Next steps on my network

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Published on: March 10, 2021

I have 2 Raspberry Pis (as I have talked about a lot and they are doing network services for me) I am not using m the external hard drive I had attached to my PS4 Pro a while back so I cleaned up games from it, and also from the external drive that I will not be playing anymore on the PS4, especially since I have the PS5, and the PSVR is attached to the PS5. I was able to free enough room up on both the internal and exernal drive, that I am able to move all the games still on the PS4 to the internal drive. So I am going to format it and attach it to on of the Raspberry Pis and turn it into a 2TB NAS drive. The work I am doing on my home network is making it look almost professional. Firewalls, WiFi Mesh network, custom DHCP, in house DNS sever to both fillter out ads/malware sites and get updates from the DHCP server so I can connect to local boxes via a name and not just an IP address. Now I will have a nice little NAS (2TB) setup to go with all of this. Some of this is just repurposeing older hardware.

Game devs need to make demos more interesting.

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Published on: March 9, 2021

I been watching a lot of streamers and apparently they are doing a game called outriders. And watching the streams, it does not seem like I want to play it. All the streamers are doing the same thing hour after hour. They run down a hill turn left then run a bit turn right run up a hill, kill a few bad guys, then run back down the hill to let the last bad guys kill them. Full process takes less then a minute. I am sorry when that seems to be the game the demo is showing it does not seem like a fun game. If you want people to get excited for your game make it so there more for the streamers to do then farm the same 60 second event over and over. At this point I have no interest in Outriders.

Working on figuring out how to add even more stability to my network.

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Published on: March 8, 2021

Well had another power failure (BGE has very bad at keeping the power on) So I have bout my modem, the router and the main switch, on a UPS. Since the DHCP and DNS servers are on Raspberry Pie I have a 30K mah battery pack I have not been using since we stuck in shutdown still, I put them on the battery pack, and plugged it in. So the core of my network should stay up when the power goes out (sad that I have to plan for power outages as they happen so often here, we have power stability that is as reliable as some 3rd world countries)

BGE sucks

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Published on: March 7, 2021

Yet another power failure by them no wind no rain no snow clear weather and yet another power failure. I wish they would fix the bloody power they can not keep the power going. Why do we even pay them if they suck so bad

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 the only way to upload to them, even 3rd party applications have to use that URL. So what am I to do, let google track me. Or, I do have a subscription to Office 365 from MS, along with said subscription they give you a 1TB of one drive storage. The program I used in the past to sync my google drive with my local storage also can sync with OneDrive (program is called inSync) And as I am not nearly as anti-MS as I was in the 90’s or early 00’s I am not opposed to using MS products now. I tested it, and I don’t have to let some tracking site be accessible from my home network to use it. So I went and deleted the files out of my google drive, then went and canceled my google extra storage space, and setup inSync to sync my main document directory to OneDrive (from under Linux) So now that $3 I don’t have to spend for 200GB of storage, as I have the 1TB from MS. Best part as MS is not a advertising company I can be a bit more secure in knowing they are not going scanning my documents to get advertisement data. So now as I type this, I am uploading the 111Gb of data I have in my main Data Directory. So in googles “need” to track everything they lost $3 a month from me. Why they would make the google drive go thought the main analytics URL is beyond me, but hay, I am now off of google there. I don’t even us Gmail, for email I have a rack space account for my email.

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 you want to hard wire them. The amount of traffic on the air is very high, and there are not that many people here.

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 answer apparently no. looking over the 1, hour, 1 day, 1 week average, I never really go over 200Mbits and that is rarely and not for very long, only see it on the 1 day averages. But most times looking at the 1 week averages and the month one (not fully filled out) I vary rarely get an average over 50Mbits. So while I am going to keep the 1Gbit, as I started at a 75Mbit, and they offered me for $10 more a month when my 2 month contract was up 1Gbit, so for the few times I would like the higher speed, it will be nice to have, and as I said it is only $10 more then I was paying for 75Mbits. But if you are looking to get new services, think about how much you really need, do you really need 1Gbit? I am a single person, and even when I am streaming 1 HD videos I use about 50Mbits of data speed. Also remember for gaming you don’t need high bandwidth you just need low lag, and this not a measure of speed of data being downloaded but how long it takes for a message to be sent to the server and back, the data is not that much data, probably could be done in a few Kbits, it just how long it takes to get there and back. Yes it is still nice to say I have 1Gbit, but truth is I don’t need more then 100Mbits. See stats below for my last week of usage.

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 facebook tracking sites [and I don’t even have facebook open, they are really tracking people hard]) And this is while I am just sitting here doing nothing on the web (I do have many tabs open in my web browser like I normally do, probably ajax calls) I am just sitting at the computer watching the requests scroll by. Below is the stats for the Pi-Hole

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 I used so much. Makes me glad I don’t have a bandwidth cap on my internet connection as this data means I probably use up to 2TB of data in a month.

While I do have 1Gbit I really don’t use it much, there are a few times I use it, and it nice to have it when I use it, but the amount of time I use it is not often, maybe for 30 seconds when downloading a large file.

