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Sunday
Mar112012

Zeppelin Air and Airplay

We bought a Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air last year from Apple as it was £200 cheaper than Amazon. Despite spending hours, if not days, trying to get it working on our Netgear wireless network I had no success at all. In the end I used it with an old Apple iPod sitting on its dock, which worked, but wasn't as flexible as using AirPlay from my iPhone.

With the purchase and setting up of our new Apple Airport Extreme base station and using Apple Airport Express to extend the range I tried again to set up the B&W Zeppelin Air and it connected to our wireless network first time.

I've absolutely no idea why the Zeppelin wouldn't work on our Netgear router's wireless network but would work fine on the Apple Airport wireless network, with the same wireless network name (SSID) and password, but I was happy that it was now working.

Another problem now reared its head - airplaying anything from my iPhone 4S worked fine for a few seconds, or maybe a minute if I was lucky, and then it stopped. Searching online for the problem showed a huge thread about the issue on the Apple support forums and the issue seemed particular to just the iPhone 4S. Streaming from other devices or computers worked fine so for a while I used my iPhone 4S as a remote for iTunes on my Mac Pro to stream the music or podcast to the Zeppelin. As a workaround it worked fine but it wasn't ideal.

In the end the iOS 5.1 update cured the problem and at last it now works exactly as it was meant to.

Zeppelin Air and Airplay
We bought a Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air last year from Apple as it was £200 cheaper than Amazon. Despite spending hours, if not days, trying to get it working on our Netgear wireless network I had no success at all. In the end I used it with an old Apple iPod sitting on its dock, which worked, but wasn't as flexible as using AirPlay from my iPhone.

With the purchase and setting up of our new Apple Airport Extreme base station and using Apple Airport Express to extend the range I tried again to set up the B&W Zeppelin Air and it connected to our wireless network first time.

I've absolutely no idea why the Zeppelin wouldn't work on our Netgear router's wireless network but would work fine on the Apple Airport wireless network, with the same wireless network name (SSID) and password, but I was happy that it was now working.

Another problem now reared its head - airplaying anything from my iPhone 4S worked fine for a few seconds, or maybe a minute if I was lucky, and then it stopped. Searching online for the problem showed a huge thread about the issue on th Apple support forums and the issue seemed particular to just the iPhone 4S. Streaming from other devices or computers worked fine so for a while I used my iPhone 4S as a remote for iTunes on my Mac Pro to stream the music or podcast to the Zeppelin. As a workaround it worked fine but it wasn't ideal.

In the end the iOS 5.1 update cured the problem and at last it now works exactly as it was meant to. 
Friday
Mar022012

Apple AirPort Extreme and Express

I'd read an article on Terry White's Tech Blog at http://terrywhite.com/techblog/travel-tip-wired-internet-wireless/ about sharing wired internet around a hotel room using an Apple Airport Express. This struck a chord with me as several times we'd found ourselves in a hotel room with free wired internet but no wi-fi option. During our stay in Skipton we found ourselves in the same situation; free wired internet in the room, which was not use to us with our iPhones, iPads and Macbook Airs (no ethernet port). If we stood in the window we could leach the weak wi-fi signal from the hotel's bar area, which wasn't very convenient.

I'd never really understood the relationship between the Airport Extreme and Airport Express, and how they worked together, but it suddenly now dawned on me how they worked together. There was no Apple store near Skipton, but I did manage to find a solitary Airport Express in a Curry's shop in Leeds and snapped it up. Unfortunately I couldn't set it up in our hotel room as I need to connect to it by ethernet cable and I didn't have a suitable port on my Air.

Once home I plugged it in and had it working in under a minute.

I then ordered an Apple Airport Extreme base station and added that to our network, turning off the wireless in the Netgear router so there was no clash. The Airport Express was configured to extend the wireless network and for the first time we had a half decent wireless signal in our kitchen.

A further Airport Express was added in the kitchen and we now had a rock solid wireless network all around our house. I'll probably add a further Airport Express in the lounge to enable our Freesat box to be plugged in to it and give us BBC iPlayer on the television.

Thursday
Mar052009

Back to winter

I was meant to pick my mother up from the airport the other night after her three week holiday in Madeira. We'd stopped on the way to buy milk, bread, eggs, etc., at a local supermarket and when we came out five minutes later everywhere was white with snow. Dropping down into Onchan village the roads were slippery and cars were already getting stuck.

We decided against driving to the airport as Richmond Hill was likely to be blocked with stuck cars if local conditions were anything to go by.

With a heavy heart I sent a text asking her to try to get a taxi home and she eventually arrived home some time later.

I went out into the garden today to top up the bird feeders and was surprised to see some snow still lying in the garden. I checked the pond and saw that some of the frog spawn had hatched, but I couldn't tell if it was lying dead on the bottom or just lying very still. I'm not too sure how much will survive this cold snap and icy conditions.
Thursday
Jan012009

London to the Isle of Man

Happy New Year!

We had a bit of a lie in and a leisurely breakfast before we finished packing to go home.

We checked out of the hotel and tried to get a taxi, but there was a New Year's Day parade passing near by our hotel and surrounding roads were cordoned off to vehicles. Instead of taking a taxi to Victoria Station we had to walk to Green Park subway with our cases and then travel the one stop to Victoria Station on the underground. I could have donw without humping the cases up and down stairs and on and off the underground that morning but it had to be done. Luckily we'd allowed plenty of time to get to the airport.

Once at Victoria Station we took the Gatwick Express to the airport and had a while to wait for our flight back to the Isle of Man. Flybe was on time, which is always a pleasant surprise with them and we we soon back home.
Sunday
Dec212008

Isle of Man to London

We finished packing and collected my mother and drove to the airport. After the usual check in and painful security check we were soon on our way to Gatwick. FlyBe seemed to be running to schedule today. I guess they usually do, but the do see to have a reputation for delays and cancelled flights.

We took the Gatwick Express to Victoria. For some reason I'd always assumed it was a coach service but it was a quite good train service. Once at Gatwick we took a taxi to our hotel for the night, situated close to St Pancras station. After checking in my wife and I walked to St Pancras so we knew the troute for our early start the following morning and also to do some last minute shopping for items that we hadn't bought with us for reason of the airling weight restrictions

We had our evening meal in hotel. The bedroom was quite hot and I didn't have a good night's sleep.