Setup Globe Broadband with D-Link DIR-300 Wireless G Router

I’ve been getting a lot of queries on how I setup my Globe Broadband connection to power my simple home wireless network.

Well, I’ll share how I did it today.

First off, some reminders and warnings of sorts. I’m not a computer networking professional nor have I received any formal training in setting up computer networks. What I’m going to share here is based on my first-hand experiences in working with computers and routers backed by trial-and-error methods, research from the web and self-teachings.

Now that’s clear, I’ll go right into the meat of this post by using this photo I’ve prepared for this occasion.

GlobeWiFiSetup

GlobeWiFiSetup

It’s that simple. Here are the steps:

  1. Place the router in an open and central location. Do not plug the power adapter into the router.
  2. Turn the power off on your modem. If there is no on/off switch, then unplug the modem’s power adapter. Shut down your computer.
  3. Unplug the Ethernet cable (that connects your computer to your modem) from your computer and place it into the WAN port on the router.
  4. Plug an Ethernet cable into one of the four LAN ports on the router. Plug the other end into the Ethernet port on your computer.
  5. Turn on or plug in your modem. Wait for the modem to boot (about 30 seconds).
  6. Plug the power adapter to the router and connect to an outlet or power strip. Wait about 30 seconds for the router to boot.
  7. Turn on your computer.
  8. Verify the link lights on the router. The power light, WAN light, and the LAN light (the port that your computer is plugged into) should be lit. If not, make sure your computer, modem, and router are powered on and verify the cable connections are correct.

Now here’s how I configured my home Wi-Fi:

  1. Open a web browser, I used Firefox when I first configured the home Wi-Fi.
  2. Type in 192.168.0.1 into the address bar.
  3. Type in admin as username and leave the password field blank. (I’ve changed these default settings to my own so as to increase my network’s security.)
  4. Used the Internet Connection Setup Wizard and after all the steps, my home Wi-Fi is up, secured and providing internet access throughout our entire house and compound.

The D-Link DIR-300 Wireless G router has been in service in my house for almost a year now and so far, it has been performing superbly well. It may not be the leading model in its line but it sure provides a solid value for the money I spent on it, which is not that much as compared to other wireless routers.

It’s ease of use, setup and configuration has made setting up a home Wi-Fi network as easy as plugging in a flash drive to your pc or laptop. The only problems I have with it is when my internet connection becomes intermittent every once in a while, but then that’s Globe’s fault!

Anyone else using the D-Link DIR-300 wireless router? How about similar routers? How was your experience in setting up your home Wi-Fi network?

Rizal and the Valley Golf fiasco

The discussion has toned down a little but the mainstream media is still echoing the uproar of the local blogosphere on the Valley Golf fiasco and about how bloggers have rallied to the side of the dela Paz family after learning that they have been beaten to a pulp by the DAR secretary and his son the Mayor of Masui.

However, like in any democracy, the move is not without critics whom have argued that the bloggers’ act, has a bit of hypocrisy because when a middle-class family became the victims of abusive government officials, we were quick to cry wolf, grab torches, pitchforks and prepared for battle, so to speak.

However, the same crowd were silent, back when activists were being kidnapped and liquidated, farmers who have lost their lands and are starving to death walked hundreds of miles to get their voices heard and the country’s top official stole the ballot twice and continues to lie, steal and kill for her own ambitions.

Or as BrianB has commented in Filipino Voices:

To all our clueless middle class. Welcome to the Philippines.

When the politicos were going after the poor, their lands and their rights, what did the middle class do? Nothing. When the politicos went after the press, what did the middle class do? Nothing. Now they are starting to come at you and your previous apathy has made you as weak as puking baby.

As Butch aka Warrior Lawyer puts its, BrianB has a valid point but he begs to differ:

the reaction of the upper-middle class is wholly understandable as what happened to the De La Paz family hits close to home. It could have been us, one would immediately think. Not that I can afford a membership to Valley Golf (both the De La Pazes and Pagandamans are members) but I certainly have a few close buddies who are members and have been invited many times to drop by the place. And access to the internet platform that is the blogosphere, at least as far as creating compelling content is concerned, remains, like golf, to be a largely elite undertaking. Note that it was Bambee’s blog that alerted fellow bloggers and stirred up their passionate response.

