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How to use/format Native 4Kn drives in Synology or NAS

A few years ago I started using 4Kn drives in my storage (Open-E and Synology NAS). You had to decide for a 4Kn (native) drive or a 512-byte drive when buying it. Now, a few years later, companies like Western Digital (HGST) and Seagate come with ‘Advanced Format’ drives, it’s one [...]

By |2020-09-22T14:10:54+02:00September 22nd, 2020|Technical|1 Comment

Viega Fonterra Smart Control with KNX (Homeserver Building Block)

Viega Fonterra Smart Control is a great product, it's actually the best system for floor heating I've ever seen: You never have to fine tune the flowmeters (it's done automatically!) It constantly adjusts itself, this increases comfort and saves a lot of energy. It can be combined in a classic system (heater on [...]

By |2020-03-10T12:05:03+01:00March 10th, 2020|Technical|0 Comments

Set your Wallmount tablet to Day or Night mode (Dim and blank screen)

I have several tablets hanging to the wall for controlling my Living room lights, Office environment or Garden lights. To save energy I would like these tablets to power off at night automatically or even better, have a proximity sensor in front of them or a tap to wake. Continue reading to see how to [...]

By |2020-01-03T16:19:46+01:00January 3rd, 2020|Technical|2 Comments

Chromecast or AirPlay in different VLAN on a Cisco Switch (>IOS15.2)

There are many questions on using a Chromecast or AirPlay devices (like the new Sonos devices with Airplay2) on a different VLAN.  First of all, I think it is a good habbit to put all your IoT devices in a separate VLAN since it's easier to manage, protect/secure and isolate.; IoT devices often use [...]

By |2018-11-19T15:34:20+01:00November 19th, 2018|Technical|0 Comments

Homeserver that Powers on Samsung TV with Chromecast

When I touch my Tastsensor near my bed with the “Wake up” scene, the light swiches on, the bathroom lights switches on and in the Kitchen the Light and the TV should switch on. Problem with Samsung TVs (and a lot of other brands) is that they don’t do Wake-on-Lan [...]

By |2018-07-31T12:27:40+02:00July 31st, 2018|Technical|0 Comments

Gira HS Beta 4.111 and presentation leaks..

Back as never before with this new blog. Upcomming weeks a lot of news, cool stuff and hacks will be posted here! I’m full with ideas and supported by many of you who e-mail me with secrets and hacks. Last christmas ‘Cuteboy E***’ sent me links to: Gira Beta presentation, framework, documentation and examples of [...]

By |2017-02-09T13:11:19+01:00February 8th, 2017|Technical|1 Comment

New mainboard in Samsung TV and the Secret Service Menu

I repaired a broken Samsung TV (UE55ES8000) last month, however the same instructions should apply to other Samsung models. The TV made a ‘clicking sound’ all the time and couldn’t turn ON or OFF. The screen stayed black. My first thought was the Power board, a dried capacitor, a (physical) broken part on it or [...]

By |2017-02-09T13:32:33+01:00July 6th, 2016|Technical|5 Comments