• Joe_Miner
    By: JohnStutsman
     
     
     

     
    Figure 1 – Preparing to install new 32GB of RAM
     
     
     
    In Part 4 of Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time I upgrade the stock 4GB RAM to 32GB RAM in my ML10v2.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 2 – Kingston KVR16E11K4/32
     
     
     

     
    Figure 3 – 32GB RAM about to be installed
     
     
     

     
    Figure 4 – 32GB RAM now installed to the right of CPU cooler
     
     
     
    I upgraded to 32GB of RAM in my HP ProLiant ML10v2 Gen9 using Kingston KVR16E11K4/32 from Newegg. The KVR16E11K4/32 was suggested by Schoondoggy on the forum thread RAM for ML10v2.
     
     
     

     
    Video 1 – Upgrading to 32GB RAM in my HP ProLiant ML10v2.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 5 – Screen during post showing 32GB RAM for the first time
     
     
     

     
    Figure 6 – System Information
     
     
     

     
    Figure 7 – System Information with Installed Memory Highlighted
     
     
     

     
    Figure 8 – Task Manager showing 32GB of DDR3.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 9 – iLO4 System Information – Memory Information.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 10 – Fan speed has been a consistent 6%.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 11 – Temperatures appear well within range.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 12 – Device Inventory.
     
     
     
    As-Built (At the End of this Series: Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the First Time):


    HP ProLiant ML10v2 Gen9
    Xeon E3-1220v3
    32GB Unbuffered ECC RAM KVR16E11K4/32
    Logical Drive 01: OS drive – 2 x Samsung 256GB 840 Pro SSDs in RAID0 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller – 2 x Icy Dock EZConvert Air – mounted in Slots 1 & 2 of 4 drive main cage – Ports 1 & 2 SATA III (6GB/s)
    Logical Drive 02: Data drive – 4 x WD 5TB HDDs in RAID10 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller – ports 3-6 SATA II (3GB/s) – two mounted in Slots 3 & 4 of 4 drive main cage – two mounted in 5.25” bays using 5.25” to 3.5” adaptor brackets (I used the existing SATA cable that had gone to the optical drive for 1 5.25” bay plus another 18” SATA cable I had in stock from previous projects for the 3.5” HDD in the other 5.25” bay)
    OS: S2012R2
    In Part 5 of Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time I will add four 5TB HDDs to my ML10v2.
     
    Please join us in the HomeServerShow Forums with any Questions or Comments.
     
     
     
    Reference:
     
    Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 1: Unboxing and Setting up iLO4 Advance http://homeservershow.com/setting-up-my-p-ilo4-advance.html
     
    Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 2: Installing my OS Drives and Running SPP http://homeservershow.com/setting-up-my-es-running-spp.html 
     
    Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 3: Using iLO4 to Install Server 2012R2 http://homeservershow.com/setting-up-my-server-2012r2.html 
     
    Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 4: Upgrade my RAM to 32GB http://homeservershow.com/setting-up-my-my-ram-to-32gb.html
     
    Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 5: Add Four 5TB HDDs http://homeservershow.com/setting-up-my-four-5tb-hdds.html
     
    Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 6: Performance http://homeservershow.com/setting-up-my-6-performance.html
     
    HP ProLiant ML10v2 User Guide http://h20566.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?sp4ts.oid=7796450&docId=emr_na-c04622279&docLocale=en_US
     
    Forum Thread: RAM for ML10v2 http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/10311-ram-for-ml10v2/
     
    Blog Postings HP ProLiant ML10v2 http://homeservershow.com/?s=ml10v2
     
    My HP ProLiant ML10v2 PlayList:
     
     
    Joe_Miner
    By: JohnStutsman
     
     
     

     
    Figure 1 – Successful Installation of Windows Server 2012R2 on my HP ProLiant ML10v2
     
     
     
    In Part 3 of Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time I installed Windows Server 2012R2 onto my ML10v2 Logical Drive 01 then ran SPP (HP Service Pack for ProLiant) interactively to update drivers and software applications.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 2 – I installed Windows Server 2012R2 on Logical Drive 01 of the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller made of two physical drives (Samsung 256GB 840 Pro SSDs)
     
    From within iLO4 I install Windows Server 2012R2 on the logical drive I created earlier in SSA (“Smart Storage Administrator”) with two Samsung 256GB 840 Pro SSD’s in RAID0 on my HP ProLiant ML10v2. I attach the SATA III (6GB/s) connectors 1 and 2 to the SSD’s. I used Icy Dock EZConvert Air to be able to install the SSD’s in the 3.5” positions. I attached the ISO for Windows Server 2012R2 to the virtual DVD drive in iLO4 and attached a virtual file folder in iLO4 containing the drivers for the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller that I had extracted from the file CP024079.exe using 7-Zip.
     
