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We Get TDS “Wi-Fi+” Mesh Network Based On “Eero” Products.

by Anura Guruge


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Based on ‘Eero’ products.
Amazon plans to buy Eero.

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The “Eero” APP on my phone showing our network.

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We got Wi-Fi with TDS, in October 2019, as part of our 1 Gig upgrade. They installed a Wi-Fi range extender in addition to the standard router. With 1 Gog to the house we had decent Wi-Fi in the house — though this is a 4-storey house of around 3,400 sq. ft.

I never had any issues with this TDS provided Wi-Fi, though I don’t use Wi-Fi that much since my PCs are hardwired to the Extender.

Wife and daughter, who are exclusively on Wi-Fi, have complained, more of less from day one, that they keep on getting Internet drops. They kept on complaining. Last week I had enough. I called up TDS. I had no idea that they had a new MESH network-based offering. I was willing to give it a try.

This afternoon two technicians came and set it all up. It took longer than it should have because we have TDS TV, and that means the old router still has to be there. The main issue, however, was to get some port forwarding back in place.

But, we got it up. We have Wi-Fi. We get decent bandwidth. Not sure if we get more than we did before.

Early days. The question is whether this Mesh network will prevent those connection drops.

We will wait and see. I will keep you posted.

But, for now, as of today, we have the Eero-based Wi-Fi+ Mesh Network from TDS.

We have one ‘Eero Pro‘, i.e.,the router/broadcaster, and two ‘Eero Beacons‘, i.e., the range extender


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The 1 Gig (i.e., Gigabit) Upgrade (By TDS) Is Finally Complete — Thanks To ‘Charity Electric’.

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The TDS 1 Gigabit upgrade is now finally done (I think). TDS won’t do any external wiring and I needed some to finish the job.

Today, Robert the owner of ‘Charity Electric‘ (out of Barnstead, NH), came and spent 3-hours installing 100’ of flat, CAT 7 Ethernet cable and now I have a permanent, long-term connection between the TDS router on the 1st floor and the TDS Extender on the 4th floor (which provides a hardwired LAN connection to this PC via a TDS provided LAN switch).

Charity Electric‘ did a BANG UP job. Real nice work. Very tidy, professional, conscientious and painstaking. Good pricing too. Kudos. Nothing but good words. Highly recommended.

I was using a jerry-rigged Ethernet connection for the last 10-days. I had cables running all over the place on the 1st floor. Having this direct cable, 100’ maybe, appears to have made a difference. Look at the speeds I am getting. I am happy.

I got the Cat 7 cable from Amazon. Decent price. Came with gold connectors. Seemed a shame to cut them off. So, Robert, kindly, installed all 100′.

I am happy. Relieved to get this behind me.

Thanks Robert.

Thanks TDS.


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Time (& Clock) On Roku Is Wrong, 3 Is 3 to 6 Minutes Fast (… Known Problem).

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Roku standard screensaver showing (wrong) time.

This wrong time, which has NOTHING to do with timezones, is most obvious if you have a screensaver that displays the Roku time. Then, if like us, you also happen to have a digital clock nearby you will notice that the Roku time is off by 3 to 6 minutes.

This has been going on for quite a long time. Other than being a minor distraction it does not bother me SINCE I never watch any live programs on my Roku. It is always stuff on ‘Catch Up’ mode or on a Watch List.

There is no way to set, or correct, the Roku 3 clock. In other words there is no Date/Clock set/reset function in the Menus.

Roku, as it should, gets the time from a server. And that is the problem.

Roku support, recently, tried to fob this off as being due to your home network router having the wrong time. Most people are NOT buying that. Most modern network/Wi-Fi routers use something called the “Network Time Protocol” (NTP) to automatically (and continually) set the time per some master clocks governing the Internet. IF your router is using NTP (as it probably is) the chances are that it has the BEST possible time in the world and is unlikely to be wrong. (Yes, it is the Internet equivalent of the broadcast atomic time clocks).

For now there is no known fix. The problem is most likely a Roku server issue. I will keep an eye on this for you. Stay tuned.

