How to Disable the Wireless on Your AT&T Router

Introduction

AT&T has terrific residential fiber optic service, if you can get it. Yes, they are a pain to get set up with. They are a pain to deal with in general. You’ll need to schedule an installer to come out to run the fiber optic cable, and then wait for someone else to come out and bury it. I had to mow my yard twice before they were able to come out to my home to bury the cable.

Installation was just average- nothing to write home about, but nothing to complain about either. The installer was knowledgeable, but when he was ready to connect to my network, well, I’m just glad he let me handle that part. With pfSense as my main router, and a Netgear Nighthawk as my wireless access point, I was less than thrilled about having to use AT&T’s router. However, if you sign up for U-verse you have no choice. The fiber gets converted to Ethernet using their equipment, which then feeds into their router. You can do what you want with the signal after that point. But, just because you have to use AT&T’s hardware, it doesn’t mean you have to use their services. Here’s how to disable the wireless on your AT&T router (Pace 5268AC specifically). Read More


How to Set Up a Schedule in pfSense

Introduction

The post is all about how to set up a schedule in pfSense. Not all routers allow you to determine when devices can access the internet. And when they do, it’s fairly limited in how you can control access. For instance, my previous router (an Apple Airport Extreme) allowed time-based access control, but it just wasn’t robust enough to accomodate real life. My options were:

  1. No access
  2. Everyday
  3. Weekdays
  4. Weekends
  5. A single day of the week

Sure, this was good enough for most occasions. The problem was that it couldn’t handle a flexible schedule. I couldn’t tell the router “I want you to block access Monday through Friday, except on Monday, January 15th, because that’s Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday and my kids won’t have school.” pfSense does  have this capability. In fact, I can set my kids’ entire school schedule for the whole year in 10 minutes! Read More


NxFilter- How to Make It the Only DNS Server on the Network

Introduction

NxFilter is a great way to make the internet safer for your kids. Luckily, it’s free for home use as long as you don’t need to monitor more than 20 users or devices. It works by filtering DNS requests to each client. No matter what kind of device they are using (a computer or a phone), as long as they are connected to your WiFi you can control what they can access. It’s also a good way to monitor their online habits and see which websites they are visiting. If your not familiar with NxFilter, you can read more about it here. Read More


pfSense- How to Get Rid of DNS Rebinding Warning

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Introduction

If you’ve ever used pfSense, you know how great it is. It’s jam-packed with features, its reliability is unparalleled, and it brings an advanced business-class firewall to us lowly home owners in need of something more than what a consumer router can provide. With that though, sometimes you run into issues you typically wouldn’t find in run-of-the-mill Best Buy routers.

One of these is DNS rebinding protection that’s enabled by default. In itself, DNS rebinding protection is a good thing to have enabled. This prevents an attacker from using your public IP address from within the LAN to gain access to your router configuration page through a malicious browser script, even if you have public-side access turned off. Read More


QNAP NAS- How to Enable On-the-Fly Transcoding for User Accounts

Introduction

A common complaint amongst QNAP NAS users is they can’t use on-the-fly transcoding from a user account. It makes no sense to have transcoding restricted to the built-in admin account, but that’s the default setting (at least for the TS-651 Turbo NAS running firmware 4.3.3.0262).

On-the-fly transcoding allows for converting and streaming video simultaneously. This helps to save time since a user doesn’t have to wait for the file to be converted before they can stream it. The TS-651 is capable of hardware accelerated transcoding, and the Intel Celeron J1800 CPU is decent enough to get the job done. Read More


QNAP NAS- How to Fix Snapshot Problem

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Introduction

I recently had a problem with my QNAP TS-651 NAS where there seemed to be a “ghost” snapshot. The system alarmed at the NAS , so I went to the web interface to find out I was getting a threshold reached warning on my data volume. After sifting through Storage Manager, it became obvious that it was being caused by snapshots. The only problem was, Snapshot Manager wasn’t showing any snapshots at all!

My first attempt to clear up space on the volume was deleting some old security camera recordings, but then the rogue snapshot grew to take up that space too. I have my snapshots set to 10% reserved space. When that fills up, it should delete the old one. I think the problem with my set up is that it will never reach the 10% allocation without alarming, because my data volume is thin-provisioned and takes up 90% space. The was poor planning on my part, but it has nothing to do with the actual problem of a snapshot not showing up in Snapshot Manager. Read More


Logitech Harmony Ultimate Home Hub- How to Change WiFi Networks

So you just bought the newest, hottest router on the market, huh? You've set it up, and now you're getting blazing internet speeds, but when you try to watch TV, you realize your phone's Harmony app can't connect to your Harmony hub anymore.

This was my exact situation last weekend. I upgraded my router from a 6th generation Apple Airport Extreme to a Netgear Nighthawk X6 R8000 tri-band router. I created a meticulous plan for porting my devices over to the new network...or so I thought. As it turned out, I overlooked several devices, with the Logitech Harmony hub being one of them.