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Circle Home on Sale for $20 Off
I've been a big fan of this product and have it running in my home.  It's now $20 off if you follow this link.

There is an Amazon link to buy it and December 17th to 22nd it will also be $20 off on the Circle website.  So heads up!
Take a look at the video below for a better understanding of what it can do for you.  In my house, if anything hops on my wifi the box will notify me immediately.  I've set it up so anything that jumps on is put in a KID friendly profile.  I look at what they are seeing on their iPads and can turn off apps. YouTube, Safari, App Store = Off.
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RESET Gift Guide 2017
This is my guide.  There are many like it, but this one is mine!  Carefully curated over the past several months.  I have more but need to get it published.  We're running out of time!
Mighty Mug
Mighty Mug - Best Gift Ever - Can't knock this thing over!
Laser Temperature Gun
Prepare for some fun!  Cheap too!

LED Under Cabinet Lighting

Think garage, server rack, etc.  You can get different sizes and different packages that include 4, 6, 8, panels.  There is an option to turn it on via motion as well.  I just put a set in my garage and they are real easy to put up.
echoDot Battery
A battery base for your Echo Dot 2nd Gen Makes it Portable
Harmony Companion Remote
This remote control changed my life!

RF remote that blasts IR to your devices. Setup with an app, Turn on via remote, phone, or Alexa. I constantly say, "Alexa, turn off the TV." because the kids left it on.  Or Pause the TV. Only way to get their attention!  

Ticket to Ride
This is a great game for the whole family.

Amazon Strategy Games - https://t.co/Ig0GWYXzax
Eero - $249 for on eero and one eero beacon

Moshi Cables and adapters
USB-C Adapters by Moshi
DJI Spark
Unbelievable sale too!

Wyze Cam - http://amzn.to/2kkgKSO
EZVIZ - http://amzn.to/2kphCps
Blink - http://amzn.to/2BW3tad
echo Dot
Lastly, on the gift list is the echo Dot.  How can you go wrong by gifting this little thing?  Only if the person you gift it to has a "foil hat" on.  Otherwise, it's great for anyone!
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RESET Gift Guide - Storage Edition
There is nothing better than a highly targeted gift guide! Do you find that the family and friends in your life just don't understand your gift needs?  You have to ask for $$$ all the time instead of gifts? Gift Cards?  Yup, that's us.

This is where the Storage Edition Gift Guide comes in.  Leave a link of what you want for Christmas and simply point your family and friends to http://RESETForums.com  DONE!
Let's get started.
NewEgg Networking Store - https://www.newegg.com/Networking/Store/ID-889?   Pick the items you want and share to all!
Corsair Store - https://www.newegg.com/Corsair/BrandStore/ID-1459
Western Digital Store - https://www.newegg.com/Western-Digital/BrandStore/ID-1306?Tpk=western digital
Let's just get this out there shall we?  People, we want 8TB REDS!!!
Maybe cheaper on Amazon - http://amzn.to/2APCRZf
And you know what?  We want ICY DOCK! - http://amzn.to/2Bazbn0  Pick your favorite and link it for your family!  I love these docks!  http://amzn.to/2BaSs7O
How about a new 1060 for the Crypto fan!  It's the gift that keeps on giving! http://amzn.to/2kr8CQm
Don't forget the StableBit!  Don't forget that the order will go to the email address used.  Maybe you should just buy this now.
What's included - StableBit DrivePool, StableBit CloudDrive, and StableBit Scanner.
Normal Price: $59.95
RESET Price for you: $41.96
Microserver Anyone? - Get them here: 
Amazon | eBay | NewEgg
Gift Cards?  Yep!   BestBuy.com | Newegg.com
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SmartThings Scenes, What's in your SmartHome, What I'm watching
SmartThings Scenes, What's in your SmartHome, What I'm watching
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One week left to enter into the RESET / ICY DOCK giveaway!
Hey RESET listeners,
We sponsored the most recent episode of RESET, and are hosting a giveaway to go along with it.  One lucky winner will receive the grand prize of a FlexiDOCK 4-bay model (MB524SP-B), and two runners-up will receive a FlexiDOCK 2-bay model (MB522SP-B).  Simply go to icydock.com/resetpodcast and enter code resetpodcast.
There's only one week left to enter, so don't miss out!  Entries will be accepted until midnight 12/05/2017.  Additional entries can be had for liking our social media feeds, the more entries you have the higher chance you have to win!
-Chris, ICY DOCK team.
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Synology announces Moments Photo Organizer
Synology recently announced a beta for an awesome looking photo organizer.  Moments.  Moments manages your photos in an innovative way, where an image-recognition technique identifies the people, subjects, and places in your pictures and sorts them automatically, allowing you to instantly browse, search, and share your precious moments.
Join the beta here.  Stay tuned for more information and a good look at this beta.  I've got a DS218+ waiting to be unboxed and this would be the perfect box to test Moments with!