I haven’t used it but check out the CLOC screensaver app that shows local weather in addition to the time.


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For A FULL Week TDS Telecom Has Been Delivering Alton Internet Customers With 1/2 The Bandwidth!

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I have been telling you since Monday. And YOU have NOT done anything.

Check your bandwidth. You will NOT be getting much more than 8.5Mbps. So if you are paying for the 15Mbps service, as I do, you are getting screwed.

I have raised 3 Trouble Tickets. When it is all fixed I will GET a full refund. Of that there will be no doubt or debate. I have got it before and I will get it again. I document all such outages and slowdowns, and just to make sure, RAISE trouble tickets. Then I call up and DEMAND a refund and they know that the law is on my side. SMILE.

So, I suggest you do the same. This is not right, unless you ENJOY being SCREWED by TDS.


About 100 TDS Telecom Customers In Central New Hampshire Screwed. Low Bandwidth.

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Yes, it is official. After 7 phone calls I finally got an admission today.

Yes, one of their main routers is down and another is working at half speed. That is the MAIN problem. They have some other issues too.

At least 100 customers, which includes ME, will CONTINUE to be starved of bandwidth. They will TRY to improve matters tonight.

But the CPU board they require to fix the main router is on order and it will be a FEW days.

Heads up. Check your bandwidth. When it is all done I will ask and get a LARGE REFUND. Of that there will be no doubt or debate. Not paying for bandwidth I am NOT getting. You should do the same.


Yes, It Is True: Cisco Linksys RE1000 Wireless-N Range Extender Works BUT Drops Wi-Fi Connection On A Regular Basis.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I took a sledgehammer to the RE1000!

RE2000 is as bad as RE1000!


DlinkextenderThe Cisco Linksys RE1000 Wireless-N Range Extender I bought, refurbished from Amazon in mid-August for $39, sure does work and works well when it is working.

But, I had noticed, by detecting a drop in signal level at the basement that it drops the Wi-Fi connection — maybe once a week.

To re-establish the connection you just have to recycle power; i.e., unplug RE1000 from wall socket, count to ‘Mississippi 10’ and then plug it back in. The ‘blue-light‘ on the unit will flash for a few seconds and then stay on — solid. You, again, have Wi-Fi connection. Easy enough, though annoying.

Happened again yesterday. I recycled it and was ‘OK’. But, this time I decided to check the Web.

Hello, hello, hello. I am, not by a long chalk, the only one who has noticed this problem. LOTS of reports on the Web of the same problem.

I then looked at the ‘new’ RE1000 replacement, the RE2000. That appears to be no better. I was basically warned off from getting it.

I looked around. I will NOT replace the RE1000. I already have it. I decided to AUGMENT.

So, I am getting a 2nd Wi-Fi range-extender. Then I can have one on the 1st floor and another in the basement. The damn things, in the scheme of things, are cheap enough.

This time I went with D-Link. I like D-Link. I trust D-Link. I started using D-Link for my Wi-Fi in 2001. I had D-Link technology until September 2012 when my latest and last D-Link Wi-Fi router blew-up. I went with Cisco Linksys because the TDS technician recommended it — as the TDS favorite.

Funnily enough I don’t use a Wi-Fi router, myself, since then! I have my own dedicated fiber! So no router. The Wi-Fi router is for the rest of the family.

I got a D-Link DAP-1320 N 300Mbps Wi-Fi Range Extender. Gets better reviews than the RE1000. I got one for $27.04 with FREE shipping. Christmas is coming and I am getting a jump start on ordering all of the Lego sets we need for the kids! So no problem these days getting a more than $35 order put together. One Lego set covers that.

Lets wait and see. For $27.04 I will happily avoid the aggravation. So ideally the D-Link will boost the signal and let the RE1000 get a piggy-back.

Cisco Linksys RE1000 Wireless-N Range Extender: Truly A ‘Piece of Cake’, Plug-and-Play Device; 4 Minute Setup.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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We have had a high-end Cisco Linksys EA3500 Wi-Fi router since September last year. It is a dual-band wireless-N router and it does give us Wi-Fi right through the house.

