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Vigor 165 SNMP monitoring

Monitoring network equipment is usually a good way to be notified quickly about issues that could impact operations requiring network connectivity. One way to monitor equipment is using SNMP – Simple Network Management Protocol. “Simple” is a bit an oxymoron, because the underlying settings – just look at MIBs – are far from being simple. […]

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Sandon Utensileria 1936-2018

Ho dedicato una pagina al ricordo dell’azienda di mio nonno e mio padre, la Sandon Utensileria, che dal 1936 per ottantadue anni ha rifornito le aziende di Milano e dell’hinterland, e non solo, dalla sede in via MacMahon a Milano.

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VoIP behind NAT

More and more phone lines are being switched to VoIP, especially where FTTH is being deployed. When using the ISP modem/router it usually performs the ATA (Analog Telephone Adapter) role too, and it is already configured for VoIP – just plug the telephone in one of its PHONE/TEL ports (technically – FXS ports), or connect […]

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Use Ventoy to install TrueNAS when BIOS can’t boot from GPT partitions

Latest version of TrueNAS Core ISO files, after being been “burned” on a USB disk for setup, won’t boot on older motherboards with older BIOS predating UEFI. This is a bit strange since once installed TrueNAS can boot, and the installer will ask you nicely if you wish to boot the OS from UEFI or […]

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Networking

Scheduling firewall rules on DrayTek Vigor 165

One interesting feature of the DrayTek Vigor 165 is the ability to schedule firewall rules, rules can be enabled and disabled using the router’s scheduler. For examples some clients can be forbidden Internet access at a given time. Combined with other types of filters, like URL filters, it can also be used to let users […]

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StatProcessor for DrayTek, fix for 35b profiles

Prior to version 1.14, data for 35b and other profiles are not shown correctly because of the way DrayTek packs data into the HLog/QLN/SNR structures returned by telnet commands – upstream and downstream data may use different “group size” – how many point are coalesced into a single entry. Don’t know if they average the […]

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DrayTek Vigor 165 firewall setup

How to configure DrayTek Vigor 165 firewall with strict security and separate filters for inbound and outbound traffic.

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Moving to WordPress.

I’m moving this site to WordPress because Drupal became too messy to administer in some spare time. The fact the database in Drupal 8 became just a storage for application-produced “BLOBs” was the nail in the coffin. Any mis-configuration required too much time to fix, while modules often couldn’t keep pace with the new faster […]

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Networking

Draytek Stat Processor

DrayTek routers have some advanced configuration capabilities, but their web UI is not one of the best ones around. Especially, it doesn’t display many useful data about VDSL connections which are actually available, but only accessible via telnet/ssh. Moreover they are displayed in a text format only, which makes some of them not very useful. […]

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DrayTek Vigor 165 QoS setup

‚Äč It looks the DrayTek Vigor 165 xDSL modem/router supports some QoS features, despite the fact the datasheet does not mention them. They are available from the CLI, and partially in the web UI via a bug in the firewall filter setup page. The CLI gives access to the qos setup, qos class and qos […]