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About Darren

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  • Birthday 1993-08-05

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    New Zealand
  • Occupation
    Networks, Systems


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    Intel i5-2500k
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  1. Darren

    90km Wireless link

    Nice! Siae seem to make some nice stuff, though I hated their web UIs. A colleague of mine maintains if someone can make great DMRs with good web stacks would instantly have us as a customer! Our largest dishes were 1.8M and I thought those were huge!
  2. Darren

    Question about PoE

    Unless it's reducing data rates from 1000 -> 100 and your speeds are supposed to be above 100Mbps, then probably not.
  3. Darren

    BETTER Phone WiFi in 30 Seconds!

    Research, as well as trying to offer a better, more secure DNS service, they publish interesting facts about what random traffic they get. https://blog.cloudflare.com/announcing-1111/
  4. Darren

    NZ fibre puts many countries to shame

    Kinda, NBN is pretty terrible though, but that's because NBN turned into political point scoring and one of the seven governments Aussie has had in the last seven years had dialled it back and ruined it. The operational challenges are also different, so they say. NZ is Crown regulated, but not owned. Crown put forward a tonne of capital funds for companies to build the network, in return, told them to only provide wholesale services to provide a level playing field - like you mention. This was critical and has really allowed us to be where we are today. Even the minority of build being given to other plays has helped with that, namely with getting Gig speeds earlier than planned.
  5. Darren

    NZ fibre puts many countries to shame

    Kinda, they're aiming for a huge amount of fibre to the premise, but, to cover everyone and ensure they can get a reasonable service - which they're aiming for 20-50Mbps here. They're upgrading copper distribution where they can. 4G LTE is making an impact and will make an even bigger one when people can prove 5G will actually deliver a meaningful service. It's great for remote, low usage people. There's a fairly large number of small wireless-focussed providers using commodity tech, think long range Ubiquiti, Cambium, Mikrotik. These providers seem to be trying to shift towards 4G as well, where they can. The Government is really scraping the barrel, you need to be seriously remote to be missed out at this point, though those people will always argue they're not that far from the nearest town.
  6. Darren

    NZ fibre puts many countries to shame

    Vocus isn't an LFC either and they really don't control as much infrastructure as you may think. Sure, REANNZ colocates gear in their (ex-FX) racks but but beyond optical gear sitting on the old FX network, REANNZ don't really rely on them for anything important. A significant amount of Vocus would have to disappear before REANNZ is impacted in any meaningful way. They're not even relied upon for their International transit. Your perception of Vocus' importance in the NZ market is much higher than reality.
  7. Darren

    Port Forwarding plex to outside network

    If you're just trying to watch content outside from home, make a Plex.TV account and sign in on your server. It will connect to Plex, you sign in on their website and you can access content. If you want other people to access it, get them to make accounts, share it with them and they can watch it. At least this is how I remember it working when I had a Plex server a year or so ago.
  8. Darren

    NZ fibre puts many countries to shame

    I wouldn't say that's entirely true, they're still smaller than Spark and Vodafone which are significant customer bases making up a much greater majority of the market. As for Vocus transit customers, they should be buying redundant circuits. If they don't, well, that'll suck for them. Add that with a significant portion of content being delivered locally with Auckland based caches on IXs or internally, being without Vocus would be a pretty average time for direct Vocus customers really. I've seen ISPs offload more traffic to Netflix caches than they do with their total International transit.
  9. Darren


    A remote session on a local network should be pretty smooth, I wouldn't worry about this too much. If the laptop is borderline incapable of being usable when running the software, I don't think a VM experience would be much worse on a capable machine. Perhaps buy another couple of sticks of RAM, but you should just give it a go. You'll want to make sure the network setting in the virtualisation software is bridging the network adapters, not NATing behind your host machines IP.
  10. I'm enjoying all the discussion re networking but I'm curious why the network is particularly complicated. Some over-engineering perhaps. You should not need a CCNA or equivalent to set up an office network for a couple of dozen staff and servers... Why would you make the users do the tagging and not have an access port? Just adding work that doesn't need to be done. At least the rack looks tidier at the end...
  11. Darren

    Australians Angry as NBN tracker tool points out delays.

    Straya really dropped the ball with NBN, sucks to be you guys. Sitting on a $120/mo 1000/500 connection over (the ditch) in NZ. Available everywhere in my city, the larger two taking a bit longer to do (2020).
  12. Darren

    HOLY $H!T - Long Distance Wi-fi

    Well, I literally mean if there's a tree in the way then you're screwed. Different LAN range, same router, use firewall to separate, done. If you're relying on that then giddy up cowboy
  13. Darren

    Fibre Setup HELP

    Well no, plenty of ISPs cheap out on the device they give (likely free) to customers, his requirements are obviously higher. I would configure the second router to sit behind yours getting DHCP from your router and hope your ISP doesn't require the SIP client to be not behind a NAT.
  14. Darren

    HOLY $H!T - Long Distance Wi-fi

    You'll need direct line of site, best to confirm this with some binoculars or something. Comes as separate units. Nothing really, it's pretty simple stuff.
  15. Darren

    pfSense DIY Router Build Log pt 1

    This is pretty much why I stick to my second hand Dell rack servers instead of DIY...