    Pictures as well as a video of my installation at Installed Server 2012R2 using iLO4.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 3 – Device Manager shows that Drivers are missing.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 4 – After running SPP (HP Service Pack for ProLiant) – no missing Drivers in Device Manager
     
     
     
    In iLO4 I mounted the ISO of the latest SPP for the ML10v2 from HPE’s Support Center I and opened up the mounted virtual optical drive in File Explorer and executed the Windows Batch File launch_hpsum where I then elected Localhost Guided Update in Automatic mode. This updated/installed drivers and software automatically.
     
    Pictures as well as a video I made during SPPs execution at the thread Right After Installing Server 2012R2 I ran SPP.
     
    As-Built (At the End of this Series: Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the First Time):


    HP ProLiant ML10v2 Gen9
    Xeon E3-1220v3
    32GB Unbuffered ECC RAM KVR16E11K4/32
    Logical Drive 01: OS drive – 2 x Samsung 256GB 840 Pro SSDs in RAID0 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller – 2 x Icy Dock EZConvert Air – mounted in Slots 1 & 2 of 4 drive main cage – Ports 1 & 2 SATA III (6GB/s)
    Logical Drive 02: Data drive – 4 x WD 5TB HDDs in RAID10 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller – ports 3-6 SATA II (3GB/s) – two mounted in Slots 3 & 4 of 4 drive main cage – two mounted in 5.25” bays using 5.25” to 3.5” adaptor brackets (I used the existing SATA cable that had gone to the optical drive for 1 5.25” bay plus another 18” SATA cable I had in stock from previous projects for the 3.5” HDD in the other 5.25” bay)
    OS: S2012R2
    In Part 4 of Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time I will upgrade the stock 4GB RAM to 32GB RAM in my ML10v2.
     
    Please join us in the HomeServerShow Forums with any Questions or Comments.
     
    Reference:
     
    Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 1: Unboxing and Setting up iLO4 Advance http://homeservershow.com/setting-up-my-p-ilo4-advance.html
     
    Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 2: Installing my OS Drives and Running SPP http://homeservershow.com/setting-up-my-es-running-spp.html 
     
    Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 3: Using iLO4 to Install Server 2012R2 http://homeservershow.com/setting-up-my-server-2012r2.html 
     
    Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 4: Upgrade my RAM to 32GB http://homeservershow.com/setting-up-my-my-ram-to-32gb.html
     
    Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 5: Add Four 5TB HDDs http://homeservershow.com/setting-up-my-four-5tb-hdds.html
     
    Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 6: Performance http://homeservershow.com/setting-up-my-6-performance.html
     
    HP ProLiant ML10v2 User Guide http://h20566.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?sp4ts.oid=7796450&docId=emr_na-c04622279&docLocale=en_US
     
    HP ProLiant ML10v2 Server Drivers & Software https://h20564.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/swd/public/readIndex?sp4ts.oid=7796452&swLangOid=8&swEnvOid=4168&lang=en&cc=us&hpappid=hppecf
     
    HP Dynamic Smart Array Bi20i Controller Drivers & Software https://h20565.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/swd/public/readIndex?dwf.restartSession=true&sp4ts.oid=5293150&hpappid=hppecf&lang=en&cc=us
     
    HomeServerShow Forum for HP ML10v2 http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/forum/98-ml10-and-ml10v2/
     
    Blog Postings HP ProLiant ML10v2 http://homeservershow.com/?s=ml10v2
     
    My HP ProLiant ML10v2 PlayList:
     
     
    Joe_Miner
    By: JohnStutsman
     
     
     

     
    Figure 1 – Installing the Icy Dock EZConvert Air’s holding my SSDs in the HP ProLiant ML10v2 4 drive cage
     
     
     
    In Part 2 of Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time I install 2 SSDs for my OS drive and run SPP (HP Service Pack for ProLiant) automatically to update my firmware and then interactively to enter SSA (HP Smart Storage Administrator) to set up my logical drive 01 in the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller for my OS installation later.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 2 – Inserting my two Samsung 256GB 840 Pro SSDs into Icy Dock EZConvert Air’s. The EZConvert’s enabled me to fit the 2.5” SSD form factors in the 3.5” form factor slots for 3.5” drives in the 4 drive cage of the ML10v2 – other 2.5” to 3.5” convertors would work but I found the EZConvert to be convenient.
     
