Sep 25 2017
Well, port forwarding in RouterOS is way different then any other router I’ve used so far. Tonight I’m hoping I have enough time to figure out what I did wrong so I can get the ports I need to forward forwarded out.
Sep 21 2017
I have started planning upgrades for my mountain bike. Not going to be cheap but worth it in the end. I want to convert from a 3×7 drivetrain to a 1×11 drivetrain, upgrade the fork, brake levers & grips. My wishlist of parts is as follows below. I don’t expect anyone to buy these parts for me, but I won’t be upset if someone does 😉
Sep 21 2017
Been playing around with a RouterOS VM a bit at work (wanted to try out “The Dude” at work to see if I can use it). I think converting from EdgeOS to RouterOS is going to be a bit of work, but I’ll pull a config file from my EdgeRouter-X and just get started. I mean, its all I can really do 😉
Sep 20 2017
Well, my Ubiquiti EdgeRouter-X and UniFi AP Lite AC combo stopped working. Picked up a TP-Link Archer C7 to get us through until I could troubleshoot the Ubiquiti gear, decided to replace them with a MikroTik hAP ac after reading that Ubiquiti gear likes to die after around 18 months. Definitely not what I need at home. Configuring the MikroTik will be more work for me then I’m used to, but performance should be as good as or better than the Ubiquiti combo. I should also be able to keep the EdgeRouter-X around as a 5 port gigabit switch if I want to, powered by the hAP ac (it comes with a 24V wall wart and supports PoE out on port 5). I’m hoping I can easily get IPv6 working on the hAP ac, since it was a PITA on my EdgeRouter-X.
Aug 9 2017
Been a while since my last update. Haven’t been doing a whole lot. Just busy working and trying to keep my kids from killing themselves. Its harder then it sounds. I did pick up some USB outlet covers. One is in our kitchen and the other on my wife’s side of the bed, with an Echo Dot plugged into it (just more room on the power strip now). To go with our new mattress topper, we picked up a new box spring/foundation since our current one is shot. We did decide to try out Sling TV, I haven’t really used it yet but my wife has. We will probably end up subscribing to it so we get Disney, Disney Jr. & Nick Jr. for Lucas. Picked up an OTA antenna so we can get some local channels when we have not Internet. It arrives today, not sure how I will plug it in yet though (it is an amplified one). For my side of the bed I picked up a Quick Charge 3.0 compatible outlet & cover, since my phone is a QC 3.0 phone. Finally, also decided I wanted our home server to be able to communicate with its UPS. Picked up a cable a while ago only to find out my USB -> Serial adapter is bad, so I picked up a new one.
Jul 30 2017
My wife and I have had our current mattress for a while and while it is still comfortable it needs some help. We picked up a Fieldcrest 3″ cooling foam topper at Target yesterday. Didn’t fix it 100% but it was a good first step. Also didn’t wake up covered in sweat like we used to.
Jul 24 2017
I picked up a Wemo® Mini Smart Plug for my wife’s nightstand light last week. It integrates nicely with Alexa (unlike my Sensi Thermostat) and so far I’m happy with it. I’ve only had one issue with it so far that I can blame on the integration. Every once and a while, Alexa will refuse to turn it on or off until you use the Wemo app to do it. I’m thinking something gets a little out of sync between them but I do not know for sure. The bigger issue I have is my wife refuses to use it at night, she just turns the nightlight off at the bulb like she always has. Means when I get home I have to turn the light on at the bulb then tell Alexa to turn the switch off. I’m thinking of modifying the light so the switch doesn’t work, but I’m not sure I want to do that yet. But as of right now, I can recommend the Wemo® Mini Smart Plug, especially if you have an Amazon Echo of some sort.
Jul 19 2017
After playing with my Echo Dots for a couple of days I really want to start replacing outlets & switches to make a full smart house. Do I need to, no. But the ability to turn a light on or off by speaking would rock. Especially in our bedroom, where I have to stumble past the bed to my wife’s side in order to turn her nightstand light on. Currently looking at just a TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini for her lamp because it only takes up one outlet. There are other options that only take up a single outlet, but I’ve read good reviews on them.