Enabling WPS on a Billion BiPAC 8900AX

By default WPS is disabled on the 8900AX, so if you need to connect a device, TV, printer etc, using WPS then you will have to go into the Configuration menu and enable it.

  • This can be found under the Configuration->Wireless 2.4G->Security menu.
  • Select the “Enable” value for the “WPS” combo, under “WPS Setup”.
  • Ensure that the “Add Client” option is set to “Use STA PIN”.
  • Make sure that the “PIN” value is blank.
  • Leave all other options at their default settings.

Once this is done all you need to do, to connect the device using WPS, is to press the WPS button on the router, for around a second, and then perform the equivalent activity on the device you want connected.

Windows 10 restarts after shutdown

Currently have an issue where most of the time shutting down the PC just performs a restart, annoying to say the least, been going on since late 2018.
I’m currently trying out this solution to see if it can be resolved.

6-Dec-19: A couple of test shutdowns later and it seems to be working, one to monitor.

Windows PC not auto-booting?

Since I installed the “Windows 10 Fall Creators Update”, build 16299, the desktop has stopped auto-starting, to it’s BIOS configured schedule. It’s scheduled for a 5:01am start, but every morning I’ve come into the room, since the update, it’s sitting there switched off.

A couple of Google’s later and here’s the answer, well I hope it is as I haven’t verified it yet, something for tomorrow morning. So the suggestion is to disable Windows “fast startup” mode, details on doing that can be found over at TechAdvisor.co.uk, and a more detailed explaination of why is at HowToGeek.com.

29th October 2017: Seems to have resolved the issue.

Cannot synchronise MLAT with Piaware?

Possibly an issue with Pi firmware of 4.9.x, find out your version by using this command

uname -a

If so then issue these commands, the first installs the firmware updater the second the 4.4.50 version of the firmware.

sudo apt-get install rpi-update
sudo rpi-update 52241088c1da59a359110d39c1875cda56496764

If you can’t install the firmware because you have a “custom” kernel then you’ll have to get the latest version of Raspbian and install that, then run the above two commands.

Reducing wear on your sd-card

One way to increase the lifespan, and presumably, reliability of the sd-card, currently being hammered, in your Pi is to put some of the temporary files into memory.

Add the following to your /etc/fstab

tmpfs /var/log tmpfs nodev,nosuid,size=50M 0 0

If the size isn’t specified then half of the machine’s memory is used.
nodev and nosuid are security options, the suggestion is that these only need setting for public facing machines.

 

8-Jan-2018: If you’re using the lighttpd web server then be aware that it stores files in /var/log, and it doesn’t like them being removed. This will cause the server to fail to start.

How to stop Google using your SSID for location services

Just found out that you can stop this.

By default, Google, and possibly others, use your SSID to help improve their location services. You can opt out by changing your SSID, shouldn’t it be if you want to opt in? Anyway if you add “_nomap” then they won’t record your data, alternatively maybe hiding the SSID does the same?
More details here: https://support.google.com/nexus/answer/1725632?hl=en&rd=1