• Dave
    I've got Luma and I don't know what to do with it!  If you follow the HSS Forums you no doubt have heard about the Luma debacle that is unfolding. We go over that as well as hammer out a testing method for the Luma that I have in hand.  When I'm done testing I'm giving it away! Listen to find out how.
     
    Well also cover some news.  I've got Patron shout outs, D-Link has some new cameras that you will want to hear about, I've got a follow up on Ecobee, Spruce for SmartThings, and Meetup 2016.  It's a long show but it's a handsome one, Clark!
     
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    There is a post in HSS Fourm with 442,965 views!

    http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/



    D-Link HD Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-936L): 

    http://us.dlink.com/products/home-solutions/hd-wi-fi-camera-dcs936l/

    130 degrees of viewing! $110 Amazon



    D-Link HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-5030L): 

    http://us.dlink.com/products/home-solutions/hd-pan-tilt-wi-fi-camera-dcs5030l/

    $139.99 Amazon



    My router is a Cisco RV 325 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GSQJI4E/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1



    https://www.plumewifi.com/



    https://www.amplifi.com/



    http://us.dlink.com/press-centre/press-releases/unified-home-wi-fi-network-kit/



    http://totusoft.com/lanspeed/



    Dimming the light of an eero

    https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=LightDims



    Eero Backhaul

    https://www.reddit.com/r/eero/comments/4mbs40/is_the_backhaul_radio_enabled_yet/



    Eero - Turn off the Guest AP to get performance back

    https://www.reddit.com/r/eero/comments/4l5s47/eero_vs_onhub_tplink_rangeperformance/
    Dave

    By Dave, in Blog,

    Hey HSS Community!  Meetup 2016 was formally announced on May 17th here on this forums post:  http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/11147-meetup-2016/
     
    I have ticket options for you.  There are two ways to attend Meetup '16.


    Become a Patron via http://patreon.com/davidmccabe  $5 Level Patronage.
    Use the PayPal Buy Now button below.  This ticket is $22.50.
    Patrons at the $5 level also are invited to HSS HQ Tour on Friday.  Either way.  Get to Meetup!  
     
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    Want to learn more about Meetup? Read this forums post for all the details. Maps, where to stay, tentative schedule, sponsorship, etc.  http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/11147-meetup-2016/
     
     
    Dave
    Today I'm talking with Dr. Paul Judge, cofounder of Luma.  Luma is on the verge of being released and I've got a lot of questions about it for Paul.  My thanks to Luma and Paul for giving me a slice of his time today.  They are busy trying to get Luma into your hands and into stores so thank you for that.
     
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    Have you heard the one about the Perfect Surface Book?  Well, I have to explain it to Darren and John because they are here to help put Windows Phone to bed. Love it or hate it we are talking Windows Phone and the latest news.
     
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    I've got a big list of news items for you mostly centered around Microsoft but some networking and home automation as well. Some Community news, Patreon, Meetup, and I've bought something and returned something else. Find out in this episode.  Enjoy and see you in the forums.

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    Microsoft comes through with rollup of updates and fixes for Windows 7 | ZDNet

    http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-comes-through-with-rollup-of-updates-and-fixes-for-windows-7/
    OneDrive UWP app for Windows 10 now available for PCs - OneTechStop

    http://www.onetechstop.net/2016/05/onedrive-uwp-app-windows-10-now-available-pcs/



    Hyper-V

    https://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/OEMTV/OEM1623



    Fixing Hyper-V connection display scaling on High-DPI monitors

    http://blog.coretech.dk/hra/fixing-hyper-v-connection-display-scaling-on-high-dpi-monitors/



    Security

    https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/ata/2016/05/05/advanced-threat-analytics-new-version-1-6-is-now-available/



    Wifi

    http://blog.dlink.com/the-evolution-of-wi-fi/

    http://blog.dlink.com/2-4ghz-versus-5ghz/

    fast.com



    eero.com I got an e-mail with a coupon code for $75 a system. Well, you are supposed to give that code to a friend and minimum purchase is $450.  I can't pick up an extra AP with it. Bummer.
    Dave
    I've talked a lot about Circle Home and just today they launched the Android app for the device.  They have also fulfilled a promise made several months ago on how to monitor your devices when they leave the confines of your home network.  Circle go is the service that can do just that.
     
    Circle Go allows you to extend your Circle settings to phones and tablets that are on 4G or other networks other than your own.
     

     
    The service is $9.95 a month and protects 10 devices.  It can do this by creating a VPN from the device to Circle servers and applying your Circle rules to the device no matter what network they are connected to.


