Category Archives: Telecommunications

Project: THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION of V.90/V.92 Modem Sounds

Just recently, there was a surge in traffic to my old legacy dial-up sounds pages. While I did my best with the equipment I had at the time to capture the sound of dial-up modems, I always knew that my … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Even More Internal PCI Dial-Up Modems

Regular retro-technology service continues with this blog post. I showed some of my vast collection of dial-up equipment in the past, especially my internal PCI modems, but because of the bleak future of voice-band modem technology, I sought to obtain … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

After my Samsung Galaxy SIII gave up the ghost some-time early 2015, I was on the look-out for a new phone. Being the thrifty sort of person I was, I wasn’t going to spend any more than about AU$250. I … Continue reading

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Experiment: Telstra Free Data Day Redux (3 April 2016)

It seems like Telstra hasn’t had the best of luck when it comes to network problems. I like to joke about it as The Network without Equal (outages) at least, this past few months. They had further issues with voice … Continue reading

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Retired, Teardown: Uniden XSA660 Analog Cordless Phone

On the whole, the rapid pace of technology means that, inevitably, there will come a time when you will need to upgrade to newer devices. But some systems have stayed the same for so long, that sometimes they escape being … Continue reading

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Fail, Teardown: LG G Pro Lite Dual (D686) BL-48TH Battery Swelling

Aside: Given that I’ve got a PhD thesis to hand in on Thursday this week, what the hell am I doing posting blogs? Well, as it turns out, in-between putting-out fires, I need to recharge and it seems that posting … Continue reading

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Review: 1MORE Super Bass Earphones (EO303)

On this site, I’ve managed to review and test numerous 1More design products under the Xiaomi/Mi branding, but in this article, I will be reviewing a 1More branded product for the first time. The EO303 is also known as their … Continue reading

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Quick Review, Teardown: “Avoid driving fast card” USB 3.0 Ethernet Adapter

It’s always nice to have a few extra Ethernet interfaces on a computer – sometimes you need to run a software firewall, use a computer as a router, or you just need to sniff some network traffic running to a … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Maestro Woomera (W56ERSP) 56k V.90 Modem

It’s pretty rare, but sometimes, your wishes get answered. Sometimes … just sometimes, you wish for something, it turns up on eBay … and nobody else bids for it and you end up snagging a bargain. After the slight disappointment … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Maestro Woomera VW92-USB M240 Modem

It’s not very often certain very particular pieces of hardware turn up online. Lately I’ve been on a bit of a mission in regards to voice-band modem technology (many more articles to come), so I’ve been emptying my pockets quite … Continue reading

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Teardown: Moxa NPort 5110 Serial Device Server

As someone with a lot of serial devices, and various retro-inspired experiments, problems with serial co-existence are everyday life. Things like certain USB to serial adapters which don’t put out proper RS-232 levels and only put out TTL, or drivers … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Microsoft ISP Referral Service

I’m not sure if many people ever used it, or if people were even aware of it, but in many versions of Windows, Microsoft included a mechanism for people who didn’t have internet access to obtain internet access by signing … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Flashing a Dial-Up Modem using Flashcom

After some dial-up modem adventures as of late, I realized my Netcomm Roadster II 56k Ultra SVD wasn’t quite as up to date as it could be. It had Firmware V1.53 on it, and the latest version was likely to … Continue reading

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Freeview (Quick) Update: 7flix now with MPEG-1 audio as well!

Due to the poor user response, it seems that Channel 7 has, as I had predicted it would, partially done a backflip with 7flix’s audio. That being said, if they were really nice, they should probably split out another 128kbit/s … Continue reading

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Freeview Update: Analysis of Network TEN’s Multiplex after launch of TEN HD

Today, Wednesday 2nd March, marks the launch of TEN HD’s service, promised to us at 3pm AEDST. They have a press release and a list of FAQs which includes a free call helpline (1800 783 117) for more information. Sadly, … Continue reading

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Project FAX is now online!

