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How to set up a more advanced home network.

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Allow Push Notifications from Amcrest NVR in an Isolated Network to the Amcrest View Pro iOS App

Allow Push Notifications from Amcrest NVR in an Isolated Network to the Amcrest View Pro iOS App

Are your Amcrest cameras in an isolated network with no Internet access and you desire to receive push notifications for motion alerts?

As I have mentioned in my how-to on creating an isolated network, I have several Amcrest IP cameras (affiliate link) on an isolated network which I use mostly as high quality baby camera monitors. Recently my family decided to get an outdoor camera (affiliate link) to put on the front porch and a video doorbell (affiliate link) for the front door to help monitor the entire front of our house.
How to Install Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS (64-bit) on the Raspberry Pi 4

How to Install Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS (64-bit) on the Raspberry Pi 4

Is the Raspberry Pi finally powerful enough to run a full desktop environment reasonably well? Yes!

When I decided to do a fun project with my old Raspberry Pi 3B+, I purchased the 4GB model of Raspberry Pi 4 to have as a replacement (update: now they have an 8GB model that would be nice to have). Since I am working from home due to COVID-19, my main PC is completely utilized for work during the weekdays via a VPN connection. I thought it would be convenient if I had a second computer at my desk so that I can listen to background music from my Plex Media Server or use it for personal things such as banking, shopping, paying bills, and browsing the web during lunch.
Create an OPNsense Virtual Machine in Virtualbox for Screenshot or Evaluation Purposes

Create an OPNsense Virtual Machine in Virtualbox for Screenshot or Evaluation Purposes

Want to create an OPNsense virtual machine to take screenshots or evaluate the features available in the web interface?

When creating content for this website, I often have the need to take screenshots of the OPNsense web interface. Sometimes I am able to use my actual home network router to take screenshots, but I have to be careful not to modify any settings. I sometimes have to resort to tweaking the screenshot slightly after taking it in order to show what the interface should look like without everything already configured.
Build Apple AirPlay Powered Outdoor Speakers Using a Raspberry Pi

Build Apple AirPlay Powered Outdoor Speakers Using a Raspberry Pi

Want to have outdoor patio speakers but powered by Apple AirPlay?

When my family is spending time in our backyard especially when weather is nice, there have several times we brought a small Bluetooth speaker outside with us so we can have a little bit of music while the kids are playing. We also have birthday parties which we play some background music during the party. The Bluetooth speaker was stored in our walkout basement when it was not being used so we had relatively easy access to it.
How to Create a Basic DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) Network in OPNsense

How to Create a Basic DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) Network in OPNsense

Are you hosting publicly accessible services on your network? Protect your internal network with a DMZ

A DMZ (demilitarized zone) is a segmented part of a network that is used to host all publicly accessible websites and services. The intention is to protect the internal network from external threats. It is an effective strategy to minimize public exposure of your critical assets as well as limit the damage caused when an intruder is able to penetrate your network. A great definition of a DMZ can be found here.