Home Gadget Geeks

Home Networking Tips and Apple Product Announcements – HGG377

   On this episode, We cover some home networking tips, a look at the most recent Apple event and some updates on a new channel that Jim is watching on YouTube. Join Jim Collison / @jcollison  and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #377 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network
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Mailbox, Fixit Feedback, Uber Events, Security Drones, DakBoard and Home Grilling Geeks? – HGG362

Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #362 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network      Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #362 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Full show notes and video at Tags: Podcast, Home Gadget Geeks, Uber Events, Dakboard, computer, smartphone, tablets, iPad mini, SSD, YouTube, Network, Networking Issues, Switch Conversation Email – Hey Jim Sorry I missed the live show of HGG 361 but watched a few hours later. Enjoyed the conversation on what you are comfortable fixing things in the house. I too go to YouTube for issues. I love to work on the computer, smartphone, tablets, etc. I had an iPad mini where the screen broke. In combination with YouTube and Google to find parts, it was painful but cheap fix. Painful because you have to get through all that adhesive. Recently bought an older MacBook as a backup and installed a new battery, upgraded RAM and to internal SSD. All thanks to YouTube. The next project will be upgrading the iMac with an internal SSD. I just have to make sure I don’t fall down the YouTube rabbit hole and watch unrelated content. Thanks and keep up the great work! Kwesi —————————————————————————- Nice show today. I too find YouTube to be a great source of fixit wisdom. I for one hate working on engines and anything I have to crawl under or get upside down to work on. Unfortunately, our hill mower seems to demand lots of attention ;( Thanks for the show and your diverse view of the world! Neal ——————————————————————————- Jim, I never really write to the podcasts I listen to; when I have thoughts.  However, a few things have come into my mind. And, I actually have some free time.  Firstly, I have really been enjoying the new format. It is more along the lines of what I always hoped the show would be.  I hope that you will continue to get good ideas from the audience to carry it forward. The main reason I wanted to write was in response to your discussion at the end of last week’s show.  You and Mike were discussing engaging young folks in coding/ technology. The discussion turned to transportation.  You had floated the idea of Uber. I wanted to let you know about an Uber feature called Uber EVENTS. I have never seen an advertisement for it.  However, I have used it a few times for work events; where I want to ensure my staff has safe transportation. It allows you to setup a window of time the credit is available with a limit on the ride cost.  You can enter a list of people and it will send out unique codes or you can have it generate one code. It also lets you setup a limit on the entire event. I think it is an outstanding service. I wish more people knew about it. Thanks for the great show.  Keep up the good work. Bill ——————————————————————————- Mike Wieger shared a link. 20 hrs Jim Collison looks like people agree with your idea! Home Security Reaches New Heights with Drones ——————————————————————————- Chris Townsend shared a link. July 2 at AM Has anyone used this product? It seems pretty neat…but not quite there yet when it comes to integrating with digital assistants. ——————————————————————————- Jon Biggs shared a video. July 2 at PM Perhaps hgg should just become a grilling show. Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken FACEBOOK WATCH Home Grilling Geeks Maybe? —————————————————————————— Mark Robson July 2 at AM This might improve the audio on my next bbq podcast:) —————————————————————————— News Major network fail today! – Lessons Learned: 1. Labeled everything 2. Manual IP for everything 3. Spreadsheet of IP addresses   Reviews Product Updates   Crypto update –   Big boost from Ken B. this weekend Took 3 x 3TB drive from Drobo and moved it to a new mining box (core i3) using the Icydock Fatcage I put in there a couple years ago. Built out the HP N40L a few smaller drives.  Added 12TB total to the Network. Using CreepMiner to mine on multiple machines and look like one Total Burst Build Out now: i7 Burst Box – i3 Burst Box – AMD Burst Box – HP N40L –   Nice hash payout – July 2 at 55% Get the Home Gadget Geeks Mobile Apps at is powered by Maplegrove Partners web hosting. Get secure, reliable, high-speed hosting from people you know and trust.  For more information visit
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Home Networking, ZyXel, Pulling Network Cable, VoIP, ENGenious EAP600, PoE, DataShark 70025 Tester, Asus RT-AC66U, Plenum Cable – HT107

