fixed : setup LogiLink WL0083 as WiFi-to-ethernet-bridge

Question :

I have a Philips BluRay player which has the option to connect to the internet (for things like YouTube and Picasa), which I think would be interesting to every once in a while.  The BluRay player has two options to connect to the internet, either using an ethernet network cable or using the special Philips WiFi-to-USB-dongle that is very expensive.

Problem is the BluRay player is next to my TV (and my AppleTV), but I do not have an ethernet cable connection there, only WiFi… (and my AppleTV cannot share it’s WiFi connection through it’s ethernet port…)

My first thought was to use an Apple AirPort Express and connect it to the BluRay player’s ethernet-port to use it as a WiFi/AirPort-client… but since I do not have an AirPort Express (yet), buying one would even be a more expensive option than buying the official Philips WiFi-to-USB-dongle…

On the other hand… I do happen to have a mini/portable WiFi-router (a LogiLink WL0083) lying around, which should be able to act as a WiFi-to-ethernet-bridge also…

But… even after several tries, I did not succeed in setting the WL0083 up properly…

Any idea how that should be done ?

Answer :

Yes !

Actually it’s rather simple, you just have to setup the LogiLink WL0083 as “Client+AP” and use the setup-wizard of the web-interface, but there are 3 things to know :

-1- the default IP-address of the LogiLink WL0083 is 192.168.2.1 so you need to be sure that the network you want it to connect to does not use the 192.168.2.0 to 192.168.2.255 range of IP-adresses (so you might have to reconfigure your ‘entire’ network to use the 192.168.3.1 to 192.168.3.255 range…)

-2- to make it a “Client only” instead of a “Client+AP”, you should set SSID broadcast to “Hidden” and leave the additional (extender) SSID in default “Logilink” and “Disabled”

-3- and… when finishing up, do not forget to change the IP-address of your Mac’s WiFi and ethernet connection back to “DHCP”

in a step-by-step guide, that would be :

– make sure your WiFi network is not using the 192.168.2.0 to 192.168.2.255 range of IP-adresses (if it does, reconfigure your network router to use another range of IP addresses, and reconfigure all clients in your network that use Static IP addresses)

– then unplug your ethernet cable from your regular network

– disconnect from your regular WiFi/AirPort-network

– connect the LogiLink WL0083 to your Mac using an ethernet cable, and connect it’s USB-cable to a powered USB-port (e.g. on your Mac)

– then press the small “WPS/Reset”-button on the WL0083 for about 5 seconds (to reset it)

– then, on your Mac, go to Apple Menu (Apple icon top-left on the screen) –> System Preferences –> Network –> Ethernet and change it to “Using DHCP with manual address” and type the IP-address 192.168.2.100 in the input field

– then open Safari and type 192.168.2.1 into the URL-field ; for User Name and Password type “admin” (both the same)

– now the LogiLink web interface should open

– click on the “Client+AP” tab, then “Setup Wizard” on the left, followed by “Next” on the left

– on the next screen, start by clicking on the “Scan”-button, and wait for the list of SSIDs of local WiFi/AirPort-networks to appear

– then select your WiFi/AirPort-network from the list

– everything will then be automatically filled out, apart from “Pass Phrase:”, there you should type your WiFi/AirPort-password

– then click “Next”

– in the “Wireless Basic Settings”-screen that opens, set “Network Mode” to “11b/g/n mixed mode”, leave “SSID” as it is (probably “Logilink”), set “Broadcast SSID” to “Disable” and leave the rest as it is automatically set

– then click “Next”

– in the “Wireless Security Settings”-screen that opens, set “Security Mode” to “Disable”, and leave the rest as it is

– then click “Next”

– in the next screen click “Apply” and the WL0083 will reboot

– then, on your Mac, make sure that you are NOT connected to a WiFi/AirPort-network

– then go to Apple Menu –> System Preferences –> Network –> Ethernet and change it to “Using DHCP”

– then, in Safari, manually type the URL of any existing website that you do not often visit (e.g. the website of the city you live in) and see if it loads, to check if the WL0083 is properly configured as a WiFi-client on your network

– then disconnect the LogiLink WL0083’s ethernet and USB cable from your Mac

– so, go over to your BluRay player, and connect the LogiLink WL0083’s ethernet cable to it and connect the USB cable to a powered USB-port (or USB-poweradapter)

– now try and see if your BluRay player can use it’s internet services

– if your BluRay player needs any additional configuration, just set it to “ethernet” and “DHCP”

Enjoy !

