Jun 252018

It’s no secret that the Verizon supplied router and wireless access point has limited capabilities.  When I first got Verizon Fios at home, the router was free.  Now they make you pay for it.

Even if you put your own router at the head of your network, you still need the Verizon router around to provide network services for the Set-top Boxes (STBs) via the Coax interface.  Without it, you will not be able to access the channel guide and On-Demand.  The best way to accomplish this is described in a previous post VLAN your Verizon FiOS Actiontec Router with OpenWRT,

Still, I’ve always wanted to get rid of the Verizon router completely.  Over this past weekend, my Verizon Fios ONT died and was replaced.  During this process, we ended up using a MoCA Network Adapter (ECB5240M) and was able to remove the Verizon router.  Via Ethernet, I connected it to a switch port on the router configured with its own DHCP enabled VLAN.  Plug in the Coax, and the STBs get an IP address, access to the internet, and both On-Demand and the channel guide work fine.  Goodbye Verizon Fios router.

If you go this route, don’t throw out your old Verizon router.  If you have issues and call Verizon support, they may complain that you’re using your own router.  If so, just pull it out of the junk bin and hook it back up for them.

 Posted by at 12:08 pm
Jan 272018

We recently had a no boot Dell Inspiron 24 Model 5459 in the shop. Would not post and couldn’t get into the BIOS even after pulling the BIOS battery. Pre-boot error message was “boot guard verified DXE that is fail”.

Did some internet searches. Seems like Dell recently released BIOS updates to address the Spectre Variant 2 vulnerabilities and distributed them via their SupportAssist application. The update showed as “Urgent”. Looks like a lot of people are running this update and bricking their computers.

Luckily, many Dells have the ability to roll back the BIOS to the previous version. You can access BIOS recovery options by pressing and holding the CTRL and ESC keys at the same time.
BIOS Recovery options on a Dell PC or Tablet

In this case, the roll back was successful. We uninstalled the Dell SupportAssist application.

We generally don’t recommend doing BIOS or driver updates unless there is a specific issue that is directly affecting your PC. Although the Spectre & Meltdown vulnerabilities are real, the patches are currently causing more harm than good. Dell has since removed this BIOS update and is now advising customers not to install the BIOS updates for Spectre.
Dell Advising All Customers To Not Install Spectre BIOS Updates

 Posted by at 1:33 pm