Don’t make the mistake of comparing the Roku 3’s size to its capabilities. Roku 3 ( at Amazon) is a sleek, slender device that can easily fit within the palm of your hands. It is a powerful machine that is an absolute delight to use. I have been using the Roku 3 actively for the past one week and have been amazed at its speed and overall features set. Not only can the Roku 3 change channels quickly, its search and channel store library is second to none. This device is leaps and bounds above its competition and a significant update from its predecessor. Read on to see why. (Click for Larger Image) Roku Box In the box you will find the Roku 3 device, Wi-Fi direct Remote, batteries, headphones and user manual. The remote control has a headphone jack which when used, mutes the sound on the TV and enables headphones without skipping or pausing the video. This is a relationship saver for those who like to watch late night TV! Set Up The Roku 3 is relatively easy to set up and configure. It requires creation of an account at and needs credit card or PayPal information for channel store purchases. The account is not charged until a purchase is made. To avoid unintended charges, I opted to enter a pin password before a purchase can be made. Channels After configuring the Roku 3, I started adding (or as Roku calls it ‘installing’) popular channels such as Netflix, TED, Plex (stream media from PC), CNET, Revision3, DishTV (Premium), Pandora etc. Trying to enter text using the Roku remote is super annoying. I avoid it by using the Roku iPhone app for text entry. More on this later. Adding channels takes a few seconds. Once completed, you can quickly navigate among different channels and content with a channel. Each channel is configured differently and so far most of the channels I have added have come with basic navigation. Roku needs a lot of work in this area. There is no way to save shows as favorites or have the ability to quickly navigate to a particular one. Each time when changing shows [for different channels], the user needs to go to the home screen, select channels, navigate/search for the show and start all it takes about 5-10 clicks on average for this process which gets tiresome really fast. Roku Smartphone App You can download the Roku app on you Android or iOS device. I installed it on an iPhone 5. The app comes with a whole bunch of features such as text entry, photos and music playback on Roku 3 device, using your smartphone as a remote control, adding/removing channels etc. The feature I use the most is text entry (super convenient) and showing off iPhone pictures on the TV remotely. Wrap Up Apart from few annoyances such as the remote control text entry, cheap quality headphones the device is great fun to use. The channel store selection, 1080p video (where available), easy to use remote and overall speed makes Roku 3 a winner in its category. Streaming content from my PC (using the Plex channel) with speed and comfort, alone makes it worth $50 for me. Listening to TV remotely on my headphones adds another $50 in value! The rest is pure ecstasy. Some Specs… Brand Name Roku Item Weight 5 ounces Product Dimensions x x 1 inches Item model number 4200R Batteries: 2 AA batteries required. (included) Item Display Height inches What else comes on the Roku… 750+ entertainment channels. Choose from the best selection of streaming entertainment on the planet. All-new on-screen experience with one-stop search. Fly through channels or search for the perfect title effortlessly. Our fastest, most powerful Roku experience ever. Remote with headphone jack for private listening. Use the included in-ear headphones to enjoy a late-night flick without disturbing the peace. Motion control for games. Enjoy tons of games with a few flicks of the remote. Get the fun started with Angry Birds Space, included free. Free iOS and Android app. Use it like a remote. Browse and add new channels. Even play your music and photos from your phone or tablet on your HDTV. Fully loaded and ready for your HDTV. 1080p HD support, dual-band wireless, Ethernet port, USB port and microSD slot. But if that wasn’t enough… Over 150,000 movies and TV shows at your fingertips from Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO GO, VUDU and more Music from Amazon Cloud Player, Spotify, Pandora, MOG, Rdio, Vevo and TuneIn Live sports packages including NBA League Pass Broadband, NHL GameCenter LIVE, MLS LIVE, UFCTV, and Premium Family entertainment from PBS and Disney Photo and video sharing via Facebook, Flickr, and Picasa Top news sources with MSNBC, Fox News, Huffington Post, CNBC and WSJ
