How to connect Ethernet devices to WiFi via WDS

Hi πŸ‘‹,

In this blog post I will show you how to connect an Ethernet only device to Wi-Fi using an extra router and the WDS functionality. I initially wanted to install the TP Link Archer T4U WiFi adapter driver on my Ubuntu 20.04 PC but unfortunately the driver is no longer supported.

Since I really needed high internet speed for my PC, I decided to connect it via an Ethernet cable and buy another TP-Link router to use in WDS mode.

WDS mode allows routers to communicate with one another without using wires.

βš™οΈ The configuration of the WDS router is as follows. I left the operation mode in Router Mode.

Then, I navigated to Network -> LAN and set the IP address to 192.168.0.2. Because my old router had the IP address of 192.168.0.1.

The next step would be to navigate to Wireless -> WDS. Click survey and select the SSID of your root router. If the WDS bridging is successfully you should see a Connected message βœ….

Finally, go to Network -> DHCP Server and disable it. All these operations should be performed on the router that you want to bridge, not the root router! πŸ•ΈοΈ

Now that your router has a WDS bridge to the root router, you can connect your PC to it via an Ethernet cable and place it next to your PC. A brand new 5GHz Wi-Fi adapter might have the same price πŸ’° as a new router πŸ€‘, and to be honest unless you’re doing some penetration testing I don’t see the need of a WiFi adapter.

Thanks for reading and happy hacking! 🐧

iPhone 6s Battery Replacement

Hi, πŸ‘‹

I usually write about technical stuff and tutorials, but this article is more about repair and the right to repair.

It’s important for companies to offer their customers the ability to repair devices that they bought. I’m not saying that they should make all parts and tools available, but they should at least try to offer some help for common repair operations, like storage change, broken screen change, battery change and so on. Perhaps some upgrades as well.

My old Apple iPhone 6s got a new life yesterday thanks to iFixit’s tools and guides.

The phone is ~5 years old at the time of me writing this and it works flawlessly on the latest iOS 15.2.

I thought that once the battery dies, I need to get a new phone and that felt normal to me.

In my country there’s no Apple Store. Getting a battery replacement may involve shipping my phone to a third-party shop in a different city and waiting for it to come back, even though the price of a battery replacement is affordable compared to getting a new phone, for some reason, the idea of fixing my phone instead of getting a new one felt a bit weird. And even if I pay a third-party repair shop, I don’t have any guarantee that the battery is quality. I’m imagining that most of the shops sell old low-quality batteries to make more money.

Thanks to Louis Rossman, (this guy has some incredible and entertaining videos) I was motivated to repair the phone by myself! And thanks to iFixit I found a step-by-step guide and all the tools necessary for me to do the repair.

I’m a software guy, I did not receive repair training and if there weren’t any guides or tools available, I’ll probably never figure how to do the battery change repair by myself without breaking the phone.

The repair was a success and even though I’m not going to use the phone, I’m going to gift to someone that will be very happy to use it for a few more years.

Read more about the right to repair:

Logitech MX Keys keyboard Review

Hi,

I’m a software developer and to do my job I have to sit on the computer at least 8 hours daily. Having a decent, comfortable, and robust keyboard to do my job is a requirement. My previous keyboard was a Razer BlackWidow V3. I’ve used it as my daily driver for gaming and programming, but since I started recording videos the keyboard’s clicking sound was a problem and I had to replace it. (I think I’ve also heard my neighbor once complain about it πŸ˜…)

I’ve stumbled upon a Logitech MX Keys keyboard.

Here’s what I like about it:

  • It’s nice to type on. The experience is like ThinkPad keyboards. It feels nice, unique, and premium.
  • It has a white backlight that turns on when you hit a key or when it detects motion near the keyboard.
  • It’s silent, like a laptop keyboard.
  • It is wireless.
  • It works well on Linux and on Windows, macOS too.
  • It has lots of media control keys, they can be re-mapped using Logitech Options software.
  • Battery is good. It lasts about a week of daily use with backlight on.

And now, here’s what I don’t like about it:

  • You can’t use it in wired mode, it only supports wireless.
  • Backlight settings reset when the unifying receiver loses power. (At the time of editing this post, this problem went away by itself)

That’s about it. Overall, I like it and I will stick with it.

I don’t regret getting the version with the numpad since I don’t think I’m going to take it away from my desk, there’s a mini version that is more portable, if you’re interested.

Thanks for taking your time to read though this post. 🍻

*This post is not sponsored

Computer Speakers πŸ”Š

Hello,

Yes, this post title is weird, but I want to take a moment to acknowledge that I’m very grateful for dad for buying these computer speakers and much more.

In ~2002 my dad bought me my first computer, and at the same time a man approached us asking if we want to buy his second-hand speakers. I was about 5-6 years old at that time and I still remember the moment.

I’m 25 years old now and these are the only computer speakers that I’ve used, they are almost 20 years old!

Thank you dad! πŸ”‰