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August 28, 2011

Ditch Cable TV This Weekend (and Keep Watching Your Shows)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , — heredago @ 13:28

Cable TV is insanely expensive, and with all the cheap video services out there, it’s easy to cut the cord without losing your favorite shows. Here are some of our favorite tips and tricks for Hulu, Netflix, and other alternative TV sources.

Photo by Alexandre Normand.

Watch Movies & TV Shows Online

One of the easiest ways to get your TV fix is to use services like Hulu, Netflix, and the tons of other video streaming web sites out there. You guys picked Netflix as your favorite in our recent Hive Five, but there’s loads of services out there—from Hulu to Amazon Instant to even YouTube (not to mention web video like Revision3—which produces our very own Lifehacker show, among others).

Ditch Cable TV This Weekend (and Keep Watching Your Shows)These services are all great on their own, but why not beef them up with some other software and webapps? For example, you can mute Hulu ads with Hush, or block them outright with AdBlock Video. If you want to try Hulu Plus before you pay, accessing it through Internet Explorer 9 can give you an entire month’s free trial. You can also use their lesser-known advanced search to find the episodes you want, or even search their closed captioning for that one funny line you remember. If you want to download those videos for later, StreamTransport will make it happen, and international users can access Hulu with some handy browser extensions or by setting up a proxy.

If you’re more of a Netflix person, try InstantWatcher.com, which is a faster interface for Netflix streaming. You can also install the CueThat extension to queue movie content from anywhere on the web. If you subscribe to the DVD service, DVDLater can save movies in the theater for your queue, Queuenoodle will warn you of movies about to expire, and a handy loophole will let you add an extra free disc to your queue. You can even rip those watch instantly movies to your hard drive for offline viewing.

Of course, the big problem with having all these services is that they all have different libraries. If you’d like to search for a movie or TV show across multiple services, you can always use Gogole’s episode filters, or a service like Fanhattan. Of course, the most popular service for this is Clicker, which searches across Hulu, Netflix, and other networks for the movie or TV show you want to watch and tells you where you can find it. It even has a remote friendly-app for your computer, so you can kick back and watch, as well as a mobile app for both iPhone and Android.

Store Movies & TV Shows on Your Computer

Ditch Cable TV This Weekend (and Keep Watching Your Shows)If you’d rather not stream all that video, there are other ways to get it. The most obvious way is to buy those movies and TV shows on disc and rip them to your computer. You can use all sorts of programs to rip DVDs, though for ripping Blu-Ray discs, MakeMKV takes the cake. You can also buy them from iTunes, though those are chock full of nasty DRM. You can remove the DRM, of course, but it’s kind of a pain, so unless you’ve already bought them, we recommend a more friendly buying method.

On the other side of the coin, you could always download content from the web, too, using tools like BitTorrent or Usenet. Of course, that still requires manual work on your part, but with a few other pieces of software you can automatically download TV shows as soon as they air—turning your PC into your own personalized DVR.

Put Together a Media Center

Many of the above services can stream to popular devices like the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, or certain Blu-Ray players, but if you’re going to cut cable altogether, why now build yourself a home theater PC? That way, you can store all your movies and TV shows on one PC, watch them on your TV instead of your computer, and still stream from all your favorite services. XBMC is our favorite media center software ’round these parts, and we’ve not only built a silent, standalone XBMC box but also set up remotes, made it look pretty, gotten all of our TV shows’ metadata into shape, and even turned it into a video game console. Check out our ultimate start-to-finish XBMC guide to see everything you can do, and if you end up with multiple XBMC boxes in your house, synchronize them with MySQLso you can start your TV in one room and pick it up in another without missing a beat.

If you don’t love XBMC, you can always build or buy your own Boxee box, set up a Windows Media Center box that non-geeks can use, or even use the attractive, Linux-based Enna. If you’re having trouble deciding, check out our comparison between XBMC, Boxee, and Windows Media Center to narrow down your choice of media center software.

