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    The Home Server Show 23 - News and PDC2008 Wrapup
    Links and News Items mentioned on the show
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    Vidabox New Home Server Box
    My Movies for Windows Media Center and Windows Home Server

    Windows Home Server for $99.99!
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    Windows Home Server and Live Mesh Technology Demonstration
    Second Video posted on Channel 10.
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    I realize that this is a Home Server blog but since Windows Media Center and Home Server are working so nicely together these days I thought these posts would be relevant to the WHS readers.

    Part 1 - HD Signal Issues

    Part 2 - How to convince your spouse to subscribe to Hi-Definition content

    Part 3 - Which service should a Media Center user choose?  DirecTV or Dish Network?

    Part 1

    I have issues.  Media Center issues.

    Several months ago I was content with my Media Center issues.  I live in a rural area which is many miles from the nearest broadcast towers.  I pick up 80% of the HD broadcasts when the conditions are right and about 40% when there is less than stellar conditions.  I ran across some posts on TGB(thegreenbuttton.com) about signal issues with my particular tuner so I begin to get curious.  I'm using the Hauppauge 1600.  It's a dual tuner, SDTV/HDTV and I only use the HD input.  My antenna is in the attic and I know that I could increase my reception if I had it externally to my house but the Spousal Acceptance Factor on this particular issue was very low. (see Part 2)  I follow the posts for a while but never really did anything about it.

    In walks a new HDTV into the household.  It's a very plain Samsung 19" LCD with a built in ATSC tuner.  I plug the antenna feed into it which was previously plugged into the Media Center and begin a channel scan.  (no splitters, good cable)

    As you might be able to guess, I uncover more HD channels than I was previously able to receive via the Hauppauge 1600.  I even find more digital content than was reported to me by antennaweb.com.  Very interesting, but how will it do when the conditions outside are less than stellar?  I couldn't wait for a good stormy night and alas it came.  I quickly compared signal quality between the Media Center and the Samsung tuner and to my chagrin the Sammy was 100% and the Media Center was back to its usual 40%.

    All this time I thought my signal issues were due to my proximity to the broadcast towers.  I had no idea there would be such a huge difference between tuners.  It's time for more testing.

    Two days later I have the AverMedia, AverTVHD MCE A180 in hand.  This is a PCI card with one ATSC input.  After downloading the latest drivers from their website I replace the 1600 with the A180.  There were no problems with the driver and Vista Media Center picks up the changes immediately runs me through the setup of the tuner.  Channel detection and signal strength looks about the same and sure enough it was not much different than the 1600.

    The A180 fared a little better in picking up stations but it was hit or miss.  On a good day there was no problem viewing every channel that was available on its first signal test.  However, it was mostly disappointing because I would see something in the guide that I would like to watch and it wouldn't be available due to lack of signal even though that channel was available the day before.

    With the 1600 you simply did not get the channel.  At least I knew where I stood with it!

    I was wondering if this was just a fluke so I got yet another 19" LCD to test with.  This time a Viewsonic LCD HDTV which was much cheaper than the Samsung.  Still, it produced more channels and better reliability than either the AverTVHD card or the Hauppauge 1600 card.

    I don't really know what the conclusion of this story should be.  I'm a bit disappointed in the these two TV tuners.  Are there better TV Tuners out there?  Are the TV Tuners for computers more sensitive and require a better signal?  What is so different about the ATSC tuner in a Samsung than the ATSC tuner in the various computer cards.  Am I missing out on the perfect tuner card somehow?  Is it out there?

    One would think if it wasn't cost prohibitive you could market a better tuner to the professional installer market.

    My dilemma is now turned over to the reader.  Your comments and discussion would be appreciated.

    Next in this 3 part series - How to convince your spouse to subscribe to Hi-Definition content.  I also have ideas to continue this series and focus more on Windows Home Server so stay tuned!

