Nest Wifi Google’s mesh router

Update 20/10/2020:- because way this mesh router works you can’t manage how we manage ubiquity APs. IPv6 I couldn’t get it to work. Still no issue with access and wireless speed.

I now have google’s Nest WiFi router and WiFi point. It’s not a big house, so coverage is excellent also easy to set up and troubleshoot. You connect the cable from your firewall to the Nest WiFi router and go to your google home app, and it’s pretty much sets it’s self.

Ones you do that plug the Nest WiFI point and follow the same on the google home, and it will work with no issues. If you need to move the Wifi point, it will tell you on the app. Also, you can use this WiFi point as google speakers it sounds good too. If you have a bigger house idea is to add more as you need, for me, one is enough with the router.

I have set up lots of home APs in my time, but this is the simplest to do also everything in one app and works. I didn’t have any issues so far all working great will happily recommend

frog bikes 48 kids bike review

Update 16/07/2020: It’s now slightly more than a year bike stood, stand of time. No issues apart from a break-cable coming off a bracket, two mins fix. Other than that it’s a reliable bike. Even when we get a massive hill or something She can’t handle, she jumped off the bike and bike took those impacts very well. No damage still looking like a new bike and ride well. I have to wash and put some chain lube on, but it doesn’t need it.

She now needs the next bike Frog 52, her hight is still ok for this bike, but She now needs the gears. I will update it. No stock anywhere at the moment.

I can sell this bike now for £150 bought it for £230, so I only lost £80 that is not bad after more than a year worth of usage.

Original review 4th April 2019: I needed to get a bicycle for my daughter as she is quite comfortable with a balance bike. Did my research most of the kid’s bike are proper rubbish and heavy, hard to ride, no real air tires etc. Don’t get me started on the “girls” princes bike and “boy” superhero bikes nonsense.

Close call between Isla bikes and frog bikes. I decided to go with frog as the local dealer had the colour my daughter wanted, and dealer assembled it and I got it ready to ride.

The bike is super easy to carry for me and easy to ride for my daughter. I didn’t use training. She pretty much got the hang of it on the day one but still few days training to go to stop and start without my help. The overall bike was easy enough, and even a few falls bike handled it well. Will highly recommend.

Price-wise it is not cheap but not very expensive as well. comes with five year warranty. Resell values are good if you want to buy a bigger size in the future


Brompton M6L 2020 Electric

I have a canyon bicycle, review coming later for that. Brompton is my other half’s bicycle, but I gave it a spin as I wasn’t keen on the idea of electric bikes, but I tell you why I like this electric Brompton.

You can use it as a regular folding bike. The motor on the front doesn’t impact on the riding not heavy at all. The battery is about 2.3 kgs even with that I didn’t notice any difference.

There a lot of Chinese made foldable e-bikes on the market some UK companies like MiRider rebrand it changes a few parts and change something on firmware and selling them as the UK made. It is still a mass-produced and builds to a cost I can’t expect them to last more than a few years if that. Also, I don’t think you can use them as a standard bicycle without electric assistance.

I usually don’t care about where they made. I need something that will last longer and gives me less trouble. Brompton fit the bill correctly. All the parts are less complicated to fix when it goes wrong. Can’t say the same about my canyon bike :D.

Electric assistance when I put it on to level 1 it just gave that general push like the wind is behind you feeling I liked this level. I didn’t like that level 2, and 3 maybe I’m in a rush and need to go somewhere without getting tired I would use it, Level 1 is my ideal assistance level.

Overall on my usage, it was excellent and easy to live with and charge. No gimmick features like an app or big LCD screen on the middle etc. just a bike with all you need.

The only downside, I can think of it is a price, but If I use it every day to work, I will make that money back in a year. This bike is built like a tank. I can see a lasting number of years.

We bought the bike from Evans Cycles. Surprisingly excellent service too. We were not expecting that. Overall I can recommend this bike. You will be happy with it.

