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DIY print server from RPi

December 9th, 2015
DIY print server from RPi for brother printer

I have bought a Brother HL-2300D mono laser printer which has only an USB connection.¬†Before that, I used a printer accessible through the network and I admit it was very convenient ūüôā So, I started to miss this function … What are the options for printer server? At least in my case, one option is […]

The same SSID for multiple access points

October 4th, 2015
OpenWRT DD-WRT The same SSID for multiple access points

I have two access points at home connected through the TP-Link powerline adapter. The first one is Belkin F6D6230-4 with DD-WRT on board, while the second is¬†Netgear WNR2000 v2 with OpenWRT firmware. If you are going to put some 3rd party on your wireless access router, you can read a bit about bricking the router […]

Perfect NAS for home

January 16th, 2015
Choosing Home NAS

    I was looking for the NAS (network attached storage) already for a while. Thus, I read quite many different reviews including on¬† Smallnetbuilder website.¬†My final decision was that I should not go¬†for a¬†NAS which would have¬†less than 800MHz CPU and less than 258MB of memory. Amazon had quite a good deal for D-Link […]

Streaming webcam from Raspberry Pi

September 2nd, 2014
Linux MJPG streamer

    I had been wanting to try this setup for quite a while. Thankfully, I found some time last weekend. Requirements for this project: Raspberry Pi (version B or better) At least 2GB SD card Raspbian (Debian Wheezy) Webcam (in my case, that is Logitech QuickCam for Notebooks) The determination to continue this project, […]

True Speed of Powerline (HomePlug) Adapters

August 14th, 2014
Performance of Powerline adapters

    After long research of the market options, I finally upgraded to Powerline adapters at home. I got mine¬†from Amazon. One detail that got my attention was the officially declared Powerline adapter’s speed. I believe this aspect is confusing for other people as well. What is¬†Powerline (HomePlug)? It’s data transfer technology which uses existing¬†powerlines […]

Modding AMI BIOS

June 27th, 2014
Modding AMI bios

    What is the BIOS? BIOS is an acronym for¬†Basic Input Output System on your PC. It is responsible to initiate and make available all¬†devices and their chips (including CPU) are to the operating system on your PC motherboard. Some PC parts like RAID controllers and video cards have their own BIOS. For instance, […]

BBC iPlayer outside UK

June 17th, 2014
BBC iPlayer TV programmes are available to play in the UK only

    TV streaming limitations It is quite a common practice that tv (BBC, HULU, ABC, CBS, ¬†etc.) streaming services are limited to a certain geographic region. IP addresses and other browser settings can be used to check this. When your PC (or its browser) tries to access some live tv streaming, the remote streaming […]

LAN speed test

May 14th, 2014
LAN data transfer test

    Why would you need LAN speed test? Usually one of the reasons, why you get¬†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 […]

Bricked Router

April 23rd, 2014
Router Debricking Guide

    What is bricked router (brick)? Basically ‚Äúbricked router‚ÄĚ means an electronic device which is as useful as a brick ūüėČ 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 […]

Ubuntu Samba

April 10th, 2014
Samba service setup

    What is Ubuntu Samba? Samba (SMB) is the standard Windows file and printer sharing SMB/CIFS¬†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 […]