    The Home Server Show 22 - Windows Home Server Team Interview
    CJ Saretto, Mark Pendergrast, Brendan Grant, and Jonas Svensson of the Windows Home Server team took time out of their schedule right before PDC2008 to talk to us.
    YouTube Comments -
    Wish List Addition - My PS3 and PVConnect will stream the AVI files that I record with my Canon point and shoot.  It also streams AVCHD files from my canon HG-10 HD camcorder.  My wish is that Media Center would do this so I don't have to change over to the PS3 to view these files.
    For a recap of PDC2008 mentioned in the show visit these links:
    Microsoft's Official PDC 2008 Site

    Videos on Channel 9
    Windows Home Server Team Blog

    WinHEC – November 4th – 7th

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    I ran across an article in Electronic House that that asks its readers, "Is your media safe?"  It's a nice read about the HP Media Smart Server.  More after the click.

    October 21, 2008 | by Rebecca Day
    You hit the alarm on your car when you get home from work. You lock all the doors before going to bed. Automatic scans check for viruses on your PC. You even bought a media server to protect all your digital music, pictures and files.
    So what’s protecting your media server?
    Read the rest of the article here.

    I was performing a RAM upgrade on a customers EX470 and thought I would share a few photos of the process.  This is not necessarily a tutorial.  It's more of a detailed look inside the server and it's parts.  Take a look, download, and zoom in on some of them.  Each file averages about 4 Meg.

    For best results, right click each photo and open in new tab. You will get full resolution in your browser. Otherwise it will load in a pop up.
    MSS Top
    MSS Top Connectors
    MSS Backplane
    MSS Backplane Reverse
    MSS Front Tiny Screws
    MSS Front Off
    MSS Front Motherboard
    MSS Chassis Hollow
    MSS Motherboard Module
    MSS Motherboard Module Verticle Battery
    MSS Motherboard Module RAM Side
    MSS Motherboard Module Front CPU
    MSS Motherboard Module Backplane Plug
    MSS Motherboard Module Back
    MSS RAM Replacement
    MSS Old RAM
    MSS Old RAM 2
    MSS Motherboard Module New RAM Inserted
    MSS Motherboard Module New RAM Installed

    Show 21 has tons of news, a security update, and a sneak peek of a 3 part post that is upcoming.
    Links and News Items mentioned on the show
    Microsoft has released security bulletin MS08-067, Vulnerability in Server Service Could Allow Remote Code Execution (958644)
    A new user's guide to Windows Home Server. Story Here.
    Add-In: Update to VPOP3
    New HP links for MediaSmart Server owners.
    Add-In: Tab Creator
    Jungle Disk acquired by Rackspace
    How to run a webcam on WHS
    Linksys Powerline Adapters
    Tranquil PC's SQA-5H
    The Digital LifeStyle.com interview with Tranquil PC
    How to install Windows Media Center Sideshow Gadgets on TV Pack
    The PS3 now plays AVCHD files from WHS and PVConnect
    Video cables for your HP MediaSmart Server
    Add-In: AutoExit 2008 from ASoft
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    The Denon Company

    If you are in the market for a new receiver you might want to consider a new Denon.  Besides being a fantastic multi-zone, multi-source receiver it also has an Ethernet port which enables you to stream music and playlists to it. Click More for the entire review.

    Lets go over the receiver a little bit.  From Denon:
    "The AVR-3808CI is the latest update to Denon's acclaimed three thousand series A/V receiver line.  Technology advances and careful engineering has yielded a receiver with the features and functions to take it well into the future of home theater.  The AVR-3808CI has joined the CI ranking with the addition of expanded connectivity including networking and Internet radio.  Updated Audyssey audio processing has refined the calibration process producing better sound and room balance, even with difficult acoustical conditions.  Digital video connections in the AVR-3808CI now have HDMI v1.3a which brings with it the new surround formats for HD decoding.  Portable device hookup has also been improved for ease of use."

    130 watts x 7 channels
    Fully assignable channels for bi-amping
    Rear Panel RS-232C and Ethernet ports
    Ethernet network port
    XM ready tuning
    Dolby® TrueHD and dts-HD™ Master Audio
    Second zone tone, mono mix and level control
    DNLA certified
    Expanded HDMI v1.3a ports with Deep Color, xvYCC and SACD support
    DENON LINK III, enabling high-speed, high-grade digital signal transmission
    Audyssey MultEQ XT & MultEQ Pro calibration installer ready
    Audyssey Dynamic EQ calibration installer ready
    Digital to Analog conversion for multi-zone connection flexibility
    New GUI menu support
    Comes with dual remotes - EL backlit learning and standard pre-programmed types
    2-way remote capability with optional RC-7000CI and RC-7001RCI system


    Let's get started and get the 3808 on the network.  The back panel of this receiver can be a bit overwhelming at first but hookups are very simple.  In no specific order you should begin by hooking up all your equipment to the receiver.

