Universal Wi-fi adaptor on sale
07/12/2017 10:19
In case it's of interest to anybody...

Maplin have got a Netgear Universal WiFi Internet Adaptor on offer for the next few days (offer expires March 22nd). As far as I can see, this appears to be the Netgear WNCE2001, which should give a wi-fi connection to any single wired Ethernet device. If it is the WNCE2001, it supports WPA2-PSK and WPA-PSK security.

Disclaimer: I don't have one, I don't have any connection with Maplin.

If you don't have a wireless router or access point with a WPS button, I'd guess that you need Firefox or another modern-ish browser to set it up.

Dave

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07/12/2017 10:19 - In article <51b69b3297tim@invalid.org.uk>, Tim Hill <tim@invalid.org.uk> wrote: You can get a homeplug that *is* a wireless access point.

It works! But presumably, like mine, it is only switched at the same time as it is being used? And then off again? Though security can be set up onit.

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07/12/2017 10:19 - In article <3510d6a6-5768-4301-8f24-46b73cff6e5d@l11g2000yqb.googlegroups.com>, davehigton <davehigton@dsl.pipex.com> wrote: That single device could be a multi-port ethernet hub, couldn't it? I think Netgear mean it has a single ethernet socket.

Undoubtedly.

I wonder if it also works as a wireless access point, i.e. providing WiFi capability when attached by wire to an existing network. I have a Belkin 'gaming adapter' which makes it sound like a thing for a single playstation or summat, whereas it is really just a Wireless Ethernet Adapter. It is useful, attached to a Homeplug near the dining room's french door providing wireless access in the garden in summer. :-) Handy these days, given the number of visitors who have wireless-capable smartphones. They love my unsecured network. ;-) -- Tim Hill ..............................................................

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07/12/2017 10:19 - In article <51b69d0e3esee.sig@walkingingermany.invalid>, Russell Hafter News <see.sig@walkingingermany.invalid> wrote: [Snip] My 'summer wi-fi access point' is only connected up in summer but generally, no.

There's not a lot of point in 'always on' internet which isn't 'always on'; that includes many things connected to it here. I also find that these little black boxes last longer if you're not constantly switching them on-and-off. Also, smartphones can make use of WiFi even when you think they've gone to sleep (WiFi can be a saving compared to GSM, Echo, or 3G data transfers). Things like IR wireless IP cameras which detect movement and save snaps via FTP need 24/7 access. I have multiple users (some of whom couldn't change a plug or program a VCR) and I keep odd hours.

Before criticising me (again) because I don't always switch everthing off when I step out of the room for a cuppa, consider that my personal circumstances are not what you may assume.

You don't know, for example, that when my web server crashes it /always/ seems to freeze Myonix so leaving a trivial animated screen-saver running is a sure fire way quickly to tell it's crashed or at least it's doing something so labour-intensive it may as well have! I don't leave my server or its screen running 24/7 otherwise because it is there for development and testing (by others) and only has a little (probably esoteric) content which isn't represented elsewhere on the net by a 'proper' server in a data centre somewhere. My testers lead 'normal' lives so evening operation is often enough. I'm in-and-out to keep an eye on it.

If you have ever been inside a server room at a data centre (as I have: lots) you would know that worrying about the consumption of one extra wall-wart at home is a bit of a joke (in terms of environmental impact).

Those - often quite secret - places use frightening amounts of power, much of which is on the air conditioning: even in winter because windows cannot be opened or there are none. If fact, you can usually spot these anonymous grey sheds or zombie office blocks: they're highly secure and the ones with the enormous air-con plant blasting away outside or on the roof but there's only one car and a van in the car-park. It's a shame some of them can't distribute their waste heat to nearby homes or businesses for hot water &c. I would like to see a thermal image of this massive BT data centre in Paddington http://tjrh.eu/pix/Anaglyphs/London/s/3d_P1000742_3.JPG (For a larger version, remove 's/'. Ideally you need 3D red/green or red/cyan glasses. Javascript version: http://tjrh.eu/pix/Anaglyphs/London/phpshow1.php?newGD&slides&6) As for the extra cost of leaving such things as a wireless access point switched on 24/7? That's the price of convenience ...

... or laziness possibly ... but the simplest solution.

-- Tim Hill ..............................................................

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07/12/2017 10:19 - In article <51b6ab5503tim@invalid.org.uk>, Tim Hill <tim@invalid.org.uk> wrote: When talking about switching it off I was doing so purely from a security point of view. I am happy for any one I know to make use of it as and when they want - all they need to do is flick the mains switch on when they want to use it and off when finished. I do not want passers by thinking that it is a free local service.

But I wonder how many of those who do criticise others for leaving such devices switched on permanently also use a tumble dryer, even occasionally. Or put too much water in an electric kettle. Or leave the electric oven on too long.

30 minutes tumble drying is going to equate to weeks use of a homeplug.

All my homeplugs are on permanently apart from the WiFi one, and that, as said before, is usually off for security reasons.

Mind you, at the beginning of the month I came back from a few days away to find two homeplugs not working at all. The electricity supply had been down for a few hours while we were away while they replaced our overhead cable and they must have shot some nasty spikes through the mains.

One homeplug was still under warranty and was replaced without quibble. The other, which of course was the one connected to the router, meaning that there was no network at all, was several years old and had to be written off. But this little epoisode makes me wonder whether I should turns them all off - the other hardware is protected by UPSs, but you cannot do that with homeplugs.

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07/12/2017 10:19 - Russell Hafter News <see.sig@walkingingermany.invalid> wrote: You should have claimed through the Electric company, I have replaced many heating controls destroyed by the same cable replacement work and always advise the customer to claim against them, they have always paid up.

John -- John Sandford home

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07/12/2017 10:19 - On Mar 17, 1:46=A0pm, davehigton <davehig...@dsl.pipex.com> wrote: If you already have a wi-fi router or access point, of course! Dave

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07/12/2017 10:19 - In article <mpro.licreg000sccm04o4.lists@thesandfords.me.uk>, John Sandford <lists@thesandfords.me.uk> wrote: Thanks.

I shall try that. I still have the dead homeplug.

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