And I agree entirely. This apathy (or hypocrisy ?) cannot be helped because the middle class is in the middle (duh!) of the social order/pyramid/pecking order in our society. They just go with the flow, especially if it will serve their own class interests, of which they are not always consciously aware of doing.

Again, this is not something new. It has happened before. In fact, it happened 112 years and two days ago.

The execution of the most famous member of the Filipino middle-class, which back then were called the principalia, in our history, the illustrado, Jose Rizal.

In their book, The History of the Burgis, authors Mariel N. Francisco and Maria C. Arriola in a comment on the execution of Jose Rizal shares the same way view as BrianB puts forward:

Rizal was not just another martyr. He was an ilustrado. His execution marked a transgression into their illustrious ranks. Thus did the ilustrados (finally!) shift their considerable social weight to the side of the revolutionary masses. Much as the burgis did after Ninoy Aquino’s assassination.

I’m not saying the dela Pazes are the modern day Rizals nor Ninoys but this little anecdote in our history reminds us of who we are as a people and why we are still in this God-forsaken third world-status.

Hoping for an Eraserheads Concert Part 2 (but only after Ely Buendia is 100% OK)

Is it fate? I had mixed thoughts about the Eraserheads reunion concert that took place, but was cut short, last night at the Fort Bonifacio Global City Open Field in Taguig.

It was cut short because Ely Buendia suffered a mild heart attack during the 20-minute break of their much awaited reunion concert. He was then rushed to the Makati Medical Center for treatment.

The Inquirer report says:

“He had a slight attack because of stress due to the recent passing of his mother (Lisette Buendia), and their sound check which lasted till 3 a.m. today (Saturday),” said MTV Philippines and Radiohead director for marketing Ronald Esguerra

Ely Buendia deserves all the credit he can get. Despite his health and emotional condition, he pushed on with the concert, "tuloy ang Ligaya" ika nga. The other E-heads members also deserve big, big props for still pushing through with the concert despite all the controversies beforehand and of course to all four band members for giving the audience an awesome first set.

The audience must be thanked as well. Despite the euphoria of witnessing and listening the return of the Eraserheads right before their eyes, they did not explode into a mob ala-Wowowee stampede when Ely’s sister Lally Buendia announced that the concert had to be cut short. They left the venue quietly and peacefully, hoping for Ely’s speedy recovery both physically and emotionally.

I’m sure all the other E-heads fans that didn’t make it to the concert last night are with the band, Ely’s family and friends on this one.

Which brings me to the title of this post, because there’s this Pinoy thing that when something so good and awesome gets cut short, we cannot help but crave for a second or follow-up. In Filipino, "Isa pa nga, parang bitin kasi eh."

Rumors have already circulated but I’ll repeat them here, I hope for a second Eraserheads reunion concert, but and it’s a big BUT, only after Ely Buendia has recovered 100% physically, physiologically, and emotionally.

Until then, I wish Ely Buendia a speedy and full recovery. I thank Raimund Marasigan, Buddy Zabala, Marcus Adoro and Ely Buendia for their musical legacy and giving us the Eraserheads.

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More about the Eraserheads concert from these bloggers:

The Eraserheads Concert being cut short by Noemi Dado

Eraserheads Reunion Concert: 08.30.2008 by Karla Redor

Eraserheads Reunion Concert by Aileen Apolo

Eraserheads Reunion Opens with Alapaap by Jayvee Fernandez

Join the Philippine Blog Carnival: Manila, My Manila

Thanks to Grace of Filipina Soul, I was encouraged to revive a little known group-blogging project called the Philippine Blog Carnival.

It is a digest of blog posts by Pinoy bloggers blogging about anything that captures their interest be it a city in the Philippines, Pilipino culture and being Pinoy, common experiences, the stories of Juan dela Cruz among others. It is a demonstration of the diversity and energy of the Pinoy blogging community.

With this, and on behalf of Grace, we’re inviting you to join the upcoming edition of the Philippine Blog Carnival with the theme: “Manila, My Manila.”

