Tunlr: Access streaming services from anywhere!

Tunlr provides a free DNS proxy service which allows individuals living overseas to access streaming media services in the US and UK as well as several other western countries.

Streaming services supported include:

  • Hulu / Hulu Plus
  • MTV
  • CBS
  • ABC
  • Pandora

How does it work?

Tunlr readdresses various DNS data envelopes sent between your computer and the streaming service provider in order to transparently “trick” the streaming system into thinking you are based in the US or UK.

How do I configure Tunlr?

Configuring your laptop, desktop, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV or other media device is use Tunlr is as easy as configuring your primary DNS server to: and your secondary DNS server to:

Note: These DNS server IP addresses are prone to change. Visit the configuration link below for updated DNS server IP’s.

Instructions for a variety of devices are available here. Once you have made the configuration changes visit the Tunlr status page to confirm that your settings are correct.

iPhone Codes & Hacks

iPhone codes and hacks are available below. These codes will work on the iPhone 3, 3GS, 4 and 4S.

*3001#12345#* Enters Field mode which allows you to access most of the hidden settings and functions of your iPhone
*#06# Display the IMEI of your iPhone, as always this is the standard code for all brands of phones.
*225# Displays the account balance for postpaid contracts
*777# Displays the account balance for prepaid accounts
*646# Displays the remaining minutes available
*3282# Get your data usage information
*729 Options to make payments
611 Dials customer service, (114 in RSA for Vodacom)

Using a Dell Wireless 5620 EV-DO-HSPA in Thailand

The Dell Wireless 5620 Multi-Mode Gobi Mobile Broadband Mini-Card is a great way to add mobile broadband (HSDPA, EVDO, EDGE, 3G) to your Dell Latitude E series laptop without having to use an external modem or Internet tethering.

The modem is generally shipped with an AT&T configuration profile so I’ve drafted up some instructions on how to make the card work with other providers, specifically those in Thailand.

First of all, install the Dell Mobile Broadband Utility (DMBU) also known as: R275082.exe from http://support.dell.com. This is the “Dell Mobile Broadband Utility” also referred to as the Novatel Wireless HSUPA manager.

Once you have installed the Dell Mobile Broadband Utility (DMBU), reboot your machine then insert your True, AIS or DTAC SIM card into the rear of your laptop. On the Dell Latitude E6400 and E6410 the SIM card slot is located underneith the battery. Reboot your machine again.

Open the DMBU and select the wireless icon in the top left corner. Select “Settings” then “Network Selection” then select:

Provider: Generic
Technology: UMTS
Region: EU
Version: 0A090012

Then click “Load”. Continue reading “Using a Dell Wireless 5620 EV-DO-HSPA in Thailand”

Share an Internet connection with Virtual Router

This article is for the road warriors among us…

While travelling its not uncommon to have to pay for access to a hotel, airport or airline wireless network in order to access the Internet. Whilst this generally isn’t an issue for the lone business man, when traveling with groups of people it can get very expense.

Enter Virtual Router!

Virtual Router, available at http://virtualrouter.codeplex.com, is a virtual router for Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 systems. Based on Microsoft’s Wireless Hosted Network (Virtual Wifi) technology, virtual router allows you to share the wireless (or LAN) connection on your computer with multiple other computers. It does this by emulating the behavior of a wireless router and allows your colleges to connect to a SSID (wireless network name) that you define with a WPA2 password you set, then share the same connection your using.

The configuration interface is straight forward:

Virtual Router Screenshot

And consists of three user-configurable options: Continue reading “Share an Internet connection with Virtual Router”