Friday, March 25, 2011

So I decided to order a new router on Wednesday. Yesterday (one day later) it arrived at my door! It's the Asus RT-N16 SuperRouterN. What makes it super? It has 32MB of flash and 128MB of RAM. This is about 4-8 times more than most standard routers. It opens the door for a lot of additional functionality especially if you, like me, install the opensource replacement firmware DD-WRT.

DD-WRT essentially turns your router into a mini Linux computer. My first project was to build modules for my webcam and set it up to let me see what's going on in the livingroom when I'm downstairs in my office.

I have some other ideas for projects to use this for, so perhaps further updates will be warranted.

Friday, March 4, 2011

18 Quintillion Addresses and they're all MINE!

So I signed up with Hurricane Electric's tunnel service to get myself on the IPv6 bandwagon before Eastlink is able to. For the uninitiated, IPv6 is a new version of Internet addressing to replace the current IPv4 address scheme (192.168.0.1, etc) which is only 32 bits with a 128 bit address scheme. 32 bits only provides for around 4 billion unique IPs. Where as 128 bits provides an astronomical 2^128 addresses. In a typical setup, every individual IPv6 subscriber is given their own 64-bit subnet. This allows each user to have 18 quintillion IPs at their disposal. It's not intended that anyone will actually USE anywhere near that allotment, but it will make network segregation and organization a lot easier with all that breathing room.

In other news, I've been giving some thought to replacing my standalone programmable thermostat with one run from my server. This would allow for network access and the ability to adjust the settings and temperature from the Internet. I'm still weighing out the pros and cons to this, so a future update may be in the works.