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Audio-Video-Networking–Planning to Move

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 […]

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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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Plex Media-A New Way to Stream

If you are like me you love to stream your content to other devices both inside and outside your network.  The issue is the typically convoluted and unstable packages such as Twonky, tVersity, or PlayOn.  There are obviously solutions like Windows Media Center or XBMC but they do not stream or transcode to mobile devices.  […]

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Storage Spaces-Mirroring and Stripe-JBOD

In the first part, I performance tested the parity volume to see how it stacked up against a hardware RAID.   Now that we have seen the huge performance impact of parity volumes, it was now time to see how the Mirroring as well as the stripe-JBOD (drives are striped with no resiliency) performed. Original article […]

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Logitech Link

Every once in a while you run into a product that you just blows you away.  Not so much that it is technologically superior in every way, but rather because it builds on a great idea and makes it easier, better, and cheaper.  The new Logitech Link is just one of those products. Most HTPC/HT […]

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