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    The Home Server Show is back after a little time off. Thanks for coming back too! Jim and I discuss unlimited backup to cloud services, news, 6TB Drives, and a whole lot more.
     
     
     
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    Amazon Prime

    Otixo

    JoliCloud

    Mult Cloud
    Thecus ads support for Red 6TB drives.
     
    New performance counters for Tiered Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 R2 have been made available as part of the August 2014 update rollup.
     
    Finally, a reversible USB!
     
    Media Center Users Listen UP!
     
    feedback.xbox.com
     
    Media Extender Vote it up! (link goes straight to this topic)
     
    Tablo TV
     
    Smart Wear Forums
     
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    Dave
    I really didn't know what to title this. Remember that article from Penny Arcade where Microsoft reached out to the artist and brought him to the campus to watch him draw?  This situation is not quite that elaborate but Microsoft did reach out to me in order to get more details about my "desktop replacement" issues. Perhaps you should read my article on  returning the Surface Pro 3 first.
     
    Last week i was a part of a conference call with a room full of Surface team members and engineers that quizzed me on my Surface Pro 3 usage as well as how I used the Pro 2. They drew diagrams while I explained my gear. I quickly realized I was an edge case but this team was relentless in their questioning. They were generally interested in my case and want me to have a good experience with the Pro 3.
    I don't know why this surprised me but it did. They care about the product and its users.  I don't know if I helped any but I volunteered more time and effort if they want.

    Dave
    This week I'm talking with Surface MVP Brian Friedlander  and we'll talk about Surface in education and Miracast.  We also chat about me returning the Surface Pro 3, how I used the Surface Pro 2, desktop replacements, and CPU Throttling.

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    Thanks to Brian Friedlander for joining the podcast.  Follow Brian on Twitter here. Blog here.  There was a big conversation about Miracast on Twitter right after the show.  Please add your thoughts to the forums post for this episode.  I would be interested in hearing what is working and what is not.

    Meetup 2014  Surface Pro 3 Return
     
    ScreenBeam Wireless Receiver
     
    Netgear Push2TV Wireless Miracast

    Dave

    Returning the Surface Pro 3

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    The Surface Pro 3 was announced on May 20th, released to the world on June 20th, and I'm writing this on July 20th.  The significance of the date coincides with Microsoft's 30 day return policy.  I just boxed up the third generation Pro device and took it back to the Microsoft Store.  Somewhat unwillingly but necessary in my case.



    Let me explain.



    I purchased the Surface Pro 2 in February of 2014.  I had the dock and used it as a "desktop replacement."  That's an important term in my case so keep that in mind.  I then took my desktop Core i7 behemoth PC and converted it into a Server 2012 R2 Server running Server Essentials.  That replaced a Windows Home Server 2011 box running on a Core i3.  That Core i3 is now my secondary desktop machine.  What I'm trying to say is that I was completely committed to the Surface Pro 2 as a "desktop replacement."





    Fast forward to May 20th or shortly thereafter when the Surface Pro 3 review unit shows up.  I configured it much like I would any other Windows 8 PC and got busy with it.  I used it mostly on the kitchen table, bar area, Pool, living room, etc.  It made it's way around the house and I used it almost extensively.  What I didn't do was pull the SP2 out of the way and use the SP3 in it's place as a, yes you guessed it, a "desktop replacement."  I had it sitting beside it charging.  I would use it during a podcast and then drag it around the house.  In the evening I would return to my Surface Pro 2 and charge up the SP3.  I was convinced that the Surface Pro 3 was the right device to replace my trusty Pro 2.





    My Surface Pro 2 has compiled many a podcast, tons of video, and performed more Google+ Hangouts than I can count.  During my review period the Surface Pro 3 did none of that.  None, zero, zilch.  I reviewed it as a tablet and a laptop replacement.  In that sense it passed.  I recommended it.





    A week prior to release day reviewers start mentioning different issues .  Wifi issues and power issues.  On June 19th Microsoft issues a firmware fix just in time for new Surface buyers to install once they set up their new tablet.  This fixed the power issue that myself and many others had.





