April 2018 What’s Happening?

As I write this I have so many things in my mind I want to write about and create videos about!

Recently I’ve slowed down on the tutorials but it’s not through lack of content. I’ve had a big change in the software I’ve been using so have been trying to get it just right and how I want it to be as well as trying to plan into the future.

This month already I’ve started streaming a brand new game, it’s completely opposite direction from the AAA titles. I had thought about moving to Far Cry 5 but there are already so many amazing creators doing that I wanted to do something nobody else is (yet). War Brokers is my route to doing that, currently it’s kind of like a Minecraft/FPS but it’s great to play and easy to pickup. I’m looking forward to watching it develop and streamingmore of it, in my first stream one of the devs engaged with me so huge thumbs up for that.

In about 2 weeks the newest version of AMD Ryzen CPUs should release, I’m already gearing up for a change from my 1700X onto whatever the newest version will be (most likely a 2700X). Once they are released I’ll be moving over onto one of those and hopefully improving performance once again.

Im also hoping very much to get my hands on one of the recent MikroTik hardware releases, a small little box ideal for a traveller so I’m wanting to do a full unboxing and road warrior config for that.

Thank you if you are reading this and please do keep checking back for more.

MikroTik MUM Europe 2018 New Product Announcements!

Some exciting new products from MikroTik this year announced at the Europe MUM in Berlin. Looks like a very heavy lean towards the 10G switching direction with some enterprise mindfulness being brought in. Shame there haven’t been any new CCR devices or “better” SOHO devices but for now these will do!

crs305-1g-4s+in
crs309-1g-8s+pc
crs312-4c+8xg
crs328-4c-20s-4s+rm
crs332-32s+rm
crs354-48g-4s+2q+
crs354-48p-4s+2q+
lhg-60g
pwr-line-ap

Securing RouterOS written guide is now Live!

This is probably one of the most important (and overlooked) aspects of using an internet capable router. Security of your device is paramount an you should always do everything you can to protect it. I’ve got both a written and video tutorial to show try and help you achieve a solid security solution so you can be safe in the knowledge that your router is unreachable from unauthorised sources.

MikroTik QoS with script now live!

I’ve just put the finishing touches to v1 of my QoS script for Mikrotik RouterOS devices. QoS is a weird one as what suits my needs may not suit yours and I go into some detail here about it but regardless to that the written tutorial with downloadable script file is now live on my site and you can find it just here.

Hope you find it useful and please do give me any feedback you may have!

MikroTik Bandwidth Test Removed!

MikroTik have recently removed this excellent little tool from their website. Whilst it is not known in the MikroTik community as being a “good” speed testing tool, it certainly has helped me out a few times testing bandwidth to one of a few co-hosted RouterOS devices and getting a good reading on the ISP delivered speeds.

This is in part to MikroTik now pushing the Traffic Generator as the new testing tool and whilst I really do hope they don’t drop the BTest server capability in future versions, I do ultimately see it coming.

So, whilst the tool has been removed from the website and it’s not even being kept in the archives, I did manage to rescue a copy from my laptop and am happily hosting on my site should there ever be a need for it.

You can download a copy of the last version of the tester from within my website here.

 

CHR completed! But not how I hoped it would be

My long ongoing build of a 1U ESXi server to run CHR on has come to an end, a frustrating end that meant I simply couldn’t live with the noise it was kicking out because of the 40mm fans and constantly comparing it to my massively overpowered i7 mATX fileserver.

As a fairly large change to the home setup I decided to pull apart about 3 of my home servers and rebuild the main storage into the spare N54L and then rebuild the “Node” into an ESXi server to host the CHR. Quad port NIC in the Node and a quick install onto the Crucial M4 128GB and it was up and running, installed the CHR and it’s moving along really well and actually turning about double the traffic capability of what the “older” Xeon was doing!

So a really big shuffle around but now I feel like I’m actually starting to do my i7 some justice and not just using it for a ridiculously overpowered power hungry file server.

Whilst doing the work I had the dog in the cave with me (not that she was much help)

More CHR router updates

My iDrac kit has arrived and a lot faster than I thought it would. I’ve got it installed and I’m ready to battle with it and try to learn how to get into it and access the iDrac interface.

Now to get it powered up and updated to latest firmware. Also I’ve been looking at OS for routers and OPNSense has come onto my radar, I may be tempted to spin up one of each on ESXi so I can switch between the two.

CHR build pushes forwards again

The RB3011 is starting to aggravate with it’s high CPU usage under VPN and the ports flapping, a major network change around is due I think and I’m hoping the CHR is going to be the start of it.

iDrac express and enterprise have been ordered to try and rein in some of the fan noise further.

Today I’ve managed to get the CPU re-pasted as the old stuff was just genuinely crusty and also manage to strip out a load of not needed bulk in the case.

Before:

After:

The CHR is fully installed an so far I’ve managed to push a very strong 7Gb through it internally testing so I’m relatively confident it will handle my 100/50 connection even when I do start using VPN.