All you have to do is tell your stories about the City of Manila; experiences, favorite places, food, people, anything about the city. Blog about it, use photos, make a short video or podcast. As long you are a Pinoy or Pinay who has a blog and have something to contribute, you’re very much welcome.

Simply visit the Philippine Blog Carnival page to learn more and if you’re ready, you can submit your entry using this link.

The deadline for submission is this Friday, June 27, 2008. The carnival, which is a super blog post containing a write-up about the contributions plus loads of link love to the respective bloggers will be posted on Saturday, June 28, 2008.

Want to host the Philippine Blog Carnival?

Which brings me to this point, if you’re willing to host the “Manila, My Manila” edition of the Phil. Blog Carnival on your own blog you’re free to do so. You don’t even have to write the super blog post itself, I’ll just e-mail you the draft post and all you have to do is to publish it on your blog. Soon enough, all those who joined will visit your blog to see how the carnival turned out and read all the other entries that made it into the carnival. Are you up for it? Just get in touch with me using this contact form.

Again, any entry be it a regular blog post, video post or podcast is welcome as long as it has something to do with the City of Manila. Of course, spam and off-topic entries will not be accepted.

To help you get started, here’s a great video documentary about Manila during 1938.

Much thanks to Philippine-American Commentary for sharing this gem.

Hope you’ll join or spread the word about the Philippine Blog Carnival, and I’m excited as how it will turn out.

Save on fuel with SEAOIL Price Lock Prepaid Fuel Card

When I learned from the news that the price of fuel may reach a staggering price of Php60.00 per liter next month, I said to my self; “That’s it! I’m going to get bicycle from now on.” If this ever comes true, which I hope not, things would definitely be harder for all of us. Especially those who have their own cars or drive public transportation vehicles, for them, this could be the end of it.

However, there is still hope as SEAOIL has come up with a scheme to help ease the burden of sky-rocketing fuel prices. It has has introduced an industry-first prepaid card that pegs a customer’s gasoline purchase at P53.50 per liter.

SEAOIL prepaid

the Price Lock Prepaid Fuel Card can be used to buy 20 liters of gasoline (G5 X-treme and Unleaded) from any SEAOIL participating stations. The selling period is from June 10-16 22, 2008. Each card costs P1,070 and is valid for 10 weeks (June 10 up to August 16, 2008).

Since the price has been fixed, cardholders will have an easier time budgeting their fuel expenses as they will be insulated from further spikes in gasoline costs during the promo period.

In the less likely event of a price rollback also during the period, i.e. the price goes down to less than P53.50 a liter, SEAOIL will refund unused (unscratched) fuel prepaid cards.

The Price Lock Prepaid Fuel Card will be made available at the following participating SEAOIL stations: EDSA, Imelda Avenue, Maybunga, P.Tuazon, Pasig Boulevard, Commonwealth, Malabon, Merville, Paco, E. Rodriguez, Paraluman, Mindanao Avenue, Panaderos, Tandang Sora and Buendia.

SEAOIL will also be selling the prepaid card in the following offsite points: Metrowalk and Tiendesitas in Pasig City, Greenhills Shopping Center in San Juan and Shopwise in Cubao, Quezon City.

The card is valid for a single transaction only, which means customers should use up its entire 20-liter value since any unconsumed amount, such as a 19-liter purchase, will forfeit the remaining card value.

Only SEAOIL station attendants are authorized to scratch the silver coating of the prepaid card upon purchase and claim the same card after the customer fills up.

The cards will be available from July 5 to July 20, 2008 and are valid from July 5 to September 20, 2008. The prepaid card can be bought at P1,180 for 20 liters (P59.00 per liter).

