I Double NAT My Network, And I'm Proud

I double NAT my home network. And the funny part is I designed it that way. Let me explain. Why This is Bad If you’re a network person, you’ve already groaned. If you haven’t groaned, you probably should. Network Address Translation (NAT) is a service that most consumer routers perform by default. Essentially, it’s what lets you connect your privately addressed network to a publicly addressed network and have things work....

June 8, 2022

How My Homelab Became Critical Infrastructure During a Tornado

I recently made a design change to my homelab that paid off in leaps and bounds, and just secured my homelab as a part of my critical infrastructure during emergencies. This change was a pretty simple idea, but recently proved itself during a recent tornado near my home. This post will largely be tooting my own horn, sharing why I think this is a good idea, but will also talk about severe weather and have some pictures....

April 30, 2022

Addressing the log4j Vulnerability in Unifi Video 3.10.13

If you’ve been on the Internet at all today, you’ve probably heard that there is a pretty nasty RCE issue with log4j, a logging package for Java applications. The CVE is CVE-2021-44228, and is a pretty scary RCE bug that is already being exploited in the wild. Update: I originally had comments in this post stating Ubiquiti should update the NVR software. I’ve since learned it’s officially deprecated and won’t be receiving any updates....

December 11, 2021

Emby + Nginx Reverse Proxy

After some light Google-ing, I couldn’t find a simple example for Emby running behind an Nginx reverse proxy. I built this config using some boilerplate config I have and some config snippets from other config examples. If you’re brand new or not sure exactly what you need, it can be a bit confusing to see older threads with lots of comments and suggestions, and it may be hard to tell what exactly you need to edit....

November 24, 2021

Backup Google Photos (Part 2)

In Part One we looked at how to download our photos from Google Photos to a local drive. But now we’ll look at how to archive them into human readable folders that can be included in daily snapshot backups. Our Problem Now we have all our photos downloaded, but I really wanted things to live on my NAS with the rest of my important files. This would also let me potentially delete photos from Google Photos but keep things locally....

April 15, 2021

Backup Google Photos (Part 1)

One service that I’ve come to rely on is Google Photos. For the last number of years, I’ve had photos on my phone (which is now my primary camera for trips) automatically backed up and categorized. It’s a slick service, but I feel most comfortable having local copies of photos and keep them in a snapshot backup system. Why I Did This Google Photos is great, and I don’t really have any issues with the service or its availability....

April 1, 2021