Install certificates on WatchGuard for SSL VPN or general management

This link provides half of the story as WatchGuard you can’t import the certificate you create on this method as Watchguard need root and the intermediate certificate installed before WatchGuard can accept the certificate for the domain you created. WatchGuard will give you an error

Here is how you create the intermediate and root certificate on windows 10

open the cert.crt file your signing authority give you this should look something like this

click on the certificate path tab

select the highlighted in the blue one and click view certificate and click on the details

click copy file and save that as an intermediate certificate make sure you selected base 64 encoded x.509 (.CER) format do the same thing but select the setico for the root certificate and call it root.cer

on WatchGuard, go-to system manager view>cetificates and import the root.cer 1st (make sure you select the .cer format on the dropdown menu)

do the intermediate same way

then do the certificate your CA gave but convert it to pfx format follow my guide for that

Casio Pro Trek PRG-80L long term review

I had this watch from 2008 this is was my gift from my Mrs. It’s still working for this day all the triple sensor on the watch works as the day I got them. Even the battery is great if you see them battery is still high, I just leave it near window and It had a hard life. I wear it every where. only thing I changed on this watch was the strap. it was bit rubbish. Casio UK replaced it for me for £40 I send it to them and they send it back with new strap installed and all good after that. here is the picture after 11 years of hard use

Google Pixel 3 XL user review

I got the google pixel 3 xl as a gift, what can I say all the reviews talks about notch is not an issue at all. It’s just some reviewer created issues. It doesn’t affect me but you can turn it off, If you don’t like it. It doesn’t bother me. UI is same as pixel xl so that wasn’t a issue for me.

Phone is faster lot faster than I was expecting and speakers are really good and mic It can hear me from anywhere. as their signature feature camera is amazing. Low light night time any situation works well.

I don’t install lots of application even the apps I install have only the permission they need for my use. try and close it when I don’t need it. so I didn’t come across any issue with memory management etrc.

Charging is so fast I can do that in the morning and enough for me to use it all day. I don’t do wireless charge but if you don’t buy the pixel stand it will only do 5 w charge that is slow. If you are thinking of the planet you shouldn’t be wireless changing anyway. because lots of energy is wasted on converting. It’s little but add up if everyone is started using it.

I bought the pixel fabric cover It’s really nice hand feeling case but gives really no protection though, My weekend activity if I keep fabric case will end up a Fabric mud case 🙂 so bought a tech21 case which will be my weekend case that case is plastic so can easily washable. phone its self now have ip68 rating.

Security update this is the good thing about pixel phones. every month I get updates without any issues. even the old pixel still get updates never missed a month.

Another thing people don’t talk about it is storage with google phone you get unlimited storage when you take photos and videos with the device even the high-resolution one. It’s free for 3 years. one you can do is remove the pictures from the phone they all live in Google servers and I can still see them and download again as necessary. with Apple devices, you have to pay something like £9.99 per month to get these features.

Overall it’s a good device. It doen’t has all the bells and whistles of Samsung phones. to me, this phone works really well.

I think google is going after iPhone users with this device, It even copy all the data from iPhone users and all the cables and ear phones are on the box.

If you are normal user this phone is fine and will last you long time. because google will keep this phone updated for 3 years you will have the latest android all the time.

Yaesu FT-4XE Review

Yeasu FT 4XE is an amazing simple Handheld transceiver. It does use the radio on a chip design like the cheap Chinese ones  but  Yaesu did a good job on it. I don’t have any issue with it.  easy and simple to use. If you find a local repeater all you need is add the output frequency to that and radio will do the shift ctss etc. You have to do this before though 

This is exactly same as the Yaesu FT-65e internal but this one has  smaller battery and bit of an old style screen. as an easy radio to carry around, I would highly recommend this. quite small you can easily carry around.  

I have added the picture to compare with Baofeng UV 5R 

Baofeng UV 5RE with Yaseu FT 4XE

Baofeng UV-5RE ham radio Review

There are 100s of reviews out their including videos etc. I’m going to be very short. It’s ok for the price If it’s your 1st radio don’t buy it without programming cable. Very hard to programme. If you have the cable and the Chirp  software it works beautifully. There are 100 different models in they are pretty much all same.   It’s all based on the same circuit and firmware some come with slightly more power. you are not going to see much difference.  I bought the one for £18.99 It’s fine works fine. Annoying it receives lots of unwanted signals. other than that it’s ok

It doesn’t work the same way as the Kenwood the d74e model but that is £500. If you have the right cable if you use windows 10 retevis cable seems to work fine. I wouldn’t buy the cheapest cable.

Android 9 – Pie

just updated my pixel. initial impressions very good. not many new features but an improvement on the existing ones. I really like the work profile you can switch off in 1 click and dynamic battery features.  I will update this blog as I use it a bit more. the new interface is so good. It so natural you don’t even think you are doing it. Their UI designers need to a pay rise

Android notification is improved, I do use phone less and less