Fun with BT VoIP/DrayTek/VDSL Vigor Routers

Recently I was involved in some work for a company that had a BT2Wire router. We wanted/needed to swap this out for a Draytek Vigor, this normally wouldn't be an issue.   The issue this time around was that the BT2Wire had a couple of BT VoIP lines enabled and although only one was in use and the other was used for the fax, which isn't ironic at all.

Also the Draytek needed to support VSDL (BT Infinity™, FTTC)... So a quick look at Draytek's website, we required the 2860Vn-plus (here)

Issue #1, The Draytek wouldn't logon to BT's network.

For settings for this, see this video :

Issue #2, Configuring VoIP

This is were things get a bit funky.

Visit the, enter your account details and on the next page click the "Configure Hub/Router" link which will load a page with a red "Configure" button on it. Right click that button and select "Open in a new window", the SIP account information sent to the Hub will be displayed in the web address bar (where you normally type in www.), highlight and copy the string into an application such as Notepad.  It will show as a single block of text so it will help to put a new line before each & sign for clarity.

It will look like this:

http://www.api.home/voipsetup.api?SIPTr ... otocol=UDP

You can take this information and enter into the Draytek.

BBV settings





I have found a few spare moments to welcome in 2015, at least I have managed to post this in January at least.  I pretty much said it all in my 2014 post.

More of the same really, I have many post in Draft, which I'm keen to finish of and get posted.   I intended to do more video's to flesh out the posts.   I feel that video's really help when people are trying to follow, I will post the videos here and of course on my YouTube channel.

I have also brought back Ad's. Sorry... I really need the site to start paying it's way.  It would also be nice to have a little pocket money, to allow me to purchase more gadgets, such as the ZalMan (2.5” USB3.0 External HDD Case).

This is a case with a difference, you create a folder on the drive called "_iso" and drop bootable ISO's and you can boot from it via USB, the case, presents itself as a USB CD-ROM drive, which is pretty awesome, it's yet to fail me on all of the devices that I have tried it on.

I have dropped in a 2.5" drive, but I'm tempted to swap this out for a SSD as install's would fly. Take a look at

Reading this back, the ZalMan textactually looks like a hidden Ad, I assure you it's not.   Found it on Amazon one day and bought it.  It has to be my best gadget purchase of at least 2014!

Until next time folks!




Well another year is coming to a close and it seems to have gone faster than the last.

2015 is going to be an interesting year for Microsoft, will they manage to turn around the negativity from Windows 8 and reignite Windows with Windows 10? Will 2015 be the year of Linux (Sorry, couldn't resist that), I meant to say the year of Windows Phone?

I feel Windows Phone has a long way to come and it may be impossible for it to break through against Android and iOS.  Microsoft themselves have shown over the last 25+ years once a platform dominates, then it's really difficult to break it, that said Google have managed it and if any one should be able to then I would expect it to be Microsoft.

I'm more positive regrading Windows 10.  Windows 8 tile's never belonged on Windows Server in the first place and I feel that's were a lot of the hate for Windows 8 came from the Enterprise IT Pro's, who haven't been treated well by Microsoft this last couple of years, (TechNet Subscriptions) which is one reason why Microsoft are trying to woo them back with Windows 10 and copy paste support in the command prompt, not sarcastic at all.

I'm hoping that Microsoft continue with their own hardware, I would like to see a Surface Laptop, ultra book, along the lines of Mac Book Pro?  I see no reason for this not to happen as Microsoft has said that their Surface line is aimed at the top end off the market.  I have a surface pro and like it a lot, but it does have it limitations, like not being able to use it in bed for example, it fall's over a lot.

For me personally I have been programming more of late and this has encouraged me to push on with my own projects such DNS Toolkit, which should be an interesting learning curve.

Microsoft open sourcing the .NET framework is great news, although it's pretty much the web stuff that has been opened sourced rather than the Windows Forms and XAML.  As with everything there are reasons for this but maybe in time.

One exciting prospect of .NET going open source is the slim possibility of PowerShell being available on Linux, one command line to rule them all. I feel that would be really powerful.

I personally want to be more productive. I feel that I haven't been this last year and that I've lost a little of my Mo Jo, I need to find that again in 2015.  I hope that you all of you have a great Christmas and a awesome 2015.

Error Message occurs after you change the SATA Mode of the boot drive

So here's the situation, PC dies you remove the hard drive and put it in a new PC. It boots and you receive a BSOD error 0x0000007B.  If you do the following : -

  1. Exit all Windows-based programs.
  2. Click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
  3. If you receive the User Account Control dialog box, click Continue.
  4. Locate and then click one of the following registry subkeys:
  5. In the pane on the right side, right-click Start in the Name column, and then click Modify.
  6. In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK.
  7. On the File menu, click Exit to close Registry Editor.

It may well boot, this worked for us.  The above is pulled from MS KB Article 922976,

Autumn Clean/Update

I've spent sometime this morning cleaning up the broken area's of this site.

The tabs plugin I was using in the Toolbox area wasn't working and I've yet to figure out why or find one that I like, so, for the time being I have returned to the list format. Nice and simple.

The "What's My IP Plugin" stopped working, there was a naming conflict.  I've now resolved this and submitted it to the WordPress Plugin Directory, which should prevent it from happening in the future. I have also moved it from "Incubator" to the "Toolbox" menu as it's really completed.

I'm not getting around to posting as much as I would like and I do have things I would like to post, lost of articles started and unfinished. :-( I've been really bust of late with family and work life and any spare time that I have had has been used catching up on the latest going's on around Windows 10 and ASP.NET.

Thanks for reading and if you have any suggestions or notice any issues with the site then please do use the contact form and let me know.

Until next time, Happy Computing. :-)

Windows 10


You can Download the Windows 10 Technical Preview for Enterprise Direct here once it gets published on the Windows Insider Program on October 1st 2014. The download will offer a burnable/bootable ISO-file of around 4GB.

  • Windows 10 will bring back a full featured Start menu as a mix of the traditional one found on Windows 7 combined with Modern UI tiles of Windows 8.
  • Microsoft plans to add many features found in Windows Phone 8.1, like the Cortana digital assistant. Other possible apps might be Storage Sense, Wi-Fi Sense might and a Notification Centre.
  • Cortana will be included into later builds of Windows 10. The Windows 10 Technical Preview for Enterprise will come without Cortana.
  • Windows 10 will allow Windows Store apps to run inside realizable windows on the desktop.
  • The charms-bar will be disabled on installations for desktop pcs and stay activated on touch-based devices. Microsoft wants to avoid annoyances of users that are not interested in the modern UI interface and mostly use desktop-programs.
  • “Task view” is a new button on the taskbar. When you click task view it launches multiple desktops at the bottom of the interface that show all the apps that are currently open, like on OS X’s Exposé. You can switch between different desktops with multiple apps running in their own separate areas.
  • Windows 10 improves the App switcher of Windows 8.1 that gets activated when swiping with the finger into the screen from the left side. This gesture also activates task view using big preview windows on the screen.

Microsoft have version jumped before, with Word from 2.0 to 6, way back in 1993, yes I'm old enough to remember that far back! :-)