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 my teacher. Well last week was for me the breaking point with google duo, as I missed my lesson as I never got notification of the call from my guitar teacher. So I suggested we at lest try MS Skype this week, he had not used Skype for a lesson before, and I was willing to try anything other the duo. Well we rescheduled my lesson for Friday (yesterday) We did not have any issue on connecting. and he even noted the audio was a lot clearer then it was on Duo. Also getting the sound into the computer is much easier as I have an old M-Audio that I had not been using and it has a guitar plug on it. So the music from the guitar was even clearer. Also I could hear my teacher when I was playing my guitar, Skype apparently is full duplex instead of half duplex like duo.

And what did I mean when I would not have believed you about this post in the 90’s or early 00’s, well back then I was extremely anti-Microsoft. I am still not a fan of Microsoft, but I will give it to them Skype apparently is a good piece of software. And my guitar teacher and I have agreed we will use it in the future. I am thinking I should scan my music into the computer so I can look at the screen while playing the guitar.

I still have Linux on all my personal computers (except one, and that is 8 computers all running Linux, and I very rearly use the window box, I am not counting the work laptop as that is not mine)

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 via my Gbit connection it can switch over to the T-Mobile hot spot. True the Mobile Hot spot is much much slower then the Gbit connection but something will always be better then nothing. I have tested it, it takes a bit of time for the switch over, but the network really does not see a difference when the switch over happens all it sees is the internet is unreachable for about 30 to 60 seconds, then it come back. I have tested this and it works well enough. So now I plugged the hot spot into the main power line instead of leaving it just on the battery. I can still unplug it an take it with me when I go somewhere (if we are ever allowed to go back to our lives again, and these stupid lock downs ever end, but for now since we are still stuck at home and pretty much not allowed to go anywhere, it not an issue, the hot spot can stay plugged in, I can finally use it again after almost a year of having it and not using it, sure I am still not using it, but it there for a backup now)

Truth is it not an ideal solution, as it only has 10GB of usage allowed a month, I want to look into if I can white list what devices will stay online when it on the fail over, and what does not. No reason my consoles should stay on line, but I would want the security cameras around my home to stay on. My game computer can loss connection, but my work computer I would want to stay on. Things like that. So I have some things to look at for the weekend to see if I can set that up in the new router.

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 volume limiters. Yes I know mean but it was a scammer so who cares they deserve it. Another one I have done in the past when getting called for you were over charged by your electric company and when they ask for account number I claim not to have one. Just messing with those lossers, and maybe waste their time a bit.

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 nice to see how much data I use in a month. Once a month passes I might put up the month’s data usage, it would be interesting to see. I also for my home guest network I have left that on the ISP’s modem to keep it isolated from my main home network. They say you should do that for your home network (isolate it from your main network) most WiFi access points have some form of isolation built in for guest networks, but having it on a complacently different system then my home network should isolate it even more, as there is a firewall between my home network and the WiFi that does the guest network. I still have more work to do on my home network.

But for The last day here is my data usagle
Port Down Up
WAN 83.9 GB 8.54 GB

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 of the network they will reroute the traffic over the WiFi network (still not as fast as Ethernet, but still it will keep the connection going) I did have a bit of an issue with 2 of them going off line today, but the WiFi stayed up since the 3rd on was still active. I did figure out why they went down, and it is a stupid reason. But at lest they let me know there was a real issue. I was messing around with my DHCP sever, and I typed in a bad character in a config file so it did not restart like it should have, fixed that and they came back up shortly. Stupid on my part, but the Eero seem to be earning their keep.

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 192.168.1.0/24 network. While all my computers are on the 192.168.42.0/24 network it would not be reachable on my home network, but what I did on my main Linux laptop I issued the command “ifconfig eth0:0 192.168.1.10” this created a virtual network device and placed it on the 192.168.1.0/24 network (for the LAN side). From there I was able to gain access to the Gateway, and set things up, how I wanted it. Put it on the 192.168.42.0/24 network. Turn off the DHCP server on it. Then I setup my Verizon Modem back to the old (default) 192.168.1.0/24 network. Went into the Security gateway and set it WAN to 192.168.1.2 with the WAN gateway to 192.168.1.1 (the Verizon Modem) Everything then just worked, then I installed the Unified Software control software on a Rasberry Pi, then went to the Pi’s address on port 8443, Adapted it and it then preventioned it. After that I was able to setup all the other things I wanted. On the Verizon Modem I forward the SSH port and the OpenVPN port to the Security Gateway, then on the Security Gateway port forwarded that on to the correct computers. Then using my T-Mobile Hotspot, I connected one of my computers to that (so I was on an outside network) and tested to see if I could SSH in and also use the OpenVPN to get in, both worked the way I expected it.

Yes this is more work then most people would do, and most people would just accept the default settings of a consumer router, well they would not get one, as they probably would use the all in one solution their ISP gives them, but for me the one Verizon provided was not going to be enough for me. Yes in the past I made it work, but when they changed out the modem on me, it was a pain to set things back up to how I wanted them to be. This way (as I said before) my home network is now 100% decoupled from the modem that the ISP provides, and I can swap out the modem very easily.

I will probably report back later on the device. But I also like that it will keep statistics of traffic on the network something the Verizon modem never did for me, I would like to know how much traffic I really use a month on average.

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