DNS in the House with DNSMasq

Get rid of that 192.168.0.x

Overview “I want the devices in my house to communicate with each other, but remembering their IP addresses is almost as bad as going through a gum surgery.” Yeah, man, I hear you. You’d love to refer to that as tv.home, as games.home, and of course as sherlock.home, wouldn’t you? And, while it’d be awesome if you could achieve that directly through your ISP’s router, when you open its web GUI, there’s no option for that… WTF? [Read More]
diy  dns  dnsmasq  hardware  home  rpi  sbc  soho 

Desktop is King

Freeing up my lap at last

A big, messy smartphone That’s what I see whenever I open a laptop in the hope of repairing it or pimping it up. My efforts tend to result in resentful failures, and I either leave the thing broken or send it to a technician. Me, fixing a clumsy block of metal and plastic where every single piece is soldered up or goes inside of a chip? No, thanks. Before you think I give up too fast, let me tell you that, sure, I could learn how to fix my own laptops, but that’s not the point; the point is I don’t want to. [Read More]
diy  hardware  home  tools  web 

Static IP in the House

Pin a computer's IP to your router's wall

Moving target If you’re into home networking and DIY projects, you’ve probably been through bitter experiences where your devices get assigned a random IP address every so often, forcing you to spend precious time—15+ seconds—to find its new address in the local network. That’s unacceptable! One way to fix that intolerable annoyance is by making a DHCP reservation in your router, which is the most usual means of acquiring an unchanging IP address. [Read More]
diy  hardware  home  rpi  sbc  soho 

SBC in the House with the Raspberry Pi

Set up a headless Raspbian Stretch in 20 minutes or less

In the house In this new series of articles, I’ll show you how to install all sorts of things in the comfort of your house. Yes, you’ve heard that right: the hardware will be located inside of your house. We’ll be installing software on things that we can actually see, touch and sometimes smell… How exciting is that? It’s like we’re back to 2003! Zero cloud, amigo. For the first installment of this series, I’ll talk about the most popular SBC (single-board computer) in the market today: the Raspberry Pi. [Read More]
diy  hardware  home  rpi  sbc