This time all SEAOIL stations in Metro Manila and Rizal are included in the promo. Customers may buy and redeem cards at these stations:

1. A. Bonifacio
2. Binangonan
3. Buendia
4. Cainta
5. Commonwealth
6. Dagat-dagatan
7. Dimasalang
8. EDSA
9. E. Rodriguez
10. Gulod
11. Imalda Avenue
12. Karuhatan
13. Malabon
14. Marikina
15. Maybunga
16. Merville
17. Mindanao Ave.
18. Montalban
19. North Bay
20. P. Tuazon
21. Paco
22. Palatiw
23. Panaderos
24. Paraluman
25. Pasig
26. Payatas
27. Pritil
28. Retiro
29. San Juan
30. San Mateo
31. St. Dominic
32. Sucat
33. Tandang Sora
34. Taguig
Stations to open in July:
35. Arkong Bato
36. Sta. Cruz
37. Legarda
38. Del Monte

The resumption of the off-site selling in Greenhills Theatre Mall (in front of Starbucks), Greenhills V-Mall (in front of SM Appliance Center), Shopwise (2nd level parking) and Metrowalk (Activity Center near Starbucks). The schedules are:
Theatre Mall, V-Mall, Shopwise – July 4-6 and July 11-13 (Fridays-Sundays), 11am-6pm
Metrowalk – July 4-5 and July 11-12 (Fridays and Saturdays), 5pm-12mn

A clever way to help mitigate the effects of rising fuel prices and as mentioned, it’s an industry first. I have a feeling that this will catch on pretty well as Filipinos are known to be “practical” people, finding constant ways to get more value for their money.

The Banana Gangbang Rock Fest: Good beer, sweet place, awesome bands, face-melting music

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Finally my blog is live and fully functioning on its new host which means yes, I switched hosts again, I’ll blog about it later on but right now I’ll share my side of how The Man-Blog’s 1st Banana Gangbang Rock Fest like how I described it in this post’s title.

Good beer and sweet place

The BGRF took place at Bela Bar in Greenhills which we could’ve easily found if we didn’t take too much time talking to ladies stationed at every toll booth we passed along the way from Alabang down south. Actually we almost became lost because instead of taking the EDSA lane towards Cubao, we mysteriously took the one heading to Makati which was in the opposite direction of where we’re supposed to go. I remember the things I said to my self when I realized we were going in the wrong direction:

Wait a minute. If we’re going to Cubao/Greenhills, how come the buildings are steadily being replaced by trees? And where the hell is the MRT track that’s supposed to be on our left-hand side?! Of fuck we’re going the wrong way!

So a quick course correction and after arguing with Doms (bassist for Mannequin, and the one who told Bryan, their drummer and driver at that time, the wrong directions) we managed to get on the other side of EDSA and made our way to Bela Bar.

Early birds, I mean band

I thought we were already late thanks to our little rendezvous with the SLEX toll booth ladies, but we were actually the first band and guests to arrive at Bela Bar! Call time was 7:30 and we were there a few minutes after. Ade was there to greet us and I quickly introduced him to the members of Mannequin, the band I brought along to play in the BGRF, the band I so-called “manage” but I prefer to think of it as the band I fully-support-and-help-out-in-any-way-i-can because they are my good friends.

Acquaintances asides, we checked out the whole place and it was great. It’s not that big but it was a great place to have some good beer and hear music in the Metro. It’s really not hard to find for it is close to many familiar landmarks like Zirco bar and it’s a few blocks from Cardinal Santos Hospital.

Zoo

First to really perform was Zoo (Mannequin was the first one on stage but all they did was a soundcheck. Ade knows the whole story :P) This is Lauren Dado‘s band and I was dying to see and hear them perform.

They were great. Who ever said punk rock is dead? Zoo’s punk-influenced music is solid proof that it’s not. All of their four original songs were a healthy dose of good rock music that rightfully warmed up the audience and driving the anticipation for the other bands up high.

Mannequin

At first Ade thought I was part of the band, but I said “Nah, I just manage them, so to speak.” Mannequin is made up of 5 engineering students from De La Salle University – Dasmarinas and they are already quite well-known in campus. So I figured being able to perform in an event in Manila would be the next logical step. It would also do them good as they could learn a lot from the experience.

What better way to have their debut performance-in-the-metro than to have them play alongside the awesome TMB bands. At first the boys were nervous, that’s why they were reluctant and actually did something just so they wouldn’t be the first to perform that night. They wanted to get a feel of the audience first. So after a quick soundcheck they immediately handed over the stage to Zoo who had just arrived. Ade and I were surprised by this little change in the line-up but it cannot be helped. Boys will be boys.

