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STunnel - Ubuntu 16.04 - GMail SMTP

Posted by pete_c , in Email, Uncategorized, OmniPro II modifications 27 April 2017 · 22 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 · 178 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 · 276 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 · 829 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...


From: KODI conversations

Posted by pete_c , 16 September 2016 · 926 views

@AlArmy of Darkness? Personally like Angel of death better....AOD is Amazon on demand which worked in the EU/UK but not here in the US.@dementeddigitalI'd love to know more about your configuration. Are you using a VPN?noHere only utilize Ubuntu for my Kodi boxes / LCD TVs. Boxes are Aopen Digital engines.I do run Kodi on my Android tablets and Windows 10...


PFSense - PfBlocker

Posted by pete_c , 24 August 2016 · 1058 views

PFSense - PfBlocker PfBlocker is a package for pfSense version 2.x that allows you to add IP block list  and country block functions  to a pfSense firewall or router. PfBlocker was created to replace the functions of the IP Blocklist  ,and Country Block packagesApril 29, 2016 Personally I would recommend installation.  Takes 5 minutes....


PFSense UPS connectivity / NUT service

Posted by pete_c , 25 July 2016 · 1740 views

Over the years here have added bits and piece to my PFSense firewall.  Decided it would be better to document each plugin / piece separately in separate blogs. 1 - NTP server via hardwired serial GPS / PPS connection - customized serial wire with a PPS signal Anyone using PFSense as a firewall?  2 - VPN - IPSec configuration (will be a...


Pine A64 / 2 Gb ramblings

Posted by pete_c , 19 July 2016 · 1206 views

I do not know best title for this post which is posted here today on July 19, 2016. I got one gratis a couple of weeks back and played with it.  Only familiar here with the RPi/Arduino/OpenWRT device tinkering here. I like that it is 64 bit and has 2Gb of Ram ARM based computer built with an RTC clock (with an optional battery). H...


Xi3 Xi5A ramblings

Posted by pete_c , 21 June 2016 · 900 views

Purchased two Xi3 Xi5A (AKA Piston / Steam) micro PC's last week. The company has gone out of business.They are well built machines. They were introduced in 2013 at CES. Piston Wiki Steam Machine (hardware platform)  https://upload.wikim...ter_ces2011.jpg  Here is an early review of the device f...


PFSense VPN Easy Peasy way

Posted by pete_c , 12 June 2016 · 2939 views

Base: 2.3.2-DEVELOPMENT  (amd64) - Note PFSense interface has been rewritten.  Much easier navigation. Note this is a post from over here  on Cocoontech.  PFSense navigation / gui has been updated a bit over the years and this post relates to using current beta version.Base: 2.3.2-DEVELOPMENT  (amd64) - Note PFSense interface has been rewri...

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