    I install two Samsung 256GB 840 Pro SSD’s in drive positions 1 and 2 of the 4 drive cage in my HP ProLiant ML10v2. I attach the SATA III (6GB/s) connectors 1 and 2 to the SSD’s. I used Icy Dock EZConvert Air to be able to install the 2.5” SSD’s in the 3.5” positions.
     
    Pictures as well as a video of my installation at Installing two SSDs for OS Drive in my ML10v2.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 3 – Sliding the 4 3.5” drive cage of my ML10v2 back into place. The drive cage will hold four 3.5” HDDs.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 4 – SSA as loaded by SPP in interactive mode
     
     
     
    After downloading the latest SPP (HP Service Pack for ProLiant) for the ML10v2 from HPE’s Support Center (as well as all other individual Drivers & Firmware for MS2012R2) I ran SPP’s ISO via iLO4 in “Automatic Firmware Update Version 2015.10.0” mode first to update all of the Firmware on my ML10v2 – while iLO4 firmware was being updated to the most current version I lost my remote session but SPP continued updating. After all the automatic updates were finished I rebooted and next ran SPP again as an ISO via iLO4 but selected “Interactive Firmware Update Version 2015.10.0” or manual mode and executed the SSA to put my two Samsung 840 Pro SSD’s in a RAID0 logical drive. (NOTE: Normal practice would be to put my OS drives in a RAID1 for greater Reliability but if my setup isn’t critical I like to put my OS on two drives – either SSDs or WD VelociRaptors – in RAID0 for greater performance or put my OS on a single drive RAID0 and free up a drive port for other things. Putting multiple drives in RAID0 is risky and should not be done without a full understanding that if one drive in a RAID0 fails everything in the logical drive(s) built on that RAID is lost – this probably is not appropriate for your situation – Your Mileage May Vary!) Next I went to HPE’s Support Center for the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller and downloaded Drivers & Firmware for MS2012/MS2012R2. I did all of this in preparation for the next step – installing Windows Server 2012 R2 onto my ML10v2.
     
    Pictures as well as a video using SPP are in the thread Using SPP to update Firmware and load SSA on my ML10v2.
     
    As-Built (At the End of this Series: Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the First Time):


    HP ProLiant ML10v2 Gen9
    Xeon E3-1220v3
    32GB Unbuffered ECC RAM KVR16E11K4/32
    Logical Drive 01: OS drive – 2 x Samsung 256GB 840 Pro SSDs in RAID0 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller – 2 x Icy Dock EZConvert Air – mounted in Slots 1 & 2 of 4 drive main cage – Ports 1 & 2 SATA III (6GB/s)
    Logical Drive 02: Data drive – 4 x WD 5TB HDDs in RAID10 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller – ports 3-6 SATA II (3GB/s) – two mounted in Slots 3 & 4 of 4 drive main cage – two mounted in 5.25” bays using 5.25” to 3.5” adaptor brackets (I used the existing SATA cable that had gone to the optical drive for 1 5.25” bay plus another 18” SATA cable I had in stock from previous projects for the 3.5” HDD in the other 5.25” bay)
    OS: S2012R2
    In Part 3 of Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time I will install Windows Server 2012R2 onto my ML10v2 Logical Drive 01 then run SPP (HP Service Pack for ProLiant) interactively to update any drivers and software applications that may be dependent on my OS.
     
    Please join us in the HomeServerShow Forums with any Questions or Comments.
     