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Jim (@jcollison) is joined this week by Paul Braren (@tinkererguy), Nathaniel Lindley (@thanlindley) and John Stutsman (@JohnStutsman) for Show 106! We were all about Home Networking in this show! How to do it, how not to and how to get it done with what you have! Hope you enjoy this episode. Part 2 will be next week. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile: Don’t forget to get registered for the Drobo Giveaway! Here are the notes from the show. You can listen and follow along! ______________________________________________________________________________ Paul Braren, @tinkererguy TinkerTry IT @ home. Efficient virtualization, storage, backup, and more… All my network-related articles can be found at: diagrams List of devices WRT54G and 3-4 other Linksys routers in early 2000s, stock and tweaked firmware 1 Linksys/Vonage combination product for VOIP 2 D-Link DIR-655 Cisco/Linksys E4200 (currently) with SB6120 DOCIS cable modem I’ll dig around the basement, and add more details, mostly focused around my current known-good, stable combination of cable modem+router. experiences I’ll be ready, here’s my references, all pretty much here (from last 2 years, the relevant stories): will discuss things I look for in a router, given I had young kids (protection) I now have gamers (low latency streaming, he’s broadcasting full 1080p video of StarCraft II and his webcam, while playing and talking) effective QOS tuning video: upgrades Done many upgrades from older routers to new, at family and friends houses. Many firmware upgrades also done for various reasons over the years, with mixed success, and tales to tell. ______________________________________________________________________________ Paul Braren, continued… shownotes: forgot to mention how variable routers are when it comes to interruption of service, such as changing port forwarding, on some routers, you have to reboot for that simple change to take effect, which bumps network access for everybody in the house, not acceptable! Also forgot to mention to use Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 Task Manager to monitor live bandwidth usage, see examples here: how to do WOL for a WiFi only Yoga 13? coming soon to Hardware mentions: More about John Stutsman 2001 vintage D-Link DGL-4500: Cisco-Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router, also 2001: popular for OpenWrt and Tomato firmware D-Link DIR-655, 2003: Cisco/Linksys E4200 Jan 2011: ASUS RT-N56U ASUS is the Next Big Thing in Wireless New is faster and better than , paving the way for high-performance wireless HD. But how long will 5 GHz band stay uncrowded? Stutsman Style bookmarks: from “The 2nd Annual Home Server Show Meetup” in Indianapolis Indiana October 20th 2012 good reviews of home networking equipment: ______________________________________________________________________________ Nathaniel Lindley, @thanlindley diagrams list of devices pfsense router on old Dell tower, 2 NICs, DNS, DHCP, Traffic monitor, Firewall I like the vnstat2 package for clear traffic usage graphs no UPnP vulnerability Motorola/Vonage modem for VOIP (I called to get the price back down to reasonable) Wireless AP (Linksys WRT54G with tomato for ), Linksys E2500 (); Apple Airport Extreme with Printer sharing Motorola Surfboard cable modem (Comcast) SiliconDust HDHomerun IP tuner Gigabit switches (Trendnet Green and Netgear GS series) desktops, laptops, mobile devices experiences Been happy with pfsense as a router, better than Buffalo DD-WRT and older linksys, would like to learn more about QOS and reporting Pay for OpenDNS account and use them to block nasty sites, works for me at router level Sometimes, when both wife and I are on VPN (mostly when her WinXP laptop is on wireless) we will both get disconnected — enough to need to turn off wireless on laptop and then back on to reconnect. Why could that be? upgrades At this point, I think I have too many cascading switches in switches to get wired connections to various areas of the house, will that cause networking problems? don’t really think I can run more cable