    Circle Go uses the Mobile Device Management Protocol (MDM). When you configure a device to participate in Circle Go, the MyCircle app pushes an MDM configuration profile to the device. The user of the device must specifically approve the installation of this profile. iOS manages this installation. Just as the mobile device user must specifically approve the installation of the MDM profile, the user can remove it at any time. The user is in control—the Circle server notices this activity and reports it to the parent.
     
    Once the MDM profile is installed, another configuration profile containing information for the Circle Go Virtual Private Network (VPN) is pushed to the device. From that point on, the device routes its data through the Circle Go VPN. To improve © 2016. Circle Media Inc. All rights reserved. performance, when the device is connected to your Circle-enabled home Wi-Fi, Circle Go does not use the Circle Go VPN. Similar to the ability to remove the Circle MDM, the user can temporarily (or permanently) turn off the VPN. The Circle server notices this activity and reports it to the parent.
    I'm sure you have more questions and Circle has most of the answers here.  Don't have a Circle yet?  Get your Circle today!
     

     
    Want to read more? I've got a full review of Circle here.
     
     
    Dave
    The Circle Home product that previously was only available on iOS is now available on Android.  This is a huge step for Circle as it now opens the product up to Android families.  If you need a refresher on Circle follow this link to the full review.  If you want the quick description I can summarize it quickly.
     

     
    Circle is a physical product that either plugs into your Ethernet network and/or connects to your Wi-Fi product. Once connected you run the app and watch it collect all the devices and computers connected to your network.  You can then sort the devices into groups or assign them to individuals in order to keep an eye on your kids activity and time spent on the internet.  You can assign specific time limits on apps or completely shut down others.  YouTube, App store, etc.  I purchased the device and still run it today.
     
    Check out the full review of Circle Home here.
     

     
    I've been testing the Android app from day 1 and can tell you it works great! Don't delay, go get it!  If you don't have a Circle it is an awesome addition to your home network.  If you are ready to purchase it the link is here.  Get your Circle today!
     

     
    Get the Circle Home App for Android in the Google Play Store.
     

    Dave
    We made it to Episode 300 so expect a lot of "congratulatory backslapping."  If you remember that phrase then you probably remember HSS Episode 100.  We had some fun on 300 but actually put together a podcast!  A lot really.  Meetup 2016 is on. Listen to find out when and where. Patreon is also a go. VPN's, cameras, Wi-Fi, and some box building.  Is RAM cheap enough to get you to build new? How about HP's boxes? I get totally confused on video card pricing and put the guys to the test on parts. I hope you have fun with this one. It's long but it's a good time!

    Many thanks to Kevin Schoonover, John Stutsman, Mike Faucher, and Jim Collison for joining me on this episode and many more in the past.



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    Tivo Roamio on Episode 299

    HSS Episode 100

    Anonabox questions for Jim

    https://www.anonabox.com/compare-routers.html
    How about this for arlo? IFTTT

    https://ifttt.com/p/arlo_netgear/shared



    My favorite device, something new for it. @DKBIntrigue showed me this on twitter

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/265999953/mount-for-amazon-echo-ceiling-counter

    Arlo and SmartThings?



     

     

    The WiFi keeps coming

    http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/10/portal-router-aims-to-deliver-us-from-congested-wifi/

     

    Amplifi Ubiquiti

    http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/11114-amplifi-by-ubiquiti/

     

    How about some cheap Untangle?  We have been chatting about this in the forums since the news broke in late March. I keep forgetting to put it in a podcast but this is huge!

    http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/10905-untangle-new-price/?hl=untangle
    Dave

    By Dave, in Blog,


    Two Months with eero

     
    When eero finally shipped in late February, I couldn’t wait to get it setup and start tinkering around with all the amazing features that had been marketed to us. Powerful router, wireless mesh without speed loss, Open-WRT capabilities, and ease of setup and management. With all of the delays, it was bound to deliver…right?

    eero As A Router
    The goal of eero (and its competitors) was to completely replace your existing router. Whether it was an ISP provided router or one your purchased yourself, eero would render that old piece of junk irrelevant. The folks at eero very quickly realized that was a much loftier goal than they anticipated.
     
    There are so many variations of the home internet setup, it was nearly impossible to anticipate and address all of the different scenarios. I happened to be in one of those unique scenarios.
     
    As it turns out, users who need to keep their ISP issued router can only utilized eero in “bridge” mode aka as access points. Personally, I don’t have an issue with this, but this is one of those promises that went unfulfilled by eero.
     
    For those that are able to replace their router, eero will provide basic functionality which should be enough for most. Easy Wi-Fi setup, guest network, UPnP, IP reservation, port forwarding, speed tests, and even DNS and custom IP ranges are all supported. Some of these were added post launch via firmware updates or app updates, but they are fully functioning at this time.
     
