Running CAT6 to the twins’ rooms β€” inside interior wall

We recently moved the twins into their own bedrooms, after sharing a room for nine years β€” it was finally time for some privacy πŸ™‚

With their own rooms; they also got their own computers β€” a life long dream πŸ˜‰ Those computers needs network, proper network, not Wi-Fi.

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Pulling CAT6 cable in existing conduit

We recently put up a wall in our previous family/play room β€” to make another bedroom, with a hallway outside. I might want an access point in that hallway at some point.

So I repurposed a telephone outlet and conduit, to run a CAT6 cable from the hallway down to the patch panel in the basement.

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Knot Resolver β€” with ad blocking

I stumbled onto NextDNS recently β€” it’s like a cloud hosted Pi-hole. I tried it for a few days, but this post isn’t about that.

Reading about the different block lists in NextDNS, and digging deeper into DNS ad blocking gave me motivation to change my current setup β€” and that is what this post is about πŸ™‚

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D-Link DGS-1210-28P initial setup

The Unifi UAP-AC-M access point in my garage stopped working a few weeks ago. Or, the device didn’t stop working, it still showed up in the Unifi controller and I could ping it. But it stopped providing Wi-Fi connectivity β€” my phone connected, but got no network access…

I remembered experiencing this before β€” the VLANs for user and guest Wi-Fi wasn’t allowed through the D-Link switch. I had simply not configured them, but why was it failing now?

Trying to log into the switch β€” I found that it no longer got an IP from the DHCP server. By all accounts; it looked like the switch had been reset.

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Updated plans for my home network

Last year β€” I wrote about plans for my home network, or home network v2, as I called it. Let’s take a look at what I have done, what remains, and what has changed since then.

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