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RPi NodeRed-MQTT-OWFS tinkering

Posted by pete_c , 15 March 2018 · 118 views

Over the last few months here have been tinkering with my 1-wire stuff. Moved the post to here from Automation.  I cannot attach pictures to my posts these days such that this blog will be pictureless. That said I see no interest so will continue to post what I am doing with this stuff. Old configuration was using multiple 1-Wire contr...


Raspberry Pi NOAA Weather Satellite Receiver

Posted by pete_c , 28 December 2017 · 456 views

Today 28th of December, 2017 writing about an old project here tested a few years back using SDR (software defined radio) relating to the downloading of NOAA weather maps directly from satellite.  Today this endeavor uses an RPi 2-3 running Jessie and an SDR NOAA radio "kit" available on Ebay.  The kit includes both SDR and antenna. Hardwar...


Updating Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 16.04 video to work with Kodi 17.4

Posted by pete_c , 08 October 2017 · 582 views

Here run Kodi on mini PCs that are Intel or AMD based. I noticed a flickering video on the Ubuntu 14.04 builds and ran the following to correct my video issues. For Ubuntu 14.04 and Kodi 17.4 SSH to Ubuntu Kodi Box 1 - sudo apt-get -y install --install-recommends linux-generic-lts-trusty xserver-xorg-core-lts-trusty xserver-xorg-lts-trusty...


How to use a AS3935 Lightning sensor with a Raspberry Pi

Posted by pete_c , 03 July 2017 · 1609 views

A repost of a Homeseer forum post.  I am impressed with the AS3935 lightning sensor chip.   I re purposed first Raspberry Pi purchased a few years ago. Steps are basic 1 - build a Wheezy OS based Raspberry Pi2 - wire the AS3935 lightning breakout board to the Raspberry Pi - 5 wires only. Provides distance of lightning up to 4...


RPi3-Pine642Gb Weather station

Posted by pete_c , 20 June 2017 · 850 views

It is a drawing only right now but easy to build these days and reasonably priced. Note that the Pine64 2Gb is larger than the RPi3.  It does have a built in RTC and it will run 64bit Ubuntu such that it runs circles around the RPi3 and sells for $29 USD with no case or power supply.   Baby steps here.... Testing a new little ligh...


PFSense update and tweaking

Posted by pete_c , 06 May 2017 · 1076 views

Just a quick entry relating to PFSense. Updated PFSense this past week with no issues. 2.3.4-RELEASE  (amd64)built on Wed May 03 15:13:29 CDT 2017FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE-p19 Never really paid much attention to how slow it was booting.  I did upgrade the old notebook SATA drive on it to a 32Gb SSD in the last few months.   For qu...


STunnel - Ubuntu 16.04 - GMail SMTP

Posted by pete_c , in Email, Uncategorized, OmniPro II modifications 27 April 2017 · 1070 views

You can install it on an RPi running Wheezy or Jessie.  This will work for HAI / Elk Email using GMail.   I installed it on Ubuntu 16.04 / 64 bit.   1 - sudo apt-get install stunnel4   2 - nano /etc/default/stunnel4   Change: ENABLED=0 to ENABLED=1   3 - Configuration   create a new stunned configuration file.   nan...


Tweaking a GL.iNet AR-300M AKA Shadow MicroRouter

Posted by pete_c , 29 March 2017 · 1376 views

Decided to write a separate blog on a new microrouter from GLi.Net model AR-300M AKA Shadow    Powered by Qualcomm QCA9531 SoC, 650MHz CPU300Mbps high speed128MB RAM 16MB Nor + 128MB Nand dual flash , space doesn’t matters anymoreSmall, light, easy to useOpenWrt pre-installedUART, PCIe interfaces.External antennas (on mine)5G 802.11ac addo...


PFSense Failover Configuration

Posted by pete_c , 01 March 2017 · 904 views

Easy peasy. Add gateway group(s) (System > Routing, Groups tab) Use the gateway group(s) on LAN firewall rule(s) Make sure at least one DNS server is set for each WAN gateway under System > General.   There is a bit more an I will post pictures.  


DIY HD Antennas made from Aluminum foil and cardboard

Posted by pete_c , 24 October 2016 · 1630 views

I have been utilizing a old fashioned combo VHF / UHF antenna for HD OTA viewing which works well but is a large attic footprint.  I have adjusted it and do get some 60 plus HD stations with it.  I also utilize an amplifier with the antenna.   Most of it is junk TV so really only care about 10 stations or so. Note that the followi...

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