    However, while I wouldn’t have a problem recommending eero as a router to folks who just need to get online reliably, eero offers nowhere near the functionality of today’s more advanced routers. Even off the shelf routers from ASUS, Netgear, or D-Link tout much more powerful network management features than eero does. What exactly does eero lack that you might find in another similarly priced router?


    VLAN
    QoS
    Uptime management
    Traffic reports
    Multiple SSIDs (eero only supports the primary and guest)
    DMZ
    VPN
    NAS
    Parental controls
    Local control
    And that’s just what comes to mind at the moment.
     
    I understand that the people that utilize or are even aware of these features in a router are in the minority. The issue is that many of these features were advertised, mentioned, or promised prior to launch, and despite multiple delays, they failed to deliver.
     
    Still, eero functioned well as a basic router over the past two months. The few issues that popped up early on were addressed via firmware updates. If anything, that says a lot about the potential of eero as it can continue to add features and functions to the product over time. And eero has promised that most, if not all of those features are coming in the near future.

    eero as an Access Point
    For those of us who refuse to let go of our current router, eero will relinquish DHCP duties and act as a simple access point. The initial setup process is the same, but once it’s up and running, you simply put it into “bridge mode”, as mentioned earlier. Once eero is in this mode, it disables its DHCP capabilities and allows your main router to handle the heavy lifting. You still have control over the primary and guest SSIDs, and it will even give you a list of MAC addresses of the devices that are connected to it, though it won’t provide you with the device names.
     
    [caption id=attachment_17362" align="alignleft" width="247] eero app displays MAC addresses, but not device names[/caption]
     
     
     
    In terms of performance, there is no doubt that eero’s hardware is quite powerful. I won’t provide any hard numbers simply because there are so many variables when it comes to wireless networks, but in my testing, eero outperformed the Nighthawk R7000 I was comparing it to in both range and speed.
     
    A single eero access point is still just an access point though. In order for eero to truly shine, you need to have a few of them forming a mesh.

    eero’s Mesh Network
    Once you have one eero on your network, whether it’s as a router or as an access point, adding additional ones to the network is a breeze. Plug in the additional unit, select “add eero” on the app and it will quickly find the new eero and add it to your existing network. No need to setup another SSID or network since it will simply use the primary eero as the controller and broadcast based on those settings. The only thing you have to do is name it.
     
    When setting up additional eeros for the mesh, you have the option of hardwiring with Ethernet, or going the wireless route. You don’t have to worry about specifying what you’d like to do; eero is intelligent enough to figure it out on its own.
     
     
     
    [caption id=attachment_17360" align="alignleft" width="248] You can see how many devices are connected, but you won’t know what devices are connected to a specific eero[/caption]
     
    If you opt to go with the former, you don’t have to worry about how far apart you place one unit from the other. As long as your wiring isn’t compromised, your secondary units should see full performance. If you want to go wireless however, you will see your speeds and bandwidth reduced by half. This was one of my biggest disappointments with the mesh network.
     
    Early on, eero boasted about the dual radios and how they would be leverage to create a wireless mesh network without any speed loss. While eero claims that every eero does in fact have two radios packed into it, the second radio that is supposed to enable this no-speed-loss mesh, has not yet been enabled. There still isn’t a timeline as to when this killer feature will be enabled, but that was one of the things that could have set it apart from other options out there like Open-Mesh.
     
    Another key feature that’s missing in regards to the mesh, is being able to identify what unit your device is connected to. While the eero app will tell you what MAC addresses are connected to the network, it won’t specify which unit it’s getting its signal from. This makes it difficult to confirm that you’re actually connected to the nearest eero. While I haven’t necessarily seen any instances where my signal strength suffers due to a device getting stuck to a given eero, there would be no way of diagnosing those type of issues at this time.
     
     
     
     
     
    Despite those shortcomings, eero’s mesh capabilities performed quite well. I setup three wired and one wireless eero in a single mesh (replacing four access points plus the router’s wireless network) in a two story home. Not only does roaming around the home work seamlessly, but any dead zones that I previously had are now blanketed in Wi-Fi goodness. No matter where I am in the home, I get very similar speeds everywhere, except the area that is being served by the wireless unit – for now at least.
     
