I did my research and determined that if I wanted WiFi on my Raspberry Pi I should stick to a model that can also run in Access Point mode for hacking around with, and sure enough I settled on a Realtek RTL8188CUS chipset one.
If anyone is interested, I purchased mine from this ebay seller here. This is a direct link to the one I actually got, in fact I bought two since they were cheap and I do have two Raspberry Pi’s after all.
I am using the blog post here, to determine if I can get it to do something. So far so good, see the output below;
michaelf@tom ~ $ dmesg | grep rtl
[ 6.792640] usbcore: registered new interface driver rtl8192cu
michaelf@tom ~ $ lsusb
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0424:9512 Standard Microsystems Corp.
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0424:ec00 Standard Microsystems Corp.
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0bda:2838 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTL2838 DVB-T
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0bda:8176 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTL8188CUS 802.11n WLAN Adapter
I followed the post and sure enough it works. if you want your RPi to still use a static IP with the br0 interface you can use the sample one below.
iface lo inet loopback
iface br0 inet static
bridge_ports eth0 wlan0
iface eth0 inet manual
iface wlan0 inet manual
If you want to setup the WiFi adaptor in client mode, you can follow the information on this post here. Which I can confirm works, as I got it working with my adapter.
Purchased a humble Linksys/Cisco IP phone SPA922 and installed it earlier in the week. However wasn’t able to use it until the power brick I ordered arrived. It came later in the week.
Been a long time since I installed asterisk, but I have fond memories that it was very awesome once you got it working. I struggled a little, but somethings were easy and others not so. Thanks to a friend who helped I managed to configure everything I needed and even got it to talk to my provider MyNetFone which I purchased a DID from to use from Sydney 02 region.
After tinkering Friday evening I got the inbound working and outbound working. My next step was to get IVR working on the inbound calls. I got this done on Saturday morning and evening.
Very happy with the setup so far, have subsequently copied over my configuration and voice files onto a Raspberry Pi where I have setup raspbian and installed asterisk. I choose to run it like this as I found the pabx based distro with the nice web interface confusing. What I have got works, and works well so far more me. Will continue to work/tweak it.
So far so good and very impressed.
As you will remember, a few posts back I mentioned getting a HP N40L Microserver.
These are certainly good servers, but I must admit it was a little on the loud side. Although could of been lived with, however I still loved just how easy the old Synology NAS unit was that I had prior to it.
So decided to sell off the Microserver, good thing too, as the demand for them is still high so I sold it quite easy without much loss.
Had intended to get 2 x Synology DS212j’s, however it appears the supplier was wanting to get rid of some legacy stock, so I picked up Synology DS109 and a DS109+. Plan on running both with a single 2Tb drive and test out the replication between them. At the moment I only have one 2Tb drive, will get another soon.
Will get a DS212j in a few months time and populate with 2 x 3Tb drives (as they drop in price).
I remember a very long time ago when it was much easier to identify the Linux stable kernel branch from the unstable. Seems the kernel numbers we have now with multiple stable branches is certainly confusing.
Looks like the Open Media Vault appliance I had running via the HP N40L Microserver had some issues.
I left it overnight to copy 400+Gb of files and woke to find it had failed half way. Host was up, but networking wasn’t working quite so well. Rebooted and immediately saw the root file system failed to mount and caused the usual panic.
I suspect the USB key I had the OS installed on has corrupted. Which means my data should be okay, although hasn’t impressed me much.
Think I will go back to my Debian install and just do everything via it. So it’s not an appliance, but at least I know it will work day in and day out when ran from the hard drive.
My wife and I picked up a Kogan 7inch Andriod Tablet via the ebay store they have for a really good price, so we purchased it for Darwyn to use.
I’ve installed a 16Gb microsd card in it and put on the entire Octonauts series for him in mp4 format. Plus a few other programs he likes.
I rooted the device using the details at the XDA link here. This allowed me to backup the factory firmware using SuperOneClick. I next installed MoboPlayer via alternative method, as any attempts to install via the Market app on the device resulted in it not being seen. The process to root it was super easy. I even put Cyanogenmod7 on it, but later removed it, as it’s not really designed for a tablet, but indeed worked (although some things didn’t i.e. camera etc).
EDIT: Sorry clockworkmod backup is installed first, so you can do a backup of the firmware from factory + rom. The SuperOneClick is the app ran on Windows for example to root the device.
My LPIC2 Certificate arrived by post today, so looks like I can now scan it and add to the collection of the others I have done in the last 2 years.
I’ve done a large number of certificates in the last 2 years, had planned on doing a few more. But going to take a bit of a break, since I am still learning so much at work. Best to focus on that for a little bit.
It’s been a crazy number of weeks. The family and I have done so much stuff, however it’s just so hard to express all those things. When I finally get time to type something I just don’t know where to start.
I guess I should be drafting posts and sending them once I have attached any photos and the like.
Maybe I might try this method.
Meanwhile, both boys doing really well. Nate is going through a cycle of teeth coming through at the moment and Darwyn is at that age where he is independent. Darwyn turns 3 very soon, which is surprising how fast it has gone. He also talks a great deal now and says so many variations of words.
My wife and I managed to find time to head to the movies today minus the kids. We saw The Hunger Games, and I thought it was okay. Don’t think my wife liked it much, guess we will need to make time to see something else in the coming weeks.
Got a few busy weekends ahead, so will be sure to post more things as they happen.
I’ve been meaning to get more involved with some linux related stuff, as I still love using Linux and promoting it’s use with others. I’d really love to contribute in some way to the Debian community, so might one day look into doing that. Love getting inspired by some of the folks on Plant Debian to be honest.
I completed my LPI Exam 202 today and so with that I obtained my LPIC-2 Certification.
While reading my rss feeds, I saw someone mentioned BURP – Backup and Restore Program for linux.
I am going to make the time to check it out, as it to run in phases similar to what CommVault Simpana does. i.e. Scan Phase and Data Phase.