Internet of Shit


This is how I’m contributing to the consumption of the ‘internet of shit’.

Unifi Dashboard
View from of the Unifi dashboard for my home network
  • Ubiquiti Unifi Security Gateway, Unifi Access Point AC Lite, VLAN-capable TP-Link switch: because my ISP delivers Ethernet into my house, this is great as I have my own highly powerful router, that’s integrated with the management/statistics collected by the Unifi software. The performance of the AP is awesome: 120Mb/s. Internet performance through the router (when connected to Gigabit Ethernet) is >500Mb/s which I haven’t exceeded yet because my CPU can’t max it out when testing using sites like speedtest.net due to Flash’s overheads of processing the speedtest and only being single-threaded. I also have VLANs… because why not? Management, Trusted and Guest.
  • Philips hue ‘smart lights’. I have two hue Blooms. I mainly use them for a bit of cool lighting when we have people over, or otherwise as night/wake-up lights in my room. Red for night to provide light without destroying my eyes, and orange to white in the morning slowly to assist with wake-up (its supposed to, but lol no amount of tech is going to fix my self-inflicted sleeping habits)
Flic button
My Philips-hue-controlling ‘light switch’.
  • Flic buttons. Bluetooth Low-Energy buttons powered by a button-sized watch battery. Through my phone, it’s my easy way of controlling the Philips hue at home, and I also use another one as a wireless low-hassle way of opening my building’s gate and front door – which otherwise requires a fob to touch an insensitive wall-based device. There are loads of actions for them and I recommend checking them out as a great way of quickly automating something you might do regularly.
  • Raspberry Pi 2. I have two of these. 1 at my flat in London, and the other at my parents house in New Zealand. They run a bunch of services which I’m intending to blog about in the coming weeks, but mainly BitTorrent Sync is what they’re used for. This is a sibling of BitTorrent used as a way of having your own sync-based ‘cloud’ ala OneDrive. Because I have two of these, I have georedundancy, and if I want more storage I just hook up another disk. Currently I only have ~300GB of photos sync’d, which could fit in OneDrive with my O365 sub, but I intend to put File History and System Image backups into it as well. I also run log forwarding to OMS (Microsoft Operational Management Suite; a log accumulation and search engine) for my Unifi devices, will soon be running FreeRADIUS for wifi auth + VPN auth powered by an Azure AD PAM library (so wifi-logon using Azure AD as the directory) and finally will eventually put my old Raspberry Pi 1 Model B back to use as a Kodi/XBMC/OSMC machine in the lounge; but the Chromecast mainly meets those needs. (all of these things will have blog posts in the coming weeks/months)
  • Chromecast: Almost all video media consumption is served by my Chromecast: YouTube, TED, Chrome tab mirroring, Popcorn Time, Google Play Music, etc. Almost all sound consumption in our house is served by Chromecast Audio hooked up to some decent, but cheap, Logitech 2.1 speakers again using Google Play Music and Spotify.

There’s probably some things I’ve forgotten… but for now that’s it!


Geek, wanderluster, pochemuchka, wannabe-polyglot, photographer and UK-resident kiwi here for the travel.

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