When they did finally performed on stage, I was glad the audience cheered and applauded. Their hardcore rock covers of classic Freddie Aguilar hits like Anak never fails to reap awe and applause from the audience. Though there is still plenty of room for improvement, I’m proud that the boys made a good impression on Karla Redor, Bela bar’s manager, and Noisy, noisy man himself Ade. They also learned a few things, I guess the most important of all is to come up with more original compositions. And the boys are more motivated now than ever. So hopefully, in case they do get invited to the next BGRF or other events, they’d deliver and deliver good.

Marco Palinar of Sanity Kit

When I heard that Marco Palinar of Sanity Kit was the only one who’s going to perform I was a bit sad because I was looking forward to hear every TMB band play that night. However, things really turned around as Marco played a guitar solo. But it was 7 minutes of guitar awesomeness! Everyone at Bela Bar never took their eyes of him and listened to every note he played. I agree with Ade, you could never over use the word “awesome” to describe Marco’s performance. Now, I am more eager to see and hear him perform with the whole Sanity Kit band.

Tempestous

Next up was Mike Villar’s band, Tempestous. Though Mike turned down our requests for him to show us his titties, he made up for it by playing fucking good ROCK music. With “flu and all” according to him. No wonder he was just sitting there at their table when I saw him. Nonetheless, just like any true Man-blogger, he didn’t let pills, red horse, iced tea and a heap of cigarettes to get in his way of delivering fucking good ROCK music. Wait, I said that already. Anyways, their cover of Metallica’s Seek and Destroy proves that Mike Villar is not just a Rising Internet Star, but a Rising Internet Star who rocks.

Lose Your Beer Belly

Who else would’ve been the best choice to cap off the night? That’s right, it’s none other than Lose Your Beer Belly. If Ade was blown away by Mannequin, Mannequin and the rest of the audience were driven to a massive orgy thanks to their awesome blues rock music! Proof of this is that I was seen bobbin’ my head, drumming the table, screaming for more and emptying 6 bottles of Red Horse beer (on top of the 5 San Mig Light I already had earlier) during their performance. And you don’t see geeks like me do that every night. Like I said, good beer, cool crowd, awesome music. Three days after that damn good night, the boys of Mannequin are still talking about awesome that night was. And I share with them the wish for a BGRF 2.

There were a lot of bloggers who attended but I was stuck keeping an eye on my guests and the band I only had the chance to talk with Karla Redor that night. I even had this realization which I shared to her on that night and to Ade the day after via Gtalk:

it was, to my memory, the first event by bloggers that had nothing to do with blogging, seo, monetization, SERPs, google and all that [geeky, money-making] stuff lol

Big props to the following:

Poyt, Kring, Ria, Ale, Jen, Nick (thanks for the pictures, dude!), Tal, Randy, Perry, Sasha, Rico M, Rico S, Noemi Dado, Butch Dado, and Karla Redor.

On behalf of Mannequin, we thank Bela Bar and Joyce Ramos, for making the entire thing possible. It was a huge success, thanks to you guys, thank you Ade for having Mannequin play, thanks Karla for the photos, and to everyone else, we look forward to seeing you all in the next Banana Gangbang Rock fest!

More Pictures!

More write-ups about BGRF from around the web:

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The Banana Gangbang Rock Festival

If you had a blast at recently concluded iBlog 4 and the 88db.com Bloggers’ Night then this next event will complete your summer.

The awesome folks at The Man-Blog proudly presents:

Banana Gangbang rock fest

It features the bands of Mike “Fucking” Villar, Marco Palinar, Lauren Dado, and Ade Magnaye (who claims to be some hot Dominic Ochoa lookalike)

The TMB bands will also be joined in by more awesome bands like Drift and one of DLSU-D’s notable bands, Mannequin.

This not-to-miss rock fest will take place at Bela Bar, Greenhills this coming Saturday May 3, 2008. Entrance is just Php100.00 and is consumable. You could view the map here. Check out the Man-blog or visit the Noisy, Noisy Man for more info.