📅 January 14, 2020
Look at the colors!
The Mad Catz R.A.T. 8+ is a fine mouse that works well with Linux, so how can it be improved? Why, with a new color scheme, of course!
📅 December 28, 2019
Let’s speed up web site access with a caching proxy!
With or NUC fully functional on a LAN, we can install a forward proxy to help speed up web accesses by caching the most common accesses locally.
The next time you or somebody else accesses the same site or downloads the same file, contents will be retrieved from the web cache stored on the NUC instead of downloading it again from the Internet. This can save bandwidth and make web pages seem to load faster in some cases.
One such proxy is called Polipo, which is an HTTP/1.1 proxy. It is lightweight and intended for a small group of users on a LAN, making this perfect for our NUC project.
Other proxies include Squid and Privoxy, which can be installed instead, but this article will look at Polipo.
Let’s have fun and see how to make this work!
📅 December 4, 2019
Let’s add a DLNA server!
Casual users might not be interested in the “techie” features that we have installed on the NUC, such as SSH and FTP, so let’s install a DLNA server to make the NUC function as a media server for consumer devices connected on the same network!
With DLNA, users can connect and have access to pictures, movies, and music from their devices without logging in as FTP or SSH users. These devices could be cell phones, smart TVs, game consoles, or any other DLNA client.
To achieve this, we need a DLNA server. Multiple DLNA servers are available for installation, but we will install the free (basic version) Emby server for this project because Emby is easy to use, offers multiple users for a customized collection of media files, and offers a slick GUI for administration.
Ready? Let’s begin!
📅 November 12, 2019
What would a NAS be without FTP?
With an SSH server installed, we already have some NAS (Network Attached Storage) functionality. But NAS devices usually have more than one option/protocol available, so let’s add the ProFTP server to give the NUC some FTP abilities!
📅 November 11, 2019
“Let’s block ads!”
Pi-hole is a free, network-wide ad blocking solution for your network. You can set up Pi-hole to act as your primary DNS server so any device connected to your network must resolve DNS requests through Pi-hole before resolving DNS requests on the Internet.
The idea behind Pi-hole is to maintain block lists of known ad servers. If a URL is on a block list, then Pi-hole resolves that URL to 0.0.0.0, and a connection cannot be made. The result? No ad is shown.
Pi-hole was originally designed for the Raspberry Pi, but it will also run on practically any hardware running Linux. We will set up Pi-hole on the Intel NUC running Xubuntu 19.10, and then configure the DNS chain so all devices connected to the network — computers, cell phones, tablets, game consoles, smart TVs, mobile apps, whatever — automatically receive the Pi-hole as the primary DNS server through DHCP. Most ads will be blocked automatically without any client configuration.
Just connect and ads are blocked!
📅 November 7, 2019
How do we talk to the NUC remotely over the LAN?
With link aggregation up and running on the NUC and Xubuntu 19.10, let’s install the OpenSSH server so we can administer the NUC remotely and securely.
📅 November 5, 2019
Gimme a faster network!
So far, the NUC is set up and running Xubuntu 19.10. (Part One Here.) Before installing network services, such as FTP and SSH, let’s bond network ports together using a process called link aggregation to double the available throughput of most data transfers over the LAN.
Make sure Xubuntu is updated and has Internet connection, and prepare to learn something new!