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.
You’ll note I have taken photos of the unit with the recently purchased MikrotikRouterBoardRB260GS switch. As you can see the enclosure for these units is exactly the same.
If you want to check out the product specifications you can do so by clicking the model name on this post or refer to the table below;
CPU nominal frequency
CPU core count
Size of RAM
10/100 Ethernet ports
10/100/1000 Ethernet ports
Wireless chip model
Number of USB ports
Supported input voltage
9 V – 30 V
CPU temperature monitor
PCB temperature monitor
Operating temperature range
-20C .. +50C
Antenna gain DBI
Max Power consumption
Up to 7W
USB slot type
USB type A
Number of chains
I still need to spend the time to plug it in and configure it, which won’t be too difficult, as I will take the configuration off hAP Lite I am using currently. Will post up another post in a couple weeks on how I progressed with the configuration of the unit and what not.
My experience with MikrotikRouterBoard 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 MikrotikRouterBoardRB260GS 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 MikrotikRouterBoardRB260GS 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 MikrotikRouterBoard 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 an 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.
The hAP Lite (RB941-2n) monitoring graphs, as generated every 5mins by the router itself.
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.
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;
(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.
(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.