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QNAP QSync 2—A DropBox Alternative

I have owned a QNAP for a number of years and have always been impressed with the hardware, performance, and customer support. When I got my first device I used only parts of the software features as some of the items did not work as I expected. One of these such features that had attracted […]

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D-Link DIR-510L AC750 Portable WiFi Router

As internet access is now entwined in our everyday life, Wi-Fi has become important to us wherever we are.  Whether you have multiple devices, multiple family members, or both, we increasing our need for connectivity.  Increasingly more and more hotels are clamping down on Wi-Fi access and are trying to charge more if you have […]

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Blue Iris Video Security Software

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 […]

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Sophos XG Firewall-Part 1–The Basics

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 […]

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Home Network Security – My New Obsession

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 […]

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Home Automation-Planning to Move

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 […]

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Sonos-Whole Home Streaming

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 […]

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Moving from WHS 2011 to Windows Server 2012 Essentials R2

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 […]

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iSpy Connect–At last IP Camera Software that Works

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 […]

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Creating a Virtual Machine with Hyper-V in Windows 8

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 […]

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Storage Spaces–2012 Essentials R2

Well, here we go again with another round with Storage Spaces. If you have read my other reviews on Storage Spaces, you know that I have not been a fan of past versions, especially in the parity configuration. With promise of new functionality, speed, and security, I was naturally attracted to testing it again. After […]

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