    Here is the crazy thing.  The way I was using the review unit was completely 180 degrees out of phase of all the problems that were popping up for the tablet.  When there were power issues I was only on the charger.  When the wifi connection issues popped up I had already dedicated the SP3 as a "desktop replacement" so it was on Ethernet.  I also didn't see any transfer speed issues.  Naturally, i was hooked up to CAT5.





    I yanked the SP3 out of the desk situation and started using it downstairs. Boom, wifi issues. It was hard not to notice them.  Speed issues, and oh the connection issues.  Maddening connection issues.  If I closed the SP3 up and came back to it an hour or so later it wouldn't connect to wireless properly.  The dreaded "limited connection" notification.  I would have to reboot the device.





    We are now well into July and Microsoft issues a firmware update to every Surface device they have put out to date.  This includes the Surface Pro 3 and promised to fix the power issues and address wifi speed issues.  It did, sorta.  Power issues disappeared but wifi issues were still abound.  Microsoft issued a small statement saying they would address the wifi issues next week with another firmware update.  I found this to be a little odd and somewhat concerning for the product but at least my power issue was gone and the wifi seemed better.





    On July 16 Microsoft released the wifi fix they referred to in the previous update.

    Now, instead of having to reboot the device to fix the limited connection i merely had to cycle wifi off and back on.  Then I could connect back to the wireless access point and get full connectivity.  Better, but not so much.





    There were so many updates and issues it's hard for me to keep it all straight.  I think I got it all in there but honestly, these issues are not why I returned the Surface Pro 3.  Even though these issues should not be happening I do believe Microsoft will finally hit the right combination of drivers and updates to put an end to these problems.





    UPDATE: On July 21st a blog called The Windows Club posted a fix for all this wifi nonsense.  A pretty easy fix too.  What we don't know yet is what will this do to the SP3 battery life.  If it's minimal and this truly is the fix why wouldn't something have come out quicker?  Why would the forums be lit up with troubleshooting and complaints? Why didn't the Surface Team let their MVP's know of the fix so it could be published?  Something stinks here.





    The Real Reason





    I have a completely different set of issues with the Surface Pro 3 that is the major reason for me returning it.  It was podcast night and I fired up a Google+ Hangout and everything was going smooth.  I was talking with my cohost for a few minutes prior to going live.  Just as I always did on the Surface Pro 2.  I noticed the fan noise from the SP3 but I didn't think much about it because Hangouts on the SP2 always kicked the fans into overdrive.  Chrome and Hangouts are just horrible on resources but it's what I use. I won't justify it and I know some will point to that as the issue. So be it.





    My cohost told me my video was starting to get choppy.  A few seconds later he can't hear me and my connection drops.  Compounding the issue, my ISP has routing issues starting at that very moment so it was easy to blame the ISP.





    The next week the entire scenario repeats itself except the internet service was rock solid.  I   switched to a different PC and got the podcast recorded and published.  It was an audio mess  but it got done.  I started researching the issue at this point and found two things.  The Power Options can't be changed much and the Surface Pro 3 has a different thermal ceiling than the Pro 2 does. I found a way to modify the power options by enabling Hyper-V so you can get a performance battery plan but that didn't do anything to change the way Surface Pro 3 manages heat.  The thermal ceiling on this device is a temperature at which it starts reducing the CPU multiplier thereby reducing the CPU speed.  At this point I started monitoring temperatures and the CPU with a few small software programs.





    You can get short bursts of CPU but when it gets hot it will start reducing speed in order to help the fan cool the CPU down.  No matter how much you need or request you are not going to get it.  Prolonged high CPU stress does not mix well with Surface Pro 3.  Hangout video in HD, mixing audio, crunching video, etc.  All the things that I do and did do on the Pro 2 without issue. Waiting for the Core i7 won't help either.  I assume it will ramp up in temperature even faster.





    The next podcast week I used Google+ Hangouts although I switched from Chrome to IE in order to pull it off.  There were moments of video issue but it hung in there.  Fans blaring and multiplier bouncing up and down like crazy.  It was sluggish to work with and was begging for a reboot to freshen it up.





    As good as the Surface Pro 3 is at replacing a laptop it simply doesn't replace a desktop.  Not for me it doesn't. I started weighing my options and had a sleepless weekend toiling about it.  I sold the Surface Pro 2 in order to get the 3 so that's not an option.  My desktop PC is now a server and I really don't need a $1500 laptop at the moment.  That's a lot of cash to spill and still have to come up with a solution to do heavy lifting.





