Category Archives: Networking

New Server Running Nicely!

I’ve finally been able to set up my new Windows server, and it runs fantastically. I’ve actually not done much in the way of Windows in a hosting setup when it comes to establishing DNS, and POP3 and SMTP. I’m … Continue reading

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eBay – Online Selling for intellectually impaired people

I bought a few items off eBay recently, I don’t generally buy off eBay, but when the projects dollars don’t match my profit expectations costs must be cut somewhere, and so the obvious was finding good quality hardware on eBay. … Continue reading

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8Mbit Goodness – really good!

I have finally done it. I have told Netspace where to shove their incompetence. I am now a happy Exetel customer, with a sweet 8Mbit connection, with courtesy of Telstra, upload artifically capped for no believable technical reason to 384kbps. … Continue reading

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Expensive Shopping

It’s not every so often you go shopping for higher priced items, such as new servers, or cars, but well, both of our new purchases are both coming together at around the same time! 1. A new machine I’ve got … Continue reading

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iiNet allowing users to resell wireless IP access

iiNet teamed up with Tomizone are allowing users to resell wireless internet access! This is a great idea, as one of the bigger set backs in many other countries, and obviously forming in Australia with growth in wireless is users … Continue reading

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Skype is back

At long last, Skype returned back to normal operation today, and has been stable. Why on earth it took so long is a question that only the developers could answer, or why on earth the issue came up to start … Continue reading

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Skype remains problematic

Skype has since yesterday remained very problematic, and not able to maintain sign in! The issue has gone on so far for nearly 24 hours, which isn’t good considering it’s one of the leading chat / phone programs on the … Continue reading

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New System Migration Complete

I’ve finally done the big move. It took 2 weeks of on again, off again configuration, installation, and migration, but at last, I’ve migrated to my new system! Hardware: * CPU: Intel E6750 CPU (Dual Core 2.66Ghz / 1333 FSB … Continue reading

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Partition Resize = Bad

I was working with someone else on a system today that had an issue with a lack of disk space. This machine was loaded with a fair bit of software, and I don’t think the user was keen on dropping … Continue reading

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WSUS 3, Upgrade from WSUS2 Fails!

I have a Windows Server Update Services Server and recently an update came out to update the updater. Unfortunately, the updater didn’t like the update, and has for the last days (spread over a few hours) taken a lot of … Continue reading

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Spam Prevention – A different view

I was recently tackling a spam issue today. A domain I have (no, its not this one, and its not the other popular one), has been getting spam sent to it at a not so low rate. The domain doesn’t … Continue reading

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Server Connectivity Issues

Today I found a lot of connectivity issues on my colocated server. It was rather surprising to discover the continuous streams of downtime. I was even more amazed to discover that I could likely accomplish the same job for a … Continue reading

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System Crashes, again. New System Planned

I’ve had my machine now for 2 years. It’s a fantastic machine, has a 3Ghz P4 630 Processor, running on a Gigabyte GA-8IPE775-G, has 3GB of DDR 400 RAM, 2 x SATA, 2 x IDE, 2 x Optical, and 2 … Continue reading

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P2P Prioritisation – Does anyone notice it?

Exetel came out publicly, screaming: We WILL shape P2P, this was around 1 year and a bit ago. When they did this, a lot of customers threatened churns, and screamed all tooth and nail at Exetel about this action that … Continue reading

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Fibre to the home vs Fibre to the node

These are two competing technologies. Both can bring Australians high speed broadband. Both can bring it to Australians affordably. Both technologies are upgradeable and future proof. One costs more than the other. Look at each technology, starting with FTTN. The … Continue reading

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Setting up ChilliSpot with FreeRadius on Tomato Part IV

This is part four of the series on setting up ChilliSpot with FreeRadius, using MySQL, on Tomato. The final part is to get ChilliSpot running on the Tomato router, which includes modifying its firewall to block packets. The first step … Continue reading

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Setting up ChilliSpot with FreeRadius on Tomato Part III

With the previous two completed, that is, setting up FreeRadius, MySQL, and sourcing the ChilliSpot package, and having this on your now setup CIFS network share. What we need to do now is look at the configuration, and make it … Continue reading

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Setting up ChilliSpot with FreeRadius on Tomato Part II

This is the continuation of last nights entry on how to set up ChilliSpot with FreeRadius, on a Tomato firmware based router. With the mysql database created, and setup, and the configuration done for FreeRadius, we must of course, test … Continue reading

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Setting up ChilliSpot with FreeRadius on Tomato

I’ve decided to share how to setup Chillispot with Free Radius, using MySQL for the user database, and running ChilliSpot on the tomato firmware. I don’t want to make this too long, but also want to be detailed, so don’t … Continue reading

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Bad Weather/Power on the Central Coast

Over the last few days, we’ve had storms. That is, rain, and thunder, and wind. This has had effects on many people, some worse than others, as can be seen in the news stories plastered all over news.com.au. Last night, … Continue reading

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Server Crashes solved?

Today, we upgraded the crash server to a new BIOS version. This new BIOS version quotes that it Improves Memory Compatibility. And so far, the results seem to be promising. We moved (backwards) from Fedora Development to Trixbox 2.0. The … Continue reading

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QoS that works…

… Is what you get with the Tomato firmware for the Linksys WRT range of routers. I have been messing around with DD-WRT trying to get it up and running in a workable state for VoIP, and my other $network->internet(); … Continue reading

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Cable Organisation

I’ve got several machines running. And, we also have a few routers running. For example: 1. D-Link DSL-504T – This is the ADSL Modem for the network (has a buggy SNMP daemon) – It’s a great device, powered by busy … Continue reading

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QoS implementation in the DD-WRT

I’ve spent a few hours working on editing the QoS this afternoon for the DD-WRT. I tried a few different tricks to getting the script edited, but you can’t do that in read only firmware, and I don’t really feel … Continue reading

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Upload needs, (c)rap – When will they stop?

I’m surprised at just how far 256k in upload goes when you have VoIP, online radio, updates, and other activity happening. Our 256k connection is nearly always constantly choked for upload room, and that makes VoIP calls have a little … Continue reading

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Now, where did we put that nameserver? We split it up? Into 31 peices?

I’m absolutely surprised by this recent stuff up of a webhost that has caused a few issues for a few people. I won’t name the host or the company involved, as they are liable to take the action that a … Continue reading

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Vonage being sued by Verizon

I heard recently heard that Vonage are being sued by Verizon for patent breach. I was digging through the patents after I was linked to them, and was shocked to see the wording of some patents. They are so poorly … Continue reading

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Issues with getting IP 1.0.0.0 resolved on a DNS request

Here’s an interesting issue, solved though. Client calls in. My internet’s broken. Run the usual checks: Proxy: Nup. Virus: Nup. Firewall: Nup. Modem Online: Yep. Modem has IP: Yep. Computer is turned on: Yep. Computer has IP in same range … Continue reading

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System Error, Kernel Panic, Linux and Windows

I’ve got two concurrent machine issues right now. One is a Linux Server, which for the last few months has been Kernel Panic’ing every 2 days or so. That issue is expected to be a problematic CPU, however, memory tests … Continue reading

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DD-WRT impresses again!

A while ago I posted how I was really annoyed with D-Link, and I moved our traffic to the DD-WRT (using a Linksys WRT54GL). I’m running the BETA version of DD-WRT, and looking through it, this firmware package just gets … Continue reading

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