    Reference:
     
    Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 1: Unboxing and Setting up iLO4 Advance http://homeservershow.com/setting-up-my-p-ilo4-advance.html
     
    Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 2: Installing my OS Drives and Running SPP http://homeservershow.com/setting-up-my-es-running-spp.html 
     
    Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 3: Using iLO4 to Install Server 2012R2 http://homeservershow.com/setting-up-my-server-2012r2.html 
     
    Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 4: Upgrade my RAM to 32GB http://homeservershow.com/setting-up-my-my-ram-to-32gb.html
     
    Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 5: Add Four 5TB HDDs http://homeservershow.com/setting-up-my-four-5tb-hdds.html
     
    Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 6: Performance http://homeservershow.com/setting-up-my-6-performance.html
     
    Installing two SSDs for my OS Drive in my ML10v2 http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/10416-installing-two-ssds-for-os-drive-in-my-ml10v2/
     
    Using SPP to update Firmware and Load SSA on my ML10v2 http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/10417-using-spp-to-update-firmware-and-load-ssa-on-my-ml10v2/
     
    HP ProLiant ML10v2 Server http://www8.hp.com/us/en/products/proliant-servers/product-detail.html?oid=7796450
     
    HP ProLiant ML10v2 QuickSpecs http://www8.hp.com/h20195/v2/GetDocument.aspx?docname=c04567802
     
    HP ProLiant ML10v2 User Guide http://h20566.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?sp4ts.oid=7796450&docId=emr_na-c04622279&docLocale=en_US
     
    HP ProLiant ML10v2 Maintenance and Service Guide http://h20566.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?sp4ts.oid=7796450&docId=emr_na-c04622389&docLocale=en_US
     
    Intel E3-1200v3 processor family http://i.crn.com/misc/microsites/intelssd13/Intel_Xeon_Processor_E3-1200v3_Tech_Over.pdf
     
    Intel C222 Chipset http://ark.intel.com/products/75516
     
    HP ProLiant ML10v2 Server Drivers & Software https://h20564.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/swd/public/readIndex?sp4ts.oid=7796452&swLangOid=8&swEnvOid=4168&lang=en&cc=us&hpappid=hppecf
     
    HP Dynamic Smart Array Bi20i Controller Drivers & Software https://h20565.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/swd/public/readIndex?dwf.restartSession=true&sp4ts.oid=5293150&hpappid=hppecf&lang=en&cc=us
     
    HomeServerShow Forum for HP ML10v2 http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/forum/98-ml10-and-ml10v2/
     
    Blog Postings About the HP ProLiant ML10v2 http://homeservershow.com/?s=ml10v2
     
    My HP ProLiant ML10v2 PlayList:
    Joe_Miner
    By: JohnStutsman
     

     
    Figure 1 – Unboxing my newly arrived HP ProLiant ML10v2
     
     
     
    Back on September 8, 2015, forum member Taffeys posted in the Deals Forum (I like over 50 other members follow the Deals Forum so that we get instant alerts when “Deals” are posted) that TigerDirect Business was selling HP ML10v2 Server with Xeon E3-1220v3, no OS, no HDD for $300! Schoondoggy ordered it and had it delivered to him at the hotel he was staying at during the 2015 HomeServerShow Meetup in Indianapolis on September 12, 2015. Schoondoggy unboxed his new HP ProLiant ML10v2 at the meetup giving those of us in attendance a change to look over closely the form factor and debate many of the ways the ML10v2 could be utilized and even modified.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 2 – Schoondoggy’s Unboxing of HP ProLiant ML10v2 at HSS MeetUp2015
     
     
     

     
    Figure 3 – Schoondoggy’s ML10v2 at HSS MeetUp2015 with Icy Dock external drive case on left and HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 on Left
     
     
     

     
    Figure 4 – Schoondoggy’s ML10v2 at HSS MeetUp2015 being examined by Meet-Up participants
     
     
     
    Like many after the meet-up I had begun debating when I would get my own HP ProLiant ML10v2 and when I saw another great deal at TigerDirect Business I jumped on it. I recorded my unboxing experience at Unboxing my ML10v2 – Yippee!!
     
    One of the first things I wanted to do soon after unboxing my ML10v2 was to enter an iLO Advanced License Key into the iLO4 of my HP ProLiant ML10v2. I recorded my process for getting my iLO4 address and entering iLO4 from a client on my home network to enter my Advanced iLO4 Key in my HP ProLiant ML10v2.
     
