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Making FiOS Actiontec Router and Apple Bonjour Services Play Together

I have Verizon FiOS at home. It's very fast, but if you want optimal speed and all the features the service offers, you must use the router supplied by Verizon. This week, Verizon replaced my old router with a new one: Actiontec MI424WR-GEN3I. Unlike the older model it replaced, the new router is a Gigabit LAN router and a 802.11n wireless router. That's great! But with the new speed also came a new problem: Bonjour services were't working properly on my home network. Specifically, my MacBook (using WiFi) could not find other computers and printers on the network.

Apparently, this is a common problem.

First, I tried this supposed solution: disable 802.11b mode. No luck.

Then, I saw this suggestion: create an ACL whitelist entry for 224.0.0.251/255.255.255.255 in the IGMP proxy settings on the Actiontec router. That sounded ridiculous, so I kept looking.

Finally, I came across this: disable the IGMP proxy on the Actiontec router. I am loathe to disable a default setting that I don't understand, but this fixed my problem instantly, and I have yet to see any negative consequences.

iPhone, Apple Store thoughts

I spent some time in the Apple Store at the Pentagon City mall in Virginia yesterday, and I played with the iPhone for about 20 minutes before I became absolutely sick of it. So it didn't surprise me to read iPhone sucks buy Blackberry stock (via Scoble). I found the touch screen keyboard on the iPhone unusable. And I play piano and guitar -- I know how to control my fingers! Ironically, I think the touchscreen on my old Palm Zire was more accurate. I use my Blackberry way too often to even consider the productivity crippling interface of the iPhone. So, after having tried the iPhone, I'm amazed at the mostly rave reviews it's gotten.

But what really shocked me was that this particular Apple Store has no checkout registers.

I originally went into the store to buy a new protective sleeve for my iPod. It took me about five minutes to look through the different sleeves and choose one that looked about right. But then I wandered the small store for a few minutes before I assured myself that I was not daft, there really were no registers.

So, I flagged down the only employee in the store who was not attending to a customer, and he told me any employee in a green shirt could ring up my purchase -- except, apparently him, because he immediately turned his back on me and took off in the opposite direction.

After about five minutes of trying to get a Green Shirt's attention, I was ready to walk out. But finally, one Green Shirt (who evidently was too busy shooting this shit with his friend) directed another Green Shirt to ring me up. Here's what that consisted of:

  1. Green shirt scans my item with a Symbol handheld register
  2. Register crashes because it can't get a wireless signal
  3. Green shirt disappears to get another register
  4. Green shirt reappears, rescans my item
  5. Green shirt swipes my credit card
  6. Green shirt swipes my credit card
  7. Green shirt swipes my credit card
  8. Green shirt rescans my item (I swear I am not making this up)
  9. Green shirt disappears to get a bag for my item
  10. Green shirt reappears with a bag
  11. Green shirt walks to the completely opposite side of the store to pick up my receipt
  12. Green shirt returns and finally I am free to go

Wow....