in walls. I’d like to learn more about using iperf to test bandwidth internally and look for bottlenecks John Stutsman, @JohnStutsman Diagram List of devices Cable Modem: Motorola SURFboard eXtreme Cable Modem Model SB6121 DOCSIS Router: D-Link DGL-4500 Main Switch: D-Link 24 Port Gigabit Switch DGS-1024D Additional Switches: D-Link 5 Port Gigabit Switch DGS-2205; D-Link 8 Port Gigabit Switch DGS-2208 HD HomeRun HP Officejet 6000 Wireless/wired Printer Desktop, Laptop, HTPC Various wireless iOS devices Wifi Radio Ira Myine IR001 Various Servers Previous devices Router: D-Link DI-524 b/g Bridge/Access Point: 3*D-Link DAP-1522 Power-Line Ethernet (Power-Line Carrier): D-Link DHP-302 Cable Modem: RCA DCM425 Before the DGS-1024D I used a D-Link 8 Port Gigabit Switch DGS-2208 then later a DGS-2208 and a DGS-2205 daisy chained Experiences The DGL-4500 has been very stable — pretty much set it and forget i Per Michael’s suggestions in BYOB Episode 77 I made mod’s per his suggestions referencing: See DHS Link See The How and Why of the exploit Reference for other Security enhancements: ;rll=1 Some testing I did in 2009-2010 (see attached pdf above) showed – Net effect of testing on 2009-2010 was: Power Line Carrier was the Slowest though it was still fast enough for most videos Direct CAT6 Cable was the Fastest Gigabit switches were faster than the back of Router The back panel of the Access Points/Bridges could be used for Gigabit Switches Additional references: An Introduction to Home Networking Network Interface Controller Outline Network Basics-Part 1 BYOB Episode 35 BYOB Podcast 75 See Sam Bowne – DoS IPv6 by RA Packets Upgrades Future plans include – 2nd HD HomeRun – for over the air Broadcast with Antenna in Attic CAT6 cable runs to additional rooms in the house A lot of my old equipment/hardware has gone to family members I expect I’ll be helping them as their systems evolve The Average Guy Facebook Page The Average Guy Facebook Group If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at The Show Announcements and Schedule: #!/TheAverageGuyTV Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Andrew’s Twitter: #!/unrealshots Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network. Chat Logs: PM Renny: Like that tip KS PM jpeg2RAW_Mike: Your fine Jackie, I am not posting much easier since I am working on the show from Tuesday PM ben: googledns PM Jazzerjay: google here as well PM OtherJim: Good point KS, always think about the next cable pull. PM flyboyco: KS good point. twine is cheap PM Renny: does the same PM up7500: I had to point my MOM’s router to google for DNS due to how bad her ISP was. PM ben: do u block dns request not going to opendns? PM ben: if u don’t block dns request except to opendns u can bypass the opendns blocking by using a different dns PM ben: disable UPNP!!!! PM tinkererguy: ah, shownotes, here’s some URLs, sorry, should have shared up front PM tinkererguy: PM tinkererguy: best overall list of my network related articles here: PM tinkererguy: PM jpeg2RAW_Mike: What if you have 3 PM ben: yes PM CanadianGeek: it would yes PM jpeg2RAW_Mike: pfSense can handle UPnP and with 3 Xbox’s, UPnP makes it much easier PM ben: there is a program to test i’ll find it PM ben: yes lanspeed works well PM CanadianGeek: why not have an internal port on your pfscense box for each switch?? PM OtherJim: Good idea CG PM CanadianGeek: instead of doing a switch off of switch PM Nathaniel: the trick is getting the wired connetion to the rooms I want it. I’m going to have to think through that idea. PM Nathaniel: like a 4 port NIC? PM Renny: Lot more cable to run PM ben: I have used lanspeed and used it to proove a switch was being saturated PM CanadianGeek: well you may have to check the pci slots on the pfscense box to see what it can support. You could get a single port pci card for the pfscense server PM ben: just get a 16 or 24 port GB switch PM CanadianGeek: also check what pfscense supports the cards PM Nathaniel: I do use the built-in NIC and a PCI gigabit NIC in the Pfsense box PM Nathaniel: the gig nic goes to a single 8-port gigabit switch PM Renny: I agree Joe Miner PM CanadianGeek: awwww misinterprited, my bad PM Renny: I have had video issues on 10/100 switches PM CanadianGeek: depends on the size of the videos you’re streaming through the network. There could be issues PM OtherJim: My first home router had