Apr 07 2014

Podcast - Missing Remote Podcast Episode 16

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We discuss some Wireless Extenders this week. Amazon FireTV and if we are going to buy it or not. Xbox One Security flaw found by a 5 year old. Mike Garcen’s thoughts on Media Browser 3 install from two week ago. Kickstart find for lightbulb/bluetooth speaker. We bring up helping other get their media experience better for $500. As always this weeks podcast is powered by Geekinated.

This show is run by Kyle Button(@techbutton), Senior Editor MissingRemote.com and Co-founder of Geekinated and is joined this week by John McMahon(@JohnMcMahon_) Co-founders of Geekinated. We also have a special guest Mathew Adamson(@MinnesotaMathew) Check out the show notes and links below. We record each week, and you can follow us on the Geekinated YouTube Channel for Video Podcast, or check out the Audio Downloads below. Each podcast is powered by Geekinated. Check out the Geekinated Podcast that happens right after this podcast every week posted on Geekinated.com. Where we branch out and talk about everything Geek.

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MissingRemote Podcast

Apr 07 2014

Review - Thecus N5550 5-Bay NAS Server and XBMC Home Theater Computer

NAS (Network Attached Storage) units have been growing in popularity over the years, due to their ease of use in providing a lot of storage in a compact enclosure, while making redundancy a simple matter of replacing drives when warned. With the HTPC continuing to evolve however, where does the NAS stand in supporting or replacing your traditional server box filled with your media? The N5550 from Thecus has been out for almost two years now, but the modifications made to this affordable five-bay NAS box allow us to pose the question whether a NAS can truly replace your need for a traditional HTPC. By having simple integration with XBMC media center software the N5550 can offer the unique hybrid opportunity of being both your NAS and your media center in a single unit.

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As the Thecus N5550 is not new, there are plenty of server-based review websites which cover in detail the speeds, power and data transfer speeds of the system’s NAS functionality. So instead, I’ll be focusing this review on the full time HTPC-usage capabilities of the box. However, I did want to cover briefly the specifications of the box which is basically a full powered system:

Item

Spec

Processor

Intel® Atom™ Processor D2550 (1.86GHz Dual Core)

System Memory

2GB DDR3

LAN Interface

RJ-45x2: 10/100/1000 BASE-TX Auto MDI/MDI-X

WOL supported

USB Interface

USB 2.0 host port x4 (back x4)

Mar 31 2014

Podcast - Missing Remote Podcast Episode 15

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UHD or Ultra HD what is the right term? Android Powered TV by Phillips with Ambient Light. We discuss cheaper Projector Screens for DYI and some other screen by Elite Screens. We discuss what media consumption televisions we have at our houses, and where we are going with it. We ask about a lower amount today to help with Media, and we go into some new reviews we are working on. Stay tuned for all the great talk with new Microphones and new 1080P Webcam over at our YouTube show.

This show is run by Kyle Button(@techbutton), Senior Editor MissingRemote.com and Co-founder of Geekinated and is joined this week by Eric Hall(@wxrocks), John McMahon(@JohnMcMahon_) all Co-founders of Geekinated. Check out the show notes and links below. We record each week, and you can follow us on the Geekinated YouTube Channel for Video Podcast, or check out the Audio Downloads below. Each podcast is powered by Geekinated. Check out the Geekinated Podcast that happens right after this podcast every week posted on Geekinated.com. Where we branch out and talk about everything Geek. Downloads and Embeded player and show notes after the break

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Mar 26 2014

News - News - The $100 Projector Screen

Can you really get a quality projector screen for around $100? The folks over at Projector Central think so. Their step-by-step guide walks you through the entire process for using paint to createProjector Central your own DIY projector screen. The results are surprisingly good, ending up with a screen comparable to the Studiotek 100 which retails for about $1300. 

While the results were impressive, the author stresses that enthusiasts with high-end projectors should forgo the DIY route and invest in a higher quality screen. What do you think? Would you do-it-yourself, or is a professional screen the only way to go big? Let us know in the comments, and check out the article link after the break.

Mar 25 2014

News - D-Link Dual Band 750Mbps 802.11AC (DAP-1520) Wireless Extender Now Shipping

As wireless networking has gotten faster and become more reliable, I've found myself relying on having a quality signal in more places around the house. As good as my router is, there are a few places where, while there is signal, it's not quite as fast as I would like it to be. I saw a few new products at CES to help resolve this, with the D-Link 750Mbps DAP-1520 being one. If you were counting the days until the $70 extender shipped, your wait is over.

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