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Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 R7000

nighthawkNetgear Nighthawk AC1900 R7000

AC1900 WiFi—600+1300 Mbps speeds

  • Simultaneous dual-band
  • Wireless AC, Wireless G, Wireless N
  • 1 USB 3.0 port
  • 4 Gigabit Ethernet (1000 Mbps) LAN Ports
  • 64/128-bit WEP,WPA / WPA2,WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK encryption
  • SPI-Firewall, NAT-Firewall

Firmware Version V1.0.7.6_1.1.99

GUI Language Version V1.0.7.6_2.1.38.1

thumb up excellent performance and coverage – Netgear’s firmware has well advanced with extra features for convenience and VPN support

Xerox® Phaser® 3260

xeroxXerox® Phaser® 3260

Monochrome laser printer for double sided printing. Full network and airprint support (wifi and wired).

Machine Status Indicators


Belgacom b-box 3 – port forwarding

bbox3Belgacom B-box 3

The B-box modems are used by Belgacom to support the triple play service offers (telephone, TV and Internet).

thumb up  The Belgacom b-box 3 supports  seamless VLAN integration. All four LAN ports can be used for Internet connections or decoders.

thumb down The administration menu is very restricted and gives very limited control of the router through the user profile login.

Check the online documentation published by Belgacom.


if you do not wish to use the WiFi features, make sure the two LEDs below are off:


more information about the LED indications can be found on the Proximus site


How to configure port forwarding for VPN Servers

Any server installed behind the B-box router will remain unreachable from the Internet unless you configure the firwall (open ports) or use the port forwarding. Here is how you make a VPN Server reachable through the B-box 3.

Login as user to your B-box 3 router (see instructions published here).

Select the Access Control Menu item.

Choose Portmapping and Create a new portmap.

Select in the Service menu ‘PPTP Server‘ and enter the Internal host IP Address.

Confirm with OK to save the settings.


Check also the Firewall Level setting:



Netgear GS108Ev1

PROsafeG5108ENetgear ProSAFE Plus 8-port Switch – GS108Ev1

  • 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports deliver up to 2000Mbps of dedicated, non-blocking bandwidth per port
  • Small and silent desktop form factor
  • VLAN and QoS support


TP-LINK AV500 Powerline adapter


AV500 Powerline adapter met geïntegreerd stopcontact startset

500 Mbps power line extension

Plug and Play

thumb up works well in old wired, non grounded (earth) environments – easy setup

VPN Clients with DD-WRT firmware

serveVPNThe DD-WRT firmware Version v3.0-r30082  includes VPN Client support.

These are the steps that did the job to use the PureVPN client. Other clients like the vyprVPN or the ExpressVPN client may work as well.

Logon to the router and first make a backup of your current configuration (go to the Administration tab and select Backup).

On the DD-WRT control panel, in the Setup tab, go to “Basic Setup

  • Change the WAN Setup (from Automatic Configuration – DHCP) to “PPTP” protocol.
  • “Gateway (PPTP server)” select the Domain Naming Server (DNS) address for PPTP/L2TP from the PureVPN server list (vyprVPN server list)
  • “Username” enter the username provided by PureVPN (not your email address).
  • “Password” enter the password provided by PureVPN.
  • “Use DHCP” select “Yes” (all other options are set to “No”)
  • “Additional PPTP Options”: write “refuse-eap” in the option box.
  • Network Address Server Settings (DHCP): “DHCP server” is “enable


click “Apply Settings” and then hit “Save”.

On the DD-WRT control panel, in the Security tab, go to “VPN Passthrough

  • “IPSec Passthrough” is “enable
  • “L2TP Passthrough” is “enable


Note that PPTP Passthrough may need to be enabled to make some VPN Clients work correctly.

click “Apply Settings” and then hit “Save”.

On the DD-WRT control panel, in the Status tab, go to “WAN

“Login Status” click the Connect (or Disconnect) button to start/stop the connection

Note that you may need to remove static DNS settings on both the router and your personal devices (PC, Tablets, etc.):


Be aware that the use of the VPN Client may drastically reduce the throughput on the Internet.

To revert to its previous value or disable the use of the VPN, ‘reset’ the WAN Connection Type setting. (e.g.  “Automatic Configuration – DHCP”).

Internet streaming outside country of origin

serveVPNExpats and globetrotters may share the challenge to watch their favourite programmes from home, while accessing the Internet from abroad. You will need a stable and high speed on the local Internet connection to make the VPN work.

These VPN solutions have done the job so far:

logoRTVE outside Spain on iPad and iPhone try ExpressVPN.

bbciplayeroutside UK on MacBook try PureVPN or vyprVPN.

sporzaoutside Belgium on MacBook try PureVPN.


Read also the

If you have a router with DD-WRT firmware, read this post for VPN Clients use on the router.


MyPhoneExplorer – synchronisation tool for Android

MyPhoneExplorer is a free backup/restore/synchronisation tool for Android phones.

Works well with Windows XP and Windows 7, 8.x, 10 and Microsoft Outlook 2007 and 2013

  synchronisation works well with Android phones:android-icon

Samsung Galaxy Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505)
Samsung Galaxy S DUOS GT-S7562
Samsung Galaxy Ace (S5830i)


Lenovo Yoga 3 11

yoga3Lenovo Yoga 3 11

Intel® Core™ M 5Y10c (0.80GHz 1.0GHz)

11.6″ Multitouch FHD (1920 x 1080)

8 Gb RAM – 125 Gb SSD Hard Drive


This system is upgraded to Windows 10 and was initially installed with

Windows 8.1 64

lightweight performance


3G Mobile Wi-Fi Modem (TL-MR5250)

M5250-05TP-LINK 3G Mobile Wi-Fi Modem (TL-MR5250)

Spain is notorious for its high internet tariffs. If you are staying on the Canary Islands without a free wi-fi service available, you may opt for a prepaid sim card. For convenient concurrent access with laptops, tablets and smartphones, you can install the sim card in a 3G router, like the TP-LINK 3G Mobile Wi-Fi Modem.

  • built-in 3G modem – HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS/EDGE/GRPS/GSM
  • DL: 21.6Mbps, UL:5.76Mbp
  • Powerful 2000mAh battery
  • IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
  • Supports up to 10 users simultaneously
  • Firmware Version: 1.0.1 Build 131015 Rel.39500n

works with Lebara sim, Euskaltel sim and DIGI mobil


Settings for DIGI mobil (prepaid sim) in Canary Islands

Dial-up settings:
Dial-up type: automatic
Data roaming: enable

Profile Management:
APN Type: Static
Authentication Type: CHAP

PIN Management:
SIM Card PIN disabled

Settings for Lebara (prepaid sim) in Canary Islands

Dial-up settings:
Dial-up type: automatic
Data roaming: enable

Profile Management:
APN Type: Static
Authentication Type: PAP

PIN Management:
SIM Card PIN disabled

Settings for Euskaltel Internet (contract sim) in Canary Islands

Dial-up settings:
Dial-up type: automatic
Data roaming: disable

Profile Management:
APN Type: Static
Username: CLIENTE
Authentication Type: PAP

PIN Management:
SIM Card PIN disabled