📶 Wireless Coverage in North Idaho | Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile

This post is an unscientific spot test I did of Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile providers in the greater Sandpoint, Idaho area. What’s the best mobile provider in North Idaho? Verizon, by far, has the best network coverage, but it is oversold and slows to a crawl at times. T-Mobile is the only network with usable … Continue reading “📶 Wireless Coverage in North Idaho | Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile”

We switched from Android Pixel to iPhone

Out of prudence, I switched my family from Android to iPhone due to Google Killing off Gmail Legacy. Of course, at the last second, Google decided to let us keep our Gmail accounts and phone numbers after all, but I was already past the point of no return. I had moved us to iPhone and … Continue reading “We switched from Android Pixel to iPhone”

Eaton 5P 1500RT UPS Battery Backup

My favorite method of server power reserve is a flywheel. It’s also the best way to have completely air-gapped protection from lightning strikes and surges. I was about to get one but realized I don’t have the space for it in the garage. When you have limited space, a Battery UPS will do in a … Continue reading “Eaton 5P 1500RT UPS Battery Backup”

Google Voice port to iPhone eSIM on US Mobile | Dual SIM

One casualty of Google Killing off Legacy GSuite is we risk losing our Google Voice phone numbers. I estimate I’d need to waste two weeks of vacation to spend on the phone updating my number with every contact, vendor, organization, and government agency. I think it would be best to not lose our phone numbers. … Continue reading “Google Voice port to iPhone eSIM on US Mobile | Dual SIM”

Gmail GSuite Legacy Alternatives

Update 2022-05-16: Google has relented (for now), you can use this self-transition link to see the option to stay on the no-cost Legacy G Suite. Google is killing off my free Gmail accounts. All of them. Sixteen years ago, I moved b3n.org to Google Apps for your domain. Now it is known as GSuite and … Continue reading “Gmail GSuite Legacy Alternatives”

AnyTone AT-D878UVII Plus Review | DMR Radio

This is the best DMR ham radio handheld transceiver (HT) on the market. It’s also the only HT I’ve come across that implements Bluetooth correctly. It’s not compact, but it’s also not overly bulky for what it does. Here’s my review of the AnyTone AT-D878UVII Plus. This is the latest model (released in April 2021) … Continue reading “AnyTone AT-D878UVII Plus Review | DMR Radio”

Browsers & Search Engines | My Thoughts

So, I’m not one to boycott companies I disagree with, but it’s getting hard to use services where I’m more product than customer. And even more difficult when those companies put their opinions, political agenda, and iniquity in front of my face. Browsers and Search Engines these days are more about maximizing revenue than providing … Continue reading “Browsers & Search Engines | My Thoughts”

Fixing Recording Disabled | UDM Pro | UDM SE | UniFi Protect

So, we got a puppy and wanted a way to keep an eye on him when we left the house to make sure he behaved. So I thought I’d try out UniFi Protect since we already have a UniFi Dream Machine Pro. The G3 Instant Camera is $30, has infrared night vision, two-way audio, and … Continue reading “Fixing Recording Disabled | UDM Pro | UDM SE | UniFi Protect”

Gigabit Wireless – WiFi 6 – UniFi 6-LR

I replaced the UniFi AP AC Pro in my homelab with the UniFi 6 Long Range (U6-LR) WiFi AP. How fast is it? From the living room (one wall between my laptop and the AP), running an iPerf test on the 5GHz band 80MHz channel width: (my previous AP) UniFi UAP-AC-Pro: 474/402 Mbps UniFi 6-LR … Continue reading “Gigabit Wireless – WiFi 6 – UniFi 6-LR”

Best Gigabit Routers

So, you are getting Gigabit Internet, and you need a faster router? Here are your best firewall/router options. With all the ISPs starting to roll out fiber many folks have asked which Firewall or Router to get for Gigabit Internet. Instead of answering the same question over and over, I made this post to link … Continue reading “Best Gigabit Routers”