Dyndns with Strato and Fritzbox

I was using no-ip.com for several years for dynamic dns e.g. for VPN into my home network. But the changed from being my first choice to total crap. So if you do not pay for a subdomain you have to reconfigure every 30 days.

Definitely it was time to look for a replacement. So I had a look in my Fritzbox router to check which dyndns providers are supported. So one in the list was Strato and I was curious because I was not aware of Strato being a dyndns provider.

So I was checking their website and saw that you can use any domain and route it via dyndns. Additionally a .de domain is 6 EUR a year.

Definitely worth a try from my point of view. So you get a real domain for VPN which I think is pretty cool and it works perfectly with Fritzbox but should also work with every other router.

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Bragi’s The dash – first short review

I kickstarted nearly 18 months ago The Dash from Bragi.

So what I can say so far after 2 weeks of testing:

  • The fit is excellent
  • Step no one is updating the software
  • Microphone quality is really poor
  • Bluetooth range is very limited

To summarise it is really a nice gadget if you want to listen to music while on a bike or running but doing phone calls is really a mess for the guy on the other end of the line.

What I really miss is an integration into third party fitness apps. But seems to be more like a general problem in the industry that everyone does his own hardware bundled with his own app. Hope that changes in the future.

But definitely this is the right direction of a device and I hope that more stuff likes this comes to the market.

I’ll keep you updated if I have more insights on The Dash.

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Next hardware project – QlockTwo + weather

After finishing the photo booth I was looking for a new project.

As I am a big fan of the QlockTwo (but it is too expensive) first I was think about building it on myself. There a plenty of good tutorials out there.

But I am also keen on the Netatmo weather station so finally I decided to combine both.

So the idea is to use a Tessel for gathering, saving the weather data and act as a backend for a web app running on a Raspberry Pi to display it on a 10,1“ screen that will be embedded in a case.

The frontend will be done in react.js and the backend in node.js.

Currently I’m working on the frontend which can be found on GitHub.

So stay tuned for more updates!

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