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Cloudscout's Avatar Picture Cloudscout – December 16, 2007 07:54PM Reply Quote
"Digital hubs." iPod and its successors. (iPhone?) Convergence. How ridiculous will DRM get? Yep, put it all together and it just might make for a successful thread.

bahamut – June 17, 2017 08:06AM Reply Quote
Trying an Asus RT-AC5300. Not seeing any better speeds out of it. I could try link aggregation, but since the FiOS modem doesn't support that, I'm not sure why I'd see higher speeds. Speed test is maxing out at about 500Mbps and change regardless of whether I use it or the AirPort Extreme.

It also doesn't seem to see Shairplay devices (Airplay is fine) so it may be going back to Microcenter next week. Not sure what gives with that.

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bahamut – June 19, 2017 12:38PM Reply Quote
The Asus RT-AC5300 isn't passing Shairport or Shairplay. That sucks. It also won't let our Macs communicate with our printer. What gives? The AirPort Extreme works. I just wanted something faster.

ddt – June 19, 2017 12:48PM Reply Quote
If you heard a company with open-source heritage like Mozilla was thinking about building a router to make networking easier and maybe "fun", what would be your top needs?


porruka (Admin) – June 19, 2017 12:53PM Reply Quote
New year. Same me. Proceed accordingly.
If you heard a company with open-source heritage like Mozilla was thinking about building a router to make networking easier and maybe "fun", what would be your top needs?


Fewer weasel-worded fishing expeditions. :-D

ddt – June 19, 2017 12:57PM Reply Quote
Better than phishing!

But seriously, routers are totally opaque to me, and it'd help me to know what frustrations more competent people face (aside from the "all" that I face), and what's still lacking in existing products?


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bahamut – June 25, 2017 09:50AM Reply Quote
I don't understand why the damn things block some protocols. I mean what right do they have to do so? They aren't even Apple!

El Jeffe – September 21, 2017 05:32AM Reply Quote
What a journey.

dharlow – September 21, 2017 10:01AM Reply Quote
I had been thinking of getting one to play with.

El Jeffe – September 21, 2017 10:38AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
what's the use case? aka why?
I must be missing something about this thing.
I know what I would like to use it for, but this seems like overkill... but I wonder what it's PERFECT FOR?

ddt – September 21, 2017 11:45AM Reply Quote
I've seen similar -- I appreciate the combination of retro and at-a-glance design. And more than once a day I pick up my phone, open a weather app, and check local temps before I head out.


dharlow – September 21, 2017 05:28PM Reply Quote
I wanted to use it to track some KPIs on different systems.

ddt – September 21, 2017 08:49PM Reply Quote
Daniel, did you ever see this? https://panic.com/blog/the-panic-status-board/

They've (sadly) discontinued their app (https://panic.com/blog/the-future-of-status-board/), but it could be a good model for public display of tracking KPIs, status, etc.


dharlow – September 22, 2017 01:30PM Reply Quote
Yup used that for a while.

johnny k – September 22, 2017 03:27PM Reply Quote
I wrote a plugin for it once. There are a bunch of decent open-source alternatives.

johnny k – October 10, 2017 05:52PM Reply Quote
Anyone ever try a NeTV? This is a hackable little box running Linux that could overlay graphics onto an HDMI signal, and be used as a set-top box of sorts.

bahamut – October 18, 2017 09:11PM Reply Quote
Kinda cool, cheaper than an lzx visual cortex

johnny k – December 27, 2017 11:55AM Reply Quote
Do you find any of the Plex Pro features useful? Want to give them money because I watch half my tv through the app.

El Jeffe – December 02, 2018 07:45AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
"Digital hubs." iPod and its successors. (iPhone?) Convergence. How ridiculous will DRM get? Yep, put it all together and it just might make for a successful thread.

Does anyone have an iPod Nano 7th Generation in working condition they'd like to get rich by selling to me?
I am looking. Couple on CL near me I am reaching out to today. Just curious if anyone does. Thanks.



Mokers (Moderator) – January 06, 2019 12:47PM Reply Quote
Formerly Remy Martin
The digital lifestyle is a work in progress. I know others have been doing cameras for longer, but I recently set about upgrading my home cameras.

I started with a Nest thermostat, so looked at Nest cams. Nest does offer a doorbell, so I could theoretically have everything on one account. They cams would have worked OK indoors, but the price is pretty steep. My indoor cameras are to replace the old baby monitors with something that can see more of their bedroom. One of them likes to get on the bed and sleep on the floor, so something that can pan would be idel.

This led me to the Wyze cam for their bedroom. The Wyze pan and scan was cheap ($60 for the pair)and can run from a micro-usb cable. Very easy to install and get connected and local SD card storage.

Problem is Wyze has no good options for outdoors. They have something planned, but their current cameras are not rated for outdoors and they don't have a doorbell, so I would be looking at a nest or ring anyway.

this led me to look at Ring. They are battery operated, but have the option of adding solar to charge them, so you don't need to have them wired as long as you have WiFi coverage. And it has a doorbell of course. Installed the doorbell and it works with the existing wiring really well. Installed the cam and I may have to add a WiFi AP to get a stronger signal, but the Solar attachment was really easy. I think each location will get at least 3-4 hours of sunlight each day, so hopefully not too much changing batteries.

So now my digital home is:

ADT security
Nest thermostat
Ring Doorbell + outdoor cameras
Wyze indoor cameras

If I wanted to simplify a bit, I could do the Ring stickup camera for indoors, but for purposes of a kid monitor, I like the Wyze interface a little better anyway. All of the tools work with Alexa for control / viewing.

Oh, I should say that I don't think any of this is necessary (outside of the kid monitor because I am lazy). I think we have had our dry cleaning stolen once (we just don't have it delivered anymore) and I can't remember we had a package stolen. We have had our cars picked through, but every time it was because we hadn't locked the cars, no smashed windows, etc. We had one person who kicked in our door downstairs, but we have security screen doors now so not worried about that either.

El Jeffe – January 06, 2019 01:16PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
My SIRI's voice changed today (overnight). Anyone else's?

It sounds deeper and more mechanical.

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