    As-Built (At the End of this Series: Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the First Time):


    HP ProLiant ML10v2 Gen9
    Xeon E3-1220v3
    32GB Unbuffered ECC RAM KVR16E11K4/32
    Logical Drive 01: OS drive – 2 x Samsung 256GB 840 Pro SSDs in RAID0 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller – 2 x Icy Dock EZConvert Air – mounted in Slots 1 & 2 of 4 drive main cage – Ports 1 & 2 SATA III (6GB/s)
    Logical Drive 02: Data drive – 4 x WD 5TB HDDs in RAID10 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller – ports 3-6 SATA II (3GB/s) – two mounted in Slots 3 & 4 of 4 drive main cage – two mounted in 5.25” bays using 5.25” to 3.5” adaptor brackets (I used the existing SATA cable that had gone to the optical drive for 1 5.25” bay plus another 18” SATA cable I had in stock from previous projects for the other 5.25” bay)
    OS: S2012R2
    In Part 2 of Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time I will cover installing SSDs for my OS drive and running SPP (HP Service Pack for ProLiant) automatically to update my firmware and then interactively to enter SSA (HP Smart Storage Administrator) to set up my logical drive 01 for my OS installation in the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller.
     
    Please join us in the HomeServerShow Forums with any Questions or Comments.
     
     
     
    Reference:
     
    TigerBusiness Direct Link for HP ML10v2 http://biz.tigerdirect.com/product/itemKey/103016340
     
    Unboxing my ML10v2 – Yippee! http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/10342-unboxing-my-ml10v2-yippee/
     
    Advanced iLO4 Key in my HP ProLiant ML10v2 http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/10415-advanced-ilo4-key-in-my-hp-proliant-ml10v2/
     
    Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 1: Unboxing and Setting up iLO4 Advance http://homeservershow.com/setting-up-my-p-ilo4-advance.html
     
    Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 2: Installing my OS Drives and Running SPP http://homeservershow.com/setting-up-my-es-running-spp.html 
     
    Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 3: Using iLO4 to Install Server 2012R2 http://homeservershow.com/setting-up-my-server-2012r2.html 
     
    Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 4: Upgrade my RAM to 32GB http://homeservershow.com/setting-up-my-my-ram-to-32gb.html
     
    Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 5: Add Four 5TB HDDs http://homeservershow.com/setting-up-my-four-5tb-hdds.html
     
    Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 6: Performance http://homeservershow.com/setting-up-my-6-performance.html
     
    HP ProLiant ML10v2 Server http://www8.hp.com/us/en/products/proliant-servers/product-detail.html?oid=7796450
     
    HP ProLiant ML10v2 QuickSpecs http://www8.hp.com/h20195/v2/GetDocument.aspx?docname=c04567802
     
    HP ProLiant ML10v2 User Guide http://h20566.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?sp4ts.oid=7796450&docId=emr_na-c04622279&docLocale=en_US
     
    HP ProLiant ML10v2 Maintenance and Service Guide http://h20566.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?sp4ts.oid=7796450&docId=emr_na-c04622389&docLocale=en_US
     
    Intel E3-1200v3 processor family http://i.crn.com/misc/microsites/intelssd13/Intel_Xeon_Processor_E3-1200v3_Tech_Over.pdf
     
    Intel C222 Chipset http://ark.intel.com/products/75516
     
    HomeServerShow Thread “iLO Advanced License Keys $18.50-$24.00” http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/9511-ilo-advanced-license-keys-1850-2400/
     
    HomeServerShow Forum for HP ML10v2 http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/forum/98-ml10-and-ml10v2/
     
    Also: Good information links at HomeServerShow “ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Links” http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/
     
    Blog Postings about the HP ProLiant ML10v2
     

     
     
    Dave

    By Dave, in Blog,

    A whole lot of follow up on this episode. Circle, WiFi, Server to NAS, and a better look at Open Mesh with Mike Faucher. Jim Collison discusses cloud storage while Dave digs into his wiring closet.  Also, some moving news. See you in the forums.
     
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    By Dave, in Blog,

    Circle is a lot of things.  It's a hardware device, an app, and a whole lot of an internet nanny.  I bought this device thinking I would be underwhelmed.  I wasn't.
     
    Circle allows your family to manage all of your home’s connected devices with ease. Circle pairs wirelessly with your home Wi-Fi and allows you to manage every device on the network—tablet, TV, or laptop. You can assign devices to different profiles in order to customize Internet usage for your family.   Devices can also have time limits assigned as well as bedtimes assigned.  The internet will not work on that device if it's bedtime.  Set time limits on certain apps and not on others.  An Example would be a 30 minute limit on Minecraft but a 2 hour or longer limit on something educational like a Math or spelling app.  It's up to you.
     
