UPDATE: The upgrade is complete. There should only be some minor issues I need to work through now that shouldn’t disrupt the blog much, if at all.
We’re going to need to do some maintenance to our Firewall/Router/Access Point. I need to to upgrade the firmware due to some issue unrelated to the blog. We may be down for a brief period of time. I am becoming less convinced that dd-wrt is robust and bug free enough for critical work. It’s certainly good for a consumer unit, but I think it’s rather appalling that I have to reset the whole unit to default settings in order to do a flash upgrade, and then be forced to manually re-enter everything. I’m thinking of ordering one of these and putting a MiniPCI WiFi card in it. I’ve always been really impressed by pfSense. As open source solutions go, quite capable and reliable. Like any project, they have hiccups and downsides, but generally speaking, it’s gotten the job done for me when it’s come to firewalls for years. But for home I went cheap. The Buffalo WiFi unit I own is pretty high end, but it’s still a consumer unit.
I’ll probably get started as soon as I’m finished dinner. It’ll probably only take me about 10-15 minutes from start to get the blog back online once the flash upgrade is completed, but I may need to reboot from time to time while I work on my other issue. That is, assuming, Murphy isn’t lurking, as he sometimes is.