All posts by Simon Trigona

Netgate & pfSense Donation

For those unaware, at Nanaimo Makerspace, our network is powered by pfSense – a free and open source enterprise grade firewall and router by Netgate. We currently have an older version (2.1 nanobsd 1g) installed on an older power hungry server.

Netgate has just donated an SG-1000 to the Nanaimo Makerspace.  The donation packs a lot of punch compared to our existing hardware. It is significantly more power efficient (just 2.5W at idle!), more powerful, capable and will be supported by future versions of pfSense!

We are excited to replace our old hardware and expect to see a noticeable change in our hydro bill. We are also excited to use pfSense 2.4 and the new features that come with it to continue to secure our network and provide internet to our members & guests.

We want to send out a very big “Thank You” to the Netgate & pfSense team for supporting us!


Tozan Society Meeting

Come to MakerSpace and learn about the Tozan kiln and wood fired pottery made here in Nanaimo!

The Tozan Cultural Society is holding a show-and-tell on March 19th at MakerSpace Nanaimo. The display will be open from 6-9 PM, and representatives from the Tozan Cultural Society will be on hand to talk about the wood firing process, the world famous Tozan kiln, and the pottery on display. We’ll also have a slideshow showing some of the fascinating history of the Tozan kiln. Everyone welcome!

Snacks and refreshments provided!

Soldering Workshop: Simon Says

With a new year, it’s time for a new soldering workshop!  This workshop will take participants through the process of identifying components, identifying component polarities, and soldering components to a printed circuit board in order to construct a working circuit.  All participants will be able to walk away with a working “Simon Says” game at the end of the workshop.

Date: Sunday February 28th
Time: 1:00pm
Price: $45 ($40 for members)  Price includes all materials.
Space is available for up to 7 people

Please contact to sign up.

General Meeting & Schedule Changes

Tuesday next week (January 26) at 7PM is our monthly General Meeting. On the agenda is:

  • STEMosity update
  • AGM is coming up soon
  • Open House for anniversary
  • Kids Conference followup
  • Corporate Sponsors

Please come out and get involved!
Please note, we have adjusted our monthly schedule slightly.

2nd Tuesday of the month – Potluck Social: eat food, meet people, think of ideas for the space
4th Tuesday of the month – General Meeting: discuss and vote on action items

Our calendar has been updated with these changes: