Wireless Ethernet Bridge – Connect Legacy Devices and Boost Smart Appliances

Ethernet Bridge – Extend Your Wired Network, Wirelessly!

Many households have at least one electronic appliance (TV, DVD, Game Console, etc.) that either has no built-in wireless connectivity or suffers from poor wireless performance. Network cables are reliable, but cables are expensive to install and may not be aesthetically pleasing. Fortunately there is a simple, inexpensive way to extend your wired network by using an ethernet bridge.

What Is An Ethernet Bridge?

An ethernet bridge adds a wired connection to the network without having to run cables back to the router. This is a great solution for connecting electronic appliances that have no built-in wireless and cannot use a standard USB wireless adapter. Bridges can also be used to improve  performance and reliability for wireless-enabled devices or provide connectivity for appliances with unreliable or defective integrated wireless radios.

How Much Does A Bridge Cost?

MikroTik, a Latvian manufacturer of networking equipment, sells a small access point for under $40 USD. The mAP Lite access point/router is the size of a matchbook, comes with its own power supply, and can be configured to function as a high quality ethernet bridge.

Can I Configure The MikroTik Myself?

While MikroTik equipment is designed to be professionally installed, here are sample instructions for configuring the mAP Lite as an ethernet bridge:

Power on MikroTik mAP Lite
Connect to MikroTik wireless network (Mikrotik-xxxx)
From browser, connect to access point using IP address of 192.168.88.1
Username: admin
Password: (blank)

From web interface, click WebFig at top right

/* Configure for wireless ethernet bridge */

On left click ‘IP’, then ‘Addresses’
Click ‘Add New’
Address: 192.168.77.1/24
Network: 192.168.77.0
Interface: Ether1
Click ‘OK’

On left, under IP, click ‘Pool’
Click ‘Add New’
Name: EthPool
Addresses: 192.168.77.100-192.168.77.254
Click ‘OK’

On left, under IP, click ‘DHCP Server’
Click ‘Add New’
Name: EthDHCPSvr
Interface: Ether1
Address Pool: EthPool
Click ‘OK’

From DHCP Server, click ‘Networks’ tab
Click ‘Add New’
Address: 192.168.77.0/24
Gateway: 192.168.77.1
Click ‘OK’

On left, under IP, click ‘Firewall’
Click on row beneath ‘Drop All From WAN’ and change ‘In Interface’ to ‘wlan1’. Click ‘OK’
Click on row beneath ‘Drop All From WAN Not DSTNATed’ and change ‘In Interface’ to ‘wlan1’. Click ‘OK’

From Firewall, click ‘NAT’ tab
Click on row beneath ‘Masquerade’ and change Out Interface to ‘wlan1’. Click ‘APPLY’

Connect to access point using ethernet cable
Using browser, navigate to 192.168.77.1
Log in using same credentials as before

On left, click on ‘IP’ ‘DHCP Client’
Change client to wlan1 and click ‘OK’

/* Let’s do some clean-up */

On left, click ‘IP’ ‘Addresses’
Delete 192.168.88.x (click -)

Click ‘IP’ ‘DHCP Server’
Delete defconf (default 192.168.88.x server)

From ‘DHCP Server’, click ‘Network’ tab
Delete 192.168.88.x network

Click ‘IP’ ‘DNS’ ‘Static’
Delete 192.168.88.1

Click ‘IP’ ‘Pool’
Delete 192.168.88.x pool

/* Connect to wireless network */

On top left, click ‘Wireless’
Click ‘Security Profiles’ tab
Click ‘Add New’
Name: ‘Home’
Authentication Types: Check ‘WPA PSK’ and ‘WPA2 PSK’ (typical)
Check all ‘Unicast Ciphers’ and ‘Group Ciphers’
Pre-Shared Key: Password for your wireless network
Click ‘OK’

On left, click ‘Interfaces’
Click ‘wlan’ to change
Mode: Station
SSID: SSID of your network (network name)
Security Profile: ‘Home’, or whatever you entered as your new security profile
Click APPLY!

Wait a minute and you should be connected to the internet. A reboot may be required.

Once connected to the internet don’t forget to check for mAP Lite updates and change the admin password

Skagit Signal can pre-configure an mAP Lite to work as an ethernet bridge on your network. Give us a call today!

Skagit Signal Recommends Business Class WiFi Gear For Your Home

Time To Upgrade Your Wireless Network? Call Skagit Signal!

Streaming video and audio content delivery is changing the way we live and work. However, continuous streaming can stress older, underpowered wireless hardware, resulting in choppy video and audio, random freezes, and even outright hardware failure.​

​If you have decided that it's time to upgrade your network hardware, call Skagit Signal before rushing out to the big box store.​ ​
 
When it comes to getting ​the​ best bang-for-​your-buck, there are many low-cost, high quality wireless options available that are not well-known to the average consumer. ​​Skagit Signal ​will help you make the best and most economical choices. In fact, we can often upgrade and install ​business class wireless equipment for about the same price that you would pay for the consumer parts alone! 