    Video output
    All of your individual components, CD, DVD, DVR, etc.
    Network connection
    First things first.  This receiver does not play well with UPNP.  If you are using UPNP with your Windows Home Server or have it enabled on your router you will need to disable it.  If you are using Windows Home Server's UPNP function you will need to statically map the following ports to your server in order to use it's Remote Access functionality.

    443 TCP
    80 TCP
    4125 TCP
    More information on port forwarding can be found here.  If you don't disable UPNP you stand a chance of your router being overwhelmed and stopping service.  I tested this with my Netgear wireless router and lost all network connectivity.  A hard reboot had to be performed on the router to get it back.  After disabling UPNP and mapping the ports to my WHS the 3808 was able to pull an IP address and the network was fully functional.
    You will then need to verify your setup but I'm going to skip over all of that.  This also includes checking your firmware update.  The 3808 can update it's firmware over the network and is very simple to do so.

    After you have verified everything enter the GUI setup screen.  The GUI is so much better than using a front panel configuration method but it does take some getting used to.  Navigate through the GUI to the network settings and verify that the receiver pulled an IP address from your DHCP server.  You can change network settings to your liking in these screens.

    A side note, the receiver's Ethernet port is only 10/100 and not Gigabit but since it only streams audio it is more than enough.

    At this point all you have to do is navigate to the Net/USB source to start streaming music.  You can do this via the GUI or directly from the remote. I tested with both the PVConnect Add-In and the Media Sharing function that is built into Windows Home Server.  Both worked perfectly.  It will also accept music shared from a PC running Windows Media Player with media sharing enabled.



    The audio formats that the Denon AVR-3808CI can stream are in the following table.

    Final thoughts
    The 3808 also has two USB ports.  One on the back and another inside the front panel.  Music on a USB stick can also be played.  It is also capable of playing Internet radio.
    An optional iPod dock is available from Denon which will allow you to play music, video, and photos, directly to the receiver.
    You can find the 3808 at Amazon.com for $1699.00 via the link below.
    Denon AVR-3808CI 7.1-Channel/5.1-+ 2-Channel Multisource/Multizone A/V Home Theater Receiver with Networking (Black)


    The Home Server Show 20 - Denon AVR3808CI

    By Dave, in Blog,

    Today we go over listener e-mail, news and the Ethernet enabled Denon AVR-3808CI.
    Keep track of your bandwidth usage with Windows Home Server
    Icy Dock MB454SPF-B 4-Bay hot swappable Hard Drive Module
    Add-In: LightsOut 0.7.7
    Add-In: My Movies for Windows Home Server
    The Media Center Show Interview of My Movies author Brian Binnerup
    Add-In Update: TiVo Publisher for Windows Home Server 1.31
    Add-In: Remote Alert 1.0 Beta
    How-To: Update your HP MediaSmart Server NIC drivers
    Look for a blog post about the Denon AVR-3808 with all the review details and photos.
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    KeepVault has even more news today.  They have announced a new pricing structure as well as discounts for existing subscribers.  Existing subscribers will be able to get the 100GB plan for $79 while new subs will be able to sign up for $99.  Existing subscribers hang on, there is more.

    Straight from KeepVault,  "To say THANK YOU for your business over the last year we are offering you a 20% savings if you renew using the button below! Your prior subscription will be canceled automatically and you will receive a pro-rated refund."  That's good news to anyone who has already subscribed.

    You might wonder what happened to unlimited storage.  Keepvaults responds by saying, "Maintaining quality, uptime, and reliability are our top priorites. Thus, while unlimited plans will be honored through to renewal, customers will need to choose a new plan going forward. KeepVault is still great value and includes our awesome, free, technical support and free product updates."

    The 200GB plan is only $188 reduced from $240.  Homeservershow.com readers can also take advantage of discount links that can be found in the KeepVault review.

    If you enjoyed this post or podcast consider starting your Amazon.com or NewEgg.com shopping right here. Thank you.

    KeepVault for Windows Home Server has released a new version of its online backup service.

