Yesterday and today I made some final changes to Heimic sites. I had some months ago created a subdomain which saw the blog move to that location. i.e. blog.heimic.net. However as of the past few days I decided to revert this back.

The site blog.heimic.net is redirecting back to top level domain (TLD) heimic.net. All content has been moved too. The TLD will continue to be the primary place for everything I do. I do not plan on changing this again. It should remain for a very long time.

I know these changes will have had some impact of site ranking on Google and indexing, however, I imagine this will eventually update.

My posts about Commvault Simpana and demo/walk throughs will be posted here too. They will not be on subdomain http://on.heimic.net/groundzero/ moving forward.

If you like something I post, please comment. If no one reads this stuff, nor comments, than motivation to post any content goes to zero.

 

My experience with Mikrotik RouterBoard line of products is relatively new (as in got my first unit ever back in mid April). Anyways enough background, let’s get straight into it.

I purchased the following two units as I was wishing to evaluate them, while I have plans to use the Mikrotik RouterBoard RB260GS switch in my new house when its finished being built. I heard the best place to purchase this gear is from Duxtel (as mentioned by a friend who is crazy mad about Mikrotik hardware). So I ordered them and they arrived 11 days ago and I immediately set up the hAP Lite (RB941-2n) as my Home Internet Router with an ADSL modem in bridged mode. It’s been running as this since that time.

The hAP Lite (RB941-2n) is an awesome device, it has completely impressed me. So much so it has handled everything I use my Home Internet for and still keeps on running. I’ll post a few graphs from the routers monitoring graphs, which shows CPU usage and other metrics towards the end of this post.

I personally love the winbox interface, however, if you like you can use the webfig (web) method to configure it or you can use pure terminal. I actually use a combination of terminal and winbox to configure mine.

I’ve noticed when you do a export of the configuration from terminal prompt, this will use 100% CPU, however upon export being completed CPU usage returns back to what it was. While this happens, I haven’t noticed any hiccup in my connection. But I guess I am not stressing link at the time to notice it.

The Mikrotik RouterBoard RB260GS is a nice little smart switch. Web interface is quite clean. I had mine configured to split out a VLAN trunk that was being passed to it from my Mikrotik RouterBoard RB450G within an hour (since I am pretty new to this gear). My plan is to use this and some other hardware to allow me to VLAN trunk down to a few key rooms (will post more about this in the next 12-18months). I’ve ordered anĀ RB951G-2HnD which is the exact same case size/design to be my Router, so that I have nice matching units to mount in the future Hills Home Hub at the new house.

Highly recommend this hardware, I love how you can take ports out of the switch and turn them into routing ports etc.

Pictures:

The hAP Lite (RB941-2n) monitoring graphs, as generated every 5mins by the router itself.

Recently bought a Lego Train for one of the kids, and I must say after putting it all together. I think it is probably one of the best Lego models ever. Kids seem to think so too.

I thought I should do a quick post about Mikrotik RouterBoard Hairpin NAT and Port Forwarding. The post in which I used to set this up on my router is found here.

The best explanation for this, would be that if you want to have say http from the public interface forwarded to an internal host, while not impacting LAN access to the RouterBoard’s http port. The forum post linked is how to best handle this situation.

It also allows your internal LAN clients to access your public IP and forward to the appropriate host/service internally too.

I was surprised to find out in the last few days that you can backup your TiVo internal hard drive and subsequently also upgrade/replace it.

We have two TiVo’s and unfortunately the WD DVR expansion units we had on both have long since died unfortunately, and now I know we can upgrade the internal drive. I pulled one of our units apart and hooked up the drive to a Windows XP machine and created a truncated backup. Just incase, below is a screen grab from the Windows application I used.

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After you select the drive, you can run a backup of the drive. Which I did quite promptly.

 

Just happened to look at EBGames website and noticed they had a sale running yesterday. Don’t even know why I looked, guess it was meant to be.

I looked up some games and turns out 2 games I wanted to buy are book on heavy discount for new copies, so I thought why not. One game is for me, the other game is for my kids.

Below is what I purchased;

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(PS3) – Battlefield 4 – Yes, not really something I would play on a Console, but for $19 I thought it would be good to have a play of this older title now.

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(Wii U) – Lego Marvel Super Heroes – My kids have got into the characters recently, so I thought this would be a good purchase for them to play on the Wii U. Looks like a pretty good game to me too. This title only cost $23 for a new copy. So again great price.

I was with Exetel for about 9 months, and in the beginning things were okay, but eventually something happened and I started to have periods of congestion. My internet in the evening would max out http downloads/streams at about 50kb/s. As you can guess this makes the ADSL service very useless. It meant if I needed to do some work from home I pretty much couldn’t do so.

Exetel and I parted ways, so I went with iiNet, as I needed a service that if contracted could be changed/moved. iiNet and Internode both could do this, and in the end iiNet won out purely due to it being $10 a month cheaper. So when I move into the new house in ~12-16 months, we will change over to iiNet FTTH service and they will wipe the contract for me to continue on a new contracted service.

Below is the speedtest I performed minutes after I switched out my router/modem settings.

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Just happened to notice on Netflix that they had the old TV series “Round The Twist”.

I remember this show well, as it was something I watched when I was a child. Just hearing the theme song again gave me a giggle, as that immediately brought back memories from the time.

As you will have seen in one of my previous posts (here), I have a Mikrotik RB450G which I purchased and have been playing around with.

I must say I am a complete convert, I really love the hardware. The amount of things it can do and how configurable it is really makes it a great bit of hardware.

It brings back the memories of when I would run a old PC as a linux router/internet gateway when I could run mrtg on it and constantly have a record of link utilisation etc. This is done on the Mikrotik too, and I love it.

I just purchased a TP-Link TD8817 in the last few days, to have this permanently hooked up to the Mikrotik RB450G and will run my ADSL via bridged modem. Mikrotik is handling everything. When I move and eventually get an FTTH service, I will just need to reconfigure the Mikrotik accordingly.

I still have lots to understand about RouterOS, but so far its working very nicely and doing everything I need of it.

My plan is to play around with queues and what not further, so I can put the kids devices into a group that gets a percentage of bandwidth available, however for now I am marking packets and assigning them priorities to keep the link quick for stuff that needs it. Like web browsing and email.