Apr 10 2015

News - D-Link AV2 2000 PowerLine Kit Now Available


As convenient as wireless networking is, there are some situations where it either doesn't work or isn't the most efficient mechanism to bring networking support into a remote location of the home. PowerLine devices generally fill this void quite nicely, but haven't done a great job of keeping up with what is possible with modern 802.11AC. With the announcement of the DHP-701AV, D-Link aims to fix that gap with the MIMO enabled 2000Mbps (best case) capable PowerLine kit. If it can achive 1/2 that, and still bring the when-not-in-use power savings PowerLine historically has excelled at - they could have a real winner on their hands with the $130 kit.

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Apr 05 2015

Podcast - MissingRemote Podcast 54 - Give me NUC and a Nighthawk

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We start by talking about recent reviews by Andrew on our site. Netgear Nighthawk(http://www.missingremote.com/review/netgear-r7500-nighthawk-x4-smart-wifi-ac2350-router) and how it looks sweet and works awesome. We also discuss Intel’s new NUC(http://www.missingremote.com/review/intel-nuc-kit-nuc5i5ryk-mini-pc) and the new features it brings out. We talk about some Media Center news and it looks like it may be coming to Windows 10. There is a new Surface 3 out, some of the guys don’t like the new name. Make sure you change your IP camera passwords.

This show is run by Kyle Button (@techbutton), Senior Editor and social media director of MissingRemote.com and Co-founder of Geekinated and is joined this week by Eric Hall (@wxrocks), Mathew Adamson (@MinnesotaMathew) and John McMahon (@JohnMcMahon_), all Co-founders of Geekinated. Check out the show notes and links below. You can follow us on the Geekinated YouTube Channel for Video Podcast, we are also on iTunes. 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.

MP3 Download: http://s.missingremote.com/podcast/MissingRemoteEp54.mp3

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MissingRemote Podcast

Mar 31 2015

Review - Intel NUC Kit NUC5i5RYK Mini PC

Intel NUC5i5RYK

When it comes to sleek small form factor (SFF) home theater PCs (HTPC) Intel pretty much perfected it with their Haswell based NUC systems--offering an excellent media experience in a chassis with built-in IR, the potential to add HDMI-CEC, and optional hard disk drive (HDD) all from a quiet, low power system. Seeking to build on this success they recently released the Intel NUC5i5RYK and NUC5i5RYH (2.5” hard drive support) mini-HTPC kits based around a Broadwell Intel Core i5-5250U with HD 6000 graphics. We’ve heard a lot about Intel’s focus on increasing graphics performance and lowering power consumption with the new CPU, so it will be interesting to thoroughly test the system and see if it can deliver on its $390 price tag and be a worthy successor to the last-generation NUC.

Mar 27 2015

News - Pulse-Eight Announces Internel HDMI-CEC Adapter for Intel NUC D54250WYB Systems

Haswell D54250WYB based Intel NUCs included a HDMI-CEC exposing Custom Solutions Header (aka HTPC Header) on board, but there were two pretty major issues with the implementation. The first, and most important, is that there just isn't space in the chassis to put the adapter that was available. The second is that the 3.3V pin droops when current is drawn. While it was possible to fix this one by soldering down to a stable 3.3V point on the board the combination of issues made it unnecessarily difficult to add HDMI-CEC support to the, otherwise near perfect, SFF HTPC. Thankfully Pulse-Eight has just announced a redesigned adapter providing a solution for both issues. With a smaller, more flexible profile and using the 5V line (which is stable), the new adapter should work in any CSH with CEC and 5V pins (the original implementation did not have 5V), so there's no reason that I know of that you can't use it on a non-NUC either.


Mar 26 2015

Review - NETGEAR R7500 Nighthawk X4 Smart WiFi AC2350 Router

NETGEAR R7500 Nighthawk X4 Smart WiFi AC2350 Router

The pace of innovation in the 802.11AC space over the last couple years has been breathtaking. With the iteration from AC1750 -> AC1900, the main improvement was realized in 2.4GHz bandwidth, and not focused on enhancing the speed of the primary 5GHz radio. The recent release of “Wave 2” 802.11AC chipsets has changed this by adding features like Multi-user MIMO and a fourth stream; we now have 1733Mbps [theoretical] available, pushing us that much closer to what is achievable with a Cat6 wired network. Of course, these claims need to be tested so when NETGEAR offered up their new $270MSRP R7500 Nighthawk X4 AC2350 Smart Wi-Fi router, I jumped at the chance.

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