While everything is relative (and I think of it as a small house) this is a 4-story, full-size New England colonial with all four floors in use. The top floor, the 4th floor, is a large open room that we use as our office. The Linksys EA3500 is mounted on the side wall in this 4th floor room. Since we have two 15Mbps fiber links coming into the house, one comes in on one wall the other on the other side.

Cisco Linksys RE1000.

Cisco Linksys RE1000.

Our ASUS and Toshiba laptops as well as the two Google Nexus 7 pads don’t have a problem picking up a decent Wi-Fi signal anywhere in the house. Even the DirecTV Wi-Fi box works fine — though it is as far from the EA3500 as you can get. Our family room, with the ‘big’ computer is on the bottom floor — three (3) flights of stairs down.

But, I decided we need a stronger Wi-Fi signal on the lower 2 floors.

So, I looked around. I kind of knew that there were range extenders.

I am savvy enough to know that it makes sense to stick with the same vendor, if possible, though, of course, Wi-Fi, based on rigorous standards, is vendor agnostics. But, given that we now have a Linksys (after a decade of swearing by D-Link) I looked at the Linksys offerings. As is my wont when looking for ‘accessories’ such as this, I started with Amazon.

I quickly spotted the Linksys RE1000 Wireless-N Range Extender. I also saw that there were Cisco-refurbished units for $39 — with a 90-day warranty (though I don’t worry about such things with Amazon since they are so good about returns).

Wi-Fi extender has no moving parts. I knew that ‘refurbished’ meant that customers had just returned it — possibly because they couldn’t get it to work.

I have had great luck with refurbished electronics and this was the simplest of these devices. So I ordered a refurbished for $39 and got the FREE shipping.

I placed the order last Friday night and it arrived in the mail on Thursday.

I went to install it this evening. It was a piece of cake. About 4 minutes start to finish. All I had to supply, as I expected, was the Wi-Fi password for our network. Bingo. Done. Bob, was my uncle.

That really was plug-and-play. OK, there was one hitch. You have to use a supplied CD to get it up and running. The setup application on the CD does not run on Windows 8. That was annoying. So I had to swap laptops. That was the only hitch.

It has noticeably increased Wi-Fi bandwidth in the lower flows. The laptops are getting 65Mbps — and I think that that they are gated by their chip sets.

So for $40 this was a worthwhile investment. I am particularly delighted by how easy it was to set up.

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Extend this two-fold to get a rough idea of our setup. But the same basic idea — our router right at the top and three floors below it.

Now in the interest of full disclosure I have to admit that Cisco was a long-term client of mine and that over nearly a decade I had a kind of on-again, off-again near incestous relationship with Cisco — my loyalties sometimes torn by my ‘lifelong’ association with IBM. Yes, I actually do have a Cisco employee badge — because I was theoretically employed by them for a few months. Yes, Cisco bought a token-ring startup I was involved with — after I made a phone call. Yes, I got stock options. But this was in the 90s. Yes, I used to own a fair number of Cisco shares. No longer. So in reality I don’t really have a conflict of interest — other than a chequered, and interesting, history. 

Reasons 118 To 119 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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#118. I noticed to my intense chagrin that DirecTV does NOT provide me with ANY rating information on two movies that I recorded over the last 24 hours, one of them “Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas Cottage“. Absolutely nothing as to whether it is PG, R, XXX of whatever. Normally I don’t check or care about ratings because I other have a good ideas as to what they are supposed to be or because the movie is not for the kids. With these 2 movies, and the other has a title along the lines “A Dog For Christmas” I want to know whether the kids could watch them. Nothing. Nada. Yes, I can, and did, check the Kinkade movie using the Web. It is PG. But this is stupid. In general, compared to DISH, DirecTV’s ‘info’ leaves much to be desired.

#119. The Genie would NOT power up again. From the research I have done, all the indications are that my Genie is ready to die. If it dies before July 20 I could get a new one for free — I think since there is a grudging, petty 30 day warranty. I hope it dies soon. 


