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Brother MFC-L2700DW

Brother MFC-L2700DW

Multi-function printer, scanner, copier and fax with Ethernet, WiFi and USB connection.

works well with Windows 10, MacOS, iOS and Android, full network and airprint support (wifi and wired)

easy and efficient functions

Security Incident

becloudWho deals in Belgium with security incidents?

The Centre for Cybersecurity Belgium (CCB) is the central authority for cybersecurity in Belgium:

Companies can get help from “The Cyber Security Coalition” and should contact CERT.be to report a security incident.

Individuals can get security advice from Safeonweb.be (French and Dutch only).

Victims of misleading practices, fraud or swindle in Belgium can report their case on meldpunt.belgie.be.

meldpunt

Protection of Privacy in Belgium is addressed by CBPL.

 

 

VPN Clients with Synology

VPN Clients with Synology

Synology can connect to the Internet through the OpenVPN protocol.

Configure the network interface and create a VPN profile:

for VyprVPN follow the “VyprVPN OpenVPN Setup for Synology NAS instructions

Once the profile is created you can enable the connection.

 

 

 

Mac OS Data – Housekeeping !

Mac users may have lots of valuable data stored on their precious device. Unless you are sharing this data on a cloud, you are prone to data loss. Here are some housekeeping rules I am using to mitigate the risks of such data loss, without the use of cloud services, but relying on my own external hard drives.

The foundation of a good housekeeping is your folder organisation: keep oversight of where your files are stored. Mac OS will help you and will suggest the default locations for pictures, movies, music and documents. It is wise to use these locations and create any subfolders according to your needs. Mail files, Contacts and Calendar data are stored in (hidden) Library folders (read also “Mac OS X file locations“) and are not easy to locate. Hence, I use an alternative way to backup and archive this information:

Mail files

Select Inbox and use the “Export Mailbox” function in the Mailbox tab to save the file in a dedicated folder (e.g. a Documents subfolder named ‘mailbag’). You need to repeat this for each mailbox, including the folders ‘On my Mac’. If you are short on internal disk space, you may opt to export the files directly to an external drive (either USB- or network-attached).

Contacts files

Use the “Export” to “Contacts Archive”  function in the File tab to save the file in a dedicated folder (e.g. a Documents subfolder named ‘mycontacts’). If you are short on internal disk space, you may opt to export the file directly to an external drive (either USB- or network-attached).

Calendar files

Use the “Export” to “Calendar Archive”  function in the File tab to save the file in a dedicated folder (e.g. a Documents subfolder named ‘mycalendar’). If you are short on internal disk space, you may opt to export the file directly to an external drive (either USB- or network-attached).

Backup your files

Make regular backups of your data on an external drive and store it in a safe place.

Radio streaming URLs

Radio streaming URLs are used by audio streamers and may change over time.

tuneinLogitech’s Squeezebox and SONOS CONNECT:AMP support the TuneIn app which offers a wide choice of radio stations. MP3 is the most common and most compatible audio format but also AAC, a hi quality format, is used. You can browse for a radio station and save the URL in your streamer’s favourites. However, after a while the station may no longer work for various reasons:

  • the station is no longer available in a compatible stream for your device,
  • it has become inactive or
  • it may become unavailable at the broadcaster’s request, due to geographical restrictions, or commercial reasons.

In case of doubt, go to the TuneIn’s web site and search for the radio station to check if it is still supported by a TuneIn URL or it has been discontinued.

If the radio station has been discontinued by TuneIn, you will need to add the URL manually to your audio streamer.

Beware of the accepted audio formats (mp3, wma, and AAC) and the playlist file extensions (m3u and pls). Sonos devices play streams in mp3, wma, and AAC formats. Pls file extensions work on Squeezebox devices.

Check out the radio station’s website for the most up to date URLs. If the URL is not published, you may find it on listenlive.eu, Radiostreams or look at my short list of favourite stations and URLs that work well on my devices:

radiobelgaVRT-radio and RTBF-radio stations are currently not available on TuneIn

read here the VRT announcement in Dutch

read here the RTBF announcement in French

 

VRT-radio streamingslinks

Radio 1

http://mp3.streampower.be/radio1-high.mp3

http://mp3.streampower.be/radio1.aac

Radio 2 Vlaams-Brabant

http://mp3.streampower.be/ra2vlb-mid.mp3

http://mp3.streampower.be/ra2vlb.aac

Klara Continuo

http://mp3.streampower.be/klaracontinuo-high.mp3

http://mp3.streampower.be/klaracontinuo.aac

RTBF-radio streamingslinks

Classic 21

http://statslive.rtbf.be/playlist/classic21/classic21-128.mp3/playlist.m3u

http://statslive.rtbf.be/playlist/classic21/classic21-128.mp3/playlist.pls

http://statslive.rtbf.be/playlist/classic21/classic21-64.aac/playlist.m3u

http://statslive.rtbf.be/playlist/classic21/classic21-64.aac/playlist.pls

radiostream

FIP radio (France)

