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Tags: 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124, apple, DD-WRT, DNSMasq, Google, iPad, Netflix, OpenDNS, Problem, Stalls, Streaming, Wont play
Categories : Help and Advice, Technical Advice
If Netflix streaming does not play on your iPad it could be a simple fix for an incompatibility with your wireless router.
iPads are quite notorious for having wireless issues, maybe this will be resolved with a future software upgrade for the iPad.
The symptoms I experienced are as follows. After clicking on play the Netflix app would say “Preparing to view….” and the bottom half of the screen was blank cutting off part of the movie cover graphic. Then the app would return to the movie browsing page without starting the movie.
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To fix this issue go into the iPad settings menu for your WiFi network and change the DNS entry to 126.96.36.199
Return to Netflix and the problem should be resolved.
The reason for the problem is that if your router utilizes DNSMasq the iPad/Netflix app misbehaves. By entering a manual DNS server address for OpenDNS service the iPad bypasses your routers DNS Cache which it is incompatible with.
In my case I use DD-WRT software in my router which by default utilizes DNSMasq to speed up your DNS queries. The problem could also be resolved by disabling DNSMasq on the router. Alternatively one could enter 188.8.131.52 into the DNS entry on the iPad wirelsss settings which would use Googles DNS service. Personally I prefer OpenDNS due to its richer feature set.
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Tags: administrator account, default, hp, Remote Desktop
Categories : Technical Advice
Many HP computers have a non-standard name for the administrator account. On many vintage HP computers the administrator account name is HP_ADMINISTRATOR
This becomes important when you try and use remote desktop to attach to a system, normally the username is administrator together with associated password give you remote access. For whatever reason HP changed the account name from administrator to hp_administrator. I had recollection of this but didn’t know the exact name. I searched in vain on the web looking for the default account name and only turned up articles on how to reset the administrator account password. I tried hpadministrator, hp-administrator, hpadmin etc never realizing they use the underline character to separate HP from administrator. When you are in a separate city to the computer it isn’t that easy to determine the account name :-)
Hope this quick post helps someone gain remote access to their HP computer.