Keep Cable and Pay Less

If you just aren’t ready to ditch cable yet, you can always try and lower your monthly bill. Call every once in a while and ask about promotions, or research other local companies to see if they can give you a lower price. In the end, though, just asking for a lower price can get you really far. It won’t cut your cable altogether, but at least you’ll save a bit of money before you’re ready to try the above options.

Got any of your own tips for ditching cable without losing TV altogether? Share them with us in the comments.

 

http://lifehacker.com/5834909/ditch-cable-tv-this-weekend-and-keep-watching-your-shows

POUR JAKE: BACON JAM

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — heredago @ 12:32

Bacon and jam. Mmmm.

How can bacon slow cooked in maple syrup and sugar be wrong?
That’s right, it can’t.

The first time I saw this recipe, I was in awe.

I emailed Lorraine, (aka Not Quite Nigella) and started asking a bunch of questions. Her answers only intrigued me further.

When I finally got around to making it, I kicked myself for not dabbling sooner.

Not only is it extremely delicious, but it’s incredibly versatile too.

Need to pimp some veggies? Throw in a tablespoon of bacon jam for depth of flavour.

Too tired to cook? Improve a toasted cheese sandwich with a little bacon jam.

After a salty-sweet treat? Melt some chocolate with bacon jam for brilliant little bacon chocolate snacks.

The options are endless, unfortunately the bacon jam supplies are not.

Bacon Jam

A recipe by Not Quite Nigella. Makes a 250ml jar.

Ingredients:
500g smoked bacon (or use regular bacon and liquid smoke)
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium brown onion, sliced
3 tablespoons brown sugar
Tabasco sauce (according to taste)
1 cup coffee
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup maple syrup
Black pepper to taste
Extra water

Method:

1. In a non stick pan, fry the bacon in batches until lightly browned and beginning to crisp.

2. Using a pair of scissors cut into 1 inch pieces.

3. Fry the onion and garlic in the rendered bacon fat on medium heat until translucent.

4. Transfer the bacon, onion and garlic into a slow cooker or a heavy based cast iron pot and add the rest of the ingredients except for the water.

5. Stove-top method (Lorraine’s method – 30 mins quicker, but involves stirring and checking)
• Simmer for 2 hours adding ¼ of a cup of water every 25-30 minutes or so and stirring (liquid levels should reduce so you have some juices but not too much).
5. Slow cooker method (Anna’s method – two pots and extra 30min, but less action required)
• Simmer for 2 hours, or longer if you like.
• Return to stove top and simmer to reduce liquid, around 30 minutes.

6. When ready, cool for about 15-20 minutes and then place in a food processor.

7. Pulse for 2-3 seconds so that you leave some texture to the “jam” or of course you could keep whizzing and make it a smoother and more paste like.

Note: it needs to be stored in the refrigerator, but note the texture changes (hardens) when it’s cold.

http://www.reddit.com/r/Cooking/comments/jx0ax/bacon_jamnot_too_sure_this_sounds_good_but/

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Tag Mp3 Music Tracks Automatically With MusicBrainz Picard

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By Usman on Feb 17 2011 Leave a comment

MusicBrainz Picard

Do you have a huge music library where hundreds of audio tracks are untagged? Tagging music tracks is necessary especially if you listen to music on portable audio players, as many of them read tag information directly rather than original file name. MusicBrainz Picard claims to be the next generation audio tagging application, which is developed to help users tag huge music archive in a snap. The distinctive part is that it can scan through music files for Audio Fingerprints a.k.a PUIDs (Portable Unique IDentifier) in order to search and replace existing tag information with correct ones. It also comes with CD Lookup feature to extract information from optical music discs while Lookup function allows user to look for the meta tags of selected music file from MusicBrainz page.

 

First off, either add a music folder or manually select music files from different locations to populate the list. Once imported, select the track to view current tag information on the left side. The main interface is divided into two panes to view your music tracks with current tags, and albums with suggested tag information on the other side. The bottom pane holds two boxes for Original and Metadata at each end.