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Booting SSD from PCIe x1 slot
Well I am batting .500
This seemed like a good idea, mSATA slot and one SATA port, but it is too tall:

This one just barely fit:

Two mSATA SSD. I am running Windows 10 from one of the SSD.
As both of these use x1 PCIe two SSD's would saturate the bus, but it does free up a SATA port.
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Meetup 2017 Time Lapse
 The official Meetup 17 Time Lapse
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Amazon's new Echo, Smaller and cheaper at $99
Amazon announced a new Echo is headed our way. It's smaller, sounds better, does multi-room audio, and is only $99. Amazon announces the Echo Spot alarm clock with 2.5" screen.
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Post in Pool and Pool House Build VLOG Episode 0
It seems like forever since I've given you an update.  Permits for the structure took way longer than expected but it is now underway.
Drone footage needed now!

Synology unveils a big group of new products, DS3018xs, DS918+ and more
Synology unveils a big group of new products, DS3018xs, DS918+ and more
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Reolink Argus vs Blink vs Homeboy Camera Shootout
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GDU will try again to compete with DJI and the Mavic line of drones
Walkera has tried.


Zerotech has tried.


GDU has even tried.


Nothing has seemed to put a dent in the popularity and sales of the Mavic Pro.  GDU has performers like the Byrd Premium 1 and 2 but has not put a UAV out that has the specs to rival the Mavic.  If you recall, GDU, was first to market with a foldable even though DJI popularized it with the Mavic.  This may be in part to Byrd's more industrial type targeting while the Mavic was an "everyperson" drone.


That may be a thing of the past come September 6th at Interdrone.  GDU has sent invites out to show off the new flyer dubbed O2.  This new drone will be more targeted to consumers and show off the first ever "slide arm" technology where the drone arms actually slide into the body fully protecting the arms and rotors.  It will also be the first drone body to snap together with the controller further making it portable.


GDU has a teaser video up for Interdrone 2017.  I'll be at the show and will bring you the coverage of what is announced.



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Orbi Pro business WiFi
Interesting move by Netgear:

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“Alexa, Play My Music Everywhere”

New multi-room music feature lets you group multiple Amazon Echo devices for synchronized music streaming in every room

New Alexa developer tools extend multi-room audio to other connected speakers and audio systems



Developer Info is here - https://developer.amazon.com/blogs/alexa/post/7c9343ce-425b-4baa-ae63-49c36afb5341/giving-device-makers-more-ways-to-bring-voice-forward-music-experiences-to-their-products


Press Release Here - http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2297100


How To?

Simply use the Alexa App to create groups with two or more Echo devices by naming the group, such as “downstairs.” Once you’ve created the group, simply say “Alexa, play John Mayer downstairs.”
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Lenovo P8 Tablet $154.99
The Lenovo P8 is equipped with a dazzling 8.0 inch 10-point touch IPS screen with a razor-sharp 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) resolution, bringing your photos and videos to life. Powered by a snappy Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, it offers silky-smooth operation and a rock-solid multitasking experience. The crystal clear 8.0MP rear-facing camera captures all your memorable moments with high quality pictures that live forever. A capable dual band 2.4GHz/5.0GHz WiFi module delivers high-speed surfing.


Get it here for $154.99

Coupon Price: $154.99

Coupon Code: AFF23

Coupon Deadline: Sep 6, 2017



Main Features:     
● Android 6.0 OS
Allows you to remain connected and stay productive
● Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa Core 2.0GHz
Ultra-low-voltage platform and octa-core processing provide maximum high-efficiency for power to go
● Adreno 506 GPU
Better and faster multimedia performance when playing games and watching videos compared to previous generation
● 8.0 inch 10-point Touch Screen
Offers superb visual experience for browsing, video and games
● 3GB RAM 16GB Storage

For all your favorite movies, games and more (expandable storage available)
● Dual Cameras for Photos and Face-to-face Chat
8.0MP AF rear camera + 5.0MP front camera let you capture your most memorable moments or video chat with friends
● Dual Band 2.4GHz / 5.0GHz WiFi

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CrashPlan is shutting down consumer side, going business only
That is not a link bait headline! 