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Note #1 : the LogiLink WL0083 supports WiFi-N only at 150Mbps speed, even though the normal maximum speed of WiFi-N is 300Mbps (just like Apple’s implementation of WiFi-N in AirPort), most of the time you will probably not notice any decline in quality, but you might if you’re a heavy user…

Note #2 : if you want to adjust something small on your LogiLink WL0083 after you’ve configured it, you just need to temporarily switch your ethernet-connection from “Using DHCP” to “Using DHCP with manual address” and 192.168.2.100 as the actual IP-address ; then you can login to the LogiLink web-interface at the 192.168.2.1 URL (and do not forget to change back to “Using DHCP” afterwards)

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fixed : what’s the location of Apple’s official Mac icons in OSX ?

Question :

I want to change the icon of my hard drive into an icon-sized picture of my Mac.

How do I do that ?

Answer :

For (nearly) every model of Mac, iPhone, iPad & iPod, the ‘official’ icon is already included inside OSX. If you want to use it, e.g. as an icon for a hard drive or folder, or as a profile pic on a website (a.k.a. an Avatar), you just have to did a little inside OSX…

– in the Finder, select “Go” in the top Menu-bar, and select “Go to folder” from the pulldown-list

– in the screen that opens, paste the following line :

/System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Resources

– now the folder that holds all Apple’s hardware icons and system icons will open

Note : be sure not to mess things up in this folder ! do not delete anything ! deleting or messing up could mean you will have to reinstall OSX !

– in this folder the hardware icon of (nearly) any Mac can be found, the names start with “com.apple.”

– find the Mac-icon you’re looking for, some examples :

aluminium iMac 27″ = com.apple.imac-unibody-27

black MacBook 13″ = com.apple.macbook-black

MacBook Air 11″ (2010 and newer) = com.apple.macbookair-11-unibody

MacBook Pro 13″ (with DVD-burner) = com.apple.macbookpro-13-unibody

– then right-click (CTRL-click) on it and select “Copy” from the popup-menu

– then close the folder (to avoid messing things up, keep this folder open no longer than strictly needed)

– then return to your Desktop (in the Finder) and right-click (CTRL-click) anywhere there

– then choose “Paste” from the popup-menu, and on your Desktop a .ICNS-file with the selected Mac as it’s icon will appear

– then, on the Desktop, right-click (CTRL-click) the icon of your hard drive (normally a generic hard drive icon named “Macintosh HD”) and select “Get Info” from the popup-menu

– then in the “Get Info”-window that opens, select the icon so it will get a blue (selection) glow around it

– then drag&drop the .ICNS-file from your Desktop onto the icon in the “Get Info”-window

that’s it !

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Note #1 :

if you would also like to give your generically named Macintosh HD a different name, go to the chapter “Name & Extension:” in the “Get Info”-window ; if the small triangle icon in front of it is pointing to the right, click on it to let it point down and the chapter will expand to reveal an entry box where you can type the name you want to give to your hard drive

Note #2 :

if you do not see your hard drive on your Desktop, go to “Finder” in the top Menu-bar and select “Preferences…” from the pulldown-menu ; in the “Finder Preferences”-window that opens, click on the “General”-tab/icon and put a checkmark at “Hard disks”

fixed : setting up WiFi-printing for the Samsung CLP-365W

Question :

I just bought a Samsung CLP-365W color laser printer and I am very happy with it. Setting it up for use over USB and Ethernet was easy. But since it is a wireless network-printer, I would like to use is as such. Even with the enclosed “Wireless Network Quick Guide” I have still no success in setting it up after several tries…

Do you have any idea how to set the CLP-365W up for wireless networking from my Mac ?

Answer :

Yes !

