Building Your Own Broadband Router

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Most home users will likely just buy an off-the-shelf broadband router for their home Internet connection needs. For the adventurous types, those who like to build their own customised PC rigs, building a broadband routers might be a fun project. It’s not too difficult, since broadband routers are essentially just miniaturised computers. I’ve been using pfSense as my home router…

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Linksys EA8500 Speeds Ahead With MU-MIMO

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Linksys announced in July the availability of their EA8500 Max-Stream AC2600 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router. It’s the first wireless router to offer MU-MIMO, Qualcomm’s MU/EFX Wi-Fi technology which promises better performance in a crowded wireless network with multiple devices consuming massive data. The big question, is MU-MIMO mostly marketing hype, or can it really deliver more speed? Just what exactly is MU-MIMO…

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How Much Network Bandwidth For Off-Site Event

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I was recently asked to overlook the Wi-Fi networking requirements of an off-site event. Is the Wi-Fi coverage adequate? Is the network bandwidth sufficient? Well, you know what, it’s never enough. Not when you have to pay. Unless, of course, you have limitless budget, in which case, money is not an issue, it’s like you don’t have to pay. So, as…

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Linksys WRT1200AC Review

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Wireless broadband routers are quite commonplace in most homes these days. While most brands will position their flagships to compete on performance and features, sometimes we just need a simple router that will get the job done on a small budget. This is what Belkin’s Linksys WRT1200AC, a downsized sibling of the WRT1900AC, aims to be. The Linksys WRT1200AC launched…

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Upgrading Tomato Router on Linksys E3200

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Over a year ago, I put Tomato, an alternative router firmware, on my Cisco Linksys E3200 wireless broadband router. Several new versions have been released since then, but I’ve been procrastinating about upgrading. I finally got around to it the last long weekend, and it turns out that it was far more straight-forward than I had anticipated. Tomato, in case you’re not familiar,…

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Trouble for Dallas Buyers Club Downloaders

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In the news today is about the owners of that movie, which honestly I haven’t heard about until today, obtaining from ISPs the subscriber information of alleged infringers of their copyright. This will likely develop into a very interesting case, because it will set a precedent to how copyright owners can pursue their claims in Singapore. Samuel Seow Law Corporation, acting on behalf of…

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pfSense Fix for IPv6 on StarHub Broadband

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I’m quite enthusiastic about supporting IPv6, as may be evident by my occasional posts on this topic in this blog. I have StarHub fibre broadband at home, and they’ve provided IPv6 access for some time. There are occasional glitches, but otherwise seems to work better than some others’ basic broadband access. My IPv6 broke again last week, and this post is about sharing the fix….

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Singtel New Logo Same Greed

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On the same day Singtel unveiled their new logo and new service commitments to customer service, their Group CEO Ms Chua Sock Koong also talked about discriminatory Internet access. She reiterated her belief that telcos should be allowed to charge major content providers a premium for users to get faster access to their content. I’m sorely disappointed. Ms Chua used examples like WhatsApp,…

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StarHub Broadband Upgrade

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The time had come to re-contract my broadband. I wasn’t looking forward to it. I’ve heard too many horror stories about people who faced all sorts of problems whenever something needed to be done with their fibre broadband connection. It could be understandable if you changed provider, but even if you stayed with the same one, there could be interruptions. I did…

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UnoTelly For Your Netflix Fix

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Many content stream services implement geo-blocks to prevent access from users outside specific geographies. This is often due to content licensing requirements. I previously published a post about using VPN services to get around this block. Another popular solution is to use a smart DNS service designed to circumvent geo-restrictions. UnoTelly’s UnoDNS is one such popular DNS service, and they are…

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