Project Fi – Update

So I got my Project Fi several months ago and have not updated my site here.  A quick review of Fi so far I would say is pretty decent.  Though I have not put it through its paces yet.  The pricing structure as mentioned previously is indeed a major change from most carriers out there.

So far I have noted that there seems to be a stronger signal more often than just Tmobile alone.  Though that is slowly changing.  Per the “Fi Info” app which records where it is using signal from I am using more and more Tmobile towers.  Now I don’t carry the good old Nexus 6 around as often anymore so that also could be another factor.

My current plan for the Fi service is to turn it into my corporate cell line.  Which is far better than the Verizon line that is currently paid for by the company.  I say better due to line quality seems far better than Verizon’s.  I can give two flying pigs worth of care about speed, I want to be able to hear the other person clearly on the other end.  Every time I am forced to use a Verizon phone I might as well be talking through a Can & String phone the audio quality is so bad.

Awaiting my “Project Fi” invite

So currently I have T-Mobile cellular service and would say I am fairly satisfied with its service level.  Sure I can gripe about having no signal from them but in random spots in the apartment.  Why should I though, I use my Google Voice (Hangouts now?) number and that works well enough via the desktop or most of the old android devices I have around the apartment.

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Need to use PGP more in email communications.

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Well with some of the security concerns out there I feel like people should adopt PGP more.  So just to make it known and push ever so slightly to a better world I signed this post.  Better still I repurposed a browser plugin that can be used to do PGP encryption for gmail in the browser itself.  See https://www.mailvelope.com/help to get yourself setup as well.
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The move and AT&T UVerse install, on fiber all the way

This post series will be about the entire install process of AT&T Uverse on fiber.  I am already familiar with UVerse on VDSL2+ tech, but not on fiber.

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Picture 1, Inside the box in the closet.

I recently signed the lease for a new apartment at Allister North Hills so I could move out the house I lived in for a few years in CLT NC.  Upon going through the new place I discovered a AT&T microfiber duct was run into the unit, see picture 1.

Thursday (11/13/2014) evening I stopped  by the local AT&T store in North Hills to order new service.  They say I can get up to 45mbit/5mbit service.  I only needed 24mbit/3mbit (read budgeted for).  I also ordered U200 + HD + HBO for my tv viewing pleasure.  Comes to a nice little bill of $119/mo (for some time period I did not ask about).  Also got a tech scheduled for Tuesday the 18th at 0900-1100 to come by and install service.  What the AT&T representive also indicated was that only four apartments in the area are fiber fed all the way.  Also they indicated that they were having equipment supply issues at this time and that my install date might have some issues.

The next day I posted a topic on DSLReports.com.  So far it has not been met by as many questions as more of a laughing at me for thinking I am going to get a pure fiber install.  The only person I seem to have gotten any interest from is Daniel Holt of TriangleFiber.org.  Now I wont discredit the folks on the forum for thinking that I was not getting a pure fiber install but I know a fiber duct when I see one.  Also with this being a brand new apartment complex, it just fits the bill of going to have fiber instead of copper.  As from my understanding AT&T is wanting to run fiber instead of copper now days for new construction.

On Sunday (11/16/2014) I just got a call confirming my tech visit for Tuesday the 18th between 0900-1100.

On Tuesday the tech showed up and set about changing out the phone jacks that were wired with ethernet cables and turning them in to ethernet jacks.  A bit later his “partner” shows up to install the ONT that normally goes outside the house, but this is an apartment so it got installed inside the apartment in the closet.  The “partner” mentioned in general chat with him that he normally works the night shift in manholes splicing fiber.  While watching him splice the fiber and installing the ONT I asked about gigapower and he said that the stuff upstream from me is ready for it, they just have to turn it up.

Outside of the use of a ONT the install was very similar to my VDSL install in CLT.  Aside from the first DVR pulled out of the box having HDMI issues.  Hell even got the same shitty 2wire 3801 modem that connects to the ONT via a 4ft ethernet cable.  (I despise the 3801 since the last two firmware upgrades as it breaks my IPv6 tunnel with Hurricane Electric)

A week after the install the DVR crapped out and I called up support and attempted a destructive recovery of the DVR as I had zero recordings and lost nothing in the process.  This basically jumped to the end of the script the agents follow.  Ended up having a new DVR shipped to me that is a black model of the silver model that I had back in CLT.

 

Overall, so far I have noted a 20ms drop in latency to most servers I play games on or work with.  No signal blips that occasionally happened in CLT on VDSL2.  Though to be fair those were due to lightning causing just enough noise on the line in the summer time usually.  Speed wise I get on speed tests shows 23/5 but if I run a torrent I can pull 31/5.

This works for me for now, but part two of this series will deal with upgrading to gigapower which was announced 2014/12/8 for Raleigh.

Plex and the Ghost Server(s)

So I discovered the wonders of PLEX and a few other fun bits of software to turn my media collection into something that I can stream to my devices throughout the house with ease.  In the process of setting it up I go through a test phase and a production phase similar to software development.  In both phases I called the server “apollo” without much though as that is the name of the NAS plex is running on.  Sadly that was a mistake but I did not know till recently that it was.

Recently I took a trip out-of-town for work and found that the plex app on my phones could not see “apollo”.  I thought this was strange, enabled the hotspot and was able to connect to it directly so I knew it was up and running.  Did some log digging and it appeared to see the requests, but I caved and just used the laptop connected to the tv to watch the media I had.  (Yay T-Mobile and their “unlimited” data plans.  Even though I dropped the bit rate down to something Edge speeds could handle if needed.)

While I was in Virgina and doing some troubleshooting, I found that I had two “apollo” servers listed in devices for my account.  I thought this was odd, and I could remove all current devices but the 2 month old plex server.  I went round and round to figure out how to remove the server and could not come up with one.  Thinking that if I could remove the ghost server that the plex app on my phone would see “apollo”.  Finally I found this forum posting.

Basically the GUI components for the delete device are still there but hidden.  It was a simple inspect element in chrome, navigate the html tree down to where the button is, edit the line of html to remove “hidden” from the class for the button.  Then click the delete button.  Just after I did that, I relaunched the plex app on my phone and wham “apollo” was found.  Now I am set for trips to anywhere I want and my media comes with me.  Baring a decent internet connection.

ZNC python module – Part 2

Welcome back for part two of figuring out python modules for ZNC from scratch.

The first thing I wanted to solve since the last post was to fix the basic WebAdmin page to show something instead of a error page.  I had to go digging around again looking for example code out in the world to get it to work and I found some under a module called AdvancedHighlights.   Continue reading “ZNC python module – Part 2”