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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 server checks […]

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 perform a […]

Bricked Router

April 23rd, 2014
Router Debricking Guide

What is bricked router (brick)? Basically “bricked router” means an electronic device which is as useful as a brick 😉 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 are 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/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 for accessing […]

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 NAS after installing them. 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 remote 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 […]