The First Post of the New Year .. Happenings and Tech Stuff

Filed Under (Dorky Stuff, House, Random Thoughts, Various) by admin on 10-01-2011

             Modified 2011f January 2011 03:52:00 PM

 In what I am sure will turn out as the first post of many for the year 2011 I figured it would be good to say hi to the Interweb for a change.  Things have been kinda slow for the most part.  There are a number of projects I anticipate working on at the house and many surprises which I’m sure will crop up.  A couple of those will involve replacing the front door and also trying to landscape the front corner of the property.  With winter comes crappy outdoor conditions for any of these projects so the springtime cannot come soon enough.  The new truck is running great and it’s actually going to need its first oil change pretty soon.  Replacing the exhaust system with a new one by Magnaflow will be one of the first mods.  I am hoping to head to Puerto Rico this spring or summer with Vanessa.  It’s her hometown after all.  Having my own kick-arse tour guide will be supa-sweet.  High five.  Cats are good and are fatter than ever which is a good thing although I get woken up like clock work every morning by Hope who gets cranky and needs food.  Vazoom is rolling along pretty well and I am hoping to receive my official trademark registration from the U.S. Patent Office in the upcoming month or two.

On an unrelated note I should mention about a cool tech product I recently purchased in order for one of my desktop computers on the 2nd floor of the house to obtain access to my Internet connection.  While wireless was indeed an option I chose instead to go with an Ethernet over Power product from Netgear.  These items have been on the market for a while however many people aren’t quite aware this technology exists.  I chose to go this route because I’m a super try everything nerd.  The concept is quite simple – why not utilize your existing in house electrical lines / outlets as a way to connect computers together or to your home router?   Just plug in the first  adaptor into an outlet around  where the computer resides you are hoping to get on the Internet.  Plug an Ethernet cable from the unit to the computer.  Take the second unit and plug it into an outlet around the location of your home router/modem running an Ethernet cable from the new adaptor to an open port on the back of the router.  If your router or modem has no additional ports you will require the use of a small switch.  Depending on the distance and quality of the cable you should be able to achieve excellent results with speeds above 80Mbps.  Although my tests found that both Netgear adaptors could be placed into a surge protector and communicate, more stable results were obtained when the units were plugged directly into the wall outlets.   The units I purchased were the Netgear Powerline AV 200 ones pictured below.  **Make sure you purchase a kit..You need two physical boxes**.  I found a great deal for re-certified units on NewEgg for about $30 / piece.


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