How to install OPNSense on PCEngines’ APU2

I have been looking for a good alternative which could handle my gigabit internet connection and I believe I made a good choice going with PCEngine’s APU2 embedded system.

I tried following various tutorials dedicated for installing both pfSense and OPNsense on this device, however they didn’t quite work on the APU (or in my case), so I tried a personal method which proved successful.

Recovering ASUS Fonepad 7 (K012 / FE170CG) from boot loop error

There comes a time in a tablet’s life when firmware crashes and needs recovery (due to events beyond the user’s control, of course, such as OTA updating a rooted firmware).

In such times the unwritten details (like procedures and filenames) are what separate a brick from a successful recovery.

DVB-C TV on Raspberry PI with LibreELEC/Kodi

There are plenty of TVs to chose from and nowadays they all know DVB-C so why go through all the trouble of building a TV player with a Raspberry PI?

Well… because it’s fun and because of the freedom of being able to watch your favourite TV channel on any of your devices – even when away.

Switching Huawei E3131 Hilink to modem mode

Latest Huawei 3G/4G modems come with firmware that implements a feature Huawei calls “HiLink“, transforming the classical PPP dial-up connection to an always-on wireless broadband. This feature is highly useful on Windows operating systems, but will add an extra level of complexity to using the modem on Linux or in …

Samsung Galaxy S III I9300 digitizer/screen replacement

Did you drop your Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300 and crack, smash or shatter your front glass, touch screen and/or LCD? No worries. With the proper tools, the spare parts and a bucket load of patience you will have your phone looking “like new” in no time.

Obtaining administrator access on Huawei HG8247H

My ISP upgraded my connection from VDSL to fiber and gave me new hardware to go with it – the Huawei HG8247H GPON. However, as I am already using a fully configured DDWRT-ed router for all my networking tasks, I needed to turn the Huawei into a media converter and pass the static IP to my second router – not the easiest task as it appears.

The Huawei my ISP uses comes with manufacturer firmware and blank configuration so the default logins of still work, but as soon as its WAN gets connected it grabs the configuration from the ISP and the administrator login changes.

Setting up guest wireless access on Tomato

Guest wireless access is handy when you want to separate guest devices (your friends’ phones and laptops) from your own devices connected to the main network.

To get started, you need a router capable of guest wireless (not every router can do this) already set up and running either DD-WRT or Tomato. This tutorial explains how to set up a router running Tomato that is used only as access point (WAN is disabled/unplugged).

Rooting the nJoy Devi B700 tablet

The nJoy Devi B700 is a budget tablet, running Android 4.2.2 on a dual-core Actions ATM7021 at 1.2Ghz and 1 Gb of RAM; other specs are 8 Gb of storage and a 7 in. screen.

It seems to be using the same firmware – gs702c – as a P706 tablet, one that is a bit more heard of on the internet, so the same method of rooting works.

Maximizing Netgear WNDR4500v2 functionality with DD-WRT (USB, FTP, Samba, TFTP, Printer sharing)

The Negear WNDR4500v2 router is quite a beefy piece of hardware with advanced firmware, including plenty of features even for a maniac user like me.

I would most likely not have replaced it from day 1 however if it had one more feature that I absolutely needed: TFTP/PXE/BootP options for the DHCP server. There is where DD-WRT comes in…