D-Link DIR-868L AC Router Review

The D-Link DIR-868L Wireless AC 1750 Dual-Band Gigabit Router is retailing for SGD$319 (Challenger’s member’s price: SGD$279) which is pretty steep for a router. It is still cheaper than the Cisco Linksys EA6500 AC Router when it was first launched.

The DIR-868L is a draft IEEE 802.11ac router that supports simultaneous dual band (2.4GHz + 5GHz) and can give you speed up to 450Mbps + 1,300Mbps. It is also a “cloud router”, in the sense that you can access your router basic settings via mydlink Lite app on iOS or Android.

Specifications (From SmallNetBuilder)

  • CPU: Broadcom BCM4708X
  • RAM: 128MB
  • Flash: 128MB
  • Wireless: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac wireless LAN

    • 2.4GHz
      • Broadcom BCM4331
      • IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b
    • 5GHz
      • Broadcom BCM4360
      • IEEE 802.11ac (draft), IEEE 802.11n & IEEE 802.11a

    • 4x 10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN ports
    • 1x 10/100/1000 Gigabit WAN port
    • Broadcom BCM4708X
    • IEEE 802.3 & IEEE 802.3u
  • Antennas: Six internal antennas
  • Other Ports: 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Dimensions (L x W x D): 102.3 x 123.3 x 217mm
  • Weight: 560g
  • mydlink Features
    • Remote Management
    • View current upload/download bandwidth
    • View currently connected clients
    • View web browsing history per client
    • Block/unblock client network access
    • Manage wireless network details
    • Accessible through a web browser or iOS or Android
  • Mobile App

D-Link DIR-868L - Box Front
D-Link DIR-868L – Box Front

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D-Link DIR-868L – Box Back

D-Link DIR-868L - Box Contents
D-Link DIR-868L – Box Contents

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Windows 8.1 Launching On 17th October 2013 In Singapore

· · · Software

Windows 8.1 will begin rolling out worldwide as a free update for consumers on Windows 8 through the Windows Store at 7pm on 17th October 2013 (Singapore Time). Windows 8.1 will also be available at retail and on new devices starting from 18th October 2013.

Windows 8 was launched last year in Singapore on the 26th October 2012.

Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1

Here are three new features that are new in Windows 8.1 that you will definitely like:

  • Desktop and Start Screen
    The return of Start Button. Improvements have been made to better support users who prefer a mouse and keyboard experience to access applications.
  • Boot to Desktop
    We have made configuration options available which will allow you to boot directly to the desktop in Windows 8.1.
  • Variable, Continuous Size of Snap Views
    You have more ways to see multiple apps on the screen at once. You can resize apps to nearly infinite sized windows, share the screen between two apps, or have up to three apps on each monitor.

Source: Mark your calendars for Windows 8.1!

Bluelounge Kii

· · · Bluelounge, Cable

Bluelounge Kii started selling in Singapore this week and is retailing for SGD$49. I got mine from EpiCenter at JEM.

Kii is a compact charger-connector (Apple Lightning or Apple 30-pin) that fits on your keychain. For the Apple Lightning connector, 2 colors are available, black or white while for the Apple 30-pin only black is available. It seems that EpiCenter is only selling the Kii with Apple Lightning connector (both black and white).

One nice touch that Bluelounge added to the Kii is the self-locking system. You can’t just pull out the connector from the keychain cap, you need to push up the button on the keychain cap to release the lock first before the connector can be pulled out.

Bluelounge Kii - Box Front
Bluelounge Kii – Box Front

Bluelounge Kii - Box Back
Bluelounge Kii – Box Back

Bluelounge Kii - Box Back
Bluelounge Kii – Box Back

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Bluelounge Kii – Box Contents

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CDN Serving Dynamic PHP Pages

· · · Programming

Mark Jaquith‘s presentation on Confident Commits, Delightful Deploys brought up something which I didn’t thought of, “CDN proxies everything including dynamic php pages”.

In his example, he pointed out cdn.wpengine.com and wpengine.com, cdn.page.ly and page.ly, cdn.zippykid.com and zippykid.com are all serving the same content with their CDN counterpart.

So out of curiosity, I tested mine, cdn.lesterchan.net and lesterchan.net, and I have the same problem! I did not link it because I have already fixed the problem before writing this blog post.

A common link between us are our CDNs are hosted by NetDNA. So I wrote to them asking is there anywhere I can solve this. They recommended me their EdgeRules add-on which provides a powerful method of controlling how edge servers interact with content and websites visitors.

I gave it a try and it works! What I did was to only allow URI with file extensions to be served by the CDN as shown in the screenshot below:


Match Type: Default
Directive: REWRITE RULE ^(.*)$ http://lesterchan.net$1 permanent
Conditional: $uri != RegEx (Case In-Sensitive) \.(png|jpe?g|gif|ico|html|txt|css|js)$
Rule Status: Active
Purge All Files: Yes

EdgeRules Main Page
EdgeRules Main Page

It is a bit “hack-ish” but I guess it will do for now.

A proper way which Mark Jaquith mentioned was to CNAME the CDN to something like static.yourdomain.com and have that subdomain serve only static files.

Mujjo Galaxy S3 Wallet

MobyShop is selling the Mujjo Galaxy S3 Wallet for SGD$48. The Mujjo Galaxy S3 Wallet is an excellent well-made stylish pouch that fits the Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 and even the HTC One.

They also have one that fits the iPhone 5 and it also cost SGD$48.

Mujjo Galaxy S3 Wallet - Box Front
Mujjo Galaxy S3 Wallet – Box Front

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Mujjo Galaxy S3 Wallet – Box Back

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