How to fix OBI 100 and OBI 110 Not Connecting to Google Voice

Why Isn’t My Google Voice Ringing?

This is what I was wondering earlier today when I noticed that calls were not ringing in and when I went to make a call I was greeted with an error message from the OBI100. After looking into it and logging into the OBI portal they wanted me to pay $10 for support to update the device to the latest firmware and setup my Google Voice again. I decided to look online and found that they had the firmware available publically and if you follow the steps below your service will start working again.

I think it is crazy that they want to charge you $10 for “priority support” just to do something that they offer for free on their site and support forums. I am willing to bet that some unsuspecting people have paid the fee and not realized that it can be fixed easily on their own.

This was broken because Google forced everyone to switch to OAUTH 2.0 and this broke the old Google Voice system that the older firmware used.


Step 1

Download this firmware for the OBI100/OBI110 and install it. If you do not know how to install the firmware please see below for instructions.

 

Then Reboot.


Step 2

In the OBITalk Portal, delete the device and set it up again as a new device.

Run through the Google Voice setup again and it will start working again!

NOTE – It may take 4-5 minutes for the OBI to get the new settings but just be patient.


How to Update the Firmware

If you don’t know how to install the firmware:

Dial * * * 1

It will give  you the IP Address:  192.168.XXX.XXX   (example 192.168.1.27 )

In your browser, enter the IP Address as the URL.

User Name: admin
password: admin

 

On the left side, navigate to SYSTEM MANAGEMENT

Click DEVICE UPDATE

At the top where it says “Firmware Update – Select file to update firmware [BROWSE] ….”

Click BROWSE and add the file.  Then click UPLOAD

OBI100/110 Update Screen
OBI100/110 Update Screen

Once it reboots its done.

Go back to Step 2 to continue.

Thanks for reading and enjoy this fix!

SierraComponent.com SCAM Alert – DO NOT BUY FROM THEM

I was looking for a new Power Supply for my main desktop when Google Shopping led me to a site called SierraComponent.com. They were advertising a used Corsair AX1200i for $200 and their description was just the stock one from the Corsair website. I decided to give them a call to see if it came with the modular cables that come with the power supply when you purchase it new.

 

Here’s where it gets interesting

I called their number (866-694-1281) and a man with a middle eastern accent answered the phone and said this was George. I told him that I was wondering about the condition of the used power supplies (as in how USED were they – marks, dust, scratches, etc) and if they came with the modular cables.

He told me to open up a web browser and go to Google and type in “used” and read the definition. I was a bit taken back that he would say that, I proceeded by asking him where they were pulled from and if they had the modular cables. He just continued to be very rude and told me that if it’s not on the page it doesn’t have them. I explained that the power supply is a modular one and they need the cables in order for the unit to be able to be used.

I then asked about the same power supply, only new, since it was on the site and he gave me the same answer of “if it not on the page it doesn’t come with it” and to stop “trying to get something for free”. He then went on to tell me that “they didn’t need my business and that they do not want to sell anything to idiots like me”.

Now I wish I would have had my call recorder app installed but I did not when I was on the initial call with him, so I disconnected the call, installed the app, and called back. Their phone system is 100% for sure through RingCentral based on the opening greeting and the hold music, I have set up enough of these systems to know that.

Here is the clip from the 2nd call: 

He did mention in the 2nd call that they only do large quantity and $2500 or more for orders. There is no mention of this on the site until you go to check out and you get this popup:

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They are running Google Shopping ads but on individual products. I decided to look up the number and found multiple sites that people are reporting the number as SPAM and that if you try to order from them they ONLY accept wire transfers. One reviewer said that they just took his money and never delivered anything. Also, it looks like they were connected with TriValley Recyclers as well based on the other feedback online and the documents that I found below on their site.

There was also this odd title on the page of their site that tipped me off as well: Riiight.

They also seem to have left quite a decent amount of somewhat sensitive documents in the open on their site. There are spelling mistakes and revisions trying to correct little errors on all the items. I have copied them and re-uploaded them to here in case they remove them. They were all obtained from here as there was a directory listing available at the time of download (the time this post was published). The “Credit-Apllication” PDF file requests a LOT of information, I guarantee you that they are gathering and using this information illegally when get actually trick someone into filling it out.

Misc Documents from their Web server (Source URL: https://www.sierracomponent.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/):

From the other links it looks like I am not the only person who has had issues with them:

Bottom Line is that Sierra Component is a SCAM. STAY AWAY. I wanted to get this info out there as I am sure someone else will stumble upon them and get scammed.

Something Fun If You’re The “Tech Support” Of Your Family/Friends

If you are in IT you know how it is when your immediate and extended family are when they find out how savvy you are. As someone doing IT work for over a decade, I can relate to these. I did shamelessly steal these from BucksFeed, but let’s be honest, they steal all the content on their site anyways. Enjoy! Added a relevant video for your enjoyment.

1. Firstly, you only fell into the role because of your willingness to help.

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HBO / Via giphy.com

2. And because of your kind and caring attitude, whenever you visit family there’s a list of tech-related chores waiting to be done.