To begin tagging, select the audio file from left side. Now click Lookup to let MusicBrainz find out the best match. Tagging can be performed in batch mode by scanning multiple files for PUIDs. To scan the files, select those with incorrect correct tag information, and click Scan on toolbar. It will start listing down the albums from where tracks belong to and tag them with correct meta data. When all the selected music files have been tagged, it will remove them from the list, indicating that tagging has been performed. You can also verify the newly added / replaced meta information by selecting music file in Windows Explorer.

scan

If you want to scan a single audio file, just select it from the list, click Scan to verify  the track information listed under corresponding album in right pane, and click Save on the toolbar. During testing, it tagged 30 songs in less than a minute by grabbing the correct tag information from online resources. The application is extensible. On the product page, you will find plugins to pull out tag information from last.fm, download album cover arts, and to capitalize first letter of tag information.

It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Download MusicBrainz Picard

http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/tag-mp3-music-tracks-automatically-with-picard-tagger/

Rename, Edit Metadata & Convert Media Files With Media File Manipulator

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — heredago @ 11:46
By Farshad on Aug 25 2011 Leave a comment

Media File Manipulator is an open source application to edit metadata, rename files and to convert taglib-sharp supported audio and video files. It allows users to edit file name to metadata and metadata to file name, as well as to batch convert audio files from MP3, OGG, FLAC, ALAC and AAC presets. Videos files can also be converted to iPod and iPhone format. Hence, the primary features of Media File Manipulator include renaming media files, setting custom media metadata (ID3 tags etc), converting videos to iPod and iPhone format and to encode audio files. While one can achieve iPod and iPhone conversion by a number of video conversion tools, such as, VidCoder (uses Handbrake), Mobile Media Converter and Hamster Video Converter, ID3 metadata editing is what makes Media File Manipulator a useful application.

After installation there are two shortcuts which are created on the desktop; one for the converter and the other for the metadata editor. To edit file metadata, you will have to launch the MMF meta data editing utility. Just drag and drop files to the main interface and edit file name to metadata or metadata to file name from Editor Mode menu. You can do this by selecting a file and folder mask from the respective drop down menus. This is so because, the file mask strings will generate the output file names. Click Perform Action to apply the settings.

Media File Manipulator

The main window of  the MMF Converter displays all available options required for file conversion. You only have to drag and drop media files to convert them to required formats and edit file conversions settings from the left hand side pane (e.g. changing the bit rate, codec, output folder, etc).

Drag Drop

To configure presets, open Audio/Video presets option from the bottom toolbar. The available video presets include, Xvid, H-264, iPod Nano 5g and iPod touch. Whereas, the audio presets include Mp3 (192kb and quality=0.4), FLAC, OGG, Apple Lossless, AAC (Nero AAC and AAC 148kb). Once you have selected your required parameters, click Convert to batch convert files.

Note: To make sure that the input file is recognized as valid in iTunes, the video stream has to be encoded in H.264 or MPEG-4 (up to 640×480 1.5Mbps) format.

Presets

Media File Manipulator works on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Download Media File Manipulator

http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/rename-edit-metadata-convert-media-files-media-file-manipulator/#more-70781

NOT ME ;) – What’s your most “WTF” one night stand story?