What about your data?  If you are a home subscriber you will get 60 days on top of your normal expiration date.


You can migrate your data to their Small Business Plan for the remainder of your subscription and 75% off for the next 12 months.


Surprisingly enough, CrashPlan is pushing home subs to Carbonite!  https://www.carbonite.com/


How much does a Small Business Plans cost?

$10 a month


It's $10 a month per device though. If you are using multiple your price is going up.  There are a lot of caveats however. You can move over 5TB and there is no computer to computer backup option.  The 75% discount sounds like a decent deal but it makes me nervous with so much data moving about and changes happening.  I would first and foremost, make sure you have your CP data backed up somewhere else.  Then decide what your next move is.


If you are a CrashPlan subscriber you need to read up and read well.  It's a sad day in my opinion.  CrashPlan was held in very high regard throughout the years here in these forums.  Stay tuned to this thread and the RESET podcast as we break this down and discuss options.


Read NOW!



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Meetup 2017 Registration

Meetup 2017 Registration - $20 This fee guarantees you a spot at Meetup 17 as well as breakfast and lunch. You may have heard the story but one year I didn't charge a small fee and a ton of people showed up for the free food and a ton of others cancelled! So I had way too much leftover BBQ! This is a PayPal transaction. If you would like something different please PM me.  Use this link - PayPal $20
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Speed Tests of Eero, Orbi, and Almond 3
Speed Tests of Eero, Orbi, and Almond 3

Variables and Location

This test was performed in my upstairs office.  It's a normal sheetrock house.  The office is fairly large without a lot of objects in it.  A couple of desks and tables.  Not a lot of large metal objects.

The PC is to the left. See the lovely box holding the ASUS external antenna? Yea, classy! I tried to isolate the antenna from the case of the PC.  The Device under test is on far right on a wood cabinet.  I have the Orbi shown as example but at time of photo it was not plugged in.

Another wireless system is on during testing. Access point is downstairs.

Neighboring wifi can be seen. One to 2 AP’s usually.

No other devices on in test room.

My phone is on in my pocket. Connected to downstairs AP.

Device under test under test is 20 feet away from Source PC antenna.

Device under test defaults are used. No setting changes made.

Device under test is in router mode. No setting changes made.

Device under test is connected to the Internet.

Device under test is connected via 25 ft. Ethernet Cat 5E cable to Target PC.

Test performed is iperf3 using a 200 Megabyte test. Test is run 10 times. The top and bottom speed are tossed and the remaining 8 are averaged for the result. Result are in Mbits / per Second
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2017 Eclipse Coverage and Photos
I just talked with Richard Hay, from Super Site for Windows, and we chatted about the upcoming eclipse.  I wanted to share some info with you about that conversation as well as see how you are preparing for the viewing.  I've got some resources that Rich shared with me that I think you will want to see prior to eclipse day.


Are you traveling?

How are you viewing?

How are you documenting?


I'm thinking about pulling my kids out of school so they can witness it safely. I haven't talked to the schools yet about their plans.  I was assuming something would come home in their backpack soon.  I have glasses for them though.

I also plan on putting the drone in the air to get a good shot of the landscape as it darkens during the middle of the day.  How cool is that going to be?


Listen to Rich and I talk eclipse here - http://reset.fm/29


Great American Eclipse - TONS of info here

Can you cover a camera with Eclipse glasses?




Also, share your stories. What a great chance we have to share our different perspectives of this once in a lifetime event.
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VOYO Q101 4G Phablet only $98.99


CHUWI LapBook Windows 10 Laptop only $179.99 with coupon "Chuwilaptop"

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CHUWI Hi10 Pro 2 in 1 Ultrabook Tablet PC with Keyboard only $199.99 with coupon "Hi10ProGB"
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4 x 2.5” SSD Dock Trayless Hot-Swap SATA Mobile Rack for Ext 5.25" Bay


Like all ICY DOCK products, I have used, the MB524SP-B was packaged very well. Initial inspection, it appears to be very well constructed, mostly metal, very little plastic. ICY DOCK has mobile racks that are tray and tray-less designs, but this is the first mobile rack I’ve seen that is tray-less and has no drive doors.

