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
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
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
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
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.
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
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