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http://www.reddit.com/r/reddit.com/comments/bifid/gawker_picks_up_redditor_thatcoolguybens_story/c0mxdhs

For those who do not know the original story behind this:

  • Yesterday, a Redditor asks a simple question on AskReddit – What’s your most “WTF” one night stand story?
  • Another Redditor thatcoolguyben posts a comment in reply here writing a story about a night of drug-induced sex with a Celebrity where he ends up doing Heroin, fucking her and waking up in Hollywood’s Scientology center.
  • Redditors doubt the authenticity of the story so he posts 5 private pictures from the night to prove that the story is genuine. These include nude pictures of the celebrity he fucked. NSFW pictures on imgur.com originally uploaded by Thatcoolguyben:

1. http://imgur.com/x4z3y.jpg

2. http://imgur.com/XdWl3.jpg

3. http://imgur.com/zoMZa.jpg

4. http://imgur.com/11NX5.jpg

5. http://imgur.com/3eeJi.jpg

  • Redditors recognize that the girl is actually Peaches Geldof from her face and tattoos. She happens to be a minor celebrity who is dating Eli Roth (Bear Jew from Inglourious Basterds) and is the daughter of Bob Geldof, a major Irish Rock star.
  • Peaches Geldof becomes aware of the Reddit story and pictures as she’s active on Twitter and many people start tweeting about it.
  • People start discussing the story and posting the pictures all over internet forums and small blogs.
  • Thatcoolguyben deletes his comments and pictures about Peaches Geldof (his Reddit account is still active). Here is a saved screenshot of his comments page before he deleted those comments – http://i.imgur.com/5CJNf.png
  • Shit hits the fan. The story is featured on Gawker.com with full credit to Reddit and Thatcoolguyben – http://gawker.com/5502453/peaches-geldofs-heroin+fueled-one+night-stand-at-hollywoods-scientology-centerwith-pictures
  • Perez Hilton picks up the story and publishes her nude pictures (without crediting Reddit or Thatcoolguyben.)
  • All major Celebrity nudity blogs such as Egotastic publish the pictures without crediting the source, i.e., Reddit.
  • Twitter is all abuzz with the scandal, the nude pictures and the rumors but thankfully Reddit has been left out of most of it and most of them don’t know that this is where it all took place. The guys over at Anti-scientlogy forum WhyWeProtest are getting all the visitors.
  • Details of Redditor Thatcoolguyben start emerging as another former lover posts her experience with him here

Finally, this is the original story that was posted by Thatcoolguyben:

Last Thanksgiving I was staying at a friends house for a few days before a trip to South America. I’d been spending most the time on the couch for the three days I was at the house. My friend lived with her boyfriend and one other girl who was “recording” her “album.” I would occasionally see this girl leaving early in the morning and coming back late at night while I was on the couch. On my final day at the house, Thanksgiving day, the girl returns at about 2:30am (Thanksgiving festivities would start in a few hours.) I’d kicked back a few beers already and was having fun sitting watching TV. She comes in and pauses for a moment looking at me. She says “have you been living here the whole time I have?” I laughed and thought this question strange, she was showing how oblivious she was to the world. I said that I had only been at the house for 2 days. She sits next to me and we begin talking about tattoos, which both of us have a good amount of. She had a cute English accent and wasn’t bad looking at all. The tattoo discussion leads to us deciding we should get each others names tattooed on each other. At 3am I grab my friends car keys, and head out. We drive all over Hollywood looking for a tattoo parlor, with no luck. While driving around we get on the topic of drugs. At this point in my life I was very into all drugs, as was she. She told me she had a bit of heroin she brought with her from the UK and asked me if I was game. I was so the hunt began.

We drove all around LA looking for the supplies we needed. We drove to various pharmacies looking for needles and cotton. We finally found one, which as a look back on would be a funny sight. A well dressed guy and girl walk in an 4am looking for a 10 pack of diabetic syringes. We get them and begin the drive home. On the way back she mentions this is heroin base, meaning we need to dissolve this in lemon (I guess this is a British thing, I never have seen this in my years in NYC.) We stop at a Dennys, asking them for a stack of lemons. Once again we got strange looks but it worked. We get back to the house, where I was promptly yelled at for stealing my friends car, and getting warned what I was about to get myself into. Once all the commotion settles down, we go to the girls room and rig up. At about 5am I was high as a kite and we start to watch a movie. Things get hot and heavy and before I know it we’re naked. I go down on her while we’re still having odd conversations about mutual friends and past hookups. I was too high to get hard and she knew it. After blowing me for a few minutes she asks if I was ok. I tell her I’m to high to get it up. I then immediately remember I’d packed a Cialis in my bag. I run out of the room, bring it back, and pop it in front of her. She laughs as we continue to have a naked dance party on her bed. I finally feel the blood rush to my member and the action begins. We did it every way possible, and for a young girl she sure knew how to work it.

