Introduction Similar to the previous two articles on Home Automation and Security Systems, part of ...
Introduction As the next logical step in setting up my home tech now that I ...
Every once and awhile you run across a product that not only works but find ...
Introduction Similar to the previous two articles on Home Automation and Security Systems, part of my move was to plan all the audio-video, especially the cable drops, networking, and a central distribution location. As with home automation, this was planned in advance and had to be done prior to the wall finishes as some of […]
Introduction As the next logical step in setting up my home tech now that I had installed the basics for my home automation, was to add a home security system to protect the property as well as the contents. Though I live in one of the safer neighborhoods in Southern California, no one is excluded […]
Every once and awhile you run across a product that not only works but find very useful. It may even solve a problem you did not know you had. Air Server is one of those products for me. As I run a mixed household of Windows, IOS, and Android, I am always frustrated at the […]
Planning Your Home Automation and Home Control Earlier this year I set out to purchase a home and move from my existing townhouse, to a larger home to make room for my new family. As part of the process of moving, I wanted to plan my home automation in advance in efforts to simplify the […]
I have always been intrigued by Sonos for a couple of reasons. One was the claims of perfectly synced audio in every room, and the other was the prospect of good sound quality from a wireless device. Being a bit picky with audio quality I was certainly skeptical, especially with the new small stand alone […]
Normally I write about different types of technology such as hardware or software, however after trying this I wanted to share my experiences as I thought this might benefit others who may not know about it. It’s still tech, but in a different way. Like many people I do not carry allot of cash with […]
OK, I know that this is not a typical use case, however I wanted to give my Hyper V server a speed boost as well as lowering the noise level. The server has been running for months now and had 2 WD Raptors in a RAID 0 configuration using the onboard motherboard controller. It worked […]
I have been a Windows Home Server fan for years now and have tried every version they have had. I moved from WHS 2011 to Windows Server Essentials R2 a few months ago and documented my migration plan on an earlier post (see here for the post). As it turns out I ran into a […]
For a long time I have been an Onkyo fan. Mainly because there are few MFGs out there that pack as many features in a unit for a given price range. I did a short review on my last Onkyo, the NR-TX616, which I have been extremely happy with. As luck would have it, it […]
The prospect of doubling my network performance was very enticing to me, but I was also very curious as to whether I could benefit from using dual NICs on my server given the constraints and dynamics of my home network. As these things go, your network is only as fast as the weakest link. That […]
Migrating from one server version to another is not a trivial task as there are typically no easy ways to simply upgrade. For all practical purposes it is a new install with the added complication of having to deal with existing data and structures. As always, make sure you have a backup copy of your […]
If you are like me you have been highly frustrated at the native functionality of the bundled IP camera software that came with your camera, as well as the lack of availability of third party solutions. If this sounds like you than I will make your day as iSpy Connect is the most complete and functional solution […]
Ever wish you had a dedicated machine you could use for testing software or had the ability to run dedicated tasks such as maybe a backup server or media server? Then creating a Virtual Machine with Hyper-V might be worth a look. There are many reasons you may want to run VM’s but one of the most […]
As I referred to in my article on my home rack server project, I bought a 2U case to house my VM server. I already had a smaller rack mount case, however it would only accept a mini-ITX board and I needed the case to support a MicroATX board. This left me searching for something […]
So why a server rack in the home? For me the answer was two fold. The first and most important reason was consolidation. Though I have not converted all my systems to rack mounted cases yet, I wanted to all the equipment I did have to fit into one nice tidy package. The second reason […]