Jim (@jcollison) is joined this week by Kevin Schoonover (@schoondoggy1979), Greg Welch (@welchwerks) , Bill Paulmenn (@BillPaulmenn) and Renny Phipps (@rennyphipps) for Show 107!  Part II of a 4 Part Series on Home Networking.  How to do it, how not to and how to get it done with what you have!  Hope you enjoy this episode.  Part 3 will be next weekend (March 9th or 10th, watch twtter) with the guys from BYOB. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile:   See Jim and Mike Howard on Podcasters Roundtable that was recorded on March 1. or on Youtube at Click the image for full view Kevin Schoonover Deployed ZyXel ZyWALL 20 firewall, upgrade from old NAT router Deployed EnGenius EAP600 WAP-Concurrent Dual Radio I have had great luck with Windows Homegroup Belarc Advisor network audit and interface launcher Pull a nylon twine with each cable run Pull-zit If I were building a new house,,,,,, Resource- Resource- Resource- Resource-   Bill Paulmenn Wireless Routers : AC Routers tested and installed into service – 3 Asus RT-AC66U Dual Band / with Forked open source firmware.  Detailed Links and Specs Open source VPN built in Free Dropbox like – DIY Cloud Compete with my “SuperRouter” Making custom network cables. How to test your new cables (test hardware and functions) DataShark 70025 Tester If you have to cross electrical lines do it at 90 degrees (old wives tale?) How to run your network wires from your attic to your basement or other floors with metal chains! Renny Phipps General notes Use DynDNS to provide consistent access to your network from the internet Use Cat 6 for long runs (over say 15 Meters) Avoid getting within 2 feet of electrical cabling if possible To find the fastest DNS server for your area/connection try “Name Bench” or “DNS Benchmark” Use a UPS to keep your wireless network up during blackouts Network Diagram is here # short Videos here   Greg Welch Network Hardware: Netgear ProSafe 24-port Gigabit Smart Switch GS724Tv3 Supports Link Aggregation groups (LAG’s) and VLAN’s Supermicro SuperServer 5015A-H    aka   (PFSENSE Router) Added Intel dual port gigabit NIC with riser card Netgear WNDRv2   (PFSENSE AP) # APC Smart-UPS 1500VA USB & Serial RM 2U 120V ;total_watts=50 Added APC AP9630 UPS Network Management Card Completely Wireless: After moving to a new house we are completely wireless for all workstations and tablets All on 5 GHz N except as noted 2- Workstations ASUS ITX 3rd Gen I-5 (BYOB) 1- WorkStation Dell 2 – Dual Xeons GHz N USB 1- IPAD 4th GEN   (prints to the laserjet) 2- Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 Windows 8 1- Kindle Fire N 1- Samsung 60 inch Series 7  LCD   GHz for its Netflix and Vudu etc. 1- XBOX 360  N 2- HTC 8X Windows Phones 1- HTPC Decommissioned for a little while, will be working on a redesign 1- HP LaserJet Pro 200 Color MFP M276nw
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Super Routers, the IOSAfe NAS and a DIY All-In-One – HT105

Jim (@jcollison), Andrew (@unrealshots) and Christian are joined this week by Kevin Schoonover for Show 105! New Show Twitter Hash Tag for the show each week. Use “#HT105” when referencing the show.  Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E Listen Mobile: This week, you could be mistaken that you’re listening to the Build Your Own Box Podcast, as the guys talk a lot of DIY, from building a pfSense router, an all-in-one PC, and adding secure storage to your home environment using the new ioSafe N2 NAS. Jim tells us about his recent network upgrades, including his home network hardware and more recently his Internet connection, as well as adding a pfSense router to add some Internet filtering and to stabilize the performance of the upgraded connection. Following from a post on the Facebook group from Jim Barton, the guys talk about cloud storage, and accumulating storage across the multiple offerings.  Be sure to check out the Cloud Storage Know It Guyde for Cloud Storage options. After some Windows Phone chat, Kevin talks about his recent purchase of an ioSafe N2 NAS, which brings you technology from Synology along with ioSafe fireproof hardware.   Andrew talks about a DIY project from our friends over at ZDNet to build your own All-in-One PC, using the Intel Loop L5 Barebone System.  The guys discuss some of the merits of building your own PC, versus buying pre-built systems. To close out the show, Kevin talks about some of the deals available on Office 365, as well as the inclusions you receive in the package pricing. 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: / Bios Mods Site: 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.
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Google’s Driverless Fleet, Open VPN, WIndows Phone and HD Home Run PRIME – HT050

Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined by Chris Lux at The Average Guy for this week’s installment of the Home Tech Podcast. Jim tells us about the Google Driverless Car Fleet, that has recently racked up 140,000 miles. The cars use a combination of GPS, LIDAR sensors and artificial intelligence to ensure the cars don’t have any unnecessary accidents. The guys discuss how they believe the adoption of this technology would fit with their lifestyles, and how it may be adopted for everyday use. Listen LIVE every Thursday night at @ 6pP/8pC/9pE Listen Mobile: Andrew talks some more about the upgrade to his network at home, coinciding with an upgrade from an ADSL to Cable Internet connection, and the guys discuss the merits of wireless versus wired network, and Ethernet over power. Christian talks about the challenges of configuring a VPN using OpenVPN for the purpose of being able to access home resources including the HD Home Run PRIME. Christian talks Angry Birds merchandise recently seen via Woot! and about the massive increase in hard drive pricing, due to the floods in Thailand; the guys talk about whether this will drive folks to SSD hard drives, or if people will still purchase rotating hard drives, or if people will wait for the factories to come back online and pricings return to what we consider normal pricing. Christian’s Speed Top of the Week is to copy unused fonts to a backup folder, to prevent them being loaded by Windows as it is booting up. Chris talks about the Mango Update to his Windows Phone, and some of the improvements that the recent update has bought to the phone. Chris also talks about alternatives to Windows Media Center for recording TV shows from Free-to-Air sources, that do not necessarily include Tivo.  Andrew mentions an Australian service called IceTV that works with Australian Free-to-Air broadcasts, and integrates with popular DVRs. Jim reminds listeners who are testing Windows 8 on the Developer Preview, that there is an update to the initial release – if you are testing, be sure to update your system! Don’t forget our feed location has changed – 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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#2 Rich’s Random Podcast Generator: RAID, UnRAID, Wuala, HTPC’s and Streaming Media

Listen now: Audio Only Play / pause 1x 2x 0:00 0:00 0:00 volume #2 Rich’s Random Podcast Generator: RAID, UnRAID, Wuala, HTPC’s and Streaming Media iTunesGoogle PlayShare Leave a ReviewClammr ItListen in a New WindowDownloadSoundCloudStitcherSubscribe on AndroidSubscribe via RSSAudioboomSpreakerOther Options Subscribe to the TAG Weekly Update (Be in the know!) Come On! You know you want to! Download episode right-click > Save target/link as… From the Guys who brought you the Home Tech Podcast, and a production of the Average Guy Network, Rich’s RPG is a weekly show about the world of technology hosted by Jim Collison and Rich O’Neil. Using Google+ hangout to meet up with technology guys and gals, they discuss whatever is hot, current or frustrating them at the moment. No outlines, no agenda, no worries. This week, Rich and Jim are joined once again by Mike Howard ofjpeg2RAW fame. Rich and Mike talk about general RAID configurations, settings and hardware that they use with their respective home servers. Rich, new to RAID, is using a HighPoint RocketRAID 2720 in his Windows Home Server 2011 machine, while Mike uses a SuperMicro SATA card in his UnRAID server. What is UnRAID, you ask? From the Lime Tech web site: “unRAID Server is an embedded Network Attached Storage server Operating System designed to boot from a USB Flash device and specifically designed for digital media storage.” Basically, UnRAID does not stripe the parity of an array across all drives as a RAID5 does, but rather assigns one fixed drive as the parity drive. It also does not stripe data across the drives as RAID5 does, but rather writes files in their entirety to a single drive which is NTFS formatted and easily readable on any system. The down side of UnRAID is that the performance (the writes, anyway) is lower than a single drive’s. This is because parity calculations are being done at the same time. Overall, though, UnRAID is a pretty robust storage solution. Ever thought about backing up to the cloud but hesitate because of the cost of online storage? Jim and Mike talk about using Wuala to create a free backup network using your friends’ PC’s. If you’ve ever been watching Netflix and had Windows updates break in on the movie, you understand that an HTPC and Windows Updates do not mix. Rich tries to convince Jim to shut off Windows Updates, along with other app updates such as Flash. If you don’t use your HTPC to browse the Internet, and most people, Rich suggests managing updates manually or skipping them altogether. This’ll put an end to annoying interruptions and increase WAF. In the show this week: Mike Howard, Jim Collison, RIch O’Neil Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact the show at If you have a product or a topic you would like us to discuss, please tag your articles in Delicious using the tag “TheAverageGuy”. Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Intro and Exit Music used by permission from “"In the Shadow Of The Great Machine” by Fool’s Chaos. Hear more great tunes at Fool’s Chaos
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