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Category : Geekdom

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[…]

Next network project for my network.

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Published on: February 16, 2021

Now that I have the Raspberry Pi serving as a DNS server, one as a DHCP and VPN server. And I have the WiFi mesh network setup. Next step is I want to setup a hardware firewall (or maybe a computer to server as a firewall) between my home network and the Verizon Modem. I[…]

Set up the Eero System last night

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Published on: February 15, 2021

With the new Eero system, it looks a lot better then the other one. I was able to set the access points to bridge mode with no real problem. It still has the need for a stupid app to configure them. But there a lot less in the app. I did have a minor snag[…]

Got a new WiFi mesh system to try.

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Published on: February 14, 2021

Well I returned the Deco, as that was a waste of my time, I am glad I got my money back, as it would have been a waste of my money. So I picked up a Eero to try out, there are a few kinks in the system still, but it is looking more promising.[…]

Well the new Deco devices came

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Published on: February 13, 2021

The new Deco WiFi mesh devices came, and they are having the EXACT same issue. And they don’t even let you try with a web interface you have to configure it with a stupid app. They were being too cleaver for their own good on this, and that probably part of the problem. I will[…]

Well the replacement Deco devices should be here today.

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Published on: February 13, 2021

Well as noted before the WiFi devices I bought before did not work, they just failed to work. I hope the new ones work. I will set them up with they come Amazon says they should get here between 4:30pm and 7:30pm (it is 2:45pm as I type this) I am hoping that these 2[…]

Next move in my home network updates

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Published on: February 10, 2021

As I have been talking about in prior posts, I am moving things off of the router supplied by Verizon. I have moved the DHCP server off of it, I have moved the DNS caching server off of it, and am using a Pi-Hole DNS server, for add blocking and malware blocking at the DNS[…]

SDF

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Published on: February 10, 2021

In my posts talking about the text based internet here is yet another. I been starting to go back and mess around on SDF.org. This is a free Unix shell that anyone can sign up for. It is a BBS style community. Remember BBSes? having some fun there. Find me there as mpop. It is[…]

IRC

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Published on: February 9, 2021

As noted in my last post, I am looking at Usenet, I am also going back to IRC, there seems to be some life still in IRC, on freenode, I found my old stomping grounds of wplug, that seems to be dead, but the Linux chat room still seems to be alive, and along with[…]

Usenet

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Published on: February 9, 2021

As I have left social media, and web based discussion boards. I have decided to go back and look at Usenet. For those of you who don’t remember or don’t know Usenet was the original place where online forums and discussions took place, and they still take place there. I also found this https://www.blocknews.net/ looks[…]

A problem with the subscription model of content consumption.

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Published on: February 6, 2021

People are all excited about subscription model for music/video/games. But they are over looking one major issue, and that is cost. Back when you got things physicaly you bought it once and you owned it, pay $15 for a CD and it yours permanently. Now you pay $12 something a month for a streaming services,[…]

Setup my own DHCP server on one of my Raspberry Pi

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Published on: January 28, 2021

I setup one of my Raspberry Pi’s to server as the DHCP server for my home network as I was not happy with the built in DHCP server on the router that Verizon supplied. First issue, is it wanted to be the DNS server for the network and only go out to my DNS when[…]

My next network project for my home network

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Published on: January 27, 2021

I am not happy with the lack of control over the DHCP setting I have on my router from Verizon and thinking I want to setup a DHCP server on one of my Raspberry Pies, so I can have better control of how my network is configured. Such as I don’t need the router to[…]

Interesting find on the Verizon router

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Published on: January 27, 2021

So I run a Pie-Hole DNS server here at home. But I could not find out why the custom entries I put in were not resolving. Exploring around the routers setting I found one called prevent DNS rebinding. When I disable that my custom entries on my Pi-Hole were working, to test to see if[…]

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