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Upgrading PFSense Hardware February, 2022

Posted by pete_c , 25 February 2022 · 566 views

Recently here have upgraded main house from DIY'd 6 port BCM Haswell i3 mITX computer to: 1 - Qotom q330g4 i3-4010u  (4 port - 8Gb - 32Gb mSATA) IE: Wan and back up wan and 2 LAN to managed switches Back up (really not needed as the Qotom boxes are well built).  The Jetway box is better built than the Qotom. 2 - Jetway JBC390F541X...


Rebuilding new old NAS box

Posted by pete_c , 15 May 2020 · 6092 views

This is a NAS box which I built remotely a few years back.  It was configured with Ubuntu Linux and served as a combo automation server, video NAS, media NAS box. Made some repairs on it and ordered new drives for it. Hardware: 1 - Case - Silverston DS380Supports 12 total drives with 8 hot-swappable 3.5” or 2.5” SAS/SA...


Updating GDO Security+ 2.0 MyQ Door Control Push Button for use with OP2/Elk panels

Posted by pete_c , 04 February 2019 · 3889 views

Hardware required: 1 - Security+ 2.0 MyQ Door Control Push Button   $10 on Amazon.2 - some spare thin wire (22/2 alarm wire is good to use) Skills: Soldering wires to traces on the door control board.  Connect the control push button to your GDO via two wires.  Program it to open your garage door and disconnect it f...


Home-Assistant Alexa Media Player options

Posted by pete_c , 02 February 2019 · 5693 views

Used this wiki to install this; very much plug n play Will attempt to turn this post in to a blog. What it does:  1 - Allows for control of Amazon Echo products as home assistant media devices with the following features:Play/Pause/StopNext/Previous (Track)VolumeRetrieval for displaying in home assistant of:Song TitleArtists NameAlbum NameA...


Kodi 17 - Ubuntu 18.04 - VPN client plugin Installation

Posted by pete_c , 11 November 2018 · 2066 views

Just a quickie post on installing a VPN client plugin to KODI running on Ubuntu 18.04. You can configure it to start the VPN when starting KODI or doing it a la carte. Follow these simple steps to install and use VPN Manager for OpenVPN Add-on: 1 - Download zip file from this link:  hxxps://github.com/Zomboided/repository.zomboided.plu...


Kodi 17 - Ubuntu 18.04 - MCE Remote

Posted by pete_c , 15 July 2018 · 5728 views

Just upgraded my mini PC running Kodi 17 in Ubuntu 16.04 to Ubuntu 18.04. Runs fine except that I noticed my MCE remote was not working correctly. Fixing it to use the MCE IR remote control is easy. 1 - sudo apt-get install ir-keytable2 - sudo mkdir /etc/rc_keymaps3 - copy the rc6-mce config file from kodi-rc6-mce-nolirc   to rc_keymap...


Running PCA, Upstart, Polybytes and Visio in Ubuntu 18.04 64 bit

Posted by pete_c , 27 June 2018 · 1792 views

Switched this endeavor from using Wine by itself to using PlayOnLinux (which includes Wine).  PlayOnLinux "knows" what to add to get the Leviton PC Access to work.  PlayOnLinux will also drop an application icon on your Ubuntu desktop. Note here utilizing PlayonLinux version 4.2.12 and Ubuntu 18.04 desktop. Updating my other laptops to...


APC PMP1X-A surge protector Installation

Posted by pete_c , 12 May 2018 · 1594 views

Endeavor is installation of an APC (PMP1X-A) Surge Protector - side fuse panel mounted - baby steps. Note if you are not familiar with your fuse panel or have never done anything in your fuse panel or do not like doing anything electrical in your home then personally I would recommend hiring a professional to do this.    It is recommended t...


RPi NodeRed-MQTT-OWFS tinkering

Posted by pete_c , 15 March 2018 · 1744 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 · 1975 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...

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