    Version 2.30 is available immediately.   The new version adds the ability to see exactly how much space you are using and the ability to delete files from your online repository.

    Read more about KeepVault's review here.

    If you enjoyed this post or podcast consider starting your Amazon.com or NewEgg.com shopping right here. Thank you.

    Dell Small Business has a basic PowerEdge SC440 server for $200 + $20 S/H = $220.

    Specifications after the click.

    Here are the specs:

    Dual Core Intel Pentium E2180, 2.0GHz, 1MB Cache, 800MHz FSB
    No Operating System
    512MB DDR2-667MHz, 1X512MB Single Ranked DIMMs
    Primary Hard Drive 80GB 7.2K RPM Serial ATA 3Gbps 3.5-in Cabled Hard Drive, Primary
    Onboard SATA Controller - No RAID
    No Mouse
    No Keyboard
    On-Board Single Gigabit Network Adapter
    48X CD-ROM Drive
    1 Year Basic On-Site Support

    Follow this link to configure the server, perhaps add a bit more RAM. Then, head over to NewEgg.com for a copy of Windows Home Server and you should be set!  Microsoft Windows Home Server 32 Bit 1 Pack (Power pack 1)

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    PVConnect and the PS3 Update 2.50

    By Dave, in Software,

    UPDATE: The 2.50 release is now available!
    Sony has announced the upcoming 2.50 firmware release for the Playstation 3.  Although they did not mention anything specifically that would help out PVConnect users lets hope that this imminent release will help some of the issues plaguing AVCHD streaming to the PS3.  There are however, some great new features for PS3 fans.

    From the PS3 Blog

    PS3 (v2.50) update
    Now on to the PS3 v2.50 update. The latest features/enhancements include:

    Support for the PS3 Official Bluetooth Headset - we’ve told you about the upcoming Bluetooth Headset and SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation Bundle on the Blog. This latest firmware installment enables High-Quality (HQ) mode, which delivers clear and wide-band online voice chat. On top of that, an added on-screen indicator shows battery status, volume level and use of HQ mode.
    PlayStation Trophies interface enhancements - I know that many of you are busy collecting trophies and raising your PlayStation Trophy level. This update makes sharing and comparing your trophies with your friends even easier. On 1st part of the profile page you’ll see a symbol under level that represents level and the actual percentage towards the next level along with the existing level meter. The level symbol carries over to the trophy comparison screen where you will now be able to see your level, your friend’s level and the percentage towards the next level for both users along with all of the game by game comparison information you see today.
    Friend status – Offline friends on your Friends list will have information below their avatars that will indicate how long it has been since they were last online.
    Video – This update adds the Scene Search feature similar to the feature on the PSP. Activating this feature while viewing a video on the PS3 will break the video up into scenes that you can quickly access by pressing the X button. You can break the videos into one, two or five minute intervals. In addition, you can now choose to have all of the videos under the video section of the XMB play in sequence. Go to Settings then Video Settings to turn this option on.
    PlayStation Store – We’ve added a redeem codes option right on the store to make it easier to redeem your PlayStation Network Cards and promotion codes. In addition, PlayStation Network Sign Up and Account Management have been redesigned.
    Power Save Settings – You can now set your PS3 and wireless controllers to turn off automatically after set periods of inactivity. Go to Settings then Power Save Settings to turn on these features.
    Background Downloading - You now have the option to set the PS3 to turn off automatically after a background download or installation of content has completed. This option is available when you turn off the system from the button under [users] while content is being downloaded or installed.
    In-game Screenshots - this tool will allow everyone to capture, share and in other words, immortalize their favorite gameplay moments. This will be supported on a game by game basis. Please check back to find out which games will support this feature.
    In addition to all of the features above there are some additional features and enhancements included in 2.50. Once the update launches, you can read all of the details here.
    The support for the Bluetooth Headset will be of particular interest to all of you SOCOM fans. With the “Proximity Chat” feature, SOCOM: Confrontation gameplay is intensified as it allows you to experience high-quality voice playback in full surround sound. Whether the action is near or far, Proximity Chat clearly matches distance to sound effects and voiceovers within the game, putting you in the heart of the action.

    Keepvault has announced custom data plans to meet Windows Home Server users' needs.  Follow the link to learn more and find about about discount plans for HomeServerShow.com listeners.



