Tomato Router On Linksys E3200


Most people who buy wireless broadband routers will just use it as the manufacturer designed it to be, with whatever firmware the manufacturer put in there. Some adventurous folks, however, replace that firmware in their wireless broadband router with something not from the product manufacturer. It’s similar to how some users flash a different firmware into their smartphones. There are…

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StarHub Network Engineering Fails


IPv6 network connectivity on my home fibre broadband service is broken at the moment. I’m definitely not happy about it. So perhaps I’m mostly just ranting when I complain about their network engineering being a failure. But it really has to be partly true. The fact that the problem is not being proactively detected and rectified behind the scenes certainly…

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Moving On To IPv6


For over the last 30 years, the Internet ran on a suite of protocols, the principal one known as the Internet Protocol version 4, or IPv4. You’ve likely heard of it, and maybe also how IPv4 addresses are scarce, and that we’ll run out of them some day. Technically, that day has already come, on 31 Jan 2011, when the…

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Building a pfSense Mini-ITX Box


I recently shared about my interest in building a standalone pfSense box. Well, I’ve been planning for that, the parts have arrived, and I’m currently putting together the box. I’ll share about the build over a couple of posts in the near future, which I think a number of people would be keen to know. For now, I just want…

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Standalone pfSense Box


I’ve been mulling for some time about the option of building a standalone pfSense box. My current pfSense runs as a virtual instance inside an Ubuntu host. This interest was renewed again recently when, unfortunately, my Ubuntu host broke, and thus brought down my Internet access. It was really frustrating, not least because of the chicken-and-egg situation that landed on…

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Netgear R6300 Wireless Router Review

Netgear R6300

This is the second generation of Netgear’s R6300 wireless router. Netizens have come up with the R6300v1 and R6300v2 designations to differentiate between the two models because, unfortunately, Netgear did not update the model number. The only easy way to tell from the box which model you have is to look out for the USB 3.0 ports, which is only…

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StarHub Fibre Broadband Network Configuration


I was recently struggling with my home fibre broadband connection when, as it turned out, it was something I had figured out before, but I had forgotten all about it. So to save myself the hassle in case I need to go through that again, I’m going to document it here. You may find it useful too. This is for…

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IT Downtime at Home


Today has been a bad “IT maintenance” day at home. There were a few things I’ve been meaning to do for some time. But knowing there’s always the risk of something going wrong, I’ve been putting it off to a day when I had a little more time. Working in IT, I know this all too well. Simple tasks can…

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Western Digital My Net N900 Central Review


In a nutshell, the My Net N900 Central from Western Digital is a dual-band wireless Internet router with internal storage which allows it to double up as a media server. If you’re hoping to get some sort of network storage and the ability to serve media content without having to use a dedicated computer in your home, the My Net…

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Home Firewall with pfSense


Today’s post is about my pfSense installation. It’s not the usual pfSense setup. First of all, instead of running in a standalone PC or some sort of embedded computer, my pfSense runs in a virtual machine. Then, it has multi-WAN (i.e. Internet) links. I know most people will probably not quite have the same type of setup, but I hope…

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