    Turn off YouTube with a tap. You can even pause the household internet in order to get the kids to the dinner table!
     

     
    Through a licensing partnership with the Walt Disney Company, Circle provides families with Disney entertainment.  You will have access to Disney videos, blogs, GIFs, memes, emojis, music, games, characters and lots more all through MyCircle
     
     
     
    Setup was easy.
     
    Plug into power and for best results plug into Ethernet close to your wireless router but you don't have to.  It works in a centralized area that offers it good wifi reception. (I recommend Ethernet)
     
     
     

     
    The app helps you through the setup process by directly connecting to circle, then you tell it your wifi SSID  name and password.  This process was very quick and I didn't have any issues.  The app jumps right into setting up your family starting with yourself.  When you are done setting up family members it asks to indicate what devices on the network you don't want circle to watch for.  Lights, nest, etc.  I excluded servers, and NAS devices as well.  The app will do it's best to preselect your home appliances and devices you don't necessarily want to be filtered.  These all go into the Home profile.   That's zero filtering or monitoring.  I went ahead and made a different Home Device profile and moved all those devices to it because all new devices that join network go to home profile.
     

     
    I like the Home profile to be nice and clean so I'll be sure to notice anything that pops up on the network.  Several showed up overnight actually.  Like water sensors and other home automation devices you might have on WiFi.  Circle really gives you some insight as to what is going on in your house!
     

     
    Now, back to putting devices into profiles.  It will list all devices it sees traffic for.  Then you get to go identify them.  This may be harder for non tech folks to do as the list can get big if you have a lot of devices. Some are simply labeled Device, or Microsoft, or Apple.  If you are as OCD as I am you will go through and match MAC addresses to the device.  This will allow you to know the device on the list actually belongs to that person you are assigning it to.
     

     
    This may be a non factor in your household.  I had about 20% of my devices I wanted to relabel.  Microsoft Device to Surface Pro 3, Apple iPad, to the name of the person using that iPad, etc.
     
    This can be difficult with off branded or less known manufacturers.  I had a Foscam camera show up as manufacturer B-Link and a description of IP Camera.  I then had to login to the camera and hunt for the Mac address in order to be sure it was the Foscam.  Luckily, Circle has and easy way to re-label devices once you identify them.
     
    Now find your kid devices and put them in their own profiles with their name.  I made one for each child.  I also created a Kid Guest, Adult Guest, and one for all of my devices.
     
    In each profile you can set the level of filtering you want as well as time limits.  Individual app time limits as well as time online in general. Also, set wake up and bed times.  Bedtime worked great.  I intentionally set it at 6 PM and it cut my kid off from doing school work.  I opened the app and set it to 8PM and he was good to go almost instantly.
     


    The IMPORTANT part
    It won't shut down an ipad after a certain time limit.  You are still going to need to do the whole parenting thing.  It simply limits internet access.  Apps that need to make calls to the internet will not work.  If they have apps that work independently of the internet then they can still use the iPad to game with, or whatever.
     
    As for internet limiting, It works and it works pretty good. So good in fact it fooled me.  My boys asked me to update their ipads.  I use restrictions on each ipad to attempt to keep them out of trouble.   I removed the restricion on the ipad and the I went to each of their circle profiles and moved their bedtime to later so I could get into the app store and update their stuff.  I kept getting failures and I couldn't figure out why.  I finally found that their profile had an "app store" setting.  Once I toggled that to ON they were immediately able to update their apps.
     
    It also filtered me once when I was trying to look up hotels in Las Vegas.  There is a gambling filter and it was turned and blocking a couple of Las Vegas hotels I was looking for info on.  A quick jump into the Circle app and I was back to booking hotels.
     
    The YouTube filter will block the YouTube kids app.  Just FYI.  Weather Radar app is not working as well on the kids filter.   I turned filters on and off until I got frustrated.  It doesn't work on the kid or teen profile, only on adult.  There is probably an answer to this but I couldn't find it.  You may find this on a few apps.
     
    Ports and Extra
     
    It has a built in battery.  If your kids pull the power plug and think they are going to surf freely think again! I said it once before but it has Ethernet.  On the back of the device you can see the USB port for power, the power indicator and right under that is an Ethernet port. Lift the flap and it's there.  Above all that is a power button but you have to hold it down for 10 seconds to get it to shut off.
     
