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D Link DWR 131 Hands on And Tata Photon + Config

These days I started travelling a lot and I use a Tata Photon+ data card to connect to Internet. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a Working driver of Tata Photon+ for Mac Lion OS X and I ended up purchasing a D Link DWR 131 Router. It’s a 3G router, which convert your 3G connection into Wi-fi connection and give you the power of portability. This works with almost all the popular Indian 3G card along with Data card like Tata Photon +, MTS, Reliance and many more. I will come to the setup part later but first lets look into some of the features of D Link DWR 131 Router.

D Link DWR 131 Router feature and review:

I’m a big fan of Belkin and D link product when it comes to router and I picked D link 131 router for almost 360o INR ( $70) from a local gadget shop. Though, you can always search it online and get it for much cheaper price and deal.

DWR 131 3G router comes with 1700 mAH battery and offer many feature which you may or may not use. Specially, if you are looking for a cheap and simple solution, there are other cheap options too but if you are looking for something long term and offer more features like Ethernet connection, multiple Wi-fi connectivity and simple to configure Wizard, D link DWR 131 router could be one of the good pick. This 3G router supports multiple network (EV-DO/CDMA/HSPA+/HSUPA/HSDPA/UMTS) and in the accessories it comes with one Charger, Battery, Router and a Lan wire.

Configuring D link 3G router with Tata Photon +:

The reason I ended up buying this router is because of two reason:

  • No Tata Photon + working driver for Mac Lion OS X 10.8.2+
  • Connecting multiple device with same data dongle.

I could have used my Mac book as Wi-fi router but that is not very convenient when you are travelling and you want to preserve battery as much as you could.  By default this router doesn’t work with Tata photon+ but you can manually set it (Which is easy and configure your D link router to work with Tata Photon +. Follow this step by step guide:

  • Switch on your D link DWR 131 Router and put in battery and connect it with Charger.
  • Plug in your Tata Photon + data card
  • Open 192.168.0.1 in your browser
  • Default username: admin Password: Blank
  • Click on Setup > Manual Internet connection Setup

Now in the Ethernet Port select Wan and use Dial up profile as manual.  There are few settings which you need to make and those are easy. 

  • Country : India
  • Telecom : Others
  • 3G network: WCDMA/HSPA
  • username: internet
  • password: password
  • Dial number: #777

Click on Save settings and it will reboot the router and you will be connected to internet using your Tata photon + data card. Check out this screenshot for any confusion:

D-Link DWR-131 tata Photon plus config

That’s it and now you can enjoy the power of Wi-fi even when you are moving and you can connect to multiple devices at one time. If you are a frequent traveller and have multiple gadgets with you, you should consider buying D link Pocket router or from any other company, not only it will give you piece of mind, but you will also be connected to Internet all the time.

Do let me know if you are stuck anywhere and I will try to find a solution.

5 Tips to Get your Blog on Techmeme

Techmeme is undoubtedly the best Technology News aggregator in the world. Gabe Rivera, the founder of Techmeme has really made it simpler and easier for the people to get all the hot Technology News of the day at one place. It’s an incredible way to stay up on the present buzz occurring in the tech blogosphere.

“Where do tech journalists go to read tech journalism? Techmeme doesn’t offer any original content, but it offers a well curated aggregation of some of the best industry coverage the Web has to offer,” according to PC Magazine, which included it in one of the top 100 Websites of 2010.

If you are running a Tech News Blog, then you would love to get your Blog on Techmeme for number of reasons including targeted Traffic, Promotion and quality Backlinks from high authority sites.

Inclusion of news stories depends on many factors. Previously, stories were included by Techmeme bots so it was more an automated process but now a few human editors have been added who also review news stories before addition to Techmeme.

It’s not easy to get your blog featured on Techmeme but if you will follow below tips then chances are higher that your blog will be included.

5 Tips to get popular on TechMeme

1. Become a news breaker. Write breaking news related to Tech giants such as Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter.

2. If you blogged about some unique piece on your blog E.g “Mark Zuckerberg’s Beijing Adventure”, you can tip Techmeme about the story and your story would have good chances to get indexed on the site.

3. If you are re-blogging some news story, then most probably your news wouldn’t be included, but if you are providing some unique context that is missing from the current Techmeme Discussion then it can get featured.

