The constant strive to improve my security setup has led me to try many different IP ...
Back in July of 2015 I experienced what could have been a major disaster from ...
I have been running Plex since its release and for the past year now it ...
The constant strive to improve my security setup has led me to try many different IP cameras. For the most part my comfort level in IP cameras keeps me in the $100-$150 range as I do not want to get into the high end equipment nor do I want cameras with sub 720P resolutions. When I […]
Back in July of 2015 I experienced what could have been a major disaster from a water leak caused by a faulty gasket on a water filter. It is always a disasater like this that makes you realize you should have a way to do an auto water shutoff. Thankfully I had Insteon leak detectors […]
I have been running Plex since its release and for the past year now it has been my only content aggregator. As things turn out, no matter how long you have been using something or how stable things are, you always run into a minor issue or find some way to make things better. I […]
In my first write up on the Sophos XG Firewall, I covered my basic network setup and the configuration that I used. Now that I have had a chance to learn it better and do a bit of experimenting, I want to focus more on rules, Web Filtering, Application Filtering, Dynamic DNS, and other features […]
I recently purchased the Amazon Echo and have been enjoying using it on a daily basis. When they released the integration with Insteon, I was curious and hooked up an Insteon hub to experiment with it for a couple of weeks. For certain things, I found it very convenient and was surprised how well it […]
I have used security cameras for years and for as long as I can remember, recording/monitoring software has been buggy, not user friendly, and suffered from various performance concerns. Add to that the variation in manufacturers of cameras, and you end up with a difficult situation. For the past few years I had settled on […]
Having been impacted by security issues in the past, I am always on the lookout for new and hopefully better network security products. For a while now I have hearing about the Sophos UTM and was intrigued by what it packed in for standard features. Recently they released a new product called the Sophos XG […]
I have a been a fan of the Kevo Bluetooth locks for close to two years. When I was planning my move well before the remodeling was done, I bought a Kevo lock in preparation for move day. Since then it has been extremely beneficial in my day to day use and the entire family […]
Typically, when it comes to consumer level items, very few companies stand firmly behind their products. Sure you can buy something and return to Amazon or Newegg but how about some real support when something goes wrong or when you experience some anomalies that you need help with. You have companies like Apple who go […]
Though I have been switching to primarily NAS units for my everyday central storage needs and have used WD Red Drives in those units, I still have one non-VM server left that I use for local backup and movie archiving. The server has been running great for many years but recently I had yet another drive […]
Once in a while you stumble onto an item you that you did not realize you even needed. For me the Open-Mesh MR1750 wireless access point is one of those items. I had never heard of this company until I heard about the product from a forum thread at the Homeservershow.com forums (from iTGeeks). I […]
Many people struggle with setting up a wireless network that spans over multiple access points, or just simply adding an access point to an existing wireless router so that you can get better coverage. Some manufactures make it a bit easier, while others make it a real science to setup correctly. In most cases this […]
Sometimes you go along thinking that everything is great, your hardware is working, you have great network security, and you exercise safe computing. So what could possibly go wrong? Turns out a bunch of stuff can go wrong and one day you get that rude awakening that you have taken things for granted and have […]
Being a devout Windows Home Server fan for many years, it has always been tough for me to find a substitute for it. I have tried numerous NAS units and have always been left extremely disappointed. Since my recent move, I have found myself reviewing my storage needs as well as my overall strategy for […]
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 […]