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Synology DiskStation DS416

Synology DiskStation DS416

  • Dual-core CPU 1.4 GHz with hardware encryption engine
  • CPU Model – Annapurna Labs Alpine AL-212 – 32-bit – 1 GB DDR3
  • Dual LAN with failover and link aggregation support
  • Over 221.05MB/s reading, 139.51MB/s writing
  • Four Drive Bays
  • Three USB 3.0 Ports – 1 front and 2 rear
  • Current version: DSM 6.2-23739

NAS with excellent performance, security features, convenient web interface, good external USB drive support and optional application packages, easy drive mounting.

DSM 6.2-23739 includes Logitech Media Server package version 7.9.1-168 which works fine with the iTunes plugin enabled and handles correctly all playlists:

Logitech Media Server Version: 7.9.1 – 1504317335 @ Mon Sep 4 22:13:00 UTC 2017
Perl Version: 5.24.0 – arm-linux
Database Version: DBD::SQLite 1.34_01 (sqlite

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

for NordVPN follow these instructions.

the OpenVPN configuration files can be downloaded here:

Once the profile is created you can enable the connection.




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, 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

New Radio Streamingslinks since August 31, 2107.


RTBF-radio streamingslinks

Classic 21



FIP radio (France)

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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).

Belgacom b-box 3 – port forwarding

bbox3Belgacom B-box 3

The B-box modems are used by Belgacom to support the triple play service offers (telephone, TV and Internet).

thumb up  The Belgacom b-box 3 supports  seamless VLAN integration. All four LAN ports can be used for Internet connections or decoders.

thumb down The administration menu is very restricted and gives very limited control of the router through the user profile login.

Check the online documentation published by Belgacom.


if you do not wish to use the WiFi features, make sure the two LEDs below are off:


more information about the LED indications can be found on the Proximus site


How to configure port forwarding for VPN Servers

Any server installed behind the B-box router will remain unreachable from the Internet unless you configure the firwall (open ports) or use the port forwarding. Here is how you make a VPN Server reachable through the B-box 3.

Login as user to your B-box 3 router (see instructions published here).

Select the Access Control Menu item.

Choose Portmapping and Create a new portmap.

Select in the Service menu ‘PPTP Server‘ and enter the Internal host IP Address.

Confirm with OK to save the settings.


Check also the Firewall Level setting:



VPN Clients with DD-WRT firmware

serveVPNThe DD-WRT firmware Version v3.0-r30082  includes VPN Client support.

These are the steps that did the job to use the PureVPN client. Other clients like the vyprVPN or the ExpressVPN client may work as well.

Logon to the router and first make a backup of your current configuration (go to the Administration tab and select Backup).

On the DD-WRT control panel, in the Setup tab, go to “Basic Setup

  • Change the WAN Setup (from Automatic Configuration – DHCP) to “PPTP” protocol.
  • “Gateway (PPTP server)” select the Domain Naming Server (DNS) address for PPTP/L2TP from the PureVPN server list (vyprVPN server list)
  • “Username” enter the username provided by PureVPN (not your email address).
  • “Password” enter the password provided by PureVPN.
  • “Use DHCP” select “Yes” (all other options are set to “No”)
  • “Additional PPTP Options”: write “refuse-eap” in the option box.
  • Network Address Server Settings (DHCP): “DHCP server” is “enable


click “Apply Settings” and then hit “Save”.

On the DD-WRT control panel, in the Security tab, go to “VPN Passthrough

  • “IPSec Passthrough” is “enable
  • “L2TP Passthrough” is “enable


Note that PPTP Passthrough may need to be enabled to make some VPN Clients work correctly.

click “Apply Settings” and then hit “Save”.

On the DD-WRT control panel, in the Status tab, go to “WAN

“Login Status” click the Connect (or Disconnect) button to start/stop the connection

Note that you may need to remove static DNS settings on both the router and your personal devices (PC, Tablets, etc.):


Be aware that the use of the VPN Client may drastically reduce the throughput on the Internet.

