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Working from home? Have some spare hardware? How about using that spare hardware to find a cure to COVID-19?

So, I’m working from home in my office and realized that I had my son’s old PC sitting in the corner. Later that night, I was watching Linus Tech Tips and watched a video on using Folding@Home to help find … Continue reading

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Wiring Cleanup

If you look at the previous posts, you can see the old – in some cases, really old – network cables that I was using in the rack. Some of these were even older than my son! They were a … Continue reading

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Real Rack!

In my previous posts, I noted that my homebuilt rack worked well execpt for two issues: (1) I was silly and went with telco threaded rails and (2) I neglected to add the 1/8th inch (3.2mm) thickness of each rail … Continue reading

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Network Upgrade Complete (For now…)

My netwok upgrade is not complete. The last two pieces were to replace the 1GigE switch in the TV room and the 10/100 Mbit/s switch in my son’s gaming room. A few months ago, my son questioned why his gaming … Continue reading

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Had A Question on IGMP Proxy and pimd

I had a question in the comments on the firewall rules and IGMP Proxy and pimd based upon the post DLNA: pfSense and IGMP Proxy – nope, use pimd. Unfortunately, I deleted that comment when cleaning out the spam (imagine … Continue reading

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Network Upgrade 99% Complete (For Now)

I received my second UniFi AP Lite yesterday. The plan was to have two APs in the house – one on each floor – from the beginning. The first AP was mounted in the basement ceiling which provided good coverage … Continue reading

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Core Network Upgrade: Completed – Almost

Well, I’m just about finished my core network upgrade that I started, really, last winter. Here’s what has transpired since Christmas (links to posts, etc. in line): Santa bought me a TP-Link TL-SG1024DE. It gave me the VLANs I was looking … Continue reading

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Fixing error: environment block too small

A quick post on fixing error: environment block too small I updated my Linux Mint 19.2 which included an updated kernel and this error started occurring at boot before the grub menu. You have to “hit any key to continue” … Continue reading

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FreeNAS Update

I forgot to put in the obligatory logo 🙂 I’m well on my way through my FreeNAS build. For my boot drive I picked up two Kingston 120GB A400 SSDs on Amazon for CDN$25 each. That is only slightly more … Continue reading

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DLNA: pfSense and IGMP Proxy – nope, use pimd

This is more of a note to myself than a real post… If you have different subnets and want to use a DLNA-based media server it will not work. This is correct by design! DNLA is a local network, broadcast … Continue reading

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