no wifi, but it had a serial port and could dial a 56k modem! PM Nathaniel: this one? PM ben: yes PM ben: did u see a difference between cat5 cat5e and cat6 wire PM flyboyco: i have never noticed the difference PM Nathaniel: Dlink DGL-4500 PM CanadianGeek: I’ve noticed a difference between cat5 and cat6, but the difference between cat5e and cat6 is so slim it’s hardly noticble. PM Renny: Cat5/6 only really makes a difference over longer distances PM CanadianGeek: and through put Renny PM Nathaniel: does POE show a difference on Cat5e vs. Cat 6 PM Nathaniel: / PM Nathaniel: ? PM Renny: Cat6 less prone to interference too (better shielding) PM CanadianGeek: cat5e and 6 is a distance thing, but not cat5 and 6 PM tinkererguy: sorry, never had to use power over ethernet, not sure about your good question Nathaniel PM Nathaniel: not at home, no. just curious for work. 🙂 PM flyboyco: renny, i agree, but I have never seen the difference PM Renny: @flyboy they are almost the same price these days so I just go w ith 6 PM flyboyco: for the small cost difference, use 6. PM flyboyco: renny, i totally agree. PM OtherJim: Agreed PM ben: small cost diff for house maybe office it gets costly PM flyboyco: if it’s an office, the difference will be noticed in the next couple years PM Renny: Cat6 is future proof for 10Gig too, so just use it PM Jim theHost: PM tinkererguy: John’s legendary bookmarking talents documented here: PM tinkererguy: PM Renny: Stutzman Style PM Jim theHost: PM tinkererguy: PM flyboyco: i’m done with wife’s video. just curious about the Drobo deal… didi I miss the cue? PM Jim theHost: not yet…let me do that PM Renny: nope PM CanadianGeek: @jim thehost, good start for networking PM flyboyco: SWEET PM ben2: cat5e can handle 10g PM KS: Cat7 for 10G, but even that does not meet the distance specs of ethernet. PM Jackie_Kingsley: ok, cool 🙂 PM flyboyco: (sorry, jim the host) I feel like I was cheating on you… PM ben2: ben2 is ben (clicked something while on the phone PM flyboyco: but it WAS my wife PM Renny: There’s a catch, only Australians can enter PM OtherJim: lol PM Jazzerjay: haha PM CanadianGeek: roland?? PM flyboyco: I know Roland PM flyboyco: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ PM flyboyco: someone had to… PM OtherJim: Drobo with NIC is kind of new PM Renny: they used to make synthasizers PM ben2: try synology boxes PM up7500: Just threw the word in. PM Renny: cant find it PM Jim theHost: ROLAND PM Jim theHost: Drobo word of the show PM jpeg2RAW___Mike: total crap John PM tinkererguy: very nice Mike PM tinkererguy: I know you jest PM tinkererguy: trying to get him to react 😉 PM jpeg2RAW_Mike: iP hone is so yesterday PM OtherJim: Grandpa has an iPhone like your’s Mike PM jpeg2RAW_Mike: WHat I want him to reacto to is how slow the Intel 3770k is compaed to my AMD chip PM jpeg2RAW_Mike: 8 real cores vs 4 real+4 fake PM Nathaniel: thems fighting words PM jpeg2RAW_Mike: My AMD 8 core is kicking the butt of my i7 3770k in Wirecast PM jpeg2RAW_Mike: I am having to overclock the 3770k to to get it somewhat close PM tinkererguy: you overclock it, I heard you mention recently, to keep Wirecast happy PM tinkererguy: (same wavelength) PM Jazzerjay: no PM CanadianGeek: No doesn’t matter at this point PM CanadianGeek: you’re alright Jim PM CanadianGeek: cat6 is cheap also, 1000 feet for $120 at monoprice PM OtherJim: No writing, it is Cat3 or less PM up7500: I will switch to CAT 6 when my currnet box of Cat5E runs out, still got about 600 ft left. PM CanadianGeek: alot of stuff goes in the range PM jpeg2RAW_Mike: wierd, we don’t have any interfernce issues that I have ever noticed PM CanadianGeek: baby monitors, wifi, wireless home phones, microwaves….amungst others PM OtherJim: I’ve seen the microwave effect. Wii on wifi drops, but I don’t care. PM Nathaniel: got the baby monitors here, too. PM up7500: anybody else ever have problems with bluetooth when the microwave is on also. PM KS: PM OtherJim: Yes, BT uses GHz too. Same problem. PM CanadianGeek: Hey Direct quote Nat, PM CanadianGeek: 🙂 PM CanadianGeek: I love appartment buildings. I can break out my backtrack 5 and have some entertainment PM tinkererguy: PM Renny: AC rolling out now PM Nathaniel: thx PM CanadianGeek: No worries Nathaniel PM Renny: As usual AC not a standard yet PM Nathaniel: good times PM CanadianGeek: awwwww no networking protacals??? How