To revert to its previous value or disable the use of the VPN, ‘reset’ the WAN Connection Type setting. (e.g.  “Automatic Configuration – DHCP”).

MyPhoneExplorer – synchronisation tool for Android

MyPhoneExplorer is a free backup/restore/synchronisation tool for Android phones.

Works well with Windows XP and Windows 7, 8.x, 10 and Microsoft Outlook 2007 and 2013

  synchronisation works well with Android phones:android-icon

Samsung Galaxy Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505)
Samsung Galaxy S DUOS GT-S7562
Samsung Galaxy Ace (S5830i)


3G Mobile Wi-Fi Modem (TL-MR5250)

M5250-05TP-LINK 3G Mobile Wi-Fi Modem (TL-MR5250)

Spain is notorious for its high internet tariffs. If you are staying on the Canary Islands without a free wi-fi service available, you may opt for a prepaid sim card. For convenient concurrent access with laptops, tablets and smartphones, you can install the sim card in a 3G router, like the TP-LINK 3G Mobile Wi-Fi Modem.

  • built-in 3G modem – HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS/EDGE/GRPS/GSM
  • DL: 21.6Mbps, UL:5.76Mbp
  • Powerful 2000mAh battery
  • IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
  • Supports up to 10 users simultaneously
  • Firmware Version: 1.0.1 Build 131015 Rel.39500n

works with simyo sim, Lebara sim, Euskaltel sim and DIGI mobil


Settings for DIGI mobil (prepaid sim) in Canary Islands

Dial-up settings:
Dial-up type: automatic
Data roaming: enable

Profile Management:
APN Type: Static
Authentication Type: CHAP

PIN Management:
SIM Card PIN disabled

Settings for Lebara (prepaid sim) in Canary Islands

Dial-up settings:
Dial-up type: automatic
Data roaming: enable

Profile Management:
APN Type: Static
Authentication Type: PAP

PIN Management:
SIM Card PIN disabled

Settings for Euskaltel Internet (contract sim) in Canary Islands

Dial-up settings:
Dial-up type: automatic
Data roaming: disable

Profile Management:
APN Type: Static
Username: CLIENTE
Authentication Type: CHAP

PIN Management:
SIM Card PIN disabled

APN settings for mobile Internet providers

esimAPN settings for mobile Internet providers in the Canary Islands:

simyo 4G on Orange (roaming)

APN settings for Orange World

Orange 4G on Orange (roaming)

APN (Android – portable hotspot) settings for Orange World
Username: orange
Password: ******
MCC: 208
MNC: 01
Authentication type: PAP
APN type: default,supl
APN protocol: IPv4

DIGI mobil 3G on Movistar (roaming)

APN (Android – portable hotspot) settings for Movistar
Username: movistar
Password: ******
MCC: 208
MNC: 01
Authentication type: CHAP
APN type: default,supl
APN protocol: IPv4

Lebara 3G on Vodafone (prepaid)

APN (Android – portable hotspot) settings for Lebara
MCC: 214
MNC: 06
Authentication Type: PAP or CHAP
APN Type: default, supl
APN Protocol: IPv4

Euskaltel 3G on Orange

iPhone settings can be loaded from the dedicated iphone settings page.
APN (Android – portable hotspot) settings for Euskaltel Internet
Username: CLIENTE
MCC: 214
MNC: 03
Authentication type: PAP
APN type: default,dun
APN protocol: IPv4

Find more info on APN Changer and Wikia.

Mac OS X file locations

dataWhere does Mac OS X store data files?


Mail files are stored in (hidden) Library sub-directories


mail preferences are in the ‘’ file, stored in the /Library/Preferences directory

more details can be found at about tech

Contacts are stored in (hidden) Library Application sub-directories

~/Library/Application Support/AddressBook

Calendar files are stored in (hidden) Library sub-directories