FTTC VDSL on a Cisco 897VA

I’ve recently changed broadband to Fibre-to-the-cab (FTTC) VDSL connection. As I have a small data cab in the house I wanted a rack mount router instead of the ISP provided one, and I had a spare Cisco 897VA hanging around which is perfect for the job.

Unfortunately there isn’t a web based config on this router so I’ve had to configure via terminal/SSH but it’s not too difficult to get running on your VDSL connection.

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Automated shutdown of devices

Scheduled Tasks to shutdown pushed out through Group Policy Preferences

In a drive to reduce power usage, I’ve tried a few times over the years at a way to shutdown computers but not if they are in use. I’ve tried using scheduled tasks set to only run when idle – in reality this doesn’t really work as we tend to have quite a lot of mice that move ever so slightly on their own, so the PCs never think they are idle. Even wrote a client/server application where the client reports when someone logs on, logs off, or switches user and when prompted to shutdown by the server, the client asks the logged on user if they want to go a head or cancel. This worked fine for a while but when we updated to Windows 10 it stopped working and needed a lot of time spent on working out what had changed. So I moved away from that method. Continue reading “Automated shutdown of devices”

Hive Active Heating and a “proper” network

So I received a 35% off code from British Gas to get Hive Active Heating. As my boiler works off a time clock only (no thermostat) I decided this’d be great as I’d no longer have to guess how long I need to turn it on to get the temperature up on a weekend, and then forget to turn it off and have it wasting gas while I’m at work during the week.

They say it has to plug directly into the router, etc etc. Well as my ISP provided router is in modem mode, this wouldn’t work.. it’d either not get an IP address, or take the IP address assigned to my actual router and break the rest of the network.

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