disappointing 🙁 PM CanadianGeek: Could you repeat the rolls?? PM CanadianGeek: if the rolls are running in the hyper-v vms it should be fine PM Jim theHost: I am going to set up failover for the hyper v’s but i also want to set up dhcp, domain controller dns active directory but I have heard that you should not install those rolls on the data cente r direc PM CanadianGeek: Yeah don’t worry about it. He’s good in the hood PM CanadianGeek: Pass on that he should have the secondaries set to the other system. PM OtherJim: John has the best documented shade tree ever! PM flyboyco: great show! sorry for the distraction… PM Renny: All part of the fun Flyboy PM flyboyco: Thanks renny! Enjoy the 30degree weather PM Renny: you too,lol PM flyboyco: 🙂 PM Renny: On it PM Jackie_Kingsley: goodnight all 🙂 PM OtherJim: Thanks guys, very good show PM flyboyco: Jim, hows the nabreaska snow? PM Jim theHost: thanks guys PM CanadianGeek: Have a good one Jackie PM CanadianGeek: And all PM Nathaniel: so fun PM Jim theHost: lots of snow here PM Jim theHost: school is cancelled for tomorrow PM flyboyco: we had 6: of powder in two days. push broom stuff PM flyboyco: I heard Kansas was CLOSED PM Jim theHost: where are you flyboy? PM flyboyco: denver PM Jim theHost: oh yea PM CanadianGeek: alright I’m out guys, ttyl PM flyboyco: (keith from denver PM flyboyco: See ya CG! PM flyboyco: Just got the Audio Technica. sweet mic for the $ PM Renny: You podcast Flyboy? PM Jim theHost: love me the 2100! PM Jim theHost: very nice mic PM flyboyco: just getting rady to. (wife’s indusyrt) PM Renny: cool PM flyboyco: She has been in her business for several years, but no serious podcasts yet. we are going to try PM OtherJim: John, you need the free MS ZoomIT make it easy to show stuff. PM OtherJim: PM OtherJim: (It is not part of the show tonight, so no big deal.) PM Jim theHost: did you listen to the interviews with the podcasting guys PM Jim theHost: flyboy? PM flyboyco: I did. We were ready to start, great timing. Really apprciate the interviews Jim PM Jim theHost: cool PM OtherJim: Look at the tower of linksys! PM Jim theHost: are you suggesting something OtherJim? 🙂 PM OtherJim: It is so cool! PM OtherJim: You used USB for the VZW device? PM flyboyco: I think I have the tools… We are getting a few shows layed out before we atsrt. trying to be ready for a few shows before we start PM Jim theHost: let me know if you have any questions keith PM flyboyco: for sure. I have a bunch of questions, but will try to be ready before I “call”. PM Jim theHost: well. when you are ready…let me know PM Renny: Jim, you up for a short video as part of the show next week? On installing ethernet? PM Jim theHost: youtube video? PM Renny: no. original PM Jim theHost: your video? PM Renny: yep PM Jim theHost: can you ship it to me? PM Renny: of course PM Jim theHost: I think we can do it PM Renny: Give it a go anyway and see what you think PM flyboyco: thats cool PM flyboyco: ATR2100! PM Renny: Great idea for a show Jim, Thanks all for a really informative show PM flyboyco: renny – thanks for humoring me. PM flyboyco: great show all! PM Nathaniel: thanks, I had a great time. PM Jim theHost: thanks guys PM Jim theHost: great having you all PM Renny: Glad to be of assistance PM John S: Thanks everyone for coming out PM John S: I had a great time
Even Backup guys need to practice and plan for good backup #160; As a Microsoft Windows Home Server MVP and podcaster with the Home Server Show, you would think that of all people, I would have my backup plans documented well and in #160; Well, I do, kind #160; I have been running a bit loose lately and I thought it was time to tightening things up. At home, I currently run a Windows Home Server (WHS) 2011 box with about 2TB of total storage space and 2 TB of storage to back those files #160; I also backup everything to a ioSafe Solo (an external hard drive that is fire and water proof) that has the most important 1 TB of my data backed up as #160; If there was ever a fire at my home, my data wouldn’t burn. I will be moving my WHS and the data to the next version (Windows Server 2012 Essentials) some time in 2013 and I though now would be a good time get it all in the cloud for the #160; Why the cloud? First, I have been writing and updating a running post on Cloud Storage Options. Currently, cloud, or offsite data storage on someone else’s servers, is