How-to: Automatically shutdown Linux using UPS on power failure

Whether you run Home Assistant/PiHole/PiVPN on an RPi4 like in my DIY Smart Home, or run any critical software on any Linux-based system or your homelab, you need to plan for that one scenario none of us like to think about. What if the power fails, especially when you are not around to perform ...

How-to: Group Wired PoE Security Cameras in a VLAN using Unifi

In my tutorial on how to block IP cameras from accessing the Internet, I used the example of wireless security cameras.But what if you have wired IP cameras and want to achieve the same result - block PoE IP cameras from accessing the Internet? Fear not, all you need to have is any one of the ...

How to Block IP Cameras from Accessing the Internet

One of the most common questions I have been getting about our DIY Home Security system is this: How to setup a VLAN and firewall rules to block IP cameras from accessing the Internet?Wondering why you would want to do that? Here are a few good reasons:Most security cameras like to phone ...

How to Make an Arduino Air Quality Sensor

Ever wondered what's in the air you are breathing? All over the world, our cities are getting more and more polluted. Air pollution is an invisible killer that takes over 4 million lives every year.But it's not just outdoor air that can be harmful. Common activities like cooking or burning ...

How-to: Install QVR Pro Surveillance app on your QNAP NAS

QVR Pro is a great free option if you want to record up to 8 channels on your QNAP NAS. Just make sure you buy a NAS that supports the QVR Pro app.If you are unsure which NAS to go for, check out our recommendations for the best NAS to use as a DIY NAS NVR.How to install the QVR Pro ...

How to: Fix Hikvision Live View not working in your favourite browser

If you have a Hikvision IP camera or NVR and have tried to login to the admin page using Firefox, Chrome, or Microsoft Edge, you are probably familiar with this error message:"Please click here to download and install the plugin-in"So you close your browser, install the plugin, restart ...

Why does my IP camera keep going offline?

So the one thing you thought would work 24/7 with absolutely zero down-time has just decided it can't be bothered.Before you chuck your seemingly malfunctioning IP camera out of the window, here are a few things you may want to check first. Because you know the VueVille family is frugal and ...

How to view all your security cameras in one place

Imagine having to open different apps to live-view your many different cameras from different brands. What a pain, right? Thankfully there is a better way!We started our home security journey with a single outdoor security camera. Soon, we were hooked and started buying more IP cameras to ...

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