Raspberry Pi with RTL8188CUS 802.11n wifi adapter – Update

I’ve actually been playing around with my Realtek RTL8188CUS wifi adapter and found that the configuration of the wifi adapter without wpa_supplicant seems to be a better way to go.

The information I found below was taken directly from the source Far Robotics Website. Thanks to those folks for posting the 3 methods below;

Installing rtl8188cus and rtl8188eu based wifi adaptors for raspbian without using wpa_supplicant.

Edit the file /etc/network/interfaces using the following format for networks with WPA/WPA2 security. Use the command sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces to open and edit the file. Exit the editor and save the file using keys cntl-X, Y, Enter.  Enclose Your-Network-Name and Your-Network-Password within quotation marks as in the example below.

auto lo

iface lo inet loopback
iface eth0 inet dhcp

allow-hotplug wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
wpa-ssid "Your-Network-Name"
wpa-psk "Your-Network-Password"

Edit the file /etc/network/interfaces using the following format for networks using WEP security. Use the command sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces to open and edit the file. Exit the editor and save the file using keys cntl-X, Y, Enter. Do not use quotation marks around Your-Network-Name and Your-Network-Password.

auto lo

iface lo inet loopback
iface eth0 inet dhcp

allow-hotplug wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
wireless-essid Your-Network-Name
wireless-key Your-Network-Password

Edit the file /etc/network/interfaces using the following format for networks using no security. Use the  command sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces to open and edit the file. Exit the editor and save the file using keys cntl-X, Y, Enter. Do not use quotation marks around Your-Network-Name.

auto lo

iface lo inet loopback
iface eth0 inet dhcp

allow-hotplug wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
wireless-essid Your-Network-Name

If you have success and/or failure, be sure to post a comment. Feedback is always most welcome.

XPEnology DSM 4.2 on HP N40L Microserver Follow up

I’ve noticed that my earlier post (here) on running XPEnology DSM 4.2 on a HP N40L Microserver gets a large number of hits on a weekly basis. Thought it might be a good time to post a follow up.

The software appeared to install fine and appeared to be operational much like a Synology NAS.

However despite everything seeming okay it was still a hack to get this working on a HP N40L Microserver no matter which way you look at it. I couldn’t get over that thought and as such wasn’t about to trust my data on the system.

So I opted to not use XPEnology DSM 4.2 on my HP N40L Microserver in the end. However I am sure plenty of people do use it and have no problem doing so. If you find any of my posts on this subject, and go on to use it. By all means post a comment so others can see that it’s being used by people with no problem.

Microsoft Surface RT

I ended up buying a Microsoft Surface RT tablet, as they dropped in price quite a lot. I ended up getting one for $223 AUD locally from JB Hi Fi.

I know this model has been replaced by Microsoft Surface 2, but for the price I paid it was a good pickup.

The thing that attracted me to the units is how smooth they are to use. Being able to split the screen and show 2 applications at the same time was something I really liked. In addition, the micro SD card slot and USB port was something feature wise I could appreciate.

So far I am really happy with the unit and continue to appreciate the hardware and software. If I had a complaint it would be that I cannot find an Password Safe application in the Windows App Store that can read/write psafe3 files. If I find one I will post back.

Surprised no one has compiled and posted a Putty arm based build, as that too would be nice to have available.

All in all still very impressed.

Website now running on a Exigent VPS service

I’ve moved the website to an Exigent VPS host, as I was having a few issues hosting one of my vhosts that is a mediawiki installation. I stood up all the services on my new VPS server and subsequently moved all hosting over to that VPS host.

Website should remain fairly stable/static for the now, as I am not planning any major changes for a few months if any.

Migration to new web host provider

During the last 24 hours I have completed a migration to a new web host provider.

We’ve moved over to Exigent, as they had a special going on VPS accounts for new customers, so I signed up and also picked up a web hosting account too. We moved away from VentraIP who served us well for a long time (nearly 3 years).

We might eventually move our services to the VPS account, however I suspect we might just use it for additional services and keep the domain hosting via the web hosting account.

Shouldn’t see any problems, however I will be monitoring things and fixing things up as we go.

MediaWiki errors during page edit shared web hosting account

I thought I should report back regarding one of my older posts. I was previously having issues with MediaWiki during page edits on my old shared web hosting account. You can see the old post here.

MediaWiki was working for a long time on the old provider, however suddenly started causing me to have errors like those mentioned on the previous blog post above. I logged a ticket however never got any resolution.

I’ve subsequently moved providers in the last 24 hours and configured the wiki up again, and as expected, so far I have not had a single issue like I previously was seeing. It’s still early days however quick number of tests cannot reproduce the fault, so whatever was causing it must of been environmental on my old provider.

Pretty happy about it, as I do like to use a wiki and MediaWiki is not bad, however I would love to get the visual editor working though, but never had much luck with that.

ADSL2+ router problems – constant disconnections of service due to PPP/DSL drops.

I’ve had to stop using the TP-Link N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit ADSL2+ router as it was giving me endless disconnections on my ADSL2+ service. Which is really annoying considering my old Billion 7800NL is rock solid on the same line.

I don’t know if its faulty or what, but all I know is that I just can’t use it and I have tried an endless number of options in the router, including factory rest and firmware changes.

Have wasted a little too much time on something that should work. I am trying to get a refund as it completely doesn’t do what it should for me.

EDIT: I was also having issues getting my Linksys SPA922 to talk to my SIP provider, as the router refused to allow the phone to talk to the provider. I only got it working when I reset to factory defaults and entered all the configuration in again.

TP-Link N600 TD-W8980 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit ADSL2+ Modem Router

I’ve been wanting to buy a new router for a while and well since I was being asked what I wanted for gift’s, I thought the router might be a good idea.

The model I am going to be talking about is the TP-Link N600 TD-W8980 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit ADSL2+ Modem Router.

It’s not a bad router, however it does lack some features in my opinion. A feature I noticed lacking is static dns assignments, in addition I think the Parental Controls need a going over. It would be nice to have the Parental Controls enabled for more than 4 different MAC Addresses, in addition to also being able to have them turned on without having to also define URL’s that are allowed. I would like the option to have just time periods where those devices cannot use the internet and/or also have the URL feature defined in a different way. i.e. black list URL’s vs white list URL’s (or turn URL controls off completely).


The status page should also include packet statistics for all interfaces on the router, bit like the Billion 7800NL that it replaced.

I’d also have to say that the Bandwidth Control needs enhancement also, as I found my Billion 7800NL to be a lot better in how it was configured, however we will see how the rules i have defined go on the unit.

Still a good purchase based on the price the TP-Link unit goes for, and I now have a EWAN port available should we ever get any other sort of internet connectivity in the future.

SD Card reader failure

I was attempting to write a new SD Card for my Raspberry Pi and got an error. I instantly thought it was the SD Card that failed, however further testing with a different SD Card today results in the device never showing up.

Looks like the SD Card reader has died. The model I have been using is the same one here from the same ebay seller. Not sure its  got a warranty, but will soon find out, as I asked.

In the meantime, found a different model from China for $1 delivered. So ordered 2 and will  keep a spare.

I guess I can write the SD Card tonight using a digital camera that takes SD Cards, which I do have access too.

Still a bit annoying to say the least.

TiVo DVR expander drive dies

One of our TiVo DVR expander drives has died today. Woke up to find the external drive had no power.

I pulled it apart after testing case, but that was confirmed as dead. However the drive inside when used was still able to be powered up. Guess I now have a drive I can use on something somewhere.

The unit would have to be well over 3 years old based on my guess.