    Dan Reynolds, Marketing and Sales Director for Proxure, Inc, has informed The Home Server Show that Keepvault has added a custom pricing plan to their popular KeepVault for Windows Home Server platform.
    "We’ve added a 'custom' field to our website, so users can now choose from a number of other storage amounts," said Dan.
    He also mentioned some news about KeepVaults updated Add-In.  "We expect to complete testing on the new add-in in ~2 weeks and it will be available free to all existing users and of course to all new users. "
    Stay up to date on the Add-In release at KeepVaults forums which are found here.
    The best news is for all Home Server Show listeners.  KeepVault has authorized me to share some discount links with you.

    Home Plan (100GB)

    Enthusiast Plan (500GB)

    Business Plan (2 TB)

    Follow these links to the KeepVault checkout.  You will notice a 10% discount has been applied.  If you haven't already listened to the Podcast review you will find instructions on how to register for a free year of the KeepVault Home Plan.
    Read the review on KeepVault here.
    Listen to the Podcast review here.

  • Our picks

    • I throw this out every once in a while.  Is anyone interested in writing up "semi-formal" reviews here on the forums?  I say semi-formal because they don't have to be pro level, just a good attempt at telling the story about the gear.  Something you have purchased lately.  You don't have to go buy stuff, just incorporate what you have already have purchased.  Hit me up with any questions.  You never know where it will lead!
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    • D-Link has dropped a couple of new products and additions to their lineup of smart home gear.  Hold on because there is a lot of gear!
      Let's start with cameras.  D-Link has new Wi-Fi cameras, the Full HD Pan and Tilt Pro Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8302LH) and Full HD Indoor and Outdoor Pro Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8526LH).  These are not just new, and good looking cams, they can now perform people detection and glass break detection.  The new cameras also feature expanded ways for customers to save video, including ONVIF Profile S, which enables custom storage and streaming options to personal NAS devices, built-in storage microSD capacity up to 256 GB, as well as free and paid cloud storage options. 

      This year's camera models include both an indoor and an outdoor model. The outdoor model features a spotlight and siren that can be triggered when motion is detected, deterring potential intruders. The indoor model pans around to give a full 360-degree view of any room and tracks motion. Both include two-way audio. 
      Full HD Pan and Tilt Pro Wi-Fi Camera is the model (DCS-8302LH), available in Q2, 2020, and retail pricing will be $99.99.
      Full HD Indoor and Outdoor Pro Wi-Fi Camera is the model (DCS-8526LH), available in Q3, 2020, and retail pricing will be $119.99.
      One of my favorite products is Wi-Fi.  D-Link has a whole lot of new products coming including Wi-Fi 6, Mesh, Alexa and Google Assistant integration, IFTTT, Parental Controls, and more!

      There are so many new SKU's that I can't make heads or tails of them!  I'm going to be speaking with D-Link more this week and will sort all of these out. I do want you to see all they are offering and what the release date and projected retail pricing will be.

      AC1900 Scalable Mesh Wi-Fi Router (COVR-1900-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
      AC1750 Mesh Wi-Fi Router (DIR-1750-US), Q1 2020, $99.99
      AC1900 Mesh Wi-Fi Router (DIR-1950-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
      AC1750 Mesh Wi-Fi Range Extender (DAP-1755-US), Q1 2020, $99.99
      AC1950 Mesh Wi-Fi Range Extender (DAP-1955-US), Q1 2020, $109.99
      Smart AX1500 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X1560-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
      Smart AX1800 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X1870-US), Q2 2020, $139.99
      Smart AX2400 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X2460-US), Q3 2020, $159.99
      Smart AX5400 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X5460-US), Q1 2020, $279.99
      AX1800 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Range Extender (DAP-X1870-US), Q2 2020, $129.99
      AX1800 Whole Home Mesh System (COVR-X1872-US), QX22020, $269.99
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    • RESET Merch Shop
      Get ya Merch here!  I've created a T-Shirt shop with the famous RESET paperclip. I've pasted that clip on just about everything so you can wear it around town!  Cable bags, Coffee Mugs, T-Shirts, and more. 
      or you can get it it via
      Here is the main design.

      Below is a part of the order that I put in!  

