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ESP8266 + ESPEasy And Why You Need It

ESP8266 + ESPEasy And Why You Need It

Opening up the Arduino libraries and sketching a concept for hours sounds like a lot of fun, and sometimes is, however we have reached an era of IoT where it

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PBX Voice CAPTCHA

PBX Voice CAPTCHA

Generally speaking, one of the most undervalued servers I host is an Asterisk PBX build.  This VoIP server is home to roughly 15 active extensions, 10 DID phone numbers, and

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Tech Tools Worth Considering

Tech Tools Worth Considering

I'm not in the field as much as I used to be, but I certainly understand the value of having every tool imaginable around me at all times. The most

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Corporate Family Network

Corporate Family Network

Being a network or system administrator is an around the clock job. Family reunions can sometimes involve an unending line of questions about personal computers, phones, and other consumer level

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IP Camera in a Car

IP Camera in a Car

I've been able to do some pretty miraculous things with 3G/4G cellular links over the past decade. Technical challenges many said were impossible to solve at the time. Years ago

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Let’s Talk About Smart Homes

Let’s Talk About Smart Homes

A few years ago I started to scratch the surface of Internet controlled "things". I first explored the basics of board relays and how to customize ON/OFF control based on

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The Ultimate Mobile Network

The Ultimate Mobile Network

Scenario: You or an organization you work with is putting together an event at a conference space or outdoor park. Consider such possibilities like a concert or festival, weekend long

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Discovering the Limits of PoE

Discovering the Limits of PoE

Not too long ago I found myself discussing electrical trends with a commercial engineer. I made a bold prediction about the rise of DC usage suggesting something to the effect

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Raspberry Pi Zero – Where to go from here?

Raspberry Pi Zero – Where to go from here?

I will begin this post with the same sentiment that I've been pushing for years: If you're in IT and you haven't been playing with low-tech, you're doing something wrong. 

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Powering an office using USB

Powering an office using USB

In early 2015 I set about an ambitious goal: Convert a medium-large size business into one giant USB hub.  Several months later, this mission has been accomplished and now the

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Dust no more

Dust no more

Server dust collection has always been both a concern an annoyance of mine.  Proper server storage accommodations are rare for most businesses and even if properly locked away, the rooms

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Breaking The 3G/4G Barriers

Breaking The 3G/4G Barriers

I've been using cellular hot spot devices for a number of years, however up until recently I believed they were only useful for occasional remote work.  Basic e-mail, remote desktop

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3G/4G Cabin Project

3G/4G Cabin Project

This project has been ongoing, but is mostly completed.  I consider this cabin my test site for extreme remote connectivity simply due to the fact that if anything were to

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Smart Home – Outlets

Smart Home – Outlets

There are very few inexpensive options available for multiple smart home outlets.  Let's first review the not so great list: ~$100 for one/two outlets? Unknown circuit/build quality? No thanks ~$50-60

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3G/4G Remote IP Surveillance

3G/4G Remote IP Surveillance

Earlier last year I was able to successfully resolve the challenge of accessing BlueIris via remote cellular connections.  The demo ignited several e-mails from readers asking me to accommodate mobile/remote

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Real-time Vehicle DVR Alerts

Real-time Vehicle DVR Alerts

I live in an apartment tower located in downtown Minneapolis. Many grad students and older people find it easy to commute via bicycles.  There are about 100-150 bicycles lined up

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Smart Car – The ELM327

Smart Car – The ELM327

Having worked closely with Ford, GM, Chevrolet, Chrysler, and other industry automotive giants, I know just about every way to interface and program/diagnose issues using various OEM software and smart

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