4. If your blog is already indexed by Techmeme then your blog can become the part of the Techmeme Discussion section by just blogging about the current news. This is not always the case but the chances are pretty high.

5. In order to inform Techmeme about your breaking news or some exclusive piece on Tech, you can tip them using Twitter or through Email to Editorial team at [email protected]. Tipping them through Twitter is more preferable. Include “Tip @Techmeme”  in your tweet along with the Title and the URL of the news story you’d like to appear.

Techmeme

If you would like to include any other useful tip in above mentioned tips feel free to tell us in comments.

This is a Guest Post by Asad Mubeen who writes at TechGlint . If you would like to write for CallingAllGeeks, Check our Adsense revenue sharing program.

How To Burn .dmg Files in Windows OS

How many times you have ended up downloading a .dmg file extension on your Windows PC and wondering what is this extension and how you can open it.

.dmg Files are associated with Mac OS. If you have never used Mac, .dmg is a virtual disk image, and can be opened in Mac os. In short it’s image disk within image disk and Mac uses it to ensure better security as executable files like .exe can easily be targeted by hackers to inject malicious codes.

Though, in Mac OS, you will not face any issue with opening .dmg file unless its corrupted but in Windows, there is no default handler for opening .dmg files. In this guide we will learn how you can open and burn .dmg files in Windows.

Basically, you needs to Burn a .dmg file in Windows when you want to Install Mac OS X in your Traditional Windows PC. You can  Burn a .dmg Files in Windows whether it is Windows 7 , Windows Vista or any other Version of Windows.

Simply steps to Burn .dmg File in Windows.

  • You need to download Transmac software from CNET Downloads. Here is the download link for Transmac<Link>
  • Install it on your Windows PC
  • Though it’s a paid software, but you can always use fully functional 15 days trial.<Buy Now>
  • When you are installing this Software don’t forget to put a tick mark on ‘Associate Transmac with .dmg Files’. This option will integrate Transmac with .dmg Files, which let you burn the File.
  • Simply Open Transmac from Start Menu or from Desktop Shortcut and now you are ready to burn a .dmg file.

Burn .dmg Files in Windows

  • Click on Tools Option as seen in the picture and then click on ‘Burn CD/DVD Image’ from this Menu.
  • You have to select your DVD Writer Path, Writing Speed and Browse for the .dmg file, you want to Burn.

Burn CD DVD Image

  • After Selecting the above mentioned options, simply click on ‘OK’ Button.
  • Now this will open your .dmg Image File in Transmac Software. Click on Burn option and you are Done.
  • Now you can easily Install Mac OS X and other Apple Software Easily on your Windows Machine. Apart from that you are now able to Burn .dmg files in Windows.

Note- Transmac is a paid software, so for full access you have to buy it. I have bought it around $50 and still using it, without any problem. But you can use it’s Trial for 15 Days.You can also use this Trick to Burn .dmg files in Ubuntu and Linux. Another way is to use MagicISO software and convert .dmg file into .iso version and then mount it using any virtual CD/DVD software.

Here is a video tutorial, which will help you to understand the process better. Though, I suggest to mute your speakers as song might annoy your serious work mode:

I hope this will solve your query but in case if you are stuck anywhere, feel free to ask questions via comments.

This is a guest post by Aakash. If you would like to write for CallingAllGeeks, check our guest posting guidelines.

Videodropper : Send YouTube Videos to Dropbox

There are many ways to download YouTube videos, there are many ways to drive a car too. But, since we are not talking about cars here, let’s talk about another amazing way to download a YouTube video to your Dropbox account. Yes, you heard me right. Dropbox could most likely be the best online cloud storage service to have knocked on our computer doors yet. It’s easy to use and you get free 2 GB storage when you sign up, or you could buy an HTC phone and get another 3Gb with that.

Anyways, here’s an awesome web service that does something extraordinary. Videodropper, as it’s known, let’s you send any YouTube video to your Dropbox folder located on your iOS device such as iPhone or iPod Touch. That means, it literally let’s you download any YouTube video on to your iPhone or iPod Touch. Pretty slick, don’t you think. This is a new web service and it works great. All you have to do is head over to Videodropper.ep.io and then provide the YouTube URL that you would like to download and send to your iOS app.

