Asus DSL-AC68U Configuration Settings for BT Infinity

I had bought the Dual Band Asus DSL-AC68U AC1900 modem/ router to replace the BT Homehub 5 on BT Infinity fibre broadband,  I was getting pretty bad dropouts and signal degradation through some bits of the house.

I had a nightmare of a time trying to get the router connected to the Internet and, in the end I managed to successfully connect it to BT Infinity 1.

You could go through the quick setup option but you’d still have to click the manage settings option to configure further settings. 

Quick setup option I choose was BT Infinity no vlan.

Here are the settings I used to successfully connect to BT Infinity.

Asus ac

Use PPPOE mode and

username: bthomehub@btbroadband.com

Password : bt

The most important setting to get it connecting was VLAN ID = 101 and ensure you enable 802.1q. 

The DSL Settings that I used that gave pretty good performance.

*** UPDATE 26/11/2016 ****

Please Enable G.INP (G.998.4) – BT have implemented that on some cabinets apparently! I managed to get an extra  3Mb on my download data rate.

DSL AC68U DSL Settings
DSL AC68U DSL Settings for BT Infinity
Line Stats
Line Stats

References:

https://community.bt.com/t5/BT-Infinity-Speed-Connection/Asus-rt-ac68u-FTTC-MTU-settings-purchased-from-the-BT-Shop/td-p/1121908

Boon Grass Drying Rack Review

With our recent baby, we found ourselves washing his chew toys and food bowls quite a lot and needed a clean surface to dry them. I came across this product by accident on Amazon and I thought it was an amazing idea. I bought it to try and it made an amazing difference on the kitchen table, it looks the very pleasant on the eye and it’s very easy to use. It comes in two parts, the tray to hold the water and the “grass”,   which are plastic spikes that are spaced apart unevenly so that you’ll find a space suitable for whatever size of object “stab”  in.

I find the grass really useful, keeps the baby stuff hygienic and away from your other everyday items. The grass is easy to clean too, a dunk into the wash basin with antibacterial washing up liquid and that’s really about it.

Osram Night Breaker Unlimited

I recently upgraded my headlights on my car from the standard Osram bulbs to Osram’s Night Breaker Unlimited.

Here is a picture showing the difference between Osram standard vs Osram Night Breaker. The Night Breaker is fitted on the right-hand side on the car (left-hand side looking at the photo!).

 

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Timbuktales Wallpaper

This weekend I put up the wallpaper for the nursery. Quite to our surprise there was not much nursery themed wallpapers that were easy to get. We’ve been to B&Q, Homebase & Mothercare – all of which have a very limited range. We finally settled on Timbuktales from Mamas &Papas, it is a white background based wallpaper with large coloured stars on it.

I’ve noticed it is quite difficult to find a decent photo to see if the colour of furniture goes with the Timbuktales wallpaper. Here are some photos of the wallpaper with our Mothercare Padstow furniture.

Timbuktales wallpaper
Timbuktales wallpaper with Mothercare Padstow Oak furniture
Timbuktales wallpaper with brown furniture
Timbuktales wallpaper with room light on

The Difference between Tommee Tippee Complete and Essentials Starter Set

In this post I compare the differences between the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Complete Starter and the  Essentials Starter Set.

Here is the Complete Starter Set which I have purchased over the Essentials Set. I’ll explain the differences in detail below.

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Complete Starter Set
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Complete Starter Set
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Essentials Starter Set
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Essentials Starter Set

Comparison

Differences between Complete Starter and Essentials Starter Set in detail. I’ve tried to highlight the differences using orange and red colour coding. I’ve shown amber when an item in the set has a lower quantity and red where the item is not in the set at all. I hope people find this useful!

