December 2020

Published on January 01, 2021

Oh boy, here we go again. Christmas season is with us one more time.

For anyone that doesn't know me even a little: I don't like Christmas. It is the most consumerist period of the year, everything is packed with people (even in 2020, how's that even possible!). The only good thing is you can meet with some people even if it is a few meters away in a park freezing yourself.

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Self-hosting my home with Home Assistant (part 1)

Published on December 20, 2020

Even if I've been a Home Assistant's user for quite some time I have never dedicated myself to have a truly stable and dedicated service at home. I always treated it more like a pet project than anything else, but this is changing now.

I have a fair amount of Smart Devices around the house and just as you come to expect they come from different companies, protocols and sizes. Each day it passes I'm more and more concerned about my privacy and the value of the hardware I do not truly own.

With this in mind I have started the journey of self-hosting! Which to put it simply is... every device that is in my home (with a few exceptions that you'll see later) will be controlled by this Home Assistance instance.

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November 2020

Published on December 01, 2020

Checking my images it seems this month I didn't have anything remarkable from the outside so... I just wanted to share that this month I have given myself some very nice meals and I improved the Katsu Curry recipe quite a bit. I'm not good at cooking by any means, but the relax you get from listening to music while cooking some healthy food is pretty good.

This month I've made myself a lot of nice meals

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Setting up TP-Link's Archer C5400 in AP mode

Published on November 08, 2020

I recently bought a firewall router for home to improve our general stability (ISP provided routers kinda suck) and improve security at home. The more smart devices connected to the network the more concerned I become of this kind of stuff.

In this case my problem was very simple: I have the firewall router and the access point router. My access point router (TP-Link's Archer C5400) exposes it's own DHCP server over it's own LAN segment. For my firewall router to work properly it has to recognise all devices on the network and with the access point creating it's own LAN, everything connected via Wifi was showing up in the firewall as one device (the access point router).

Archer C5400

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