      The Heather Grey above is the Extra Soft version and it is awesome.  I highly recommend the softness!    The "Chili Red" is the Tri-Blend and probably my favorite feel and color.

      This is the Zip-Up Hoody, Heather Indigo, Sponge Fleece, Men's, Large.  In my podcast I couldn't remember what style it was but it is Sponge Fleece. It's REALLY soft on the inside. Soft outside as well. The only problem is with the zip up hoody the logo is on the back. Regular hoody, it will be on the front.
      or you can get it it via
      Thank you for supporting this community. Everything you purchase will help keep the lights on the hard drives spinning.
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    • OneDrive Personal Vault and expandable storage
      Microsoft's OneDrive has a few new features and options worth pointing out.  Personal Vault and Expandable Storage.
      Personal Vault is a protected area in OneDrive that can only be accessed with a strong authentication method or a second step of identity verification, such as your fingerprint, face, PIN, or a code sent to you via email or SMS. 
      Personal Vault gives you an added layer of protection for your most important files, photos, and videos—for example, copies of documents such as your passport, driver’s license, or insurance information—should someone gain access to your account or device.
      Plus, this added security won’t slow you down. You can quickly access your important documents, photos, and files with confidence wherever you are, on your PC, OneDrive.com, or your mobile device.

      Beyond a second layer of identity verification, Personal Vault also includes the following security measures:
      Scan and shoot—Using the OneDrive app, you can scan documents or shoot photos directly into your Personal Vault, keeping them off less secure areas of your device, like your camera roll.
      Automatic locking—No need to worry about whether you left your Personal Vault or your files open—both will close and lock automatically after a period of inactivity.
      BitLocker encryption—On Windows 10 PCs, OneDrive automatically syncs your Personal Vault files to a BitLocker-encrypted area of your local hard drive.
      Restricted sharing—To prevent accidental sharing, files in Personal Vault and shared items moved into Personal Vault cannot be shared.
      Taken together, these security measures help ensure that Personal Vault files are not stored unprotected on your PC, and your files have additional protection, even if your Windows 10 PC or mobile device is lost, stolen, or someone gains access to it or to your account.
      Expandable Storage
      If you are and Office 365 Subscriber you get 1 TB of OneDrive storage space with all the other Office goodies like Word, Excel, etc.  I know personally that I have gone over the 1TB limit and have always wanted to be able to add additional storage to my account.  Now you can!

      Pick and option and keep on hoarding, errr, I mean saving! Cancel anytime, upgrade at any moment.
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    • Ubiquiti adds new items to the Unifi Line including UAP Flex HD and the Unifi Dream machine
      Ubiquiti has been busy.  There area ton of new items to recently released and I'm going to share two of my favorites.
      The UAP Flex HD and the Unifi Dream machine. The Flex HD is a mouthful of descriptors like most of UI gear is.  It's a 2Ghz 2x2 MIMO, 5GHz 4x4 MU-MIMO, POE, Indoor/Outdoor, multi mount, mesh point that is no bigger than a can of Coke.

      You will still need the Unifi controller although you can configure it with basic functionality with the Unifi App.  I've always found it's best to configure with your controller and then use the app as an add-on.  There are several mounting options that include sitting it on a shelf! That is something that Unifi has not had before unless you count the ceiling AP I have awkwardly mounted placed on top of a few books.  It can be found on the Unifi store for $179.
      The Dream Machine is an altogether different beast that I hope lives up to its naming.  This is the gateway drug, for lack of a better term, to the Unifi world.  The starter kit.  It is an Access Point, Gigabit Switch, Security Gateway, and the Cloud Key all in one package.  The latter being the most significant as this is something that has deterred new users from getting started with Unifi.  Requiring new users to purchase a $100 item just to run the AP's has been somewhat of a roadblock in the past.  Granted, that is improving every year with the ability to run it in the cloud, on a NAS, a Pi, Docker, MacOS, and of course Windows, it is still a barricade to getting up and running when manufacturers such as Eero offer simplicity in an app.

      The switch includes 4 LAN Ports and 1 WAN port.  All of which are Gigabit and security services such as IPS are rated at Gigabit speed. It's $299 in the Unifi store but I'm unsure how nicely it will play with other Unifi gear.  This may be a nice "first AP" with its built in Cloud Key if you can add additional units or other Unifi access points.
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