Viacom International
Viacom International

3. But at least dealing with tasks in person is better than trying to give advice over the phone.

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Columbia Pictures / Via imgur.com

4. There is no worse fear than when an elderly relative asks you to set up a Facebook account for them.

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imgur.com

5. People forgetting their passwords has become a prominent problem in your life.

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Warner Bros. / Via giphy.com

6. Hell, and some people even manage to forget their goddamn email address.

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imgur.com

7. You’re used to family coming to you with extremely vague, nonsensical descriptions of their tech problems.

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

8. Except when it comes to spelling out URLs, which is always done in full.

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Vicki Reid / Getty Images

9. But their lack of knowledge doesn’t stop them from having strong opinions.

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Focus Features / Via giphy.com

10. Or trying to do things you told them were impossible.

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reddit.com

11. Sometimes, you’re even asked to fix things you have zero control over (like changing the Google Logo back).

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NBCUniversal

12. When the time comes, you’re always the person everyone goes to for advice when buying new technology.

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MTV

13. Advice which they then go ahead and completely ignore.

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20th Century Fox

14. Which often leads to them needing help with more things.

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Optimum Releasing / Via imgur.com

15. And whenever anything goes wrong, the blame always falls on you.

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imgur.com

16. Your family loves to boast to all their friends about how you’re “so good with computers”.

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imgur.com

17. And on more than one occasion have offered your services out to others.

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imgur.com

18. More often than not for tasks that are way beyond your level of knowledge.

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TV Tokyo / Via imgur.com

19. Because, honestly, your solution is mostly just to Google the problem.

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Google.com

The little fitness band that could – My Review of the Xiaomi Mi Band

Starting this year I have been being more active and taking better care of my health by dieting and working out regularly (weights and some running). I bought my girlfriend a Fitbit Charge HR and while it is pretty great I came across this little $20 fitness tracker. Enter the Xiaomi Mi Band.

While the other fitness trackers do a lot more than this one, what you get for $20 is well worth it. The Mi Band does automatic sleep tracking and step tracking. The best part about it is that you don’t have to do anything. Sleep tracking is automatic and so is the step counter. This device also integrates perfectly with Google Fit so you can have all your stats on your Google account for easy access on any device.

When you buy the Xiaomi Mi Band you need to make sure you are getting the REAL on by Xiaomi and not a knockoff. There are plenty of imitations so if it says DAMI anywhere on the box or listing where you are buying it from this is a FAKE.

When you open the box you get the fitness module, band, and charging cable. You charge up the module with any USB charger and takes about 1 hour to charge to full.

Mi Band Package Contents
Mi Band Package Contents

You slip the module into the band and then download the app to your phone. Now I had an initial issue where I had trouble creating an account in the app but I just went to their website, created an account there, and then signed in on the app.

There’s not much else to it. Just wear it and check the app for your progress. If you want Google Fit integration you can enable that in the app settings. There are also 3rd party apps that you can use to make the Mi Band buzz for different notifications with different colors to let you know you have an email, text, or whatever else you want to have it alert you on. I did not use these apps as I have a Pebble but had I not had a Pebble I would have taken advantage of them.

Let’s go over the pros and cons of this little device.

Pros:

  • Small
  • Battery life (Over 50 days)
  • Inexpensive
  • Good build quality
  • Easy to use
  • Completely waterproof up to 50M

Cons:

  • OEM band broke the first day (still usable, just cosmetic)
  • Hard to find 3rd party or even replacement bands for it (have to use AliExpress or Ebay and order from China)
  • App is not very refined

That’s really all there is to it. The Mi Band is a no-frills fitness tracker that does what it is supposed to do. I had no issues with getting it to sync with my LG G4 and it updated the firmware on the device seamlessly on its own when a new update came out.

The bottom line is if you just want sleep tracking and an accurate step counter this is worth picking up. If you want more than that you will need to look elsewhere. However, there are rumors that a new one with a heart rate monitor is coming out soon. If it does I may have to pick it up. I posted some pictures of the screens and of the 3rd party band I use (purchased on EBay). Enjoy!

Bring back the old new tab page in Google Chrome

Chrome Classic New Tab Page

I just wanted to make a quick post and share with everyone a quick fix to restore the Classic new tab page in Google Chrome. I myself hate the new version of their new tab page and wanted my old one back. My most missed feature that the new version of the new tab page is the Recently Closed button.

Here is how you do it:

  1. Open a new tab in Chrome
  2. Copy and paste the following into the Chrome address bar and hit enter: chrome://flags/#enable-instant-extended-api
  3. Turn off the Instant Extended API  by clicking the drop-down and selecting the Disable option.
  4. Click the Relaunch Chrome button that appears towards the bottom of the window.

Chrome should reload and you will now see the old style new tab window when you load new tabs. If you have any other Chrome tips and/or extensions that you would like to share drop me a line on the Contact Me page on the right. Thanks for reading!