for most Telus 2Wire routers.

Firmware 5.x

Default password:  None

MDC password:  dr@cul@!

MDC URL:  gateway.2wire.net/mdc

Firmware 6.x

Default Password:  telus

MDC password: 1nd1go

MDC URL: http://gateway.2wire.net/xslt?PAGE=TECHLOGIN

Firmware Upgrade/Downgrade URL:  http://192.168.1.254/xslt?PAGE=UPGRADE1

(Needs a firmware package on your system)

Changing your Network Type

You can toggle from DSL only to automatic or Ethernet from inside the 2wire settings.  This is a must for people switching to Shaw.  To do this, you must first use your MDC logon (above).  Then, you have access to new options.  In the 5.x firmware, you will find this option near the top from the MDC control panel link.  In the 6.x firmware, you need to authenticate then access your Broadband Link section (http://gateway.2wire.net/xslt?PAGE=C_2_1).

Testing your MTU

For those of you interested in MTU’s, testing MTU’s and how to check.  First, connect straight to your shaw modem.  At command prompt type in:

ping -f -l 1450 www.google.ca

You should see a list of successful pings

Connect back through your router, make sure your internet works, etc.  Return to command prompt and use:

ping -f -l 1450 www.google.ca

If you see:  Packet needs to be fragmented by DF set.

This means, that the router has decided it needs to reduce the size of the packet by breaking it up.  But the packet is marked as Don’t Fragment, so the router will discard it.

In this case, it clearly shows that the MTU for the router is lower than the packet size you specified.  You can reduce the increments to narrow down the available MTU.

For those curious, the MTU can be changed in the Windows Registry for your specific PC - but this usually will not have an impact.  Typically, the MTU is limited at either the router (which should be configurable in most cases) or limited at the internet connection (for example, my Shaw Modem is limited to an MTU of 1470).

As a final note, in some cases the firmware update completely kills your Broadband.  In which case you may wish to reset your router to the factory settings.  This will resolve most issues without needing a firmware change.

-l (3763)

02/12/11

Welcome to File Archive Haven

Hello everyone,

After much debate www.edware.org has been moved albeit without most people being aware of it.  We have moved from godaddy which (besides having terrible commercials that are slightly offensive) has download speeds of 500kbps to site5 which is showing download speeds of 1100kbps in the Calgary area.

With this, we also have a new domain www.filearchivehaven.com. Why?  Well, we got a free domain and all of the cool names I could think of were already taken.

So, with all of that said, we have done some testing on the root server (Toronto) and we have started testing some files.  Downloads look good.

Now, as a word of caution.  I chose site5 but this is not a website for everyone.  They have a strange cpanel and their fantistico has some problems.  But if you are comfortable doing most of the grunt work yourself, then it may be an okay alternative.

Back to uploading the site.

Lloyd (3820)