With the countdown on to starting anew job, and the winter nights now here I decided to get on with updating my home network.
My network is a mix of Linux Windows Tablets Phones Smart Speakers and sometimes other IOT devices
Last winter I used an old hp media smart ex475 machine gifted to me by my friend Brian.
Brian and his brother Andrew have gifted me a lot of there old kit over the years.
If you are into Raspberry PI , they make expanson boards go check them out.
https://www.abelectronics.co.uk/ These guys are truly real life wallace and grommit characters.
The old mediasmart device was modded a while ago see the link below
When I was gifted the machine it was back on windows, which this winter decided not to boot, with a bit of head scratching I decided to forgo the old OS as it was no longer supported.
Suprisingly my choice was Linux Mint – version 19.3 as the box is 32 bit.
I could have gone LMDE4 but that wasnt on a usb stick at the time LOL.
After working out the boot order and which HDD to remove in order to install a new OS. Bay 2 as it happens, I installed Mint
I then had to set a static IP – YouTube was my tutor.
Samba then went on – a user was added and a group — I’m very unsure about this. Basically I left most shared folders read only one read and write and one private, the place I can keep all my 3d files and tutorials.
That was it. It sits quietly on the floor on a large piece of sponge till it is moved to its final resting spot.
I have 2 Linux mint machine with larger HDD in which I will plug into the network and turn on purely for back up. They won’t even be plugged into the power unless I’m backing up to them. Not the most sophisticated method of air gapping but a very cheap option. Yes an exteranal HDD would have been simpler but I don’t want to spend any money, and the machines are just sat there anyway.
My phone now lets me post avatars to Facebook, which I can download and modify for use on my blog. Social media does have a use after all.
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