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David Beem
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Mini-PC pfSense
It has been some time since I wrote a blog entry here, despite having more than enough to write about. This entry will be on future pfSense firewall update paths for myself, as well as what I will recommend to others. Recently I bought a mini-PC that I inte...

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IT Pro TV Open House
I've just returned from the IT Pro TV "Open House" on October 27th in Gainesville, Florida. It was a fantastic opportunity to finally meet the hosts and staff of IT Pro TV, as well as their new location with five studios. In a moment, I'll show some of the ...

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With my friend James Ortega meeting Leo Laporte of TWiT at the IT Pro TV "Open House" in Gainesville, Florida
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Re-Purposing VisionNet M505N Modems as Wireless Access Points, Part Five: IP Filtering
For this entry, it is specifically 'Outgoing IP Filtering' under the 'Security' menu item, and only for isolating your "Internet of Things" network further. It  is also under the assumption that you have determined where your IoT device(s) "phone home" on t...

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Re-Purposing VisionNet M505N Modems as Wireless Access Points, Part Five: URL Filtering
The concepts of isolating your "Internet of Things" device(s) is quite simple:  Provide that IoT with the connection it needs and nothing more, nothing else is allowed to connect to it, and that it doesn't connect to anything other than what it needs. After...

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Re-Purposing VisionNet M505N Modems as Wireless Access Points, Part Four: Access Control Settings
We're ready to put some real security on the VisionNet M505N modems we have re-purposed into a WAP for both isolating our IoT  devices and a guest wireless network. Just like before, later settings will differ based on how you are using the modem (whether f...

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Re-Purposing VisionNet M505N Modems as Wireless Access Points, Part Three: Wireless Settings
We're still plugged into one of the LAN ports (Ethernet '1', '2', or '3') of the network we have set up on the VisionNet M505N modem we are re-purposing for isolated "Internet of Things" connections and "guest" wireless for visitors we aren't going to give ...

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Re-Purposing VisionNet M505N Modems as Wireless Access Points, Part Two: LAN Settings
Continuing on with a multi-part series we are entering into the VisionNet M505N web interface once again, this time selecting the 'LAN' menu item. Rather than show specific entries for the settings (which will differ by need between the "guest" wireless and...

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Re-Purposing VisionNet M505N Modems as Wireless Access Points, Part One: PPPoE Server
Building on my earlier topics of an "Internet of Things" isolated network and "Guest" wireless, I will now detail the VisionNet M505N DSL modems I "re-purpose" (meaning to use for something else) as Wireless Access Points (WAPs). They are full-featured mode...
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