Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Upgrading Synology DS209 storage

As with all storage, there comes a time where you exhaust the storage and you need to move up. After many years of service, the disks in my Synology NAS need to upgraded and we'll see how we can repurpose the existing disks - but as you'd expect, there's a few bumps to be aware along the way.


Sunday, 18 June 2017

Orico USB3.0 enclosure inactivity/disconnect fix

Many hardware (especially cheap) vendors will sell the same product but replace and gut the internal electronics. This makes finding compatible/previously successful devices a PITA. One such recent example is a cheap Orico external USB 3.0 enclosure for 2.5" harddisks that is readily available on place such as Amazon.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Smallest hostap RPi setup

The original 2011 Raspberry Pi model B (rev1) with its 256MB is dwarfed by it's younger siblings now but this can still be used a very cost effective board for projects such as a portable wifi access point.



Whilst this use case is nothing new, trying to create an access point with the smallest SD card sizes can cause a few problems.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Simple Web monitor/maintanence for RPi

Basic maintanence and monitoring for your RPi can obviously be achieved by ssh into the machine but sometimes there needs to be an easier way.



Saturday, 4 February 2017

RPi: bonding network interfaces

One of the big advantages of the Raspberry Pi is that it's form factor makes it so portable; I can have a RPi moved around the home depending on what I need at the time but it does mean I need to worry about which network interface is available to the RPi without having to log into the RPi, reconfigure to/from wifi to/from ethernet etc..