    Notifications
     
    Circle will notify you when a member has gone over their time limit.  More importantly it will notify you when a new device has joined the network, or an admin app has been added, it has gone offline, or has been reset.  Your Enterprising children will not be able to mess with Circle without you knowing about it!
     

     
    MyCircle
     
    The MyCircle page allows family members to view their time online and the Time Limits that have been set for them so they can easily track their progress. MyCircle also provides exclusive age appropriate content.
     
    Mobile Phones
     
    What about kids with mobile phones?  When the wifi is paused they can simply jump on their phone right?  Circle has a solution for that but it's slated for release in 2016.  It's called Circle Go.
     
    Circle Go™ allows you to enable Circle’s features anywhere, for any network your kid’s devices join. Even 4G. At home or on the go, Circle settings remain in effect no matter where your family travels. Same Circle awesomeness, now outside your home network.
     
    It's iOS only right now. Circle has plans to release an Android app early in 2016.
     
    Speed
     
    For the most part the speed on and off the Circle have been comparable.  Enthusiasts may be able to tell on some sites but enthusiasts often don't want to be monitored.  It's easy to exclude your devices.  Family and kids used my Circle over a 4 day holiday and not once complained.  Most didn't know they were on a service as such.  When they came into the house their devices all hopped on to my wifi as they have been here before.  I moved kids to the kids group and adults to an unfiltered group.
     
    Again, it's nice to know what is on your network.  A neighbor ipad popped up on my screen one night.  The kids like to Minecraft together so it has my SSID saved.  Somehow it jumped on my SSID while in their own house.  I wonder how much it jumps on my network!!! I've assigned it to a kids guest filter.
     
    Getting Nit-Picky
     
    It does need some improvement.  Luckily it is driven by an app that can be updated and a device that can also take a firmware update.
     
    I would like to know what was filtered!  The kids get blocked from time to time and I would like that report on the circle app.  It does inform me when a time limit has been reached howerver.
     
    I see no way to cover a guest network SSID unless you purchase an additional Circle for your guest SSID.  Do you need one now though?
     
    Local apps not monitored or have ability to pause.
     
    I need to monitor via Android.
     
    More platforms needed. Apps are platforms.  Circle has included popular online platforms that help make filtering the right content easy. Platforms are available to toggle based on your Filter Level setting.
     
    Meerkat, Snapchat, facebook, etc.  It will classify that traffic under a nice looking app icon in your reports.  There are not enough of them though.  Other traffic you will have to sift through and figure out where it is going and what it is.  You will need to be in tune with your child's device and apps to know what is passing through your network.  You still need to be involved.
     
    Platforms included:
     
    Facebook Instagram Netflix Pinterest Snapchat Tumblr YouTube Minecraft Nickelodeon Cartoon Network Netflix Kids Club Penguin Disney PBS Kids Periscope Meerkat Reddit HBO GO Twitter Amazon
     
    Again, those are the apps that show up in the Circle app however it will report traffic for evertying and categorize it as well.  Email and game traffic are separated in their own category and you are shown the URL that was used by the device whether it was an app like outlook or a website like mail.yahoo.com
     
    There is a lot to like about this little box if you need to get control of Internet usage in your house.  It's low price point and helpful app make this a no brainer to try in your house.  Especially if you have kids or teens you would like to corral.
     
    Their site has a lot of videos showing you all the details.  I've set up an easy page for you to remember and share with others.
     
    homeservershow.com/circle
     
    Visit that link, discover more, buy, enjoy.
     

     
     
    Dave

    By Dave, in Blog,

    On this episode of Home Server Show I'll unbox Circle while giving you a heads up about this new product.  Listen in if you want to manage your wifi devices, internet, usage, etc.  Jim, Mike Faucher, and I jump into Wifi, roaming, access points, security, routers, and more networking issues.  I'll also update you on my switch from Server 2012 to Synology and how I'm duplicating data, backing up to the cloud, and backing up my web server to the NAS.
     
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    10Gig Networking (from the forums)
     
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    Synology Software Packages - https://synocommunity.com/packages
     
    Synology Commands for Task Scheduler
     
    http://forum.synology.com/wiki/index.php/Basic_commands_to_get_around_the_Synology_Box_using_the_CLI#Move_or_Rename_a_file