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Recent Blog Posts

Tip: G3100/E3200 Replacement Power Supply/Power Brick

The short answer is there is no aftermarket power supply or power brick you can buy for the G3100/E3200. I have tried several options on Amazon without luck. Your best hope is to try Verizon FiOS support to see if they can replace or send one to you. Although, I personally found more luck going to a Verizon equipment drop-off site (the place Verizon lets you return unwanted equipment) to get a replacement. FYI Verizon does not stock G3100 or E3200 power supply bricks in their standard retail stores. If this changes, I'll update the post. Other things you may ...
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Works! How to Factory Reset the J5 Create ScreenCast / Connection Troubleshooting

j5 Create ScreenCast The j5 Create ScreenCast (technically the JVAW56) is a dongle like device that lets you wirelessly connect to your TV or monitor. I picked up mine from Best Buy where it retails for about US$50. But it's also available on their website. I use Windows but also iOS (iPhone and iPad) so I needed something that was agnostic about my devices. What makes the J5 stand out is it supports AirPlay, Chromecast, and Mirracast. To be clear, the J5 Create ScreenCast is not a streaming stick, it sits closer to being a Chromecast or the sort of ...
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Fixed! Microsoft Edge Chromium not showing Bing Image of the Day (IOTD)

In my personal life, I use a Windows ARM Laptop running Chromium Edge. I'm a big fan of Chromium Edge, it's a fast browser and since it syncs with my work laptops (x64) which makes life easier. If you re-install Edge or setup a fresh installation of Windows, you may discover that Edge doesn't show the Bing Daily Image also known as the Image of the Day (IOTD) when you start a new tab. I've worked out why this happens, the good news is you don't need to do anything but wait - so here's the fix. For what it's ...
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Tip: Verizon G3100 Compatible Network Switch

I was an early adopter of the Verizon G3100 router and as a WiFi mesh router, it's great. However, you're limited to only 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports. This can be a bit limiting because in a smart home it doesn't take much to run out of ethernet ports.  We have a smart TV, a console, a smart hub, and an Apple TV and boom - no more spare ports. This is where a Network Switch can come in handy (and this has nothing to do with Nintendo). I'm sharing this in the hope it helps others. Best Verizon G3100 Network ...
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How To: Setup Raspberry Pi with PiVPN, WireGuard and

Background The Raspberry Pi is a great sub-US$200 device that offers great value for hobby projects and educational purposes. In this review, I'll share my experience and instructions for setting up a Raspberry Pi with PiVPN using, a free Dynamic DNS service. If you need a list of PiVPN commands, check this link. Running your own Raspberry PiVPN can be useful if you want a free VPN for when you're traveling (great if you live in the US and want a US VPN when overseas), if you want to VPN into your home network, or if you want to ...
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A List of PiVPN commands

PiVPN is a personal VPN server you can install on a Raspberry Pi or any Debian LINUX setup. If you don't own a Raspberry Pi, I recommend a Pi 4B kit. If you need a microSD card reader, this one is great and it's both USB A and USB C - so works on macOS and Windows devices. I have also written a guide on how to setup PiVPN, just in case you need to reinstall. But onto all the useful commands! Once installed, all commands are available by typing in the shell / terminal. pivpn -command Help The help ...
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Tip: List of Public DNS Servers

Important I am not affiliated with any of the companies or DNS providers listed. This information is shared "as is". If you find this helpful and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee. It keeps this page ad-free. Thank you! This is yet another list of Public DNS Servers. I know there are more than enough guides out there but decided to publish this one because I feel there's some useful advice that I can share. Public DNS Speedtest There are several factors that determine DNS speed, some of which are out of your control. If you want to benchmark DNS ...
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Works! Fix Chrome (or Edge) is Managed by your Organization (in 3 steps!)

Personally, I no longer use Google Chrome but it's the only option in my office. But back when I did use Chrome at home, I would get this ridiculous message on my personal computer even though it was owned and managed by me and no one else. If Google Chrome displays a message: "This browser is managed by your organization" This problem can be caused by password managers, such as LastPass and also some antivirus software. It can also randomly disable or prevent you from installing extensions. . It's also worth noting that if this is a work computer, deleting ...
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