This is where things get weird. Close to 8am she starts saying how someone was coming to pick her up. We’d continued to use all night so I was quite foggy about the happenings. I faintly remember her asking me for a ride and me driving her somewhere. I awoke at about 1pm in a sauna, throwing up all over the place. I started freaking out. I look around and see her on an exercise machine outside the room, looking in about the same shape as me. I get out of the room and people come past me cleaning the puke like it was nothing to them. I’m standing in the room groggy, in a speedo, and confused as hell. I look around and read some stuff realizing I’m in the Celebrity Scientology Center in LA. This girl ended up being a hardcore Scientologist and a D-List celebrity, and we were doing a process called Purif. I showered, got my clothes on, got her, and drove back to my friends, nodding out and puking the whole way.

Needless to say when I got back my friend and her boyfriend were pissed. I had “ruined” Thanksgiving. I sluggishly passed the day along and at 11pm went to LAX and flew to South America. Not until days later when I looked through my camera of the pictures of that night did I fully realize everything.

TL;DR: Did heroin, fucked a minor celebrity, woke up in a Scientology center, ruined Thanksgiving, left the country.

Defog Your Car’s Headlights

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — heredago @ 11:34

Over time your car’s headlights haze or fog over due to sand, grit, and other debris literally sandblasting the headlight over the years. Defogging your car’s headlights will improve both the light’s appearance and function. Buying a wet-sanding defog kit works well, but you can also do the job with denatured alcohol and some elbow grease.

Defogging headlights consists of removing the scratches that have been sandblasted onto the surface of the headlight. You can do this either by wet-sanding the surface or using denatured alcohol to strip away and polish out the scratches. A user on Mazda forum MX6.com tried both approaches side-by-side and both seemed to work equally well. We covered methods using toothpaste (polishing) and sandpaper (sanding) in the past, and here are two more:

The wet-sanding method involves washing the headlight with water and soap, using masking tape to protect the paint around the light, sanding with an abrasive compound, buffing, and finally polishing the headlight. You can do this by hand, using a drill or rotary tool, or even an orbital sander. You can buy a 3M kit designed to work with your home drill for $14.54 from Amazon.

The polishing method requires denatured alcohol, commonly found in nail polish remover, gas additives, and sold in any home improvement store in the painting section. You can buy a quart of it from Amazon for $7.29 and that will be more than enough for this project. This method is a lot less complicated—just use a rag soaked with denatured alcohol to firmly polish the headlight several times. The light may still look foggy while the alcohol is on the surface, so after you polish the light for a few minutes take a break and let the alcohol evaporate. You may have to do this two or three times to get the headlight sufficiently defogged.

Whichever method you choose, defog your headlights once every year or two for both good looks and maximum visibility.

Defogging Car Headlights | CarPart4U

dupeGuru Music Edition Removes Duplicate Audio Tracks by Name, Tag, or Content

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 Mac/Windows/Linux: dupeGuru is a free, open source, and cross-platform utility that will scan and help you remove duplicate audio files from your music library. The app uses filename, creation date, tag information and metadata, and even the audio fingerprint of the file to determine which songs are duplicates, even if they’re named differently.

dupeGuru ME (Music Edition) supports most popular audio file formats, including MP3, OGG, and both traditional and lossless AAC and WMA (notably absent is FLAC, unfortunately.) Once installed, point the app at the folder where your music lives, and tell it to match dupes by filename, tags, file content, or audio content (audio fingerprint.) The app also supports complex search filters, and lets you add regular expressions or other logic to make sure you catch everything you’re looking for.