Installation was very straight forward, mounting in an available external 5.25” bay. Two things to watch for during installation. First, the power connection is at the top edge of the flexiDOCK. You will need use a straight through SATA power connector if you mount the flexiDOCK in a top bay. Second, use the shortest screws possible to mount the flexiDOCK. If you use screws that are too long, they will keep drives from sliding in properly. The screws that are provided with the flexiDOCK will work for most cases. The server that I tested this in uses rails for the 5.25” bay, so I had to find longer screws.

Initial testing, I tried inserting 5mm, 7mm, and 9.5mm drives all fit very well. One thing I will note, the eject buttons require a good deal of force to eject a drive. At first, I was slightly concerned about this, but in hindsight I think this is a very good thing. This should help keep drives from being ejected accidentally. Each bay has a power button to power down the drive. The power buttons are recessed to keep them from being accidentally pushed. They are mechanical buttons so power cycling the computer does not change their state. These can be used to power down and eject a drive while the computer is operating. Operating systems vary in the way they handle removable drives or hot swapping drives. Please review how your operating system deals with removable drives before ejecting a drive.

Performance testing showed that all drives delivered similar performance whether they were installed in the flexiDOCK or not.

The fan speed can be controlled by a thumb wheel on the front of the mobile rack. At the highest speed, the fan was not too noisy. At the lowest speed, my drives still stayed cool. Temperature will vary due to drive types and use.
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Windows Server 2016 Essentials
Has anyone started playing with this in their environment? Got a couple of questions...
1. Does a workaround exist (like in 2012 Essentials) where clients may be added without having to join the domain?
2. Is Client Backup more stable? Particularly, is the backup database more resilient to corruption when client backups are cancelled, interrupted, etc.?
The reason I've stayed this long on WHS2011 is primarily because it doesn't require clients to be joined to a domain. This makes it easy on everyone (family members). Though I'm aware that there's a way around it in Windows Server 2012 Essentials, I just didn't thought it was worth my time and effort when WHS2011 is working well for me, up to a certain extent. The only major issue, if any, I have with WHS2011 is that the client backup database would develop a problem every several months. Whether or not it is a software bug or some other issues, it's moot to discuss how to fix it, especially now that I'm considering to move to 2016 Essentials. Needless to say, my setup is now two generations old (N-2), I'm thinking maybe it's time for me to consider running the latest and greatest Microsoft has to offer.
Thank you.
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RESET 24 - Wiring and cameras for your pool house
Suggestions for connectivity between your new pool house and main house:

Simplest would be to go wireless (which I know you do not prefer).  If you end up going this route, I would suggest getting a point-to-point wireless bridge.  Luxul and other companies make these products.  They include a pair of WiFi radios with focused antennas (instead of typical omnidirectional antennas) and outdoor enclosures.  Put an Ethernet switch on each end and treat is as a transparent "wire" between the two locations.

If you do trench and pull cable, I'm sure you know the "rule of thumb" to always pull at least two of every cable, every when you think you only need one.  If you plan on pulling Ethernet and coax, then at least two of each.  Go for the highest rating (cat 6E ?) and highest quality cables.  Material cost is a one-time thing but the labor and effort is something you want to last many many years and not have to re-do in the future because of an "oops".

Because a pool house to main house is probably a relatively short run, and is only a single point=to-point connection, I would strongly advise running at least a pair of fiber optic cables also.  With only one run, the fiber cost will be reasonable (versus wiring a large port of a house, etc.) and there is so much versatility.  Even if you don't use it initially, you have the potential to push anything through a fiber - unlimited video, audio, data, etc. and not have to use any compromise solutions like video-over-IP or HDMI/CEC-over-IP, etc.

For security and IP cameras, books have been written but I would advise considering only cameras that are ONVIF compatible so they can be used with many different front-end apps, applications, or NVR (network video recorder) systems.

FOR NVR, (to keep everything in-house and not pay monthly cloud or hosting fees), the two programs I have used are Blue Iris (for the PC), and Security Spy (for Mac).  Both of these are awesome with lots of configuration options and many different ways they can be used.  Both of them will give you the "live video multi-camera display in a grid" on your computer that you are looking for.

Last thoughts - SD definition cameras are still cheaper than 720p or 1080p HD cameras.  If you are going to use a lot of cameras (4 or 8 or more) consider carefully if you really need all of them to be HD.  with SD cameras you will save a lot of money on the cameras, and have less bandwidth (and less storage) to handle their streaming output.

Finally, I would advise paying a little extra to get cameras with H.264 hardware encoding built-in.  This will reduce the bandwidth over your LAN and allow the NVR software applications to handle more cameras simultaneously as a lot of the initial video processing is offloaded to the camera itself.
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