Showing posts from April, 2017

Solar Panel Acquisition!

Hey guys, Well back at it again, I jumped at the chance to purchase some solar panels for $0.425/watt.  I only picked up 4 of them to experiment with. I acquired 4 235W Suniva PV panels!  Only $100 Each and 2 years old.  Pretty good deal at $0.425 per watt! They actually fit in my car! Solar Panel Specifications: Here is my first ever youtube video of me picking them up on taking my first look: Last night I Finished my order of supplies from Amazon MPT-7210A Solar Charge Controller/Boost Converter - MC4 Connectors - MC4 Spanners - Decent Wire Crimpers - 15A DC Buck Converter - 100 ft 10 AWG Black UL Solar Wire - 100 ft 10 AWG Red UL Solar Wire - I now have enough solar pv cable to do everything I think I need. Next up is the inverter research and I think I may need s

Low Power Home Network Infrastructure

Yes, its been a while since I have written here, so much going on and little time for tinker.  I have managed to squeeze in a little project for setting up my home network to run off a very old Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS). It pretty simple, the components are: Cable Modem Router Switch Wireless Access Points (AP's) These are Power over Ethernet (PoE) Raspberry Pi Ok, so you are looking at this list and wonder wtf is with that Raspberry Pi.  Well it's a low powered device that I use for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and Domain Name System (DNS) resolution.  Now that really begs the question why are you doing it this way?  Well, in my time I have found that the software included in cable modems and other embedded equipment suck at doing this, especially DNS.  Most cable modems and wireless routers are running what is called dnsmasq.  It's slow. there are 3 options for DNS: dnsmasq Bin