​So, call us today and keep those videos streaming!​

 

Do You Own Or Manage A Business?

Do You Own Or Manage A Business?

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Skagit Signal is close by and has the experience and know-how to handle all your computer and network needs. We may be new to the Northwest, but we’ve got 30 years of real-world experience to draw from.

We can show you how to achieve business class reliability without paying a premium price for hardware or service. We work harder and smarter so you pay less.

G’MIC Online Image Editor

G'MIC Online Image Editor

G'MIC (GREYC's Magic For Image Computing) is an image processing framework which contains several hundred filters for manipulating images. Many people are familiar with G'MIC as an add-on for Gimp, the free, cross-platform image editing program. What you may not know is that G'MIC has an online version you can use to edit and manipulate images directly from your browser. Simply upload an image, apply filters, then download back to your computer.

Here's a screenshot:

https://gmicol.greyc.fr/

The online version loses some features available in the Gimp plug-in, but should be more than adequate for most users. You may click on the image or link above to give G'MIC online a try.

 

Skagit Signal Website Design

Skagit Signal Website Design - Natural Eco Solutions

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Check out Skagit Signal's website design for Natural Eco Solutions in Anacortes, Washington. It’s a video-rich e-commerce website. 

 
Natural Eco Solutions is an authorized Marquis Spa dealership featuring the first Green Program for Hot Tubs. Visit their showroom at 2000 Commercial Avenue in Anacortes WA for "The Ultimate Hot Tub Experience!" While you’re there, say howdy to David Dame, aka “Spa Man” and check out his selection of Earth friendly products for your home.
 
 

Quick Review of Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus – The Good, Bad, & Ugly

Quick Review of Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus - The Good, Bad, & Ugly

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Linux is at a crossroads, so it's no surprise that Canonical tried to pull out all the stops with the Ubuntu 16.04 release. Moving forward, would Canonical be content with Ubuntu as the Cloud OS of choice, or were they finally interested in bringing Linux to the masses?

 
First Impressions

The look and feel hasn't changed much, so don't expect anything revolutionary. That said, having the option to move the Unity Launcher to the bottom is a welcome addition. Ditching Ubuntu Software Center for the Gnome Software App was a bold move, but results have been less than stellar. Besides suffering from some major dependency problems, Gnome Software stays resident in memory, of which it uses a sizable chunk.

One of the selling points of 16.04 was its built-in support for ZFS, but there is no option to choose ZFS when performing a fresh install. And while this file system is a great choice for data storage drives, there's no simple way to set up ZFS on a NAS or file share appliance.

 
The Good
  • It's a lot like Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Unity is polished and stable
  • Ubuntu Software Center exits Stage Left
 
The Niggles (Bad)
  • It's a lot like Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • ZFS support is raw and lacking
  • Memory usage is up, mainly due to Gnome Software App
  • No lsb-core support, so many 3rd party apps will not install without work-arounds
  • No Unity 8 (Mir)
 
The Ugly
  • Gnome Software App not ready for prime-time, so....
  • No decent software installer, major dependency issues (sudo apt-get install -(WT)f???)
  • Limited support for printers and other devices
  • Developers losing interest in Linux
 
Where To Go From Here?
I see Ubuntu going 1 of 2 ways:

1) Canonical decides Ubuntu is a Cloud and phone/tablet OS and lets desktop support wither on the vine

2) Canonical gets its stuff together, works hard to develop a decent software installer (SNAP?) that doesn't suffer from dependency issues, and teams with hardware vendors to offer an Ubuntu Approved list of computers and peripherals that are guaranteed to be compatible with the OS.

Apple Ends Support for QuickTime for Windows

Apple Ends Support for QuickTime for Windows

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According to this post from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, Apple will no longer support or maintain QuickTime for Windows. Users running Windows are urged to uninstall QuickTime immediately to avoid potential security risks. 

 

Via The US-CERT Article

Impact

Computer systems running unsupported software are exposed to elevated cybersecurity dangers, such as increased risks of malicious attacks or electronic data loss. Exploitation of QuickTime for Windows vulnerabilities could allow remote attackers to take control of affected systems.

Solution

Computers running QuickTime for Windows will continue to work after support ends. However, using unsupported software may increase the risks from viruses and other security threats. Potential negative consequences include loss of confidentiality, integrity, or availability of data, as well as damage to system resources or business assets. The only mitigation available is to uninstall QuickTime for Windows. Users can find instructions for uninstalling QuickTime for Windows on the Apple Uninstall QuickTime(link is external)

Kindle E-Reader

Attention Kindle E-Reader Owners

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Owners of older Kindle e-readers may need to manually perform an update in order to continue to download Kindle books from the Cloud, access the Kindle Store, etc. The deadline for a web-based wireless update is March 22, 2016. For those who wait until after this date to update, a USB connection to the Kindle will be required. Click here for details