Author: Derek Seaman

Aqara U200 Thread/Matter/Homekey Smart Lock Impressions

Aqara U200 Thread/Matter/Homekey Smart Lock Impressions

Thanks to kickstarter a few weeks ago I got my Aqara U200 Matter over Thread smart lock with Apple Homekey support. I've been waiting a long time for a smart lock to support the full feature set that I wanted. The primary features I wanted were Matter over Thread (not Wi-Fi...

Home Assistant: The Ultimate Light Automation Blueprints

Home Assistant: The Ultimate Light Automation Blueprints

One of the most common automations that people use probably use Home Assistant for is lighting. Several months ago I stumbled on an amazing collection of Home Assistant blueprints by community member Blacky (Craig Black). They do more with light automation than I ever thought possible. The best part is that...

6 GHz Wi-Fi: Are Your Devices ready for Standard Power?

6 GHz Wi-Fi: Are Your Devices ready for Standard Power?

The 6 GHz Wi-Fi spectrum is complicated, and introduces the new concept of Lower Power Indoor (LPI) and Standard Power (SP) transmit modes for access points (APs). These are two different maximum power transmit modes for APs. SP is required outdoors, and can also be used indoors as well. SP mode...

Demystifying Ruckus Home Wi-Fi: Getting Started Guide

Demystifying Ruckus Home Wi-Fi: Getting Started Guide

Welcome to a comprehensive guide on Ruckus Wi-Fi, a true enterprise-grade Wi-Fi Access Point (AP) product line. This post delves into the intricacies of setting up a robust home Wi-Fi system, with a focus on the high performance APs which Ruckus is known for. Though Ruckus might not be the...

Enterprise Grade Home Wi-Fi: Ruckus Unleashed vs. Ruckus One

Part 2: Ruckus Unleashed Best Practices Guide

This is Part 2 of 2 of the Ruckus Unleashed home Wi-Fi Best Practices Guide. In Part 1 we configured a number of settings including system time, country code, email alerting, radio configuration, and more. Part 2 will focus on SSID architecture and setting up a number of Wi-Fi networks (WLANs) for...

Enterprise Grade Home Wi-Fi: Ruckus Unleashed vs. Ruckus One

Part 1: Ruckus Unleashed Best Practices Guide

Welcome to the unofficial Ruckus Unleashed Best Practices Guide for enterprise-grade home Wi-Fi. This post will guide you through the configuration of the free Ruckus Unleashed controller for a residential setting. Residential deployments can present unique challenges to maximizing Wi-Fi performance and stability. This guide provides detailed guidance on a...

Part 1: Ruckus One Home Wi-Fi Best Practices Guide

Part 2: Ruckus One Home Wi-Fi Best Practices Guide

This is Part 2 of 2 of the Ruckus One at Home Wi-Fi Best Practices Guide. In Part 1 we configured a number of settings at the Venue level, including channel plan, radio settings, channel bandwidth, and more. Part 2 will focus on SSID architecture and setting up a number of Wi-Fi...

Part 1: Ruckus One Home Wi-Fi Best Practices Guide

Part 1: Ruckus One Home Wi-Fi Best Practices Guide

Welcome to the unofficial Ruckus One Best Practices Guide for enterprise-grade home Wi-Fi. This post will guide you through the configuration of the Ruckus One cloud controller for Ruckus Wi-Fi access points in a residential setting. Residential deployments can present unique challenges to maximizing Wi-Fi performance and stability. This guide...

Smartwings Thread/Matter Blinds Review

Smartwings Thread/Matter Blinds Review

Back in October of 2023 I purchased a number of Smartwings Thread and Matter enabled shades. This post is a long term review of the six shades I've had in two different rooms. I have three roller style blackout shades in my bedroom, and three zebra style in my office. I've had...

Ruckus One: Provisioning ICX Switches

Ruckus One: Provisioning ICX Switches

This post covers how to provision a factory fresh Ruckus ICX network switch with FastIron 10.01.x to their new Ruckus One cloud controller. Ruckus sells a number of network switches which can be easily integrated with their Wi-Fi APs. For this post we will be using a Ruckus ICX 8200-C08ZP, which...

Goodbye NextDNS, Hello Control D : My New DNS Service

Goodbye NextDNS, Hello Control D : My New DNS Service

This article discusses my recent migration from NextDNS, a popular ad and malware filtering DNS service, to Control D. Several years ago, I transitioned from Pi-hole, a local network-based ad and malware tracker, to NextDNS due to its enhanced functionality. However, NextDNS failed to keep pace with the industry. Its...

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