I suppose readers by now would know that I do love old technology in general, and watching the slow demise of voiceband modems has led me to conceive of a small project I would like to call Project FAX. The … Continue reading

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Freeview Update: Channel 7’s Multiplex after the launch of 7flix

Today marks the official launch of 7flix, Channel 7’s new movie-oriented channel. Since the channel is now running actual content, the configuration of the encoders should have reached their “production ready” state, so lets see where the chips have landed. … Continue reading

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Quick Review, Teardown: Uniden DECT 1015 Cordless Phone

Since I’ve been playing around recently with running my own Asterisk server at home and having many ATAs to create internal extensions to create virtual POTS lines to play with modems and other telephony devices, I desperately needed some nice … Continue reading

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Freeview Updates: TEN HD to launch 2nd March

Earlier this month on 14th February, I was alerted by a Justin L. about a potential new channel coming to Freeview named TEN HD. In anticipation, I immediately grabbed my TV tuner only to find nothing was on the air, … Continue reading

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Teardown, Review: Grandstream HT702 VoIP Analog Telephone Adapter

Seeing as I’ve been playing with my internal PBX and modems, and I recently just had an ATA power supply fail on me, I thought it would be a good time to order a few ATAs before they disappear entirely. … Continue reading

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Telstra’s “We’re sorry” day Experiment: 4G LTE Speed vs Time of Day

Rather embarrassingly, on February 9th, Telstra suffered a significant mobile outage across the country owing to human error in handling a hardware failure in a set of redundant mobile nodes, resulting in the shut down of too many nodes and … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Cisco SPA112 2-Port Analog Telephone Adapter

I think it was clear from my last post that the Linksys/Cisco PAP2T was my favourite VoIP ATA. Unfortunately, as it is a dinosaur, it is no longer available. As I was interested in adding a few more lines to … Continue reading

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VoIPey Valentines Day: Demonstrating V.61 Analog Simultaneous Voice and Data

The way we communicate has changed substantially over the past few decades. What was once the most important staple of communication at home, namely the POTS land-line, is slowly disappearing altogether in favour of VoIP and mobile based services. Along … Continue reading

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Experiment: LG D686 Battery Charging Investigation

Earlier, in my article about modifying a USB charger doctor as a USB current shunt, I elaborated on the possibility of microcycling occurring in the battery of my mobile phone due to the irregular current profile after the phone had … Continue reading

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Teardown: Alcatel 3AU 04805 ABAA & LSE LSF2070 ADSL Microfilters

While rummaging around my old equipment box, I came across some in-line microfilters which I have collected as spares from discarded modem boxes or from places where they suspect having filter problems and have had their filters interchanged with a … Continue reading

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Analysis: Freeview Sydney – Launch of 9Life, DSM-CC, etc.

As per the announcements, at 6am on 26th November 2015, the 9Life channel was officially launched and the Channel 9 Freeview offerings have undergone a reshuffle as a result. Anticipating this move for a week now, I had my trained … Continue reading

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Analysis: Sydney Freeview Services (Nov 2015) & Melbourne Cup

Being the busy person that I am, I don’t usually have much time to watch TV, not that there’s much to watch on Freeview most days. Despite that, I caught wind that Channel 9 will launch a new lifestyle channel … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Ethernet (10Mbit/s) Network Interface Card Collection

Seeing as I had just posted a Fast Ethernet flashback, I suppose it would be a good time to go further and look back another decade to the “original” Ethernet. Prior to the development of an over-arching networking standard, networks … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Fast Ethernet Network Interface Card Collection (Part 2)

This post is part of a two post series looking at the Fast Ethernet NICs in my collection, with some reminiscence of the legacy Fast Ethernet has left behind. Here are some more interesting and varied NICs in my collection. … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Fast Ethernet Network Interface Card Collection (Part 1)

The era of Fast Ethernet was a highly important and memorable (at least, to me) period in computing history. Introduced in 1995 (i.e. 20 years ago), after most competing networking technologies were starting to fall by the wayside, it added … Continue reading

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