iStat Widget Problem!

macuser1232

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Hey so I just recently noticed that under the Network column on the iStat widget it says "Ext: Unknown." It's supposed to display my router's IP. So apparently iStat says my external IP is unknown. I think it may have to do with me installing the Tor bundle for Mac. I have uninstalled Tor and tried reinstalling iStat and I'm still having the problem. Anyone know how to fix this? Please help!

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macuser1232

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aross99

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I just noticed this same thing, and I haven't loaded any new applications recently, except for the 10.8.2 update...

I don't have Tor or any other special networking software loaded...
 

macuser1232

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I just noticed this same thing, and I haven't loaded any new applications recently, except for the 10.8.2 update...

I don't have Tor or any other special networking software loaded...
Hm. Did you ever notice it saying your router's IP before? Or is this the first time you have ever looked?

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I am almost positive that it has to do with Tor because just yesterday I was able to see my external IP. Now that it could possibly be Tor, I am worried because who knows what else may be messed up with my network settings... :(
 

macuser1232

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I take back what I said about me almost being positive that the problem was Tor. Right now I really want to know why it is displaying this and if anyone else is getting this message on their iStat Pro widget.
 

aross99

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Hm. Did you ever notice it saying your router's IP before? Or is this the first time you have ever looked?]
Yes, I have teen the IP there before. Now it just says "Unknown".

I did some digging around in the resources for this widget, and it looks like it is attempting to contact "http://whatismyip.islayer.com", which doesn't seem to be working as it should be.

I have the same problem with another Mac as well...

Not sure why this would be working for some people and not others...
 
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macuser1232

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Yes, I have teen the IP there before. Now it just says "Unknown".

I did some digging around in the resources for this widget, and it looks like it is attempting to contact "http://whatismyip.islayer.com", which doesn't seem to be working as it should be.

I have the same problem with another Mac as well...

Not sure why this would be working for some people and not others...
Ok yeah I noticed whatsmyip.islayer.com wasn't working. So I shouldn't be worried should I?
 

aross99

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Ok yeah I noticed whatsmyip.islayer.com wasn't working. So I shouldn't be worried should I?
I don't think it is anything to worry about. The widget depended on a service to show your IP address, and it is no longer running. It looks like they have discontinued support for the widget, so I doubt they will fix it.

I'm going to keep using it for as long as it continues to run...
 

macuser1232

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I don't think it is anything to worry about. The widget depended on a service to show your IP address, and it is no longer running. It looks like they have discontinued support for the widget, so I doubt they will fix it.

I'm going to keep using it for as long as it continues to run...
Really? Then how come I was able to see the IP like just a couple days ago?? Tomorrow I'm gonna go to a local fast food restaurant or store to see if it displays the IP or not.
 

sailmac

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I don't think it is anything to worry about. The widget depended on a service to show your IP address, and it is no longer running. It looks like they have discontinued support for the widget, so I doubt they will fix it.

I'm going to keep using it for as long as it continues to run...
Same here. I've been using the iStat dashboard widget for years (one of the most compelling widgets in my dashboard). Periodically I check for an update but hope grows dim...

OP: FWIW, my external IP address is no longer showing either and I don't have Tor nor any other changes to point at. As posted above, it looks like the islayer site is changing or winding down. Nothing to be done about it on our side. Fortunately it is easy enough to get that tiny bit of info from elsewhere when needed.
 

macuser1232

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Same here. I've been using the iStat dashboard widget for years (one of the most compelling widgets in my dashboard). Periodically I check for an update but hope grows dim...

OP: FWIW, my external IP address is no longer showing either and I don't have Tor nor any other changes to point at. As posted above, it looks like the islayer site is changing or winding down. Nothing to be done about it on our side. Fortunately it is easy enough to get that tiny bit of info from elsewhere when needed.
Yeah but now mine is just saying "Ext: Updating..." Is yours?
 

macuser1232

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Yeah just drove by McDonalds to get the wifi and mine still says "Ext: Updating..." So yeah.
 

ed724

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You can fix it by editing core.js in the widget with an editor like Xcode. Insert a valid url for the external IP lookup. You need to edit "function getExtIP". I used http://whatismyip.akamai.com. Use right click "show contents" on the widget. Edit as shown below: (unload and reload the widget to effect the changes)

function getExtIP(){
ipURL = 'http://whatismyip.akamai.com/?random='+new Date().getTime();

From the looks of the website bjango, the widget no longer exists and they no longer support an external IP lookup URL for the widget. As an alternative you can just type the line below from your terminal app.

curl whatismyip.akamai.com; echo

You can fix the processes updating in MtLion as well. See site below.

http://spiegelland.com/artikel/istat-pro-prozesse-fixen-fuer-mountain-lion/
 
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GGJstudios

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You can still download iStat Pro (free) or iStat Menus ($16) to get accurate readings of your battery, temps, fan speeds and much more.

This post includes fixes for the iStat Pro widget, for displaying the external IP address and for displaying process information in ML.
 

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