( http://direct.fipradio.fr/live/fip-midfi.mp3 )

bq Aquaris X5

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Aquaris X5 Android Version

♦ 5″ Quantum Color + screen
♦ HD 720 x 1280 – 294 ppi
♦ Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 412 Quad Core MSM8916T up to 1.4 GHz
♦ Qualcomm® Adreno™ 306 up to 465 MHz
♦ 2GB RAM + 16 GB Internal Memory
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
♦ Band: 4G (LTE) – 3G HSPA+ (900/2100) – 2G GSM (850/900/1800/1900)
♦ Dual nano-SIM

checksdifferent user interface as Samsung – works as wi-fi hotspot with Euskaltel SIM

VPN Servers with DD-WRT firmware

pptpPPTP VPN Server Configuration

The PPTP  (Point-To-Point Tunneling Protocol) Server allows to connect securely from a remote location and is built in the DD-WRT firmware (Firmware Version: DD-WRT v24-sp2 (10/06/14) kongac – build 25015M-SP1).

The VPN Server setup is very straightforward and well documented on the dedicated DD-WRT pages.

Works well on the Netgear R6300 V1 model. The remote connection works well on MacOS. iOS 10.0.2 on the iPad and iPhone no longer offers the PPTP VPN client protocol.

Bear in mind that your ISP router may need port forwarding enabled (see related post).

If your ISP uses dynamic IP allocation, you may consider to use a dynamic DNS service on your router (read the DD-WRT pages).

Out phishing

outfishingFraudsters frequently use tactics such as fake phone calls, texts and emails to obtain your information, perhaps claiming to represent your bank, your utility companies, or even the police. To maintain your personal and financial security, be sure to be on your guard for:

Vishing: a telephone call from someone claiming to represent your bank, intended to coerce you into sending your money to another account or handing over cash/cards.

Phishing: an email, which looks like it’s from us, designed to trick you into providing personal and financial information.

Smishing (SMS phishing): a text message, which looks like it is from us, designed to trick you into providing personal and financial information by calling a number or clicking a link.

Remember:

• Be wary of unsolicited requests for your personal information, such as usernames, passwords or bank details.

• If a phone call seems suspicious, don’t be afraid to hang up and call your bank on a known number – use a different phone line where possible.

• If an email looks suspicious, do not click on links or download documents.

• If you have suspicions regarding a text message claiming to be from the bank, call your bank on a known number to check before acting on it.

Where (not) to put your wi-fi router

signalGet the best out of your wi-fi access point and router by choosing the right place in your home.
The best place may not always be convenient for you, so it may need some extra cabling between your ISP’s modem and your wi-fi router. But even the best router on the market will not perform well if you place it in the wrong spot. Consider these tips to get the best coverage and stable wi-fi connections:

Place your wi-fi access point or router in a central location in the middle of your home rather than at one end. Solid surfaces slow down wi-fi speeds and a central location reduces the number of walls it has to go through. The thicker the wall, the harder it is for the wi-fi signal to pass through. Hiding away the router in a corner may not be a good choice.

Don’t put it on the floor. Try and position it on a shelf, cupboard or table. Do not put it in a cupboard or closet, which will reduce the wi-fi signal speed and distance. Wi-fi signals go down as well as up, so if you put it on the floor, a proportion of the signal will go through the floorboards. Compare the signal performance with a light bulb. Mounting the light on the ceiling shines better.

Keep your wi-fi access point or router away from material that can reflect the signal and dispersing it: metal objects like a TV, mirrors and glassware. Water can absorb the wi-fi signal, so it reduces the travel distance of the signal. Also micro-waves may interfere with the wi-fi signal.

Finally, test your wi-fi signal before you settle with the location of your access point or router. Connect as many devices as possible from the different and the most used locations in your home. Use streaming services to see if your signal is stable. If you have portable devices, like tablets and smartphones, walk around your home to detect the ‘weak’ spots. The position of the antenna(s) or the position of the router itself (if no external antenna is available) will also influence the performance.

Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 R7000

nighthawkNetgear Nighthawk AC1900 R7000

AC1900 WiFi—600+1300 Mbps speeds

  • Simultaneous dual-band
  • Wireless AC, Wireless G, Wireless N
  • 1 USB 3.0 port
  • 4 Gigabit Ethernet (1000 Mbps) LAN Ports
  • 64/128-bit WEP,WPA / WPA2,WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK encryption
  • SPI-Firewall, NAT-Firewall

Firmware Version V1.0.7.6_1.1.99

GUI Language Version V1.0.7.6_2.1.38.1

thumb up excellent performance and coverage – Netgear’s firmware has well advanced with extra features for convenience and VPN support