Reasons 116 To 117 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

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As of today, July 15, 2013, I have 706 days left on my DirecTV 2-year contract.

I plan to schedule the cancellation of it 2 weeks ahead of that date so that it happens exactly ON that day.

I will not have DirecTV for even a minute more than I am obligated to have it.

706 and only 886 more ‘why I really hate DirecTV‘ items to list.

I don’t want to run out of my hate points.

So I am going to throttle back to 1 or 2 a day, per the 1.25/day average I have to maintain, so that I can bitch and moan about DirecTV every day.


#116. This morning, sipping my coffee and waiting for 9 am so I can catch the headlines, I resumed watching a previously recorded Military Channel documentary on the Wilhelm Gustloff the German ship justly torpedoed by the Soviets in the later days of  WW II. I had never heard of it. They reckon upwards of 5,000 Germans drowned. At 9am, I punched in ‘202’. This should have terminated the playback and selected 201. NOTHING. That same BLACK screen I got the day before appeared. #112. I have researched this. IT IS NOT GOOD! Means that the hard drive in my 22 day old Genie is dying! F*ing DirecTV. Since I refuse to pay them more for a protection plan I will have to pay them for a new one. I knew that this was their game. OF COURSE, the Genie can be programmed to fail after the first 30 days — so that suckers like me will have to pay for another one. DirecTV is, in my experience, the most unethical of U.S. companies. It is just out to rape and pillage its user base.

#117. A new record, within 24 hours for the f*ing MUTE button with the Genie f*ing Mini. Yesterday it was 3. #113. Today it was 4. So, 5 tomorrow. This is so f*ing stupid. I have checked. Common problem with the Genie. I have to find a lawyer. DirecTV should not be allowed to get away with this. 


Reasons 111 To 115 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

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#111. I have 30 Mbps broadband Internet download capacity at home across two dedicated fiber connections, 15 Mbps allocated to the Wi-Fi router and the other 15 Mbps, unshared, piped to this PC. Friday morning I was trying out the DirecTV Android APP (#103 & 104) on our Google Nexus 7 pads. At that time, since everybody in the house was piled on the bed, nobody else was using any bandwidth on the Wif-Fi router. So the router was getting close to 14.5 Mbps (taking into account the overhead). The DirecTV APP on both CNN and Nick was having trouble buffering the video. It was by no means streaming video! We were not impressed.

#112. This morning, Sunday, at 9 am, as is out wont, we put on Boston Channel 4, CBS “Sunday Morning”. Deanna wanted it recorded. So I hit record and it started recording. A commercial came on. I started going up through the Channels all the way to Channel 9, WMUR. They were showing local weather. Watched that. Then hit ‘4’ on the remote to go back. Black screen. NOTHING. No sound. Black screen. Thought bloody Genie was dead again. Hit guide. No, bloody Genie (alas) is alive — just not showing Channel 4. Hit Channel up to go to 5. 5 comes on. Hit Channel down. 4 now comes on. This is so pathetic and stupid.

#113. I had experienced this before (#89), but I again suffered mightily on Friday morning. Around 8:40 in the morning, while still drinking my first cup of coffee, I like to turn the sound off on the TV and read a book until 9 am, when I catch the headlines. So I hit mute. Friday morning mute only worked, turning off sound and then turning it on … on the 3rd attempt. So first two pushes got me noting! This is crazy.

#114. Given all the hassle I keep on encountering with the stupid DirecTV service, suffice to say I find the never ending ‘refer a friend’ commercials by DirecTV that tell me that I can save $400 a month extremely annoying and offensive. I have, however, hatched a plan. I am going to really push DirecTV to all those that irk me. So if you get e-mail (or similar) from me, signing the praises of DirecTV and urging you to switch, you should get the message.

#115. I have, as of today, had DirecTV for 23 days — and as these posts painfully chronicle I have yet to go A DAY without running into a problem. I wonder if the NH lemon law could be twisted to help me out because DirecTV sure is a lemon.