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    Surface Geeks 101 time and were talking about the rumors on the Surface Pro as well as Surface. Earnings, Mobile, Microsoft's Android apps, firmware foulups, and more. Listen in as Dave and Jeff go over all the details. Oh those Surface Book April updates!
     
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    Drobo is back according to Jim Collison! $$$  A YouTube milestone, D-Link Home Automation news, new TrendNet 4MP cameras, Echo Dot, and a new router.  Tons of news and chat with Mike Faucher and Jim. See you in the forums!

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    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    Update:  I've updated the ipadprogeeks.com site to include Surface Book.
     

     
    Let me show you a real working tablet! #SurfacePro3
     

     
    Oh you want something with a bigger screen? Stay tuned...  #SurfacePro4
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    I talked a little bit about my Surface Book issues on episode 100. Find that here.  I didn't have hot bagging, or sleep issues like everyone else did with their dGPU type Books.  I have the lower i5 version without the extra GPU in the base.
     
    The latest firmware update was supposed to fix the issues with sleep states and transitions. I of course didn't have the issues so the firmware ended up causing some!  I've had some wifi connectivity issues here and there but the one that I was most upset about was Windows Hello didn't work after waking the Book up.  It worked with a reboot or a fresh power on but not from any sleep state.
     
    It was a very simple fix and nothing to really complain about.  Turn the feature off. Turn the feature on. Retrain your face.  Done.
     
    Hit the Windows key and type Hello.  It also works by typing "HELL" but that's more for you guys with dGPU Surface Books.  I kid, i kid!  This should pop up a "Setup Face sign-in" on your start menu. I think I hit remove and turned it off.  I probably rebooted for good measure and used a PIN to sign in.  Then back to the setting to setup face recognition.  Train it with a hat, glasses, etc.  The feature works great.
     
    I've tested this over several nights and wake ups and it has turned the camera on nicely.  It was an easy fix.
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    It's episode 100 of the Surface Geeks Podcast and I've Jeffrey Roach, a Surface MVP, to help me out.  We'll step through my SB issues and all the other ones prior to and after the latest firmware update Microsoft published in order to fix the sleep/wake issues.  Lot's to cover on this one.  Enjoy and many thanks to Jeff for joining.
     
    Thank you for listening to Surface Geeks. 100 times! It's been a crazy ride with this podcast and I couldn't have done it without you listening and participating in the SG Forums.  Thank you!
     
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    Synology has passed another milestone on the DSM 6 Beta trail. It's RC or release candidate.  You can still join in and test the new OS on your Synology NAS if you have one that is not in production.  It's still recommended you not run it on your main NAS.
     
    Test DSM 6.0 here.
     
    There are so many new features it's tough to pick out one that is my favorite.  I think it would be Btrfs.  I'm running this file system on the DS216+ review unit and it's zippy! It might just be the processor but it's still a marked improvement that I think all disk stations will benefit from it.  Read the full list of features at the link above.
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    By Dave, in Blog,

    Setting up eero and ScreenShot Gallery
     
    One of the features that eero touts is a simplified setup process that would allow the everyday user to get his wireless network up and running in a flash. No fuss, no muss. After going through the initial setup, it seems to me that they’ve mostly accomplished that.
     
    You start by downloading the eero app which at launch, is available for iOS and Android. You’re asked to create an account using your phone number and e-mail address. The phone number requirement has been met with some skepticism and concern. eero’s stance is that the phone number is used as a form of two factor authentication. Instead of a creating a password which some may forget or create one that is not very secure, you are sent a verification code to access your eeros. In my case, the app automagically recognized the text message I received and moved on to the next step without having to do anything else.
     
    Once your account is created, eero takes on the daunting challenge of ensuring that people will be able to identify their modem versus their router. It does so by explaining what each component is and some stereotypical illustrations of what they would look like. They provide a step by step walkthrough of what to unplug, what cables to disconnect, and where in the chain of devices to place your eero.
     
    Once eero is plugged in, the app will search for the eero and connect it to eero’s servers to add it to your account. Give your eero a name and after 30 seconds of background magic, it’s setup and ready to create your wireless network. Enter your desired SSID and password and eero is all set.
     
    The whole setup process took no more than 5 minutes, including the initial account setup. We’ll find out how well eero performs in the coming weeks, but “appifying” the experience certainly makes installing a router/access point a lot more approachable and streamlined. Simplified setup indeed.
     
    Discuss the eero and WiFi in the HomeServerShow.com Forums here.
     
     
     
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    I got some help from Jose Ortiz because he ordered a truckload of eero's and has them powered up.  Also, how does it stand up to Ubiqiti, Open Mesh, Luma, and others?  Is it too expensive?  What does eero and Luma need to do in the coming months?  I also explain some testing trouble with WiFi and we say goodbye to an old friend.  See ya SlySoft.com.  Don't worry, we already have a replacement for you.  It's eero vs luma vs open mesh vs ubiquiti and more!
     
     
     
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    By Dave, in Blog,

    Update 3:
     
    I am a complete block head. I must have scrambled my brain with 2.4Ghz. I maxed the connection of the EDIMax.  That is the throughput. I maxed it out!  That's why the test results are so poor with it.  I'm going to toss it in the trash with the TP-Link. Never buy cheap wifi. NEVER.  New test speeds soon.
     
    Needless to say, I have crappy Wifi speeds.  It is SO time for eero to get installed!
     
    Update 2:
     
    I've had to pull the speed testing results. I just don't trust my method and embarrassingly enough the device I used to test with. (SurfaceBook) I'll update this soon. Check the forums thread below for conversation about this.
     
