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Pretty sneaky google pretty sneaky

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Published on: March 5, 2021

I been using Pi-Hole to block ad sites, and analytic sites that are used for tracking. Well since I added a custom list to block all google’s analytic sites I noticed that my google drive started to fail. So when I started to look into it, I found it uses the URL www.google-analytics.com and that[…]

How crowed is the WiFi space now

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Published on: March 4, 2021

I just looked at what WiFi analizer shows for what is on the WifI airspace around where I live, in the building I live in there are 11 units, 1 is empty, and below is what the WiFi airspace looks like. This is one reason for things that need a good connection to the internet[…]

What internet speed do you really need

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Published on: March 3, 2021

Well it been a week and a half since I put the USG in as a firewall/router for my home network. On data point that I find interesting, is I look at my average transfer rate on my home network. I have a 1Gbit connection from Verizon, but do I really need that speed? The[…]

Amazing how many DNS requests happen per second on a network

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Published on: March 1, 2021

I am for fun watching the logs of my Pi-Hole (the local DNS server on my network) and it interesting to see how many requests are going on per second, and a lot of them are being blocked (resolving to 0.0.0.0) the requests for all kind of tracking sites (mostly google tracking sites, and many[…]

1 Week in with the Unified USG router/firewall

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Published on: February 28, 2021

Well it has been one week since I setup the new firewall/gateway on my home network, and I just looked at the statistics for my usage of the internet. According to the router, I have used 476Gb in one week. But on average I don’t use more then 100Mbits of traffic speed. I never knew[…]

If you told me I would post something like this in the 90’s or early 00’s I would call you crazy

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Published on: February 27, 2021

Last week my guitar teacher and I had problems again with google duo connection for my weekly lessons, this is one of the issues we have had with google duo. The other issue is it only half duplex, not idea while taking music lessons, as when I am playing the guitar I can not hear[…]

Internet connection fail over for my home network.

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Published on: February 26, 2021

The latest thing I done for home network, is I set it up to connect to my T-Mobile hot spot if the main ISP goes down (this has not happened in the 6 years I have had Verizon, but it could away happen) So the plan is if the router losses connection to the internet[…]

Mean things to do to scammers

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Published on: February 25, 2021

Sadly scam calls seem to be on the rise. Today I got one of those scam calls for your car warranty. Well when the person came on the line all I did was scream as loud as I could into the phone over and over again till they hung up. I hope they don’t have[…]

Well my network is coming along nicely

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Published on: February 24, 2021

I have done a lot of work on my home network as of late, as I been posting about. But I think it has come along nicely. I do really like the USG I put as a router/firewall. A nice thing is it also show stats of my usage of the network. It will be[…]

So far, the Eero WiFi access points have been working out good.

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Published on: February 23, 2021

So I setup the Eero WiFi access points in my home about a week ago. And so far, they have been something you can forget about. Plus as noted in a prior post it nice that they do self healing on the network, so if a Ethernet connection go down between them and the rest[…]

The Unifi Security Gateway I ordered came Yesterday and….

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Published on: February 22, 2021

Well this is a first reactions post to the my new Unifi Security Gateway I got. From what I read it sounded like it would be hard to setup. It really was not that hard. I plugged it in between my home network and the Modem, from what I read it is setup on the[…]

A early review on the Eero Wifi Mesh network devices I got

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Published on: February 21, 2021

Well Yesterday, I found out what one of the features of the Eero Wifi Mesh network really meant. It says it is a “self healing” network device. I just thought it meant would work to keep the Wifi going if one went down. But wow I was wrong on what it really. What it looks[…]

Along with all the network work I have done on my home network

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Published on: February 20, 2021

Along with all the work I have done on my home network the last couple of weeks, I have also worked on reorganization my home. including the living room and the computer room/lab. While I have not gotten rid of anything I have also opened up more room to live in, and work with. I[…]

Ubiquiti Unifi Security Gateway as a home router/firewall

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Published on: February 19, 2021

I am now looking at Ubiquiti Unifi Security Gateway (USG) in my search for a Router/Firewall for my home network. Yes I know it a professional grade system. But at the same time it seems to have the features I want. Plus it lacks the WiFi, which I don’t need as I now have the[…]

Got my PSP back on the internet

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Published on: February 18, 2021

The PSP can not do the new WPA2 or WPA3 encryption for wireless. Also the PSP does not have any way to connect to Ethernet. But I came up with a solution, I got an old WiFi bridge that can do WPA (the new WiFi mesh network does not support WPA, as it to old[…]

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