The keystone of a well-designed network that can grow is a future-proofed IP addressing scheme.
Central to this are the two main tenets of Consistency and Hierarchy. These are vital to making your network coherent and orderly and assists in all manner of troubleshooting and planning issues.
It might be fine for your home network or small business to use a Class C (192.168.1.0) private addressing scheme for right now, and maybe for a while.
In the real world, this tends to be something that doesn’t get changed until it absolutely has to – at which point your network’s already grown to hundreds of devices. That’s large enough that changing the addressing scheme will always be a massive pain in the neck, taking hours upon hours of work and getting in everyone else’s way.
I’ve been a part of IP Addressing scheme changes in the past. It sucks. It takes forever, it’s tedious as hell for the poor saps who have to do it, and expensive for whoever foots the bill. And there is always bound to be things that go wrong and things you miss.
It’s always better to do things right the first time! So why not start with a scheme that can take you all the way from your small suburban office to an underground global headquarters where you torture British spies while patting a white fluffy cat.
Start it off right and you never have to make significant changes to it again.
Read more “IP Addressing for a Small Business That Might Grow”
If you’re anything like me, it’s been years since you’ve even thought about hooking an antenna to your television. With so much of the good stuff available by streaming and download, it’s easy go a very long time without even thinking about free-to-air TV.
But every now and again, something comes up – perhaps the cricket, news and current affairs shows, the FIFA World Cup – where the easiest thing would be to just chuck on the telly.
When I first started tinkering with the Raspberry Pi as a gaming and media centre platform, the standard advice for watching broadcast TV always seemed to involve an antenna and a USB TV tuner.
Which I guess is fine if you can be arsed.
But what if you utterly can’t?
What if you bitterly resent the idea of more clutter, more cords to add to the mess, more stuff to buy? What if every USB port is precious and jealously guarded for your keyboard, mouse, game controllers and removable storage? What if the wall port for your roof antenna is in a different room?
That’s all a bit of a hassle for a thing you might use only a few times a year.
In 2018, shouldn’t we just be able to stream free TV from the internet?
It turns out that, yes, we can access legal and high quality TV streams from any Australian IP using Freeview. And thanks to a cool Kodi Add-on by Matt Huisman, it’s now really easy to access this service from a Raspberry Pi.
Read more “Streaming Australian TV Channels to a Raspberry Pi”