How to get info out of a fritzbox

At long last I found out how to use uPnP to get status info put of my Frtizbox – as the old script I had used stopped working after the last software upgrade.

And the answer was on this page.

It contains a perl script that list all counters and variables that can be downloaded by using the uPnP protocol.

To use this you can call the perl script like this :

perl upnp.perl FRITZ | egrep GetTotalBytes | head -2

and I got

urn:upnp-org:serviceId:WANCommonIFC1::GetTotalBytesSent:NewTotalBytesSent = 398046387

urn:upnp-org:serviceId:WANCommonIFC1::GetTotalBytesReceived:NewTotalBytesReceived = 2884042651

which is the total number bytes sent and received since last restart.

36 Hours to Seattle: taking the Coast Starlight sleeper train

We may have to do this:

36 Hours to Seattle: taking the Coast Starlight sleeper train

Amtrak’s Coast Starlight, which it bills as “A Grand West Coast Train Adventure,” is its last remaining full-service sleeper … Read more

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Problems on our BT Infinity line

I had a weird support call with BT Broadband this evening

The background is that between 07:40 and 12:00 today our DSL line disconnected (and the reconnected and gave us a new Ip address) 41 times. During the same period the Signal to Noise ration on the line fell to zero.

The nice girl on their helpline told me that I had the wrong subscription type as a residential line was not allowed to have more than 5 devices connected to it!!!

I could not get across the concept that the problem was on the DSL portion of the line – as she was only trained on BT Homehub.!

Weird. I’ll describe my next call later.

iOS 8 randomizes MAC address while scanning

Wow, this changes a lot of ideas – and security.

iOS 8 randomizes MAC address while scanning WiFi, blocks marketers tracking you
9TO5MAC | 9 JUNE 2014

One iOS 8 feature Apple hasn’t talked about much is its ability to randomize the device’s MAC address while scanning for WiFi … Read more

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Apple and digital audio over Lightning

Interesting for future audio devices.

Apple introduces MFi specs for Lightning cable headphones, support arriving in future iOS update
9TO5MAC | 4 JUNE 2014

We’ve learned Apple has quietly introduced a new specification for manufacturers in its Made-For-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) … Read more

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SmartMatrix – using large LED matrix screens

A Arduino library for the Teensy to enable use of the large led panels on the market :

The SmartMatrix Library is an Arduino library written specifically for the Teensy 3.1 microcontroller development system. Using the powerful DMA hardware built into the Teensy 3’s microcontroller, the library takes care of refreshing the LED driver circuitry on the display with 24-bits of color depth, and provides an interface to draw to a virtual screen and scroll text on top of the drawing.

[From SmartMatrix]