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Sophos XG v17 Configuration and Rules

Now that we have the software installed and the initial configuration is complete, it is time to configure our firewall to handle traffic as well as filter threats.  In addition, we will want lock things down and prohibit the use of unwanted applications types such as P2P.  I created this video to help you configure […]

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Sophos XG v17-Installation

Overview In this post, I will cover everything I did in building a router and installing Sophos XG Firewall v17.  This contains multiple parts as I wanted to capture the entire experience from beginning to end.  The first two sections cover the hardware itself, Motherboard, CPU, RAM and the overall system.  The second covers a […]

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Reolink APP Security Concern?

***Please see the update at the end of the article*** I have been a fan of Reolink IP cameras for years and recently experienced something that was a bit disturbing to me and wanted to draw attention to it. I often do my own hardware reviews for my blog and while testing the new Argus […]

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My first AMD Ryzen 7 Build

It has been years since I have built an AMD system. The release of the Ryzen series has breathed some life into the CPU world and increased the level of competition. I viewed so much information on this new chip that it inspired me to want to build my own system.  Not only to see […]

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Behringer HA400

Headphone Amplifier I periodically struggle with the inconsistent output when I use different headphones on my PC.  Variations in impedance and design make it a pain to switch headphones when I am working on my computer.  Recently I ran across some YouTube videos where people were using headphone amplifiers or mixers to get better output […]

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The Elgato Stream Deck

Every once in while you run into a product that solves a problem you did not know you had.  For me, the Elgato Stream Deck is one of these products.  This item is different, useful, and increases your productivity depending on your individual workflow.  The Stream Deck is in a category all by itself and […]

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Oyen Digital USB Enclosure for USB 3.1 Gen 2

After my first experience testing the Silverstone TS231U-C, I still wanted an external device that would help me exploit the USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface, and provide me with fast external storage.  I searched around and ran across the the Oyen Digital 2.5 inch external enclosure that also claimed to support gen 2 for the […]

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Acoustic Panel Build

This is a far departure from what I usually do or write about, but since the outcome was so good I wanted to share it.  Acoustic panels are certainly taking me into new territory and it has been a learning experience in sound, acoustics, and construction. My original motivation was to improve the sound quality […]

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Network Make Over

I know doing a network make over is not a very interesting topic but it can be an important one.  At some point, keeping our network organized becomes a necessity.  Either because of troubleshooting, esthetics, or because we need to expand.  In almost every case, it sounds easy but when you get started you find […]

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I7-7700K–Eye Candy and Performance

For various reasons, it has been awhile since I have built a high end gaming system.  My last build was Core I7-4770 which is no slouch, but by today’s standards lagged a bit behind in key areas, most notably support for NVMe and higher speed storage.  I set out to buy the best hardware I […]

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