Home networking

Over the course of the week and maybe a few days more, I have setup a fairly modest home network.

Let’s start first on why I needed to upgrade our home network from just the simple PLDT provided home router. We have probably 20-30 devices connected at any given time, and I always noticed network drops every few minutes. I thought it was just a simple PLDT bandwidth issue, I further investigated why, the main reason was that the provided modem/router was only sufficient via LAN and it was doing double and triple duty with the lan and wifi enabled.

Part 1 of the move to a better network was I purchased a separate router the TP-link Archer. Installing it was a breeze just plug it in the lan port from the PLDT router and connect it to the WAN port on the new router and voila wifi was available throughout the entire house. I thought my problem was solved, unfortunately I still had the dips in the network. Imagine my calls via the internet I would always “hang”, It annoyed me more. CPU and RAM on the new router was still reaching 100%.

Doing more research on the topic on what is the best implementation of a kick-ass bang for the buck home network. I ventured into PC Games, say Call of Duty: *****. Imagine I knew I had a fast internet connection had lags on with the game. Ok, during this time my gaming machine was connected via 5GHz Wifi. Which was getting weird speedtest results ranging from 10 Mbps to about 30 Mbps, yup slow and did I mention the latency? it was about 500ms.

After a few days of me convincing myself that I needed to wire everything and move everything into a “central” area for ease of management and I think would be the best possible place to put an access point. I pulled the trigger and purchased the edge router from Mikrotik.

I thought it was a no frills boring standalone router, but It had some surprises for me when I was setting it up. Just to name one feature is Internet Bonding. Exciting stuff. 🙂

After Several days of wiring the house and installing the central panel. Here is my setup:

PLDT modem > Mikrotik Router > TP-link Hub

TP-link hub:

  • Omada Voucher controller
  • TP-link Archer Access Point
  • Room 1 Lan
  • Room 2 Lan
  • Dining Room Lan
  • Outdoor Access Point

With the current setup I get to play and stream flawlessly.

Oh… yeah I almost forgot yup video calls are now also working flawlessly. You know priorities.

If you need help installing your own home network drop me a line so that I can help 🙂

The journey back to Ubuntu 20.04

Rocking a 2015 13-inch Macbook pro for the past year, I hit a snag when I had to develop WebRTC applications. Yes, those video conferencing applications you love/hate to use.

It started when I had a video call via Zoom, trying to demo a module that I just created. With Murphy in tow, we presented it. He forgot to mention that he brought his laws… the Murphy law “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”. To cut the long story short I wasn’t able to present anything to the client. That woke me up to why was I even using a Macbook.

I started out as an iOS engineer in my earlier days, where you actually had to have a Macbook to build and app and publish it. I would see almost everyone walking through the hallways with their fancy and shinny new machines, ready to build the next big thing. I was one of those persons who was proud of that ecosystem. Until that unfortunate day where I wasn’t able to show anything. It might not be because of the Macbook itself, it actually might be just because I was too frugal to upgrade to the latest Macbook.

After countless hours trying to find the best and most affordable way to build a new workhorse. I settled with another unfamiliar build, an AMD Ryzen. When I was trying to build my new workhorse the 4th Gen was just about to make market. but I settled for a lower 2nd Gen because deep down I still wanted to to build a hackintosh.

I set my sights to buy from the nearest computer parts store and electronics hub in Manila, Gilmore street in New Manila. I booked online and paid for it. This was because of the current pandemic and strict quarantine and social distancing was in-place.

I picked up the parts, came home and built the computer. For the everything sane I wasn’t after hours trying to install Windows 10 on my new machine. So apparently when creating the boot device, there is a setting you have to put depending on what type of hard drive you had.

After installing it…

I went to install vagrant box for development… I was again having problems installing the environment. It always had corrupted installation media. I couldn’t solve it. I tried running a Virtual machine with Ubuntu if i could install the dependencies… with no luck.

Now I tried to build a hackintosh… let’s not get into that, or maybe I’ll talk about it in another post.

The conclusion is I decided one day to just dual boot to windows and Ubuntu 20.04. It was the best decision I’ve done in the past couple of weeks. Everything was installed flawlessly, I was enjoying the experience of using Ubuntu 20.04 so much That I even wrote it here.

Installing the environment for the first time in an Ubuntu box was just like magic everything worked! can you believe that I had no issues with it.

To conclude this post I highly recommend using Ubuntu even for beginners and those who simply just wants a fast computer regardless of what age it has. If you need help installing it I can build a tutorial or even hit me up on the comments section so that we can schedule a call on how you can start enjoying Ubuntu.

Ramen soon


I’ve never been a fan of ramen, wasn’t one of my go to comfort food while growing up. It all changed when a dear friend introduced Mendokoro to me.

For so long I would just pass up any opportunity to eat ramen with friends. I didn’t really like the idea of eating it piping hot and burning my mouth afterwards, maybe I was eating it the wrong way?

A few years ago I received a message to come and join her for a bowl of ramen in the newly opened restaurant Mendokoro. I was skeptical and that’s just me. Being a good friend I went all the way to Makati just to try it.

To be honest I really have waiting in line for a meal but I was already there, so I waited. Deep down I was praying that it was all worth it, the 1+ hour drive to Makati and another 30+ minutes in line. We were seated, a few minutes later dumplings arrived. They were wonderful, and promising. I just hope the main event was in that category too. As we waited patiently for our orders to arrive we got caught up with out boring and tiring lives hahaha just kidding, like any normal group of friends we caught up with each other, The restaurant isn’t the same as what you would normally see in the Philippines. You had to always wait for everything, eat fast, and leave even faster. Doing a little research ramen in Japan is meant to be eaten alone and not a social thing.

And the long wait has finally ended. our orders arrived. First to try the broth, it was creamy and with just the right amount of heat, spice level and heat. How could I have missed this for so long? To be honest, I can’t compare another ramen shops in Manila with the same level of excitement I get when I fall in line at one of their branches.

I usually go alone nowadays with some occasions where the one I’m “trying to date” goes with me. It’s always a treat to enjoy a really good bowl ramen, especially with that someone. Oh and yes my friend who introduced me to this ramen still bugs me to join her almost every week, it’s turned into Carmen’s best ice cream now.

I hope we get to share more bowls in the future.

36 hour days?

As the vast majority of us spend more time acquiring wealth, do we even have enough time for ourself? How does a 36 hour day sound to you?

I wish I have 36 hours in a day, a little more time to spend working, thinking and dreaming of things that could have been.

Do you have dreams? I know I do.

You don’t grow when you’re comfortable…

Bridges and Doors

In a burning house, you are given two paths to escape, a bridge and a door. The door’s knob is super heated while a portion of the bridge with a 10 floor drop is on fire. If you choose the door it will burn your hand. If the bridge you might fall and break your legs. Your goal is to reach the other side into safety. What would you choose?