NBN + Telstra Netgear C6300BD Fix

Today a technician from NBN came over to my house and installed the device. My house is connected to the NBN network via NBN Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC).

“An nbn Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) connection is used in circumstances where the existing ‘pay TV’ or cable network can be used to make the final part of the nbn™ network connection.”

HFC NBN is not great but hey, it’s better than nothing. It uses the oldest Australia’s multi-technology component which is the old cable network that connects Foxtel subscription TV. I live in an old suburb where I get constant internet dropouts (ADSL2) when it rains.

I believe HFC to FTTP is still in under development.
The ranks from best to worst.
FTTP > FTTN > HFC
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Anyway, back to the story. I tried connecting my Telstra Netgear C6300BD WAN port to the NBN device with an ethernet cable. My router had the downstream led lights kept on flashing. No internet. FYI, once we switched over to NBN, the normal phone line won’t work anymore and this modem is not compatible with the phone as there is no phone line port. Have to get another modem that supports the phone line. If power/NBN line goes down, your phone line goes down too unless you have a backup battery supplied to the line. I troubleshooted and found a temporary solution until I get a new modem.

I have opted for 100/40 speed with Telstra. I was with iiNet ADSL2+ and the speed has gotten worse. Speed was Download Speed: 5mbit, Upload 1mbit. Parent’s was constantly streaming and surfing the internet was unbearable, the internet standstill when I tried to surf on my PC. Tried QoS and no luck. About 5+ devices connected to the network. After 10 years with iiNet (Loyal customer!!). We finally gave in and moved to Telstra Cable. The plan was 30/1 with speed boost addon.

Click here to view the post on the solution.

Telstra Netgear C6300BD (NBN) Internet Fix

Follow the instructions below to get your Internet working with Telstra Netgear C6300BD modem. The modem initially has WAN mode setting disabled. Here’s how to get it enabled and get it working. This modem is compatible with NBN but with no phone line.

**NOTE** This modem does not have a phone line port, if you need to use the phone, best to consult with your service provider.

Step 1: First, connect the ethernet cable from Telstra Netgear C6300BD WAN port to the NBN device.

Step 2: Go to your router settings in the browser: 192.168.0.1
Type the admin/password

Step 3: You will see the basic modem page. Click Advanced view from the top right.
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Step 4: Under WAN Setup, Click WAN Backup and you will see it ticked Disable
Tick Enable – WAN mode and hit apply.

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Step 5: Reboot modem (and Wait for a minute or so)

Step 6: The Internet should be working!

Have fun!

No Wifi? No Sound? WTRPi!?

Bought my Raspberry Pi 3 from Logicware Aussie shop. Speedy delivery.

I installed Ubuntu MATE 16.04.2 LTS onto my RPi device. After installation, my Wifi decided to cut off. It wasn’t connecting to the network. That was odd I said to myself. I just did the good old trick, restarted the device. BAM! It worked, Wifi came back on.

Tried to update the software through the updater and it said not enough space on boot…
My microsd card is a 32gb, plenty of space!

I ran the commands through the terminal

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get autoremove

These commands seem to do the trick! Didn’t have to reinstall Ubuntu.

Then another issue came up. I plugged the aux cable, no sound. Why?!?! Needed to type more commands to activate it through the terminal.

For HDMI

sudo amixer cset numid=3 2

For 3.5mm audio jack

sudo amixer cset numid=3 1

My aux cable worked with the sound, trying it without the 3.5mm audio jack. Trying to play through my HDMI cable.

Needed to use these commands. The commands above did not work.

For HDMI

First, we have to edit config.txt through the terminal.
Terminal: sudo nano /boot/config.txt

Remove the # as per below:
This will force it to select HDMI mode
Before: #hdmi_drive=2#
After: hdmi_drive=2

Before: #hdmi_force_hotplug=1#
After: hdmi_force_hotplug=1

Hit Ctrl+X and Hit Y to exit and save and reboot.
Then type: sudo reboot

Tried viewing Youtube on it and it was quite choppy and laggy. The video doesn’t fully load and it doesn’t run quite smooth. Anyway, more tinkering!

Building my Dad’s PC

Dad needed an upgrade, he was running on my old small laptop and it was dying.

These are the parts I built him under $500.

CPU: Intel Pentium G4560 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor
Motherboard: MSI B250M PRO-VDH Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24D5MT DVD/CD Writer
PSU: FSP 500W OEM 80PLUS Bronze EU Power Supply
Case: Reuse
HDD: Reuse

Total: Under $500

Whilst I was building it, it didn’t seem to boot up. For a day, I troubleshoot and couldn’t find the issue. Initially, I thought it was the power supply but it wasn’t. At first, I plugged the case power led, sound, hdd power leads into the wrong pins. I first corrected that then the second issue was the PCIe slot side pin was pushed down accidentally as it was installing an invisible graphics card. All resolved within 2 days.

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