Item # in Complete Starter Set # in Essentials Starter Set
Electric Steriliser 1 1
Electric Bottle Warmer 1 1
Travel Steriliser 1 0
Insulated Bottle Bag 2 2
150ml/5fl oz Feeding Bottle (slow flow teats) 3 4
260ml/9fl oz Feeding Bottle (slow flow teats) 5 4
Milk Powder Dispenser 6 6
Medium Flow Teats 3m+ 2 2
Fast Flow Teats 6m+ 2 0
Bottle Brush 1 1
Milk Storage Lid 4 0
Soother 0-6m 1 1
Teat Tongs 1 1

 

 Price

Tommee Tippee Complete Starter Set RRPs for £109.99
Tommee Tippee Essentials Starter Set RRPs for £150.00

I do not really understand the pricing between these two sets as the Complete set seems to have more items than the Essentials set. However the Complete set is priced lower than the Essentials…?!

Unboxing the Tesco Connect 7 with Windows 8.1 Tablet

I recently purchased a Windows tablet to play about with considering it only costed me £59.00 from Tesco (Boxing day sales down from £99.00).

Here is my video showing you the tablet itself and what you get in the box. I plan to do a more hands on review against my Nexus 7 once I play about with it a little more.

As a bonus, the video here shows me comparing the Connect 7’s size against my Nexus 7 very briefly.

Hotel Saint Dominique

We visited Paris recently in August and we stayed in this little boutique called Hotel Saint Dominique on 62 Rue Saint-Dominique. It’s located within the 7th arrondissement of Paris and you could actually see a bit of the Eiffel Tower from outside the hotel. In fact, we loved the location, 10-15 minutes walk to the Eiffel Tower and it was only a few minutes away to the nearest metro station.

We had a room on the fourth floor at the back of the hotel looking out onto the courtyard. It was probably better that way because the front of the hotel is on a relatively busy road so it meant it was a bit quieter during the night.

View looking onto the courtyard
View looking onto the courtyard

As I said at the beginning, the hotel is pretty small but I guess its like that for most Parisian hotels. The room we had was a strange shape, it had a long hallway which adjoins the bedroom on one end and the bathroom at the other.

Front door and main hallway looking into the bedroom
Front door and main hallway looking into the bedroom

We had to unpack the suitcases because the bedroom was pretty small. So the suitcases went under the bed and we lived out of the wardrobe. This wasn’t a problem, the wardrobe had plenty of space for the week we stayed for. The room had a pod type coffee machine which we used a few times, they do resupply the pods everyday.

Bedroom
Bedroom
Bathroom
Bathroom

Overall, my wife and I totally loved the hotel. The staff were nice and helpful when we need directions. Every morning on the way out the hotel the receptionist would ask us if we were heading out for the day, so that they could do house keeping.

We had breakfast most mornings at a bakery/cafe next door to the hotel called Le Moulin de la Vierge, it was fantastic with plenty choices of pastries and hot food. (A month or two after the holiday, we say the same bakery feature on one of those short videos on Ready Steady Cook!)

The Top Of The Rock at The Rockefeller Center

When we visited New York back in 2013, we decided to view New York city at “The Top Of The Rock” which is an observation deck on top of the Rockefeller Center. The two main reason for choosing this over the Empire State Building was one, less people and two, we get to see the Empire State Building itself. The Rockefeller Center is just a short walk from Radio City, at the bottom there is a pretty water feature, good for a photo opportunity and a number of shops for those shopaholics.

Looking Down on New York

Looking down from the Top of The Rock

Central Park

Central Park

Empire State Building
Empire State Building

We arrived about 10am and there were no queues outside. Once we got inside and up to the ticket area, we only queued for about 5-10mins. Once you hace your ticket, you go up the lift and follow the route for the viewing platforms.

As you can see from the photos the view is spectacular! The morning we went on was a little cloudy and even at that, you call still see a fair bit of New York. The viewing areas were not too crowded, probably because we arrived early or, the fact it was a little foogy might have put some people off going that day. Although seeing the rooftop myself, I have to say, it is quite spacious.

Anyway, I loved the view you get from the Rockefeller vantage point and I would thoroughly recommend it.

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