     
     
    UPDATE:
     
    I almost forgot a major issue that put me on the road to replacing Ubiquiti in the first place.  Connection troubles.  I started to jump into phase 2 of this speed testing and use my android phone to do it with.  It won't connect to the UBI. Nexus 6P will not get a connection to the UBI. I remember having issues with it long ago as well.  That's why I employed a secondary AP just for me.  The first Android test to EDIMax got roughly 30 Mbits/s. Up and down. FYI.
     
    I feel bad for the UBI. I'm sure the higher end products are good but I find them comparable in price if not more than their competitors.  See this thread.

    Pre eero testing
    I can't just throw eero into production without testing my old gear. The problem is, eero is here so I'm in a hurry! I thought I would get a tracking number so I would know how far out it was.  Turns out, I got the tracking number 6 hours after it arrived.
     
    Here is the unboxing video.
     

     
    Back Story
     
    It’s probably good to fill you in on how I got to this spot in time with Wifi. Quickly.  I have have the cheapo 2.4Ghz Ubiquiti product.  It comes in a 3 pack from Amazon for $199.  I did this several years ago trying to get by on the cheap.  Eero is part to blame in my woes because I was supposed to have eero by Summer 2015. Then the Fall of 2015 and finally promised February 2016.  I purchased a couple of AP’s to get me by. One TP-Link, one EDIMax.
     
    Here are the links to what I'm testing today.
     
    EDIMax AP $49.99 (I got on sale for $39)
     
    Ubiquiti 3 AP 2.4Ghz
     
    I usually resell or give these things away but not the TP-Link AP.  It went in the trash and it felt good in doing it.  The best experience I’ve had with WiFi prior to the EDIMax was with Apple.  Crazy as it sounds to my Windows fans but the Airport Extreme router is very capable. It’s extendable like the others and halves the speed of each extension.  It worked much better extending than any other product I’ve tried to extend.  Granted, this was 5 to 7 years ago too.  At one point I used one as a router and another as just an AP.  It still doesn’t cover my square footage however.
     
    I now have the Ubiquiti, now referred to as UBI, and the EDIMax deployed.  The EDI has way better range but still only covers a single floor.  Outlying areas of that floor are weaker however. Upstairs and downstairs coverage is very weak.  UBI would be fine as 2.4 but it would need an AP per 1/3 of a floor.  With 3 floors this would get expensive.  I also wouldn’t go with the 2.4 only product.  I would get into the AC product which would drive up the price even more.  My guess is if the EDIMax product was roaming product it would cover ½ a floor instead of the UBI 1/3rd.  It's not so we won't argue that guesstimate.
     
    I have 25Mbps up and down Internet at my house.  The EDIMax seems to be taking full advantage of the speed provided and the Ubiquiti is having trouble with the upload speed but peaking the download.
     
    I have test numbers for you.  They were mainly for me to track my testing and get a feel for the gear but if you like that kind of thing, geek out.  If not, scroll down for the paragraphs.  It's all summed up in the writing.
     
     

    When UBI is fringe it gets ugly.
    My feeling is that if I had a higher speed connection the Ubiquiti system would not be able to keep up.  If I had only a small apartment to cover I would purchase the EDIMax again.  At $49 and providing 802.11ac it is a steal.  My square footage laughs at the EDIMax however.
     
    My other issue is that I need a router that can be separated from the WiFi. My Internet handoff is in the basement.  I’m on fiber and have only an Ethernet jack to plug into. (Seriously nice but I am moving soon and will be faced with Xfinity)  Eero may present a problem if you do not use it as the router so I will have to work through that.  It may just be that I have to purchase an addition access point to cover everything.  I may be able to get creative with CAT 5 wiring too.
     
     
     
     
     
    Power Over Ethernet
     
    I may be a fringe user, or a power user but I like power over Ethernet, or PoE.  The power has gone off at my house before while I’ve been working in a sunny room and I never knew it.  That’s because all my UBI AP’s are PoE and backed by battery backup.  So is the router, servers, NAS, and desktop PC.  All on battery backups.  I won’t be able to do that easily with the eero system.  I don’t think the “Accounting Department” ie, Spouse, will let me put a UPS at each eero point.  I’ll research later on how small I can get with battery backup.
     
    I also use Circle with Disney in my house to secure my kid devices.  I don’t have any of my devices monitored.  The MAC addresses are listed in Circle but not assigned profiles.  Just to be clear, I powered the Circle OFF prior to testing.  Just for fun, I plugged it back in and retested. Same results.  If you are not protected by Circle your speeds are safe.
     
    Lessons Learned and Notes
     
    This is a learning post.  I needed to do some testing and simply wrote it up as I went.  Good or bad writing, good or bad testing skills, right or wrong. It is what it is.  What did I learn?
     
    A $50 EDIMax router/AP is pretty darned good.
     
    It only has a 100mbps port however.
     
    I have dead spots with both EDI and UBI.
     
    UBI is fine if you have an AP in every room you need access in.
     
    Neither of these products as configured in my house today reach outside well.
     
    I thought the EDIMax was faster. It feels faster but I think it’s simply coverage.  It covers better.
     
    I like PoE.
     
    If you have ever heard that Ubiquiti products are “noisy,” they are. There are no moving parts but the electronics sing when they are pushing data.
     
    I'm also finding that each UBI AP (i have 3 deployed) is different. Speed wise, and noise wise.
     
    These are single tests. No AP was hurt in this test nor were they under a load during this test.  That is an entirely different set of circumstances.
     
    Want to discuss? Here is a comments thread for this post. Here