How to configure Apple Airport Express 1st Generation on Mavericks

This is a follow up on my older blog post „How to configure Apple Airport Express 1st Generation on Mountain Lion„. The situation is the same: I’ve wanted to configure my fathers Airport Express 1st Generation. However, we both updated to Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9 and where unable to use the Airport configuration utility I’ve created in my aforementioned blog post.

Looking online for a solution to this problem, I’ve found this blog post which provides you with a running Configuration Utility. Corey did also an analysis why the older Utility was not running anymore: The Utility relies on a library which broke backward compatibility in Mavericks.

Synology DiskStation Download Station access to temporary BitTorrent files

My Synology DS-213+ can be used as a BitTorrent client. The necessary package „Download Station“ is available for free in the standard repositories of the DiskStation. If you use the Download Station for BitTorrent downloads, you may want to access files from the torrent early and before the complete torrent is finished.

In this case you could assume that the setup download folder would be also used as a place for these temporary files. But the Download Station uses a hidden folder for these files. It’s only visible if you login to your DiskStation using SSH or Telnet. It’s the folder „/volume1/@download“.

If you want to continue to download and want to check the folders content at the same time, you will need to mount this folder to a shared folder which is accessable via SMB or AFP and their likes. The command

mount --bind /volume1/@download /volume1/your-shared-folder"

will mount this hidden folder into your-shared-folder. This way you can access all temporary files. But be aware, that this command will only last until you reboot your DiskStation. By the way: I’m not alone with this wish to access the temporary files. Some people in the official Synology forum also decided to ask for this feature.

How to enable separated Guest Networks with DD-WRT on TP-Link TL-WR1043N

I’ve recently setup a new and shiny TP-Link TL-WR1043N Gigabit Router with DD-WRT and wanted to document how I set it up as access point with opening an additional guest network.

First, you need to flash DD-WRT to the Router. As I was using a brand new device, I’ve chosen the „factory-to-ddwrt.bin“ from the DD-WRT Router Database. Just type in „TP-Link TL-WR1043N“ and you will see three image files. If you are uncertain, which firmware is the right to choose, try these instructions. If you already used DD-WRT, you should know how to make updates to your router. I will not cover this cases in my documentation.

After flashing, you need to configure it as Wireless Access Point.

When you are ready, open these instructions on how to create „Multiple WLANs“. The TP-Link is Atheros based hardware, which means that all wireless network interfaces will start with „ath“ in their names. Follow the guide, until you come to the part where it describes the „Command Method for DHCP“. Add to the configuration the IP of your local DNS server:

# Enables DHCP on br1
# Set the default gateway for br1 clients
# Set the DHCP range and default lease time of 24 hours for br1 clients
dhcp-option=br1,6,[DNS IP 1],[DNS IP 2]

Continue with the instructions of the wiki page until you reach the chapter „Restricting Access“. This is the configuration which I used to separate the Guest network from your main network:

iptables -t nat -I POSTROUTING -o get_wanface -j SNAT --to nvram get wan_ipaddr
iptables -I FORWARD -i br1 -m state --state NEW -j ACCEPT
iptables -I FORWARD -p tcp --tcp-flags SYN,RST SYN -j TCPMSS --clamp-mss-to-pmtu
iptables -I FORWARD -i br0 -o br1 -m state --state NEW -j DROP
iptables -I FORWARD -i br1 -d nvram get lan_ipaddr/nvram get lan_netmask -m state --state NEW -j DROP
iptables -t nat -I POSTROUTING -o br0 -j SNAT --to nvram get lan_ipaddr
iptables -I INPUT -i br1 -p udp --dport 67 -j ACCEPT
iptables -I INPUT -i br1 -p udp --dport 53 -j ACCEPT
iptables -I INPUT -i br1 -p tcp --dport 53 -j ACCEPT

With this configuration I was able to create a separated Guest WLAN.

Dell U2713HM connection problems with Macbook Pro 5,5 over Mini DisplayPort

Yet another tip for the international reader 🙂

After some years with my old Samsung Syncmaster 205BW, I decided to invest into a new big screen with sufficient possibilities to connect all my computers while avoiding dual or triple monitor setups. After testing several 23 and 24 inch screens, I decided to buy a Dell U2713HM from an Amazon Warehouse deals promotion. This screen is really amazing and I cannot live without its WQHD/2560*1440 resolution 🙂

But to use this high resolution, you must connect it to your computer or mac via DualLink DVI or Mini DisplayPort. HDMI and VGA or even normal DVI are only usable up to FullHD/1920*1080. So I could easily use the supplied DualLink DVI Cable to connect my PC (with an Nvidia GTX 660 TI) and my old Macbook Pro 5,5 over its Mini DisplayPort.

While the PC connection is without problems, the DisplayPort tends to forget that there is an external screen attached. The screen will change between black and standard gray/blue from the Mac OS X 10.8. It is not possible to use the external screen until I disconnect and reconnect the Mini DisplayPort cable. Only then, my Mac realizes that there is an external screen and uses it in its native resolution.

This problem originates in the DDC/CI support of this monitor. With DDC/CI it is possible to control your screens settings from your PC/Mac without the use of the screens OSD. While this looks tempting, I would have never used this feature. That is why I decided to deactivate the support in the Dell OSD.

You can deactivate this option in the settings menu of the Dell screen under the point „Other settings“, then DDC/CI set to disable.

Suddenly, everything works again and my Mac detects the screen without any problems, even when it wakes up and DisplayPort wasn’t selected as source in the monitor.

How to configure Apple Airport Express 1st Generation on Mountain Lion

This is a tip which should be also available for my international readers, therefore it is in english 🙂 If you prefer a german version, please click on this Macwelt article.

My father uses my old Apple Airport Express 1st Generation. He uses Mountain Lion aka. Mac OS X 10.8 on his Macbook Pro and wanted to reconfigure the Airport. However, Apple decided to drop support for older generations of the Airport Express. Therefore, the current version 6.1 of the Airport Utilities is unable to find his Airport Express model.

This is where this handy tool come into play. With unpkg, you can extract the content of the pkg installers supplied by Apple, as older Versions are not runnable on Mountain Lion. You need to extract the tool and start it.

a Mac OS X .[m]pkg unarchiver - version 4.5
a Mac OS X .[m]pkg unarchiver – version 4.5
Now you can download the older Airport Utilitiy in version 5.61 which is the last version with support for his type of Airport Express. You can download it directly from Apple. Mount the downloaded dmg file and drag the Airport Utility Installer onto the unpkg window. unpgk will now decompress the pkg file to your desktop.

AirPortUtility FolderYou can now move the App from the Applications/Utilities folder to your Application folder. Double click on it and you will get the older version of the utility. Be sure to skip the update, as it will try to download the newer version of the Airport Utility 6.1 which you definitively don’t want to use as it will stop working with your kind of Airport Express.