Tag Archives: networking

Note: Multiple VLAN Operation on Realtek RTL8111D NIC (& Others)

A while ago, I wrote about the wonders of having multiple VLANs at home, operating in a mixed “hybrid” access model. While it was great, I made a comment that simultaneous VLAN operation might not be possible under Windows depending … Continue reading

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Note: Installing Firefox on a Fresh Windows Install without using IE

It’s no big secret that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and it’s closely related cousin, Edge, are not the world’s favourite browsers. They’re not even my favourite and for a number of good reasons. In the battle for market share, Microsoft has … Continue reading

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Tested: VLANs in the Home Through “Dumb” Switches

Being someone who has used consumer gear for a long time, I’ve always been rather frustrated at their inconsistent or general lack of support for VLANs. Long used in corporate networks, the VLAN concept can be extremely useful for realising … Continue reading

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Tested: EDUP 11AC 1900M Dual-Band USB 3.0 Wireless Adapter (EP-AC1621)

In my quest for more wireless throughput, my hAP ac with three-stream 802.11ac wireless seemed to be the right choice. The problem was that I had absolutely no three-stream capable equipment to use with it – so I wasn’t seeing … Continue reading

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Teardown: D-Link DGS-1005A 5-Port & TP-Link TL-SG1008D 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch

After bathing in nostalgia looking over my old switch and hub, it’s time to come clean – there’s a place for Fast Ethernet and that was a number of years ago. While some of the old equipment might still be … Continue reading

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Teardown: Mikrotik hAP ac & hAP mini Routerboards

After my house move earlier this year, I was in a bit of a networking dilemma. As every self-confessed nerd knows – internet access is critical. I recently upgraded to a TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 access point at the other … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Ethernet Hubs & Switches (Netgear DS104 & Skymaster 8320-030)

Ethernet has been around for so many years that we hardly ever take the time to stop and think about it. We take it for granted that most desktop PCs come with Ethernet ports integrated on-board, Ethernet switches are cheap … Continue reading

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Investigating: Vodafone & Kogan Mobile Data Connection Issues

Access to the internet is so important nowadays that we rarely stop and think of the consequences of not having access to the internet until it stops working. Because of my recent relocation, getting access to the internet was an … Continue reading

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Mega Review: Fingbox Network Security and Troubleshooting Device

Earlier this year, I visited CeBIT where I stopped by the Fing stand and had a chat about their app and Fingbox device. The Fingbox was pitched as a network security and troubleshooting device which worked with the Fing app, … Continue reading

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Note: Choosing 5Ghz Wi-Fi Channels for 802.11ac in AU

As society has moved towards ever smaller and more mobile devices, Wi-Fi has become an essential connectivity standard which we rely upon in our daily lives. It was initially made popular in the home by the availability of affordable, standardised … Continue reading

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Teardown: Generic Wall-Mountable Passive PoE Midspan Injector

For a lot of modern networked devices, Power over Ethernet (PoE) is a big convenience, allowing the one cable to power a remote device (be it an access point, camera, etc.) and supply the data connectivity to it. While there … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: TP-Link Archer T2UHP AC600 High Power USB Adapter

I had looked at a relatively cheap dual-band 802.11ac dual-stream USB Wi-Fi adapter recently and it seemed that the pain of single-band Wi-Fi solutions may be soon coming to an end. Unfortunately, that adapter did have some design quirks and … Continue reading

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Wireless Card Whitelists: Failed Attempt at a HP Pavillion dm1-4108AU

After successfully bypassing the whitelist in my Probook 4525s with the help of Dragy, I felt that it was probably worth trying the same technique on my other whitelisted HP, a Pavillion dm1-4108AU. While other pre-patched BIOS for certain dm1s … Continue reading

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Wireless Card Whitelists: Breaking the HP Probook 4525s Whitelist

Around two years ago, I posted this article decrying the whole situation where several laptop manufacturers have imposed artificial restrictions in the BIOS firmware against replacement of wireless cards (and other hardware) with other physically compatible units from other sources, … Continue reading

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Quick Review, Teardown: “Avoid driving fast card” USB 3.0 Ethernet Adapter