    My only option was to return it and wait for Microsoft to address the issues.  The CPU and temperature issue may never be improved for my situation though.  It is what it is.  It's a fantastically thin device with a freaking core Intel processor in it.  Soon to have an i7 in it.  It's an amazing device and I enjoyed it very much.  However, it may never be an option for me.  I am not willing to hang onto that much of an investment in hopes of it improving enough for me.  Maybe I got a bad one or it was just slightly worse than others.  I don't know.  I do know there is a lot of chatter out there about this very issue.





    July 20th, exactly 30 days after purchase I returned it in order to get my $1500 and change back.  The staff never asked me what was wrong.  They never took a chance to gather information about the return.  They never opened the box.  One guy looked at me and muttered, "didn't work for you eh?"  A phrase that I am guessing he has said to many a "Surface returner."  I was surprised, as I had my story ready.  They handed me the receipt and I played XBox One with my son.  I actually had a good time.





    I still recommend Surface Pro 3.





    I feel like I owe my readers and listeners an apology as I have been recommending Surface Pro 3 from day one.  I still recommend it although not as a "desktop replacement."  I should have caught this however.  My apologies.   There will also be the "don't use Google" crowd.  As much as Chrome is a resource hog I still use it for a few things.





    I knew I had to tell you as there was no point in hiding it.  I'm brutally honest when it comes to this stuff.  I use what I want to use and I use what works for me.  Regardless of what brand or company it comes from.  I will probably catch hell for this but I have to tell you.  It's the right thing to do.





    I do hope that it can be improved.  When I finally made the decision and started copying files over to my server, slowly copying files via wifi  mind you,  the fan kicked on and I watched the multiplier reduce the CPU speed.  I knew I had made the right decision at that point.





    David McCabe

    Surface - MVP



    Dave
    It's all cloud all the time!  Jim Collison has his cloud list out and I sit back and enjoy the show! Well, I can't sit back too much.  I'm talking @otixo and Surface Pro 3.  Much better audio this week.  See you in the forums!
     
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    Soap! - You have to check out this router/doitall box!

    Media Streaming with Synology

    Synology DS415Play

    Copy.com - With this link you get an extra 5GB. 20 in all.

    Otixo
    Mover.io does this as well.

    https://mover.io/pricing/

    Jim's Cloud Guide

    Dave
    The Surface Geeks are back after a long break. We analyze some Surface Pro 3 issues, talk about the Mini rumors, and go over some Windows Phone Options. Ok, maybe we talk a lot about Windows Phone.  A lot!   There was a lot of discussion about Windows Phone this week and we will break it down.

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    Meetup 2014  Threshold and the Start Button
     
    Surface Updates
     
    http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-rolls-out-july-firmware-updates-for-all-surface-tablet-models-7000031356/
     
    Surface Mini is Coming!
     
    Surface Pro 3 Wireless Issues
     
    Windows 8 Auto Update
     
    Surface branding and Lumia
     
    Remote App for RT
     
    Windows Phone Market Share 

    Dave
    Kevin Schoonover joins and shows off his Lenovo TS140 and Dell T20 servers. Jim and I get to ask tons of questions about the hardware and Kevin and I also discuss a SmartThings home automation topic of monitoring for flooding.
     
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    DrivePop 1TB Lifetime Backup for $39.99

    Amazon Prime

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    Dell T20

    Lenovo TS140

    View these servers on the YouTube episode
    .

    Dave
    I know, it's a controversial question, but it needs to be asked!  Should you purchase a Surface Pro 3 right now or wait for the i7, or possibly a new Intel chipset iteration?  We discuss the Intel Broadwell delay and how it might change the Surface release cycle.  Tick Tock.  We finalize the Surface Pro 3 discussion since John and Darren have had a chance to look at one.  I'm also sporting a brand new Nokia Lumia Icon and I'll discuss the transition from Android back to Windows Phone.

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    Meetup 2014 

    Surface Pro 3 Windows Button Update
     
    ASUS Chi w/ Broadwell
     
    Intel delays Broadwell
     
     
     


    Dave
    It's a Meetup 2014 Overview with Jim Collison, John Stutsman, and Kevin Schoonover.  Also some news, SSD and Hard Drive pricing continues to plummet.
     