Once you’ve decided what video you want to download, just paste the URL and click on Send to Dropbox. You also have the option to optimize the video for your iPhone or iPod Touch before you send it to your Dropbox folder. That way, it’s already compressed to run great on your mobile device.

Now, head over to your iOS app, this currently works only on iPhone and iPod Touch, and then wait for the video to be downloaded. It’ll take about 2 minutes, depending on your internet speed, to get the whole thing done, including the conversion. And then, you’ll have the video downloaded on your device like in the screenshot below.

And there you have it. Another simple way to download YouTube videos, but this time, directly your Dropbox account. YouTube to Dropbox, direct service, thanks to the amazing Videodropper.

Do use this service and let us know how amazing did you find it?

How to Configure Belkin N150 Modem router with Airtel Broadband Connection

Just not we finished publishing unboxing pictures of Belkin N150 wireless modem-router and here is a quick guide for those who are trying to configure their Belkin N150 modem-router with Airtel broadband connection.

I bought this device from Thailand and it comes with a handy template which shows the settings of popular broadband connection in most of Asian countries, so you can use the same guide to configure it for Reliance, BSNL or MTNL connection too.

Here is an image for your reference, so if you configuring router-modem for BSNL, Reliance or MTNL connection, it would be handy for you.

Indian-broadband-Router-Settings

Getting started with Belkin N150 Modem-Router With Airtel Broadband connection:

Airtel Broadband settings:

You need to have your broadband login and password. Login is usually your landline number with STD code followed by [email protected] For ex: [email protected]

And your password would be: your account number. Which you can get it from your Airtel broadband bill at the top. You can also get your account number by login into your current Airtel modem by typing: 192.168.1.1 in your web browser field, and try login in with default username and password, i.e:

  • username: admin
  • password: password

If you have forgotten your Airtel modem password, you can try password as your account number which can be retrieved from your Airtel broadband bill.

Apart from this, there are 3 settings which you need to remember:

  • Connection type: PPP0E
  • VPI/VCI: 1/32

Connecting your Belkin router:

Connect your Belkin modem-router with power connector and in ADSL line, plug in your Airtel ADSL cable.

Belkin Wireless-Modem-Router-Images (6)

Now, you can either connect to router from laptop using Wi-Fi or by Lan cable. I simply connected using Lan cable, by default it picked the I.P from DHCP.

Setting up Airtel broadband:

Now, open 192.168.2.1 in your web browser, it will prompt for password, and if you have not changed your Belkin router password, simply hit next.

On the next field, it will ask you to enter the connection type as shown in below image, select PPP0E and click Next:

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Enter your Airtel broadband credentials, as I have mentioned above. So your final output would look something like this:

Belkin-Airtel-Config

Click on Next/Save and it will restart your router. It might take 60 seconds, so be patient. Once your router is restarted, the light on your modem-router will turn green and it indicates that you are connected to internet.

Alternatively, Airtel also suggest you to add the DNS field manually, though I leave it as default and use Automatically from ISP. Though if you wish to add Airtel DNS, you can add these DNS:

202.56.215.54
202.56.215.55

Airtel DNS

Now, enjoy your new modem-router configured with Airtel broadband connection. Do let us know if you have any questions setting up Airtel broadband connection, with Belkin router.

Zip2Fix : Recover Corrupt ZIP Files

Zip2FixModern Generation has changed a lot for all people. Nowadays Gadgets like Computers and Laptops have become useful part of our life. Computers are used mainly to store data as well our personal and professional stuffs so that it can always be with us whenever we needs it. While the situation of downloading a software or a tool form the internet and getting stuck with the the extraction of ZIP files due to corrupt ZIP or damaged ZIP.

Almost all kinds of tools today are made available in ZIP files only as it takes less space compared to other setup. while at the time of extraction of these ZIP files, we get errors as

The zip file has corrupted or some file is missing

Now, you might get stuck with the problem, many times this happens when we want to get some important and as a result we get frustrated with it. Now if you want to fix this issue of missing or corrupt ZIP files then we have one of the best tool to perform all these actions using Zip2Fix, a tool used to perform all activities related to recovering corrupted files and also fix up damaged zip files.

Recover Corrupt file with Zip2Fix:

Zip2Fix is a freeware tool that is used to recover files from the ZIP format that are corrupted as well as damage from its original sources itself. It provide an effective solutions to solve all problems for ZIP files in getting corrupted data back.

