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QNAP False Advertising Of Hardware Transcoding

I have uncovered something that some people may or may not care about, but it is worth mentioning about the fact that QNAP says they can do hardware transcoding in certain devices.  In particular I purchased a TVS-671 which boasts this claim.  Now I am also using Plex Media Server which currently does not take advantage of the built in ... Read More »

Hands On With The Plex Cloud Beta

It finally happened.  I got the email that I was chosen to participate in the Plex Cloud Beta last week.  I was excited to get going even though I have had some initial issues fundamentally thinking about the storage challenges with such a deployment.  I’ve moved forward with my local installation which has been working great so now it’s time ... Read More »

How To Build The Ultimate Plex Media Server

When I decide to jump into something those that know my know I have a saying that ‘Chris doesn’t do anything small’.  I also research, plan, read, and prepare for things quite a bit.  So when I decided to jump into the PLEX arena I did a lot of reading, and thinking about how I wanted to run the application. ... Read More »

Plex Cloud Sounded Great…..Until….

So about a month ago I jumped on this bandwagon.  I figured….why not.  Everyone else is doing it.  Not because I wanted to cut the cord.  Mostly so I could enjoy my media library on multiple devices and share it with friends and family.  I built a couple of test servers locally using some old NAS gear.  Now, most people ... Read More »

How To Automate Small Business Processes

Many people know that some time ago my wife Julie started her own business called StitchTek Services, LLC when we lived back in New Hampshire.  Since then having moved to Tennessee, the business has started to grow and she has been posed with some challenges.  Most of those were many of the small business tasks that one person needs to ... Read More »

Wi-Fi Site Surveys and Analysis With NetSpot

Since I have been doing a lot of WiFi work lately in my house and I also setup a few sites for my church and a local RV park, I realized I have a tool I use that is extremely useful.  I’ve actually had it for quite some time now and it’s proven useful for checking signal strength and other ... Read More »

Ubiquiti Unifi Controller Version 5 Sneak Peak

Part of my other reason for installing a Unifi Cloud Key was to also have a place to test out the BETA versions of the controller.  However, there is a brand NEW version coming out with version 5 that I got the okay from UBNT-Brandon to show to folks.  Once I was done messing with the Cloud Key this weekend, ... Read More »

Migrating Ubiquiti Unifi Controllers and Sites

So after all this toying around with the Ubiquiti Unifi Cloud Key, and knowing I have all my sites in a cloud controller on EC2, it was time to see what migrating controllers would look like.  I decided to try out the process of moving controllers to see what it might look like.  What I discovered was a few interesting ... Read More »

Using The The Ubiquiti Unifi Controller Federated Cloud

Continuing on with some of my recent posts I wanted to put some quick information out there about the Ubiquiti operated Unifi Federated Cloud.  There are multiple ways to run the Unifi Controller I have talked about.  You can run a public cloud based option, locally on windows, Mac, or Linux, or most recently on the Unifi Cloud Key.  Something ... Read More »

First Look and Hands On With Ubiquiti Unifi Cloud Key

I have been running a cloud based version of the Ubiquiti Unifi Controller for just about a year now.  I decided to run it this way because I happen to manage my home office gear as well as a small setup for my church and a local RV park.  The cloud based controller version was a perfect solution do have ... Read More »

Ubiquiti Unifi iOS Controller App Review

It’s no secret I am a huge fan of Ubiquiti Networks gear.  When I first installed it last year I blogged about the setup and as of today it’s still running.  The only exception is I’ve upgraded the 24 port switches to 48 port units and did some cable cleanup.  The fact is that this stuff runs my home office ... Read More »

Crashplan Offset Backups For Your Home…Forget Time Machine

Yesterday I realized just how important a simple backup can be….especially when the restore actually works.  Now it’s not like I had to restore something mission critical to my laptop, but that does not matter.  The point that I needed to restore something and it worked was the key.  For over a year now I’ve been running Crashplan Home on ... Read More »

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