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Reconfiguring the network

This weekend has been a tough one, but hopefully now the network (and therefore this blog site amongst other things) should run more smoothly. I’ve been having worsening failures with the Linksys Velop mesh system. Rather than trying to fix that, I’ve gone and bought a dedicated ubiquity router and put that into the network as the main router.

This means that the server now connects directly to the internet via the router, and isn’t dependent on the Linksys devices at all. If they fail, only the wifi around the house will go down.

More importantly, it lets me put the Linksys Velop devices into bridge mode. Interestingly, only two of the five Linksys devices can do that – the ones I got more recently from the UK amazon sale. The ones that have UK plugs. But even with two of them the coverage around the house seems ok. I would note that the device that failed constantly as the parent node was not one of these two, so maybe that will improve things.

Also, I’ve been able to move the wifi out of the server space (and therefore the heat) so they might well do better in the rooms at room temperature.

We will see…

Broken Bike

Fortunately just the bike this time. Chain link failed, and took out the derailleur. Finished my ride somewhat unexpectedly in Subiaco.
At least I got a good ride in. 46 Km.
So, expensive repair, or just bite the bullet on a new bike. I guess you can figure which way I’m going here…

Actually getting a (modified) gravel bike. With smaller tyres. It’s still a great ride, and has all the things I want. Carbon frame, disc brakes. Also has lug holes for a rack should the need arise

Hopefully will last me a long time…

Smart Lighting

Well, its been a bit of an adventure, but I think I have most of the upstairs set up with smart lighting. Probably need another six lights for the kitchen to finish it off, but mostly there now which is good.

And its very pretty…

Christmas Day

I am just so grateful for what we have. I realise that Christmas probably isn’t so nice in many parts of the world.

In perth however all we have to complain about is that it’s a hot day

Christmas Eve

A great night at our friends. Far too much food. Probably too much singing. Definitely too much bagpipe playing.

And getting ready for the start of christmas day. Going back to old traditions with an early rise for the presents getting opened by the children. Not that they are really children so much any more.

Night Photo

Just loved this one. From the balcony, with night mode on.

Jupiter and Saturn visible in the sky. It’s the small star at the top of the picture. Zoom in to see them.