Zip2Fix comes with totally free open source format, which is one of the portable tool which has the ability to extract safely all files that are currently into a ZIP folder. The final result will provide you with the correct files that will be later on extracted on to another new ZIP folder. Currently this tool only supports ZIP and SFX file formats.

Download this tool – Zip2Fix

Do let us know if you are using any other utility to fix Corrupt ZIP Files?

3 Important Things To Do Before Selling Your Old PC

Computer and their models keep changing, so as humans keep changing their desktops to the latest version along with latest configuration. Many of us might be having a 5 to 10 years old Configuration Computer which might have been kept in Store Room or might be wondering somewhere else without any use. If it’s not in use for you, then probably its time to sell so that it can make some worth of money. You can sell your old PC and laptop to many places like eBay, your local computer store and other online stores.

 

Along with that, the selling cost can also give you some additional cash for purchasing new computer. Now most of the people just resell it or sell as crap to someone else without being checking some of the few most important things. As the PC looks like a crap, but still it poses some of your important data which has to be clear before it is sold. While you can also make your old PC as new one with respect to removing all sorts of unwanted data so that you might get some more rewards as well.

3 Important Things To Do Before Selling Your Old PC

Now if you are sure that you want to sell up your PC, make sure that your clear all your information related to personal and professional work.

1. Backup your old data

This is one of the most important step, before selling out one should always copy the old backup data of hard disk into an external harddisk to avoid loss of data. As well as you can also scan for data which has been left out to take, thus preventing you to be on safer side on protecting and getting safe all your information.

2. Format the hard disk (full format)

Once you are done the backup of your old data, you can also format your complete hard drive(All Hard Drive) in order to be always sure that your information has been completely removed from that particular system. This is very much required since some of your files and folders might not get deleted when you try to delete them and at that particular moment you would forget to have a recheck on them.

3. Time to Scan again

Its time now to scan again for some small virus and malware in the new installed Operating System. You might go for installing some of the best anti-virus tools like Kaspersky Internet Security or K9 Protection along with some Anti-spy software available from a list of free antivirus available programs. You can download any one of them and get your system fully scanned with the free or paid tools as per your requirements.

Once these process are done, you can go ahead with selling up the Computer at your nominal cost.

How to Test Read & Write Speed of your USB Flash on a Graph

To gauge the optimal read & write speed of your USB Flash drive sometimes become a hassle because there is a lack of requisite tools and softwares on the internet. Normally the data transfer rate varies drastically during our operations on the PC, sometimes you will observer a data rate of almost 25 MB and in some instances it might drop down to almost 2 MB.

I guess that checking the optimum potential of the read & write speed of your flash drive is quite worth doing because this process can determine that what other PC processes running at back end are hampering your flash drive read & write process. So recently I tried a very useful application that will very much solve this issue, have a brief look at it:

USBFlashSpeed App Features

UsbFlashSpeed.com

To be precise, USBFlashSpeed is a minuscule portable application that provides you with an interface to directly test the read and write speed of USB with different data sizes. It has various tests that calculates the write & read with levels ranging from 1KB to 15MB. The data for both the read & write speed is plotted in real-time on a graph.

How to Use USBFlashSpeed?

 

UsbFlashSpeed.com  Benchmark result

You have to select the USB drive from the applications drop-down menu and just click on the Benchmark button to start testing the read and write speed of your flash drive. A graph will also be generated automatically that will show you detailed graphical and numerical data about the read & write speed. On the graph, the read rate is displayed as a Green line whereas the write rate is displayed as a red line. The result generation can take almost upto 20 minutes and you can’t cancel the test during its running.

Once the application is done with the testing, an automatic URL is generated that will give details of the entire test on the application’s developer website. A summarized version of the entire benchmarking results that is displayed on the website shows the information like USB’s manufacturer’s name, USB model, serial number along with the main constituent i.e. read and write speed of the USB. For the comparison, read and write speeds of different USB’s are displayed for comparison.

The application USBFlashSpeed works well on all the version of Windows. Try it out and Let us know in comments about this applications usability.

How to Backup and Transfer your Picasa Database in Windows 7

Picasa is free photo editing software from Google that lets you modify your pictures and tag them. Picasa stores its information in its database. If you want to transfer your Picasa settings and tags to a new computer, then not only will you have to transfer the photos but also the database to the new folder.