When dupeGuru finds duplicates, it presents them to you to decide what to do with them. You can delete it immediately, move it elsewhere for further review, or even play the file right there to test it. If your music library is big enough that using your favorite player’s “find duplicates” feature just isn’t cutting it anymore, dupeGuru ME may be worth a look.

dupeGuru Music Edition | Hardcoded Software via Addictive Tips

Blu-Ray Rip maker BRRIP DVD

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — heredago @ 11:30

MakeMKV Rips DVDs and Blu-Rays with Just Two Clicks

MakeMKV Rips DVDs and Blu-Rays with Just Two ClicksWindows/Mac/Linux: It’s still slim pickings when it comes to finding a good freeware application for ripping Blu-Ray discs, but ripping and converting tool MakeMKV is free for as long as it’s in beta—and it’s undoubtedly the simplest ripper around.

Those of you with large Blu-Ray collections have probably already invested in a good ripping tool, but those running a bit behind on the format changes (or that don’t have the space on your HTPC to hold all those 50 GB files) should take advantage of this limited time opportunity. MakeMKV is a two-click decrypting, ripping and converting tool for DVDs and Blu-Ray discs. Literally all you do is pop in the disc, click the DVD or Blu-Ray icon, and then hit Make MKV—30 minutes later, you’ve got yourself a high-definition MKV file that can be played in most media players (like Lifehacker favorites VLC or XBMC). You can opt to rip only certain chapters, as well as edit a few advanced preferences, but the default settings work just fine for those not well versed in DVD ripping lingo.

MakeMKV is a free download for all operating systems. DVD ripping will always be free, but Blu-Ray ripping is only free as long as it’s in beta, after which it will go to a to-be-determined price, so get ripping now!

Router Recommendation

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — heredago @ 11:29

 

submitted 23 hours ago by omnicious

I need recommendations on a router that has great range and preferably has DD WRT support. Keep in mind I would have to be using 802.11g and I need it to go through at least one floor. I have internet speeds that are 25 Mbps and above through modem so I’ll also need a router that’ll be able to give me as close as those speeds with at little overhead as possible. Price point is preferably $80 tops but if you really think your recommendation fits the bill I’m willing to go to $100. If you need any more clarification on what I would need please leave me a message.

 

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[–]stocksy 2 points 22 hours ago

The maximum useful throughput of 802.11g is 21 Mb, so 802.11n is essential if you wish to exceed this.

All the consumer routers I’ve come across have been very low quality, so I can’t in good conscience recommend one to you. Hopefully someone else will.

 

[–]tsdguy 2 points 21 hours ago

Plenty of “consumer” routers would fit the bill, however what’s “consumer” is a matter of opinion. Many router companies have multiple lines.

Your price point is not going to cut a quality router for which you will get sustained throughput. I’d say $100 is a minimum for a good 802.11n with dual 2.4 and 5Ghz simultaneous networks.

You need to visit http://www.dd-wrt.com for a list of supported and recommended routers.

 

[–]omnicious[S] 1 point 20 hours ago

I see a list for supported routers but not recommended ones.

 

[–]dajacu 2 points 21 hours ago

yeh go wireless N

the more you spend the better the quality will be, dual band should give you better throughput..

 

[–]omnicious[S] 1 point 20 hours ago

I can’t use wireless n because my roommates computers can’t use it. Is it possible to dual broadcast g and n? Either way I need g to go pretty far.

 

[–]dajacu 2 points 20 hours ago

a wireless N router will be able to connect a/b/g/ and N. It will use G when the PC only has G, it will just be a bit slower..

 

[–]omnicious[S] 1 point 17 hours ago

So do you have a recommendation in mind?