It’s always nice to have a few extra Ethernet interfaces on a computer – sometimes you need to run a software firewall, use a computer as a router, or you just need to sniff some network traffic running to a … Continue reading

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Teardown: Moxa NPort 5110 Serial Device Server

As someone with a lot of serial devices, and various retro-inspired experiments, problems with serial co-existence are everyday life. Things like certain USB to serial adapters which don’t put out proper RS-232 levels and only put out TTL, or drivers … Continue reading

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Pingdom Free Accounts: Changes to provide best services to paid users

Readers to my website who have stuck around for a while have probably understood that keeping this site online has not always been an easy task with downtime being a frequent consequence of the shared hosting provider especially in the … Continue reading

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Teardown: Alcatel 3AU 04805 ABAA & LSE LSF2070 ADSL Microfilters

While rummaging around my old equipment box, I came across some in-line microfilters which I have collected as spares from discarded modem boxes or from places where they suspect having filter problems and have had their filters interchanged with a … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Ethernet (10Mbit/s) Network Interface Card Collection

Seeing as I had just posted a Fast Ethernet flashback, I suppose it would be a good time to go further and look back another decade to the “original” Ethernet. Prior to the development of an over-arching networking standard, networks … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Fast Ethernet Network Interface Card Collection (Part 2)

This post is part of a two post series looking at the Fast Ethernet NICs in my collection, with some reminiscence of the legacy Fast Ethernet has left behind. Here are some more interesting and varied NICs in my collection. … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Fast Ethernet Network Interface Card Collection (Part 1)

The era of Fast Ethernet was a highly important and memorable (at least, to me) period in computing history. Introduced in 1995 (i.e. 20 years ago), after most competing networking technologies were starting to fall by the wayside, it added … Continue reading

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Teardown: Vonets VAP11G Ethernet to 802.11g Wireless Bridge

What do you do when you have some device that only supports wired-Ethernet, but it’s going to be deployed in a place where it isn’t practical to install cabling? Well, the easy solution is to use Wi-Fi, through a device … Continue reading

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Project Adverpising: A Wi-Fi Beacon with Raspberry Pi

Privacy is a major issue, especially as we continue to gear-up and carry various wireless devices which emit signals which can be used to track our movements, be it just a smartphone with Wi-Fi turned on, probing for access points … Continue reading

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Teardown: element14 Wi-Pi USB Wireless 802.11n 150Mbit/s 2.4Ghz Dongle

The end of financial year almost always means discounts and sales, and this year was no different. My favourite shop, element14, had run some promotions in their Connect magazine, which included a further discount of 10% on the already-discounted prices … Continue reading

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Experiment: SSH Honeypot – Weeks 3 and 4

This has been a rather interesting experiment that I started and didn’t really “turn off” despite intending to. Unfortunately, last week, I didn’t have the time to analyze the data from the honeypot, and another week has come around, so … Continue reading

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Experiment: SSH Honeypot – Week 2

Seeing as I went through a decent effort to prepare the SSH honeypot for last week’s posting, I didn’t quite want to end it just there. As we know, the internet security landscape is dynamic, and threats will continue to … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Apotop Wi-Copy (DW21) 5200mAh Power Bank

Towards the end of 2014, I entered a competition held by Scorptec for a chance to win an Apotop Wi-Copy power bank. Guess what? I won! Thanks Scorptec! As a bit of a hobbyist photographer, backing up photos and keeping … Continue reading

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Marketing Confusion: Wireless 802.11ac Data Rates Explained

For people who have looked at upgrading their network to 802.11ac, no doubt you have been perplexed by the wide range of physical layer rates advertised. Before, in the 802.11b and g era, all cards operated at just one rate … Continue reading

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Laptop Wireless Card Whitelists: An upgrade nightmare

What if I told you that an Intel 7260 dual-band dual-stream (marketing value 1200Mbit/s) 802.11ac mPCIe card with Bluetooth 4.0 costs just $26.50 including shipping and with just 5 to 15 minutes of your own work, you should be able … Continue reading

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First Look & Teardown: Western Digital MyNet N750 Wireless Router

It wasn’t long ago when I thought AU$21 for a single band, single stream wireless N router was an absolute bargain, but this is just unbelievable. What if I told you that there’s a dual band wireless N router with … Continue reading

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