I know doing a network make over is not a very interesting topic but it ...
For various reasons, it has been awhile since I have built a high end gaming ...
Given all the breaches, hacks, and DDoS attacks that have occurred lately, it reminded me ...
I know doing a network make over is not a very interesting topic but it can be an important one. At some point, keeping our network organized becomes a necessity. Either because of troubleshooting, esthetics, or because we need to expand. In almost every case, it sounds easy but when you get started you find […]
For various reasons, it has been awhile since I have built a high end gaming system. My last build was Core I7-4770 which is no slouch, but by today’s standards lagged a bit behind in key areas, most notably support for NVMe and higher speed storage. I set out to buy the best hardware I […]
Given all the breaches, hacks, and DDoS attacks that have occurred lately, it reminded me of how vulnerable we truly are. Not only in the businesses we deal with but right here in our own homes. Add to this the onslaught of devices that we are connecting to our homes from companies who could care […]
After reviewing the navigation and finding my way around the new interface, I was ready to explore some of the new features. It makes sense to start with firewall rules as that is one of main reasons for using something like Sophos in the first place. There have been tons of changes in Sophos XG […]
I have been a fan of Sophos XG since its release. I have written several posts on my blog that covers setup and configuration of the original version (V15). Though there was a learning curve with using the software, it was a powerful and feature rich solution that made a great foundation for securing my […]
One thing you can count on in the tech world is the need for constant change. Just when you think everything is running great, something changes that causes an avalanche. I have been running my VM server for a few years and it has been at the core of many things I do. When I […]
I have owned a QNAP for a number of years and have always been impressed with the hardware, performance, and customer support. When I got my first device I used only parts of the software features as some of the items did not work as I expected. One of these such features that had attracted […]
As internet access is now entwined in our everyday life, Wi-Fi has become important to us wherever we are. Whether you have multiple devices, multiple family members, or both, we increasing our need for connectivity. Increasingly more and more hotels are clamping down on Wi-Fi access and are trying to charge more if you have […]
Demystifying SSL VPN on Sophos XG If you have tried to use SSL VPN on Sophos XG you might have found it to be a bit intimidating and also irritating as it is a multi-step process. Though it seems straight forward at first to do the basic setup, it is just not very obvious on […]
The constant strive to improve my security setup has led me to try many different IP cameras. For the most part my comfort level in IP cameras keeps me in the $100-$150 range as I do not want to get into the high end equipment nor do I want cameras with sub 1080P resolutions. When I […]
Back in July of 2015 I experienced what could have been a major disaster from a water leak caused by a faulty gasket on a water filter. It is always a disaster like this that makes you realize you should have a way to do an auto water shutoff. Thankfully I had Insteon leak detectors […]
I have been running Plex since its release and for the past year now it has been my only content aggregator. As things turn out, no matter how long you have been using something or how stable things are, you always run into a minor issue or find some way to make things better. I […]
In my first write up on the Sophos XG Firewall, I covered my basic network setup and the configuration that I used. Now that I have had a chance to learn it better and do a bit of experimenting, I want to focus more on rules, Web Filtering, Application Filtering, Dynamic DNS, and other features […]
I recently purchased the Amazon Echo and have been enjoying using it on a daily basis. When they released the integration with Insteon, I was curious and hooked up an Insteon hub to experiment with it for a couple of weeks. For certain things, I found it very convenient and was surprised how well it […]
I have used security cameras for years and for as long as I can remember, recording/monitoring software has been buggy, not user friendly, and suffered from various performance concerns. Add to that the variation in manufacturers of cameras, and you end up with a difficult situation. For the past few years I had settled on […]