…and you are completely right : all instructions provided by Samsung are incomplete…

…and the setup-process is not always smooth and hassle-free…

So… here’s how to do it :

1- download the Wireless Setting app for OSX from the Samsung website :

http://www.samsung.com/us/support/owners/product/CLP-365W/XAC#

on that page, go to “Manuals & Downloads”, then to “Software” and click on the “ZIP”-button of the Easy Wireless Setup (Software) for Mac OS

2- install the Wireless Setting app on your Mac (it’s a drag&drop-installation)

Note : since the app’s name is just very generically “Wireless Setting” and doesn’t include any reference to Samsung, I suggest you put it in a folder labelled “Samsung” (you might already have one, if so put it there) inside the Applications folder

3- now, first make sure there is no connection from your Mac to the CLP-365W, so pull out the ethernet-cable to disconnect from your network, choose “Turn Wi-Fi Off” from the AirPort-menu in the top Menu-bar of your Desktop (the pie-shaped radiation icon) and pull out the USB-cable that might connect your CLP-365W to your Mac

4- open the Wireless Setting app

5- click “Next >” in the window that opens

6- turn the printer on, and when the printer is ready, click “Next >”

7- select “Using a USB cable”, and click “Next >”

Note : even though there is an option named “Using a direct wireless connection”, that will NOT work… too bad… neither manually connecting to the “Portthru” WiFi-network, nor pressing the “WPS” button on the CLP-365W will help…

8- connect the CLP-365W to your Mac using a USB-printer cable

9- now turn on AirPort/WiFi on your Mac, and make sure your Mac is connected to the AirPort/WiFi-network that you want the CLP-365W to connect to also (to do so go to the pie-shaped icon in the top-Menu bar of your desktop)

10- then click “Next >” and you will first see a screen indicating the search for a connection between the Mac and the CLP-365W, and after that a new screen called “Wireless Network Search”

Note : if this doesn’t work, disconnect all cables from the CLP-365W, and also take out the power cable for at least 30 seconds, then put the power cable back in and redo from step 3

11- the name of your wireless AirPort/WiFi-network will now appear in the list of SSIDs, select it and click “Next >” (if it is not listed, try clicking “Refresh”, if that doesn’t help, redo from step 3)

12- in the next screen type your AiPort/WiFi-password and click “Next >” (if you get an error, just retry)

13- in the next screen you can enable Wi-Fi Direct, which enables your iPhones, iPads and Android-devices to easily connect to your CLP-365W

the iOS app needed can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store :

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/samsung-mobile-print/id429611283?mt=8

14- in the next screen click “Add printer” and the “Print & Scan” System Preferences panel will open ; in the “Add” window, select the one with the “Bonjour” indication (so NOT the “USB” one), adjust the “Name:” if you like and click “Add”

15- click “OK” in the pulldown window regarding additional settings, and your CLP-365W will now appear in your list of printers

Note : if you get an error that your System does not have the drivers needed installed, first do a “Repair Disk Permissions” of your OSX-partition in the “Disk Utilities”-app and make sure you have all updates of OSX installed and just try again… only if that doesn’t work you’ll need to reinstall the printer-driver

16- do not forget to close the Wireless Settings app by clicking “Finish” and disconnect your

…and that’s it !

you can now use your CLP-365W from your Mac wirelessly

Enjoy !

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fixed : duplicate an existing world in Minecraft PE on iOS

Question :

My children have a shared iPad. They love playing Minecraft, but are always fighting because they are messing up eachother’s buildings, tools and treasures. I found the option to create a new world, but that’s an empty one… is there any way to duplicate the existing world ?

Answer :

Yes !

If you want to duplicate an existing world in Minecraft PE, you can’t do that on your iPad or iPhone. You will need a Mac or PC to do that.

On your Mac (or PC) you will need a iOS-device exploring app also. DiskAid is a good option, but to get all features you need to buy it. DiskAid can be downloaded here :

DiskAid for Mac or PC

Any software with similar features may work, but I haven’t found any free option, and I did not test any others.

Here’s how to if you have a Mac :

– connect your iPad to your Mac using the USB cable

– open DiskAid on your Mac

– in the DiskAid window, click on your iPad’s name & icon on the left

– then click on Storage –> Apps –> Minecraft PE –> games –> com.mojang –> minecraftWorlds

– then select the folder with the name or the Minecraft world you would like to duplicate and drag it to your desktop (that will make a copy)

– then, on your iPad, open the Minecraft PE game and click “Start Game”

– then check the type of the Minecraft world you want to copy (does it say “Creative” or “Survival” ?)

