pfSense 2.3.3 Update

Sharing a quick post while waiting for pfSense 2.3.3 to update on my router. This update was released just two weeks ago. I hadn’t had the opportunity to upgrade earlier, having been terribly busy of late. There wasn’t any particularly relevant security fixes that needed to be applied anyway. This is mostly a maintenance release. From pfSense’s release notes, this update brings numerous stability and bug…

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Home Network Centre

I get asked from time to time what sort of network I have setup at home. It’s nothing very exotic, though at the same time it isn’t the standard basic broadband router setup that most people have at home. Here’s what I have setup now. Instead of the typical wireless broadband router that most people plug into their broadband connection, I…

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Chaos In Tomato-Land

My Tomato router, actually a Linksys E3200 with Tomato software installed, was getting a bit outdated. I’ve let quite a number of software versions pass by, and a couple of days ago, I thought I should finally get around to updating it. It was painless the last time. It should be quite straightforward nowadays, like how pfSense has become. Unfortunately, it wasn’t…

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TP-Link Archer C5400 Review

It was a little eerie to see Wi-Fi routers taking on spider-like shapes initially, but the era of eight-antennas is now coming of age.  To satisfy consumers’ demand for ever increasing Wi-Fi speeds, TP-Link has brought their new Archer C5400 to the party. This is a 802.11ac AC5400 tri-band MU-MIMO gigabit router. In short, it has all the works. The TP-Link…

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Building Your Own Broadband Router

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

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

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

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

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

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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