urn:uuid:56d4048f-1bd7-558c-b11f-7d3358301e34 Topic: Networking – Ctrl blog Daniel Aleksandersen https://www.daniel.priv.no/ Copyright © 2021 Daniel Aleksandersen. https://www.ctrl.blog/assets/favicon/favicon.svg 2021-08-16T16:41:00Z weekly 10 urn:uuid:5eb03989-64e5-4960-b471-633415385cc0 2021-08-15T11:19:00Z 2021-08-16T16:41:00Z What domain name to use for your home network Always use the ‘.home.arpa’ top-level domain (RFC 8375), and don’t use the special-purpose ‘.local,’ or made-up undelegated domain names like ‘.lan’ or ‘.home.’ <p>There’s a definitive answer to this question, and you can find it in RFC 8375: use <code>home.arpa.</code> Never heard of it before? It wasn’t assigned as a special purpose top-level domain (spTLD) name for residential and small networks until 2018.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/homenet-domain-name.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:0bd7cd35-ca6d-4fdf-9b91-f639655e3d57 2021-08-10T13:28:00Z 2021-08-10T13:28:00Z Review of the MikroTik hEX (3rd rev.) as a home router The RB750Gr3 is an inexpensive Gigabit router with advanced network management capabilities for just €50/$60. It’s highly configurable with a steep learning curve. <p>The MikroTik hEX (RB750Gr3) (on Amazon) is an inexpensive Gigabit router with advanced capabilities. I’ve used it as my home router for the last five years. It’s not a consumer-grade product, and it certainly isn’t your grandma’s router!</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/review-mikrotik-rb750gr3.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:05c72b2d-18f7-4a13-9e72-f2131d511a7b 2021-08-09T13:22:00Z 2021-08-09T13:22:00Z How to make Windows Update prioritize Delivery Optimization downloads How to get Windows Delivery Optimization to download updates from PCs on your LAN network (or the internet). Reduce internet data/bandwidth usage with LAN P2P. <p>Windows Delivery Optimization is a peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing service for software from Microsoft. It works with Windows Update and updates from the Microsoft Store. The service can help reduce your data/bandwidth usage, and free up limited internet bandwidth for other activities. It can optionally also download from other Microsoft customers over the internet.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/windows-delivery-optimization.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:075bba76-530e-4577-998f-1a0e218c76da 2021-07-11T01:09:00Z 2021-07-11T01:09:00Z Nothing but bad experiences with Realtek Ethernet NICs Nothing but bad experiences with Realtek Ethernet <abbr title="network interface controller">NICs</abbr> The tale of my bad experiences with consumer-grade Realtek networking equipment over the last decade. Intel has always had to come in to save the day. <p>I recently got a new Asus AMD B550-PLUS (on Amazon) mainboard. It has a built-in Realtek PCIe 2,5-gigabit (RTL8125B) network interface controllers (NIC). As is often the case with Realtek NICs, it has been quite unreliable and is plagued with intermittent issues.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/realtek-nic.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:5d3ddbad-63cd-4b48-9b9c-1e64cd21d5c6 2021-05-25T12:54:00Z 2021-05-25T12:54:00Z How I fixed the intermittent Wi-Fi dropouts on my MacBook The Wi-Fi on my MacBook Pro has intermittently stopped working. (Likely a Broadcom driver issue). Here’s how I turned a simple workaround into a more permanent fix. <p>The Wi-Fi on my MacBook Pro (a late-2013, 39 cm model, MacBookPro11,2) randomly stops working. It doesn’t lose the connection, and Wi-Fi Diagnostics can’t find anything wrong. The networking just stops working. Here's how I found out what was wrong, how you can find out if you’re having the same problem, and how I found a fix.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/macbook-wifi-dropouts.html">Read more …</a></p>