– then click “Create new” (the button top-right)

– in the window that opens type the name you want to give to the duplicate Minecraft world

– then choose the same type (“Creative” or “Survival”) as the original by clicking on the “Creative” button

– then click “Start!” and wait for Minecraft to generate the world and build the terrain

– don’t be bothered by anything you see in the Minecraft window that opens, just click on the small “Pause” button top right and select “Quit to title”

– then on your Mac, in DiskAid, select the “minecraftsWorlds”-folder and click the “Refresh”-button (top-left)

– then, inside the “minecraftsWorlds”-folder, select the folder that has the title that you previously entered on your iPad for your duplicate Minecraft world

– now, on your Desktop, open the folder with the copy of the Minecraft world you want to duplicate, and drag it’s entire content (4 files named “chunks.dat”, “entities.dat”, “level.dat” and “level.dat_old”) to the open folder in DiskAid

– DiskAid then asks you if you want to replace the files on your iPad, click “Replace” for each of the 4 files

– then, on your iPad, in Minecraft PE, click “Start Game”

– then swipe through the worlds available, and if you look closely, you will see a new one ; that one will have the name of the original world in white, and the chosen name of the duplicate world in grey

– then click the “Create new” button top-right

– in the page that opens, type the chosen name of the duplicate world, choose “Creative” or “Survival” according to the type of the original world

– now do one extra step : touch the brownish background next to the “Creative”/”Survival”-button to make the on-screen keyboard disappear

– then, select the open area below “Seed for the WorldGenerator” and the on-screen keyboard will pop-up again

– now you will have to type blindly, as the page will not scroll…

– type the chosen name for the duplicate world and click “Start!”

– again… wait for the new world to be generated and don’t be bothered by anything you see when the Minecraft game window opens

– again… exit by using the small “Pause”-button top-right, click “Quit to title”

– then, click the “Start Game” button and scroll though the available worlds ; you will now see another new world entitled with your chosen name for the duplicate in white and that same name in grey, but with the addition of a minus-sign…

– then on your Mac, in DiskAid, select the “minecraftsWorlds”-folder and click the “Refresh”-button (top-left)

– then, inside the “minecraftsWorlds”-folder, select the folder that has the title that you previously entered on your iPad for your duplicate Minecraft world AND the minus-sign

– select the name again and you’ll be able to alter it… now, add a plus-sign to it and press the RETURN-key on your keyboard… you will swiftly see a message “Renaming…” and then the name will be adjusted

– then select the other folder with the same name, but without the minus-sign, and add a minus-sign and press RETURN also

– then re-select the other folder that you had just altered the name of and delete both the minus- and the plus-sign of it’s name and press RETURN…

– in doing so, you will have switched the names of both folders, while Minecraft PE was open on your iPad

– then, on your iPad, in Minecraft PE, in the “Select world” screen, startup the world that has the chosen name in white and the chosen name with an added minus-sign in grey

– when it opens, you will see that it now is a duplicate of your original Minecraft world

– now… exit (by clicking the small “Pause”-button) and clean up the left-overs…

– in the “Select world”-screen, swipe to the world that has exactly the same chosen name in white and in grey ; select it and click on the X-button below it

– on the next screen, click the “Delete”-button, and this world will disappear

– then click the “Back”-button to go to the Minecraft PE entrance screen

– then on your Mac, in DiskAid, select the “minecraftsWorlds”-folder and click the “Refresh”-button (top-left)

– then, inside the “minecraftsWorlds”-folder, select the folder that has the title that you previously entered on your iPad for your duplicate Minecraft world AND the minus-sign (the one without the minus-sign will now have disappeared)

– select that folder, select the name again to alter it, delete the minus-sign and press the RETURN-key on your keyboard

– now quit DiskAid on your Mac and disconnect the USB-cable from your Mac and your iPad

– then, on your iPad, in the Minecraft PE entrance screen, click “Start Game” and see that you will be able to choose the original Minecraft world or the duplicate

(note : it’s not really needed, but ‘just to be sure’, you might want to completely exit Minecraft PE on your iPad or even reboot your iPad at this stage)

That’s it !

Enjoy !

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