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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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Well the Deco mesh devices did not work out.

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Published on: February 12, 2021

I set them up Wednesday it worked well, Wednesday, but yesterday afternoon they just stopped working I guess I will have to return them, Amazon going to send me new ones. I spent 4 hours on tech support yesterday with them trying to get them to work. Did factory reset of the devices, and they[…]

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,[…]

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