I’ve been having a nightmare getting my iPhones to get DHCP addresses the past week or so.

This morning I went out bought a new Time Capsule and some Airport Express devices with the intent of going to an all Apple network away from the Netgear stuff I’ve been using.

Before starting the process I went down to a room downstairs with my Macbook Pro to check the signal strength and noticed two Wifi networks with the same SSID.  Hmmm…

I then realized that my Wireless-to-Ethernet bridge device for my Foxtel iQ2 box was on the same network as the main router.  If those two lost their relationship…

Hmmmm…

Unplugged the bridge and presto – the Macbook only saw one of the two networks and my iPhone picked up an IP address straightaway.

So that’s one problem solved.

Now if I could just my Macbook to stop randomly running iTunes whenever I press the “i” key, that would be awesome.

I read something interesting today – this year’s salary cap floor is over $6m higher than the first year of this CBA’s ceiling.  That means hockey revenues have gone up (and the Canadian Dollar has helped) and the players have done well.

But has the NHL done well?

I would argue that the continued “plight” that clubs like Toronto and the New York Rangers find themselves in is not good for hockey.  The situation in Chicago a year ago was also not good.  You can’t have big market teams making massive profits, but UNABLE to put that money back into improving their club.  

Food for though – if the Leafs fail to make the playoffs this season, they will have not made the playoffs during the current CBA.  Was missing a whole season of hockey worth it for the game’s biggest market?  Hardly.

Has the new CBA helped any of these “bubble” small market teams?  Well, Atlanta has moved to Winnipeg.  Phoenix is, well, Phoenix – still owned by the NHL and underwritten by the local government.  The two teams in Florida are still lemons.  Carolina is apparently not doing so well.

Wasn’t this CBA supposed to help these teams?

Is it fair for Leaf fans to watch Ovechkin play with the Caps knowing full well that his ENTIRE salary (plus a few million) comes from revenue sharing?  Hardly.

Mediocrity rules.
It was just a bad day for computer gear.

My Netgear WNDR3700 said it needed an upgrade for ipv6 compatibility so I upgraded the firmware.  Luckily I took a backup of the config before starting the upgrade because the dodgy Netgear software borked my router.

Also luckily for me, I always keep a spare of my core router handy with a factory install waiting for just such situations.  I plugged it in, restored the config and my household network was back up and running.  I cleaned up the borked router and got it back to factory status and this time I downloaded the upgrade and did it from my local machine.  Worked a charm.

Except my iPhone 4 was no longer successfully getting a DHCP address all the time.  I noticed that if my phone turned off or I went out of range, when I’d turn it on in range, about 80% of the time it wouldn’t get a DHCP address from the router so it would default to one of the 169.x.x.x ones.

I decided to look at my settings on the router and noticed that RIP was set to “default”.  I had stored away in my memory somewhere that the iPhone 4 really likes RIP2, so I switched it to RIP2B (subnet information, the RIP2M is for multicast networks).  While the router was applying the update my iPhone 4 picked up a proper DHCP address – success!

I’ve turned it off, put it to sleep and everything else I can think of and it immediately comes back on and finds a  DHCP address over WIFI instantly.

A good ending to a very average computer hardware day!