becoming more popular and #160; There are at lease 20 companies with some kind of #160; You can get more details on it HERE. Second, In order to follow a good back up plan, one should follow the 3-2-1 #160; What is that you ask? The simplest way to remember how to use the 3-2-1 rule is this: Keep 3 copies of any important file (a primary and two backups) Keep those files on 2 different media types (such as hard drive and optical media), to protect against different types of hazards. Then, 1 copy should be stored offsite (or at least offline). While 3-2-1 storage is the best possible method, it’s not always possible or practical. A second media type can often be cumbersome for those working with large data files such as pictures or videos. In many cases, people can make do with hard-drive-only copies of their data. Best practices, however, still require 3 copies and some physical separation between the copies. So how does 3-2-1 work out for me? The original file (1) is stored physically in a shared folder on the WHS (my server is a HP N40L MicroServer). I try to keep very few files on my actual desktop #160; With Gigabit Ethernet, there is really very little need for me to have the files #160; For most applications, having it on the network is just fine. The first copy (2) of the file then is stored in a back up on the ioSafe Solo or to an additional hard drive on the HP MicroServer, depending on how important it #160; Using the backup features that comes with the WHS 2011 software, I automatically back up all the files on the server twice a day to either of the two #160; Once at noon and once again at #160; What was mostly missing from my plan was the third form of back up, or something that is offsite or #160; I think I have a very inexpensive option to cover that now as well. Cloud storage has been getting cheaper while at the same time more generous in sizes over the last several #160; In many cases, it’s free and easy to access now with a WHS or even your #160; In my case, I have installed Microsoft’s SkyDrive and as two services that run on my #160; I have also installed a Pogoplug device on my network and the software on the #160; The Pogoplug has attached storage with a 1 TB #160; This will accommodate and duplicate the larger files that I create with the #160; It also keeps them local and easy to #160; Since they are in a WHS folder, backed up by the WHS and are on the Pogoplug, you could consider that 3 #160; However, since they are all local copies and one is not offsite, I do need to get a copy to the cloud for cold #160; With that folder at 114 GB, I will most likely need to move to a paid service for that. Updated 2/3/2013: I have made some changes since I first wrote this #160; To make things simple, I am now backing up the entire WHS 2011 shared folder structure to either the ioSafe Solo for local disaster protection using the WHS 2011 backup software, the local Pogoplug via the Pogoplug software and to #160; PCs backup nightly via the WHS 2011 software so I catch any file created that was not moved to the files shares on WHS 2011 CLOUD Data Type Cloud Company Max Free Storage Physical Location on Home Server Current Storage Size Shared Files with Friends Dropbox 9GB Dropbox Folder Scanned Documents (pdf) Microsoft Office Data Files Pictures SkyDrive 25GB SkyDrive Folder Music Amazon 250K Songs No Local Copy 2889 Songs All WHS 2011 Shares Crashplan Unlimited All Folder Shares All WHS 2011 Client PCs Crashplan Unlimited Client Computer Backup 307GB Studio PC real time sync Pogoplug 2GB N/A CLOUD NOT USING No Data Box 50GB LOCAL Data Type Local Location Max Local Storage Physical Location on Home Sever Current Storage Size All WHS 2011 Shares ioSafe Solo – via WHS2011 Backup 1TB All Folder Shares All WHS 2011 Shares Pogoplug 1TB All Folder Shares All WHS 2011 Client PCs ioSafe Solo 1TB Client Computer Backup 307GB So right now, my total storage requirements for everything I want to back up is less than 300GB Below you can see a screen shot of my current WHS 2011 shares. Currently, the Documents, Music, Pictures, Public, Recorded TV, Users and Video folders are empty on the #160; I also no longer keep music local and only store it in the cloud on #160; Since we purchase our music there, it just make sense not to have it #160; I can always download it from there if I need it. Once everything is done syncing with the various cloud locations (this could take the better part of the week or two), the plan is to back up the entire WHS 2011 box to a cloud offering that allows for unlimited storage for a third (3) #160; Yes, that means that most files will be backed up to the cloud twice! That’s the way we backup guys roll! You can never have enough backups. What is your backup plan? Post a few notes here or join us for the conversation over at the Average Guy Facebook group () or for the more serious and technical conversations () .
