Monday, January 31, 2011

Telecom NZ Thomson TG585v8 with Apple, Airprint and HP Photosmart e-AIO WORKING

My mother-in-law has a Thomson TG585 v8 Router, which is the stock standard unit currently supplied by Telecom NZ with new connections.

I had serious trouble getting my MacBook Pro, iPad and iPhones to connect to the router's WiFi network. We were staying for a week on holiday, so it was a must-have to get connectivity working.

Boy oh boy what a mission.

I rang Telecom (a-la 0800 INDIA) and got told that there is a known issue with Apple devices connecting to this model Thomson router. Good start. He stepped me through turning off 802.11n, which made some improvement, but it didn't fix the problem entirely. I still had to reboot my MBP every time I woke it up from sleep, otherwise it would complain about the WiFi passphrase being incorrect.

To top it off, the mother-in-law bought an AirPrint enable printer yesterday, at my recommendation. It is the HP Photosmart e-AIO B110a, which supports AirPrint after a simple onboard firmware upgrade.

After dicking around setting up the printer onto the WiFi, getting drivers installed, and all the bundled HP crapware onto her HP laptop, I found that AirPrint didn't work on the iDevices very well, if at all. Most of the time, the iPad/iPhone would just say "Printer not found". Bad look for me and my recommendations.

We are heading back home today, so it was incumbent on me to make sure all things work before leaving! After a bit of trial and error configuring the router, I've figured out the settings that seem to work for all Apple devices, non-Apple devices, and the HP wireless printer.

Interface Type: 802.11b/g
Channel Selection: Automatic
Allow multicast from Broadband Network: (Ticked)
Use WPA-PSK Encryption: (Selected)
WPA-PSK Version: WPA2


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Micron Scorpion Z6L Installation and Programming Manual

I recently added a few more sensors to my Micron Scorpion Z6L Home Alarm. The wiring side of things was really easy, but I found that the new zones weren't quite programmed correctly for what I wanted to do.

When I tried Googling around to find the installer manual, I came up with nothing except the Hungarian version. I would suspect that the Alarm System vendors and distributors don't like the idea of just anyone having access to the manual / knowledge; why would they when keeping it to themselves gives them the right to charge ridiculous sums for service calls. I refuse to pay for something that I can easily do myself on a Sunday afternoon.

Ok, anyway, I eventually found a manual for the Scorpion Z4110, which although is slightly a different model, has most of the same programming codes as the Z6L. Once you get your head around the concept of the programming address locations and data, it's pretty easy to figure out the rest.

I found the original file on the Eagle Alarms site, but I've since put it up on to make sure it floats around the internet a bit more:

Update 1st March 2016: PDF file now here:

The key bit that worked for me is that on my unit, the master programming PIN code was still set to the default of "0000". And if this has been changed, there is an "Emergency Access to Program Mode" feature described in the manual which allows you to gain access if locked out. However, the emergency mode feature can also be disabled, so if this has also been disabled by the installer the unit is basically un-programmable by the end user.