Picasa backup

In Windows 7, transferring Picasa database is quite simple. First, head on over to the following foder:

C:> Users > [Your User Name] >AppData > Local > Google

You will see a folder titled either Picasa2 or Picasa3. Right click on this folder and copy it.

picasa

To create a backup, simply paste the folder in a safe storage location.

To transfer the database to a new computer, paste the copied folder to an external storage device like a flash drive. Plug the flash drive into the new computer. The Picasa folder you pasted into the flash drive should now be copied to the same folder location in the new computer:

C:> Users > [Your User Name] >AppData > Local > Google

This action will transfer your Picasa database from the first computer to the second computer.

How to Watch TV Online Using VLC Media Player

VLC media player is one of the most famous open source media players. Did you know that you can use VLC media player as a television and watch tv channels on it? In this post I will show you how you can do that with an easy tutorial. So, lets begin.

1. Open up VLC Media Player. Don’t have it installed? Download VLC player from here –> Link.

2. See the first option on the top? “Media”. Click it and then click the second last option from the drop down box, “Streaming”.
3. After clicking “Streaming” option, a new dialog box opens up which has 4 tabs. You have to select the third one –> “Network”.

4. Now you have opened the “Network” tab and have an empty box where you have to enter the network URL. For eg. rtsp://ss1c6.idc.mundu.tv:554/prf0/cid_4.sdp is the network URL of Aaj Tak.
5. After entering the network URL, click that downwards arrow(with the “Stream” button) and choose the “Play” option.
Thats it. Some 15-20 seconds later you will be able to watch the channel you have given the network URL for.

For some unknown reasons, I was not able to take a perfect screenshot of the video but I hope you have understood the tutorial. Below are the network URLs of some available channels.

 

Aaj Takrtsp://ss1c6.idc.mundu.tv:554/prf0/cid_4.sdp
CNBC Aawazrtsp://ss1c6.idc.mundu.tv:554/prf1/cid_34.sdp
CNBC TV 18rtsp://ss1c6.idc.mundu.tv:554/prf0/cid_35.sdp
Headlines Todayrtsp://ss1c6.idc.mundu.tv:554/prf0/cid_7.sdp
NDTV 24×7rtsp://ss1c6.idc.mundu.tv:554/prf0/cid_29.sdp
NDTVrtsp://ss1c6.idc.mundu.tv:554/prf0/cid_33.sdp
NDTV Profitrtsp://ss1c6.idc.mundu.tv:554/prf0/cid_31.sdp
Times Nowrtsp://ss1c6.idc.mundu.tv:554/prf0/cid_2.sdp
NK Newsrtsp://94.75.250.53:554/rtplive/rknews.sdp
RAJ Newsrtsp://94.75.250.220:1935/live/rajnews2.sdp
ETVrtsp://94.75.250.53/rtplive/etv2low.sdp
Studio Nrtsp://94.75.250.220:1935/live/studion2
SVBCrtsp://94.75.250.220/rtplive/svbclow
Zee Tamilrtsp://121.244.145.226:554/prf1/cid_54.sdp
Zee Kannadrtsp://121.244.145.226:554/prf1/cid_55.sdp
Zee Banglartsp://121.244.145.226:554/prf1/cid_52.sdp
Music Boxrtsp://stream.the.sk/live/musicbox/musicbox-3m.3gp
Zoo Visionrtsp://stream.zoovision.com/live.sdp
B4u Musicrtsp://217.146.95.166:554/playlist/ch12zqcif.3gp
iMusicrtsp://217.146.95.166:554/playlist/ch26yqcif.3gp
Adventurertsp://video3.multicasttech.com/AFTVAdventure3GPP296.sdp
Horrorrtsp://video2.multicasttech.com/AFTVHorror3GPP296.sdp
Comedyrtsp://video3.multicasttech.com/AFTVComedy3GPP96.sdp
Classicrtsp://video3.multicasttech.com/AFTVClassics3GPP296.sdp
Crimertsp://video2.multicasttech.com/AFTVCrime3GPP296.sdp
Mysteryrtsp://video2.multicasttech.com/AFTVMystery3GPP296.sdp
Clubbing Tvrtsp://217.146.95.166:554/playlist/ch21yqcif.3gp

I hope that was easy for you people. Please let me know if there is something you have not understood. Do comment.