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2017.03.01 @ 22:56:10 MRTG for TP-Link Archer c7

The Wirecutter has recommended the Archer C7 wireless router for a couple years now. I happen to have two of them, although one is only functioning as a wireless access point. After reading about the hacked also-popular Netgear R6400 router, I decided I should get something to monitor my broadband internet connection and give me some pretty graphs. I went in search of various tools, and it seems good 'ol MRTG is still one of the better options out there. However, the Archer C7 doesn't support SNMP which means some other means is needed to get the traffic info to chart it. There are folks with solutions using upnpc to gather the data, but this means running a tool which dumps to text, then another tool to parse that text into to feed it into MRTG. That seemed too inefficient for me, so I kept looking and found this python tool for fetching data via upnp and feeding it straight into MRTG. It was designed nicely to be extendable with only a little effort. I used upnpc to find the port and initial xml data for the Archer c7, then with a bit of investigation the right values to plug in and a few test runs of the script showed it getting reasonable looking data back from the router. I was able to communicate with the original author and push my changes upstream for others to use. Given the router's popularity, perhaps you are interested in making it work. Below is the important stuff from my mrtg.cfg:

# external program for retrieving data
Target[archerc7]: `/usr/local/bin/ -t archer_c7 -h -p 1900`

# size of graph area
XSize[archerc7]: 500
YSize[archerc7]: 200

Options[archerc7]: growright,nobanner,logscale

MaxBytes1[archerc7]: 39321600
MaxBytes2[archerc7]: 13108000
WithPeak[archerc7]: wmy

Title[archerc7]: Traffic TP-Link Archer C7
PageTop[archerc7]: <H1>Home Internet Usage</H1>
PageFoot[archerc7]: <HR><BR>ng-upnp2mrtg - Monitoring Archer c7

2016.12.18 @ 22:21:38 Video: hip hop showcase

Adam and best friend Justin took a hip-hop dance class from the Chicago Park District. Their final performance was in with a holiday showcase of mostly younger children dancing to more holiday-themed music. We braved the cold and snow to go watch, and followed it up by dinner out with Justin and his parents.

This video is from December 16th

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2015.03.05 @ 19:38:24 Reasons this week in florida has been awesome.

Spring break came early this year, and we took off for Fort Myers Beach, FL. Here's some loosely related thoughts about the trip which is starting to wind down just a bit.

  • Awesome neighbors. They came out the first night in the rain to help us find the lockbox with keys. They've been super friendly Adam has enjoyed talking with them a lot, and they've had a smile on their faces the whole time.
  • Perfect weather. 80's every day, only rain was upon arrival and just a bit the first night.
  • Perfect location -- walk-able to shops and restaurants, but quiet and away from the rowdy spring break crowd. We had no idea what to expect and basically just got lucky!
  • House on the beach. We were looking to save money, but not finding anything we liked for the price range we sprung for the house on the gulf-side of the island.
  • Sunsets every night.
  • Dolphins playing in the water right in front of our house, very close to the shore.
  • Haircuts for everyone (although I do my own).
  • Adam playing by "himself" with his Planes vehicles, memory game, go-fish, or some combination.
  • Gas grill, tasty food we can make ourselves. Tonight was feta burgers, and they were super yum. I wish my hamburgers were always so good! Maybe the ocean view was inspiring.
  • Running on the beach in the morning.
  • Adam didn't so much like riding the jet ski, maybe next year? But he was glad he tried.
  • Full moon means walking on the beach at night is easy.
  • Watching the pirate ship go by every day.
  • Plenty of sunshine, and plenty of sunscreen.
  • A John Grisham book that I hadn't read yet.
2014.05.31 @ 23:20:29 Video: Bless the Lord oh my soul

Out of order video post! I have a year's worth of videos still to process, but this one is from today... Adam singing the chorus and verse and (mostly) getting the words right! Enjoy.

This video is from May 31, 2014!

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2014.03.13 @ 01:01:44 Video: Guitar

Adam still loves guitars... note to self: we need to pull the guitar out again!

This video is from April 7th, 2013

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