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    Gigabyte MicroServer?  The 2U Beast.
    Ed Bott on Surface Geeks talking Surface Pro 3.

    QNAP News
    Seagate 4TB $139.99 over weekend on newegg

    New Crucial MX100 low cost SSD:
    http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/storage-ssd-mx100

    NewEgg Lenovo TS140 XEON $419:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1J21H00657&cm_mmc=SNC-Twitter-_-HotDeals-_-NA-_-NA

    Dave

    Surface Pro 3 with Ed Bott

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    Tonight I'm talking with Ed Bott. We have both been using the Surface Pro 3 and will compare notes and answer your questions.  There are not a lot of show notes just some fun conversation about Microsoft, Tablets, Office, and the Surface Pro 3.  Enjoy and see you in the forums!
     
    Ed Bott can be found on Twitter and on his site at ZDNet.
     
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    Dave
    It's hard for a non-artist type like myself to understand the differences between Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3.  I've invited @surfaceproart  Rick Rodriguez to help me out with a few questions and what I'm calling the Surface Pro 3 myths.
     
    Myth 1 Thickness
     
    Myth 2 256 vs 1024 levels of pressure
     
    Myth 3 Button on the right is bad for right hand artists
     
    Myth 4 The fan can be heard.

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    More Surface on the way!
    Bundle the cover please!
    MultiBoot on Surface
    Surface Team AMA
    CPU's on Surface Pro 3 Surface Pro 2 for sale!
     
    Manga
     
    Sketchable
     
    Sketch Time 
     
    SketchBook Pro

    Dave
    It's done. I've pulled the plug on Windows Home Server 2011 and I'll talk about the migration a little bit.  Drashna and Jim are here to help me along and we have a small bit of news.
     
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    New Synology DS414Slim
     
    iCloud - How to install iCloud on Server 2012
     
     
     
    CrashPlan
     
    Copy.com - Get your 15GB Free Here
     
    MyMovies
     
    Server Backup Failing due to backing up Drive Pool.  Remove stable bit drive pool as a backup source and it’s fine.

    Dave
    The Surface Pro 3 was unveiled today in NYC and it's spectacular at first glance.  John and I go over every little detail that was touched on as well as some new information that was left out.  You will only hear that on Surface Geeks by the way!  What was said, what was left out?  We cover it all and have fun doing it! Enjoy and see you in the forums.

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    Surface Pro 3 Announced
    No Mini
    Surface Pro 3 in the Forums
    Where are the Broadwell processors? 


    Are you going to pre-order a SP3? Use the Surface Geeks link to shop at the Microsoft Store!


    Dave
    I'm going down the path of transferring from Windows Home Server to Server Essentials 2012 R2 Update.  I've got Drashna and Diehard to bounce some ideas off of.  I'll tell you the options I faced when choosing the base OS considering I want to run Hyper-V and some VM's for certain duties.  We take an hour and a half of your time to discuss it all.  I'll set a date for Meetup 2014 and share an interesting lesson.
     
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    DVRMS ToolBox Create a Recordings Scratch Drive
     
    RecordedTVHD
     
    Media Browser Server
     
    Media Browser 3 Does Live TV
     
    Migrate your WHS v1 data over to WHS 2011 with DrivePool
     
    Migrating from V1 to Drivepool: http://wiki.covecube.com/StableBit_DrivePool_Q5463715
     
    Hyper-V 2012 Backup Best Practices
     
    Client Hyper-V (Windows 8 Pro): http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh857623.aspx
     
    Windows ADK for “WDS/network restore”
     
    “How to” setup WDS/Network Restore
     
    And hey, it even shows off HyperV on how to restore this way!
     
    850 Gig Limitation for Azure Backups
     
     

  • 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. 
       
      https://reset.threadless.com/
       
      or you can get it it via
       
      https://reset.fm/store
       
      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.
       
      https://reset.threadless.com/
       
      or you can get it it via
       
      https://reset.fm/store
       
      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.
       
      https://store.ui.com/collections/wireless/products/unifi-flexhd
       
      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.
       
      https://store.ui.com/collections/routing-switching/products/unifi-dream-machine
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