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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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Grooveshark Explored, Christian Makes it to University of Maryland, Subsonic FTW, Cloudflare, pfSense, Nokia Lumia 520 – HT134

Jim (@jcollison) is joined this week by Christian Johnson and Mike Howard from   Christian is back in school at the University of Maryland and we had a chance to catch up with him.  We covered our new pre-show music channel using Grooveshark, some issues that Christians has been having with his host provider and , his use of Cloudflare for the issues and Mike and Jim discuss the use of phSense to protect our home networks.  Jim wraps it up with some discussion around the new Nokia Lumia 520 that he purchased on Amazon () for $99 off contract on AT&T. Great deals on Laptops and Netbooks at the Microsoft Store! Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: Check out Home Tech Radio on @iHeartRadio Click on a Time Stamp to jump to that spot in the video Grooveshark Explored] The new location for preshow music for Home Tech: (hosted by Grooveshark) Christian’s Corner] Subsonic and Home Media] Cloudflare] Honey Pots for the Average Guy] phSense] Backing Up Remotely – Again] Christian’s Bios Mod] Updates] Jim’s new Nokia Lumia 520 from Amazon: WD Red 2 TB NAS Hard Drive: Inch, SATA III, 64 MB Cache – WD20EFRX by Western Digital: Still time to join us for the meetup in Indy on Sep 21 – 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: #!/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.
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Virtualizaton, Citrix ZenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V, Disk2vhd, Openfiler, VMware Workstation, ESXi Hypervisor -HT120

Jim (@jcollison) is joined this week by Mike Howard from and Jay Moore for Home Tech episode #120.  Mike started the conversation off with some discussion around Citrix’s ZenServer after having trouble installing ESXi.  Jay Covers his work with ESXi and both home and at work. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Don’t forget the Home Server Show / Surface Geeks / The Average Guy Meetup in Indy on September 21st? Listen Mobile: Join the Average Guy Facebook Group and you can win!  We are at 165 members right now, when we hit 250, everyone in the group gets entered into a drawing for $100 gift card from Amazon for active members.  Tell your tech friends to join us there and they could win too! Xenserver – Overview – Xenserver Editions – Comparision of Xen vs Xenserver –     Disk2vhd – Jay’s lab setup Two Lenovo Desktops 7483AG2 Dual core 3Ghz 5GB and 16GB of memory USB thumb drives for install Open Filer Box – HP N40l Dual GHZ Turion 8 GB RAM Hard drives 1 250GB – OS and such 1 1TB – Lun1 1 1TB – Lun2 1 2TB – Lun3 The domain controller 1vCPU/1GB RAM Virtual Center 2vCPU/2GB RAM Virtual Side running in VMWorkstation v 8 on my desktop Virtual Center 2vCPU/2GB RAM ESX 2vCPU/3GB RAM iSCSI Virtual Appliance 150GB into 5 30GB drives. 256MB RAM I was reading this about VT 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 Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network.
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Microsoft MVP John Zajdler talks WHS 2011, Windows Server 2012 Essentials, Western Digital Sentinel DX4000, the leaked Windows 8.1 and HP Media Smart – HT113

Jim (@jcollison) is joined this week by long time Home Sever Show host and Microsoft Windows Home Server MVP John Zajdler (@Dieharder) for Home Tech episode #113.  John spend some time talking all things Windows Home Server, the Western Digital Sentinel DX4000 running Windows Storage Server 2008 R2, Stablebit DrivePool, his own Windows Home Server that he runs, the leaked version of Windows , Antivirus and much, much more.  I very packed hour and 30 minutes of content. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile:   See the Western Digital Sentinel DX4000 specs sheet at Looking for some Cloud Storage Options?  Sarah’s new equipment: Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810 for PCs, Tablets, Smartphones – Black (920-004292) by Logitech Logitech Zone Touch Mouse T400 for Windows 8 – Black (910-003041) by Logitech Jim at Infotec 2013 – Interview with Ben Vu from   Local Omaha Guy   Jim’s Portable Audio equipment list. Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone by Audio-Technica Alesis MultiMix 4 USB Four-Channel USB Mixer by Alesis ART HeadAmp4 Headphone Amplifier by ART Sony MDRZX100/BLK ZX Series Stereo Headphones by Sony PYLE-PRO PMKSDT25 Adjustable Desktop Tripod Microphone Stand by Pyle  Don’t forget to use our Amazon link at Drobo / Cali Lewis Event in Omaha. April 30 – 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: #!/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.
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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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