Showing posts with label network. Show all posts
Showing posts with label network. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Forwarded ports on FluxOS upgrade


Flux is a decentralized platform for creating and deploying decentralized applications (dApps) on the blockchain. One of the key components of the Flux ecosystem is the Flux node, which is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the network by validating transactions and adding them to the blockchain.

I have been running a Flux node for about a year now, and have been happy contributing to the network.  I also am thinking about writing an service and hosting it on Flux.  (I will write more about that soon.)

I just recently upgrade my Flux node to FluxOS v3.32.0. Unfortunately, after the update, I noticed the node wasn't starting up successfully.  I was seeing the error from the benchmark tool:

Flux is not available for outside communication

After re-reading the setup documentation, I noticed that they added a port (16129) to the port forwarding config.  It looks like this is a recent change, where the version of the documentation from Oct 2022, didn't have this configured.  Once I made this config change, I was able to start our Flux node successfully.

Monday, December 26, 2022

Mila network connected air filter



One of the best appliances that we have bought in the past few years is the Mila network-connected air filter.  This has been especially relevant given the wildfires in California, and the allergies that we have in our house.  We liked these so much that we bought several for different areas of our house.

The Mila connected air filter is a high-tech air purification system that uses cutting-edge technology to keep the air in your home or office clean and healthy. Whether you're looking to reduce allergens, eliminate odors, or simply improve the air quality in your home, the Mila connected air filter is a great choice.

One of the standout features of the Mila connected air filter is its ability to connect to your Wi-Fi network. This allows you to monitor and control the air filter from your smartphone or other device using the Mila app. With the app, you can view the current air quality in your home or office, set up custom air quality alerts, and even schedule automatic purification cycles. This is especially useful for people who are sensitive to allergens or other contaminants, as it allows them to keep track of the air quality in their home or office and take action when necessary.

But the Mila connected air filter isn't just about monitoring and control – it's also about effective purification. The air filter uses a three-stage filtration system to remove a wide range of contaminants from the air. The first stage uses a pre-filter to capture large particles such as dust and pet dander. The second stage uses a HEPA filter to remove small particles such as allergens and bacteria. And the third stage uses an activated carbon filter to remove odors and chemical pollutants. This comprehensive filtration system ensures that your home or office air is as clean and healthy as possible.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Travel accessories

My wife and I traveled to Chicago this past weekend.  There were two accessories that made the trip easier.

AmazonBasics Universal Travel Case


The AmazonBasics Travel Case allowed us to keep our assorted cables and accessories in a compact form.  For this trip, we used it to store:

  • 2 cell phone chargers

  • USB cable & power adapter for our kindles

  • USB cable for phone

  • ethernet cable

  • charger for Motorola Xoom

  • USB thumb drive

  • extra sdcard

  • Charger for Samsung Series 5 Chromebook


All of these items fit in a 10" x 6" case.  One good thing about this is that having these items contained in one case made it easy to find each of these items.  Also, my backback wasn't loaded with a rats nest of wires.

I did put this case inside my checked bag, as I was sure that such a densely packed container of wires might have looked suspicious to the TSA agent watching the X-ray images.



ZuniConnect Travel IV


The ZuniConnect is a great travel router.  It lets you connect to a wired or wireless network, and share that with multiple computers.  It will share the network connection either via Ethernet or a 802.11g/n network. One our trip, my wife and I used  the ZuniConnect to share the the hotel wired network connection with our two phones, our laptop, and our tablet.

There are some other nice features of the ZuniConnect:



  • Two USB ports to charge portable devices

  • The ZuniConnect can be used for a wireless network bridge to connect devices that only have an Ethernet port to connect to a wireless network.


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Network reorganization

I had been having problems with the reliablity of the Media Center Extender connection to the Media Center PC, from our bedroom.  Often, playback would pause, and I would have to reconnect to the PC.  This continued to happen even after switching to the Xbox.

I decide to reorganize my home network, to try and improve things.  I switched things around so all of the media related devices are on the same Gigabit ethernet switch.  Hopefully, this will help prevent bandwidth contention, when attempting to watch television or movies.



Next time I climb up to the attic, I need to label each of the ethernet cables, so I can know which room and port each go to.  Currently, it takes me a few tries to determine what is connected to each.

Monday, August 31, 2009

In flight Wi-Fi

I am currently on a flight from San Jose to Chicago, and the flight has in-flight Wi-Fi, provided by Gogo Inflight Internet. When I tried to connect to the wireless network with my linux laptop, I wasn't able to get it to work. I decided to connect to the network with my iPhone, so I could do a Google search to find a solution.

I created an account from the iPhone, and the paid for access. One of the terms of service is that I would be able to use this account on any mobile device, but wouldn't be able to use this on my laptop.

I found a solution and it tried it, and it appeared to work. (I will post a link to the site when I land) I did notice something interesting. I was able to use my existing login to the wireless network.

Another interesting thing is that while I am in flight, the iPhone's location is reporting that it is still at San Jose airport. I wonder if the network connection is routing through satelites back to the originating airport. It will be interesting to see if during the return flight the iPhone's location is Chicago or San Jose.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Evernote iPhone app when offline

I while on this flight, I wanted to review some documentation. Wanted to write some notes, so I thought that I could use the Evernote iPhone application. I figured that the next time that launched the app when my iPhone has a network connection, the note would be synchronized to the Evernote server, and the. I could access that note on any of my PCs.

Unfortunately, the Evernote application will not let you do that. Even though you can access already created notes when you are offline, you can't create or edit them.

I would like for this to be fixed. Other applications do not have this problem. For example, Remember The Milk let's you create, delete and edit tasks offline. The Wordpress application lets you write new posts and pages while offline ( I am doing that now). That seems like the right model as the apps are still functional when offline.

Upgrading to Lennox iComfort S30

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