    The highlight of the wireless unit, is being able to utilize the Ethernet ports to connect products that require a wired connection – a TiVo Mini for example. The wired connection to the eero allows the TiVo Mini to remain on the same network where it can communicate with the primary TiVo unit, all without actually having to run an Ethernet cable to the TiVo Mini itself. Although I had managed a somewhat similar workaround using an old router loaded with DD-WRT, the wireless connection was too inconsistent and as soon as another device connected to the network, it would cause the Mini to stutter or lose its connection altogether. The wirelessly meshed eero on the other hand, remains consistently connected and despite the bandwidth loss due to the hop, still pipes through plenty of data to provide a wired connection to devices that do not support Wi-Fi.

    Conclusion
    If you’re looking to eero as a router replacement, you might be a little disappointed. eero will certainly provide you with basic router functionality, but not much else. Not to mention that it might cause conflicts with certain services depending on your provider. Unless you really only need the most basic of functions, and find the ease of setup and management alluring, I’d say hold off on using eero as a router. There are plenty of routers out there in the eero price range (and below it) that will provide you with a lot more than what eero currently has.
     
    As an access point and mesh network, eero is great. The hardware packed into eero is quite powerful and the mesh network, even without the second radio enabled, is solid and reliable.
     
    But here’s the thing – if you’re just looking for a mesh solution, there are other options out there. Open-Mesh just released an updated OM5P unit that added 802.11ac for about $135 (not including power supply). Not to mention Luma is just around the corner and promises some of the features that eero still hasn’t delivered on. Of course, if eero enables that second radio to deliver no speed loss on wireless mesh units, and adds the parental control and traffic monitoring features that Luma touts, it can make the decision a little easier.
     
    Personally, I’ll be keeping all nine eero units I pre-ordered. Even though I won’t be using eero in my own home right now (mostly due to needing more than just the two SSIDs eero is limited to right now), the units I have setup at my parent’s home have been working flawlessly. I also fully expect for eero to become more powerful over time as they continue to rollout features via software and firmware updates at which point I’ll be able to deploy them in my own home. That being said, I’d have a hard time recommending anyone to purchase eero at this point in time. With Luma getting ready to launch, and Open-Mesh updating its product line, I’d recommend taking the wait and see approach as this category seems to just be getting started.
    Dave
    Tivo Roamio to the rescue! OTA recorder for a set fee and ability to use extenders.  Cloud storage vendors are dropping like flies, free up some SSD space, and a whole bunch of home automation.

    My thanks to Mike Faucher for his continued participation here at HSS Podcast.  Make sure you follow Mike at @PcDocsWorld

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    Talking about this next week:  Reolink POE Cameras - Read this one by Mike Faucher.

    Solved the Media Center Problem
    http://techcrunch.com/2016/04/27/tivos-new-roamio-ota-dvr-for-cord-cutters-has-no-monthly-fees-more-storage/

    OTA 1TB, Best Buy, Amazon. $399

    Look at this laundry list of features

    http://pr.tivo.com/press-releases/more-storage-all-in-price-tivo-launches-the-tivo-roamio-ota-1tb-nasdaq-tivo-1255911

    Works with Tivo Mini $149 https://www.tivo.com/shop/mini

    Now, look at the specs of the mini. Netflix, Prime, Hulu, vudu, youtube, etc.

    WinDirStat - is what I used to find my phantom files taking up all my room on my SSD drive. What do you use?

    Another Cloud service bites the dust

    Bitcasa Drive

    http://venturebeat.com/2016/04/21/bitcasa-killing-drive-cloud-storage-service-on-may-20-will-focus-on-growing-platform-business/

    Copy and Cudo offline May 1

    https://techlib.barracuda.com/Copy/EndOfLife

    Portable Storage and Streaming

    WD:  

    Corsair Voyager 2: http://www.corsair.com/en-us/voyager-air-2-mobile-wireless-storage-1-tb

    Amazon's 80 TB Snowball

    Home Automation Corner - Visit homeautomationforums.com for more

    Lowes IRIS

    http://www.cnet.com/products/iris-by-lowe-s-second-generation/

    Ring Pro delivering yet?

    I kind of want the zmodo doorbell camera combo.

    http://amzn.to/1WRcmIH

    August Doorbell

    CNET Seriously. Who installs like this?

    http://www.cnet.com/products/august-doorbell-cam/

    Have you guys done this? This is exactly why I don't have a RING.

    Netatmo

    A weather station for your home and home automation setup.

    Other products from netatmo, the welcome. Review

    Rose

    Spruce Irrigation Controller

    http://www.spruceirrigation.com/

    These guys have delivered on their Kickstarter. 100%

    Aggregation Services

    ST and SmartTiles - My choice

    http://www.smarttiles.click/

    Thington

    https://thington.com/faq/index.html#whatdevices

    Muzzly

    https://www.muzzley.com/

    TrackR:  https://www.thetrackr.com/