If there is one thing that the IoT excels at, it is making simple things more complex. It opens up new toaster based DoS attacks and can turn the act of boiling water into a day long activity. An English software developer had a very interesting time attempting to make his morning cup of tea and being a technically inclined individual he was not about to simply give up; instead he started troubleshooting the issue. The issue started with the iKettle dropping its connection necessitating the rest of the of the base station for the kettle but escalated to the point it was interfering with the Hadoop cluster he happened to be running in his garage. The Register captured his debugging trials in the search for a substance that was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea. To ensure that there was salt added to his wounds, his Hue decided to perform a firmware update later that evening.
"Our story starts simply enough: a kettle. The iKettle to be precise, an IoT device that is coveted by most INQ writers for reasons they cannot entirely explain."
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Bonus points for using a
Bonus points for using a photo from the TV series and not that terrible movie.
I refuse to admit that it
I refuse to admit that it even exists!
How could the film the entire
How could the film the entire scene for the Bulldozer gag, then cut the punchline. How did that even happen?!
It didn’t, that movie does
It didn't, that movie does not exist.
This is why you should always
This is why you should always assign every known device on your network a static IP address at the router, starting with a high number such as 192.168.0.100+. The vast majority of problems that occur with a wireless device not being accessible, especially printers, is due to them or other devices going to sleep and trying to re-use their existing IP address. What happens is another device on the network is given it since the IP will expire and be given out again (after some time) when the device sleeps.
Some routers make this easier than others but every router I have owned has this ability. For added convenience I also keep a spreadsheet of MAC addresses and the IP I assigned to them.
Chances are 99% of people reading this never even changed the administrator password to their router or have never even accessed the router’s administration settings relying entirely on a WPS pin to configure their devices.