Tuesday, 8 March 2016

UK BT to RJ11 for Draytek VOIP modems

Got a VOIP modem with an RJ11 socket?

If you are lucky enough to have either a wireless or cable connection to the internet, you can almost undoubtedly save money on line-rental by getting rid of your landline and move over to VOIP instead.

However, in the UK we have BT 431A plugs and most modems/adapters have RJ11 sockets on them. Therefore an adapter is needed but which one?

STOP Press - I found this useful post here - It shows us that the middle two pins (3 and 4) are line 1 and the next two pins (2 and 5) are line 2.

Speaking from my experience with my Draytek 2820Vn router you need to choose a crossover type. The information about how to connect a BT designed device to these things is difficult to find, mainly because you don't know what to type into the Google search box!

Useful information I found is available to browse HERE, with the most important paragraph being the last one. It states that pins 2 and 3 of the RJ11 plug need to be crossed-over to connect to pins 3 and 2 of the BT plug/socket. Similarly, pins 4 and 5 need to be crossed-over and connected to pins 5 and 4 of the BT plug/socket.

To quote the web-site: "NORMALLY the center two pins on the RJ11 are connected to the outer two (2 and 5) at the BT end.  No matter what coloured wire is used the two wires always go to pins 2 and 5 at the BT end however it isn't safe to assume they ALWAYS go to the center two at the RJ11 end."

Just to test, I ordered this from eBay - search for a "BT Socket to RJ11 Plug 4 Pin UK Telecom Telephone Phone Cable Adaptor Converter" and you shouldn't go far wrong.

For some nice VOIP information, have a look at this article and this one too for Draytek related information.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

ECUFix Has Been Updated to v6.1.0.0

ECUFix has been updated to Version

This version adds support for a SEAT Exeo 1.8T 150HP and also adds a few changes to the way it searches for binary information behind the scenes. The code also has been slightly modified to run reliably on Windows 10.

We are working behind the scenes on the next version of ECUFix and have back-ported some of the new code features into this v6.1.0.0 version. The new ECUFix will feature a new user-friendly licensing feature and also hopefully be free of any "false triggers" with most of the anti-virus scanners out there.

If this has whetted your appetite, the new version can be downloaded direct from ECUFix's product page or from the download directory HERE.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

ECUFix has had a Small Problem with its Database....

Oh dear,

I am very careful in backing up my source-code and keeping it safe and secure. The same goes for the web-site code too..... However, guess who forgot to perform a backup on his MySQL database?!!!

Found a backup from August 2015 which has now been loaded but what a mess! AGH!

Oh dear, oh dear.....

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Holidays/Vacation 12th December to 19th December 2015

I'm having holiday between Saturday, 12th December 2015 until Saturday, 19th December 2015 inclusive.

Obviously this doesn't affect your ability to order, only my ability to send!

Thanks, Andy

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

ECUFix Has Now Gone All Responsive!

ECUFix Has Got a Responsive Theme

This has been bugging me for a while. I use my android mobile more and more nowadays but when I browse my own site, it looks a little bit cramped because it's just the standard desktop theme.

So, off to look around and I found a nice freeware theme for Zen Cart from a company called Picaflor-Azul.com. The theme in question is Responsive Sheffield Blue. These are called responsive themes because they have the ability to react to differing resolutions of different client devices.

Getting a new theme up and running on an existing store can be quite troublesome. I found the best way to do this was to copy the store's database onto my own computer, install ZenCart locally and run a mirror of ECUFix. This way you can get to know the feel of how the site will look and behave. The only downside I experienced was resetting the side boxes (these settings are not readily portable) and getting the payment modules to work (these have to be deleted and reinstalled again).

There remain a few odd issues that need ironing out but I hope it will open up potential customers to me.


Thursday, 30 July 2015

Price Drop! USB ISO OBD-II / VAGCOM / AlfaDiag KKL Interface

Interface price reduced!

Here's a selection of what we've got (click on any link to take you to the ECUFix Shop):

USB ISO OBD-II / VAGCOM / AlfaDiag KKL Interface

An old favourite with our customers and electronics tinkerer's around the world.

This interface is FTDI based meaning any PC can interface with it. If in doubt, just visit FTDI and download their latest Virtual Com Port Drivers for your operating system.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Windows Returns Wrong IP Address With Multiple Addresses Defined

I have a Windows 2012 R2 Server that used to have two NICs installed (Network Interfaces). One was my home IP Address of and the other was which is used to host a separate network which has my IP Cameras installed.

Recently my home server went TITSUP*, so I replaced the motherboard with a simple MSI one which only had a single NIC. No problem, I put both networks onto the same network through a switch and assigned two IP Addresses to the NIC (multi-homed).

The reason I have two IP Addresses is to separate the two networks (obviously) but more importantly the second Network (with its IP Address) actually leaves the house and connects to the IP Cameras. If some miscreant were to obtain access to that cable, he would have access to my internet lovely stuff, therefore that network is configured to restrict that.

OK, the problem I had was that the server was returning the address when it was pinged with the server's name. This then stopped my internal computers from accessing the server via the GUI unless was used instead.

The solution was to use Windows PowerShell and make sure the second address (and probably any more IPs you have) have the SkipAsSource flag set.

You do this by removing the second IP by using the GUI. Starting PowerShell and then run the following commands (note that nothing in windows is case-sensitive. Capitalisation serves to make the commands clearer to read:

Get-NetIPAddress <- To find the names (aliases) of the installed adapters ["Ethernet" in my case]

Set-NetIPAddress -IPAddress -InterfaceAlias "Ethernet" -PrefixLength 24 -SkipAsSource $True

After this, the correct IP will be reported to a Ping....

Note, if you use the GUI again, the SkipAsSource flag will be reset to false.

*TITSUP - Total Inability To Support Usual Performance