I was first introduced to the Nest as I was scrolling through my large list of RSS feeds in Google Reader in the fall of 2011. Since then my interest has grown in the product. The idea is perfect… take one of the items in your house, the thermostat and make it better. In the past the Nest was sold only through the website but on May 8th, 2012 the Nest became available at Lowes and more recently at the Apple stores and It is always nice when a product comes to a local retail store so I can get some hands on experience and see the product in action even if it is only a demo. Recently I discussed the Nest on The Home Tech Podcast show # 72. At that time I was in the final stages of making my decision whether I was going to purchase the Nest and replace my current thermostat. As you probably guest I did go forward with the purchase and have been using the Nest in my home for about a month now. The reason I decided to spend the money on the Nest was because of the automation, energy/cost savings and design of the product. I am interested in home automation and this is the first step I have made in that direction thus far. This device has become a very interesting conversation piece when family and friends are at our house. In the past episodes of The Home Tech Podcast I had brought on John Hughes who is the founder and developer of Code Core Technologies which is a full home automation solution. Although, I am not at that point yet I do enjoy the automation that I am getting with the Nest already. There is not much to installing the Nest. The first thing I did was make sure that my current thermostat wiring was going to work with the Nest. You never know what has been done in the past by the installers. If you go to the Nest compatibility site you can pop off the front of your current thermostat and document the wires that you have. Then fill out the check boxes on the compatibility site to see if the Nest is going to work with your existing wiring. I got a “Your system is compatible” message which gave me a green light to the next step. Who was I going to purchase it from? Like most people when you want something now and not later I was glad that Lowes was carrying the Nest and has a few stores close to me so I did not need to wait for shipping from Now that I had my own personal Nest I started to plan how I was going to perform the install. I knew that I was going to need to shutdown the power to the existing thermostat and this might be intrusive to the other family members so I resisted my urge to install that night and waited till morning while all but I were still sleeping. I then proceeded to shut down the power to the thermostat and furnace. The rest was almost easier then shutting down the power. I removed the old thermostat and installed the new Nest thermostat turned on the power to the furnace and the Nest was up and running. The next couple of steps were configuring the device; put in my zip code, my min and max temperatures as well as get the Nest connected to my wireless Wi-Fi network. The Wi-Fi connection allows me to see and control the Nest via a webpage or via the Nest application on my deluge of mobile devices. The Nest also utilizes the Wi-Fi connection to measure the weather outside to optimize the performance based off the temperature and humidity. The Nest takes about 5 days to learn the behavior of the family and after that starts building a customized schedule that fits our needs and saves power when we are away automatically. Some of the other features of the Nest that I am enjoying are Energy History, Airwave, Time to Temperature, and The Leaf. Energy History is exactly as it sounds… the Nest gives me a simple interface to view what my trailing energy history. Airwave is the Nest ability to shut down the compressor outside and continue running the furnace fan to save on energy while