About technologies for your digital home

For beginners and tinkerers

Basic Linux Commands

May 22nd, 2014
Learn Linux commands

When I was new to Linux, basic Linux commands looked very scary and the list of them looked endless as well… šŸ˜‰ I started learning them bit by bit until I realize one day, that I do not use manyĀ of them so often. That was a practical example of Pareto principle, which is also known […]

LAN speed test

May 14th, 2014
LAN data transfer test

Why would you need LAN speed test? Usually one of the reasons, why you getĀ interested in LAN speed test, is when something does not work in your LAN. Just few examples of this: streamed video gets choppy or freezes, it looks like the LAN becomes sluggish for files transfer. You may want to perform a […]

Bricked Router

April 23rd, 2014
Router Debricking Guide

What is bricked router (brick)? Basically ā€œbricked routerā€ means an electronic device which is as useful as a brick šŸ˜‰ In such case, the device may power on (some LEDs will turn on), however it will not function as intended by manufacturer: your router does not work as it is supposed to you areĀ unable to […]

Ubuntu Samba

April 10th, 2014
Samba service setup

What is Ubuntu Samba? Samba (SMB) is the standard Windows file and printer sharing SMB/CIFSĀ protocol, which was implemented for Linux and Unix machines to communicate with Windows-based. If you use a mixed Windows & other operating systems environment, Samba can be quite useful protocol, to upload/download the files inside your home network plus for accessing […]

What is Raspberry Pi?

March 26th, 2014

What is Raspberry Pi? Raspberry PiĀ is a cute, tiny piece of hardware and there are hundreds of projects that you can create with it.Ā It was developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the primary goalĀ of promoting the teaching of basic computer science in schools. For now, only two models of Raspberry Pi exist: Model A […]

Set-up DynDNS (DDNS)

March 18th, 2014
How to setup home dyndns

Set-up DynDNS It is a good idea to implement a dynamic DNS (DynDNS, DDNS), in order to enable external access to your home server or NASĀ after installing them.Ā I have used this feature already for few years. It is quite handy for example, when you are abroad or just travelling and you suddenly want to get […]

Ubuntu SSH Server

February 18th, 2014
Setup Ubuntu SSH server

Install SSH server I hope that you successfully installed the Ubuntu Linux server. The next step is to install the Ubuntu SSH server (SSH is a secure remoteĀ shell). I would advise you to install a SSH server as it will allow you remotely check and change the server configuration or install new packages and the […]

Install Basic Ubuntu Server

February 12th, 2014
Installing basic Ubuntu server

After you have decided what hardware you are going to use for your Linux server,Ā it’s time to start setting up your Ubuntu server. I assume that your server is connected to the home network with running dynamic host configuration (DHCP) service on your router. So your home network should look similar to this: First, you […]

Requirements For Your Ubuntu Media Server

February 5th, 2014
Media server requirements

Mini Ubuntu Media Server requirements Linux (including Ubuntu) does not have high hardware requirements. The minimal requirements which are given inĀ Ubuntu Server GuideĀ areĀ quite low: CPU=300 MHz, RAM=128 MB with 500 MB hard drive. It should be enough for testing purposes and you can even swap your hard drive into another computer with minimal fuss. You […]