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A Better Way to Test Network Connectivity

Published at February 2, 2021 ·  7 min read

It’s pretty much inevitable: I run across Reddit posts, support requests at work, or just general complaints from friends that they can ping something but they still can’t connect to it or some similar story. People always seem confused by this when it happens. But it underscores a problematic teaching that I see perpetuated on a regular basis: the idea that ICMP connectivity is somehow valid for the “rest of the connectivity” for a device on the network....

Unifi Controller - Running in Docker

Published at February 2, 2021 ·  9 min read

The purpose of this post is to provide a look at the configuration that I’m running in my own network for the Unifi Controller required for Ubiquiti UniFi equipment (wireless access points, switches, gateways). The intent here is to walk you through the process of converting to a containerized controllwe and discuss my docker-compose.yml configuration choices. Following the steps in this article should get you a functional configuration for your own environment....

EdgeOS - Load-Balancing Dual WAN (Part 2)

Published at February 1, 2021 ·  3 min read

This is the second article for configuring load-balancing on EdgeOS. In this article, I’ll go into more in-depth configurations that I’ve found useful having run a load-balanced configuration for quite a while. Configurations Warnings In my original article, I share a list of things that break when you implementing load-balancing on EdgeOS. You should have a look at these items and make an evaluation on the usefulness of this configuration based on what I share....

EdgeOS - Load-Balancing Dual WAN (Part 1)

Published at January 30, 2021 ·  8 min read

This is the first post in a two part series. When I started working from home full-time, I found it quite important to ensure that I had Internet available to me at all times. The two primary ISPs in my area are Comcast (unreliable) and AT&T (slow). I decided, to ensure that I always had something available, I would get both and therefore needed to configure dual-wan on my Ubiquiti EdgeRouter ERLite-3....


Published at January 30, 2021 ·  2 min read

About Me I consider myself a technologist. The drive for my involvement with technology is really just wanting to be able to make things do new things. I don’t like being told that something “can’t” work a certain way when I think it can. I’ve been quite blessed to have several opportunities to explore this further both professionally and personally. I also strongly associate my faith in Christ with my work in technology and spend time solving technology problems for ministries....