still cooling the house to the desired temperature. Time to Temperature is also exactly as it sounds… after the Nest learns the time that it takes to get your house from the current temperature to the desired or set temperature you will start to get a time estimate that the system is going to take to reach that desired temp. The Leaf, this is a method of coaching the user of the device to choose temperatures that help save energy. I am very happy with the Nest so far and enjoy the simplicity yet advanced feature set. I have thought about tracking the cost savings with the Nest but I don’t think the data would be very comparable. If meteorologists can’t figure out what the weather is going to be for the day I don’t think that previous weather data is going to compare to current and future weather patterns. I will be sure to give updates on future Home Tech Podcasts as new updates and features come to the Nest.
The New Kindle, Amazon Prime, Ford Mustang Customizer, HD HomeRun PRIME, Home Storage, and ISP Modems – HT045
Jim and Andrew and Gary Johnson are joined by Gordon Schmidt and John Hughes for this week’s installment of the Home Tech Podcast. After a timely reminder that the podcast feed will be changed next week, the guys kick off the show. Jim starts off, talking about the new Kindle range of eBook readers, announced by Amazon this week, with the new range starting at $79 for the Kindle 6” model, all the way up to $199 for the new Kindle Fire, which is 7” has a color display, and runs Android, with the Amazon Silk Browser. The 6” model is available now, with the larger and color units becoming available in November this year. While talking about Amazon products, the guys discuss Amazon Prime, as well as Netflix and Redbox, and cutting the cable. Listen Mobile: Andrew talks about the Ford Mustang Customizer on the Ford website, which lets you build a completely customized Ford Mustang, complete with custom background, and burnouts! No Knight Rider lights are available though… Gary steps in for Christian this week, and for Christians’ Corner brings us the NewEgg 72 hour Labour Day sale, where he found the Seagate XT 3TB Hard Drive at $149, using a promotional code of EMCKAHA26. Sign up for Newegg’s Daily Deals via email, to be sure to get yourself a regular tech bargain. Gary gets the HD Home Run fans drooling by telling us about adding a Silicon Dust HD Home Run PRIME into their home network, and streaming content via their Verizon FIOS connection. Gary gives a few tips on getting the unit for the best possible price, found over at J&R. For the security conscious amongst us, Gary shares a link over at the How-To Geek, that shows how long your cellular phone provider retains your text messages, call logs and other information – something to be mindful of if you’ve sent the odd text message you wish you hadn’t! For Christians’ Speed tip of the Week, Gary tells us about an article over at PC Stats, which talks about Intel Smart Response Technology, which boosts the performance of a regular spinning hard drive by caching frequently accessed data. John talks to us about his Synology DS411+II NAS, and the features it has, including: RAID (4 drive bays up to 12TB), PC backups, IP Camera Surveillance Station, DLNA/uPNP Media Server, SqueezeBox Server, OpenVPN and a bittorrent client, just to name a few. Check it out over at the Synology website, and look forward to Johns’ review over at the Home Server Show website soon. If you are looking for a solution that “just works” this could be an alternative to Windows Home Server. Gordon helps wrap up the show with some tips for getting more control over your broadband modem, and learning what the parameters you see in the configuration screens mean, to make sure you are getting the value you should be receiving from your ISP. If you are not sure if you are getting the speed you are paying for, you can always test the performance of your Internet connection using services such as , Speakeasy and PC PitStop. Don’t forget our feed location is changing this week – click on to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Facebook Page: Facebook Group: If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at The Show Announcements and Schedule: Jim’s Twitter: Andrew’s Twitter: Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at
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