 

[–]dajacu 1 point 17 hours ago

i wouldnt go netgear… i have a dlink wireless N.. and it seems ok, it was about $80 from my local dick smiths..

there are not too many advanced, expensive features that you will require

i have this and no real problems… http://dicksmith.com.au/product/XH0578/d-link-wireless-n-router-dir-615

Linksys are also good if you want to spend the money (i think they are good, no personal experience)

I just hate netgears…

 

[–]omnicious[S] 1 point 16 hours ago

I heard the DIR-615 is problematic.

 

[–]dajacu 1 point 16 hours ago

i use ethernet on my main PC so its fine.. but wifi signal doesnt extend to the other end of the house very well… although i think the end rooms only have wireless G

 

[–]omnicious[S] 1 point 16 hours ago

Yeah wireless is my main concern. I need it to punch through the floor at preferably a few walls.

 

[–]Dr_Reddit 2 points 20 hours ago

I have two ASUS RT-N16 routers. They can run DD-WRT on them but I have TomatoUSB (which I find to be way more stable) running on them. They are rock solid.

Also, they have external antennas so you could swap those out for better ones if you felt the need to do that.

 

[–]omnicious[S] 1 point 20 hours ago

What are your thoughts on their range and signal strength?

 

[–]Dr_Reddit 1 point 18 hours ago

I don’t have hard numbers for you on signal strength and range but I bought two of them to cover a 2 story 4500 square foot house due to the fact that before I had these I was using two D-Link DIR-655 routers to cover the same area and constantly kept having issues with them dropping connections.

After switching to the ASUS RT-N16 I have full signal everywhere in the house and also in the front and back yards. The other day a cleaning lady accidentally unplugged one of them and we still had great signal strength throughout most of the house, making me think that having two of these things is probably somewhat overkill.

 

[–]omnicious[S] 1 point 17 hours ago

What about speeds? Is there much drop off between modem and router and than between wired and wireless?

 

[–]Dr_Reddit 1 point 17 hours ago

None. The ASUS RT-N16 has a 480 MHz processor and 128MB of RAM. With TomatoUSB on there, the thing is not only screaming fast but also super stable. I’ve never had any problems with video streaming, torrents, VOIP calls, etc.

If you install TomatoUSB on there (which takes about 15 minutes from reading how to do it to actually doing it) you can even set up the router to automatically reboot itself on a set schedule. I have mine set to reboot every day at 3:45 AM which helps keep everything running at optimal speed and with low RAM usage. Although with 128MB of RAM, it probably isn’t really even needed.

 

[–]PrimaryLupine 1 point 17 hours ago

Buffalo Nfinity Air-Station. It has DD-WRT installed standard. Have had one roomie playing WoW, another on Xbox live, and me streaming Hulu simultaneously without issues. Wireless is powerful enough that my phone will associate with the AP when I’m pulling up to the garage gate at my apartment, where the router’s on the second floor.

$59.99 at Microcenter.

http://www.buffalo-technology.com/products/wireless/wireless-n-nfiniti/whr-hp-g300n-airstation-wireless-n-300mbps-cable-router/

 

[–]omnicious[S] 1 point 16 hours ago

Is that using N or G?

 

[–]PrimaryLupine 1 point 15 hours ago

My Palm Pre is G, but the 2 laptops that connect via N work perfectly fast as well.

 

[–]omnicious[S] 1 point 14 hours ago

So range is pretty good with the G then? Is there a lot of walls between your router and your garage?

 

[–]PrimaryLupine 1 point 14 hours ago

Just the floor, really. The parking area is under the upper apartments. With 2 walls between me and the router inside the apartment, I get 80-86% signal with my Vostro’s internal Wifi G connection.

In my last place, it was powerful enough to cover a 1500sq ft house, beyond what a WRT54G could do even with add-on antennas.

 

[–]wrtpro 3 points 12 hours ago* 

Cisco E3000 (simultaneous dual band, 2.4 and 5Ghz)

ASUS RT-N16 (single band, 2.4Ghz only)

On each you can install Tomato RAF (the RAF build is better than TomatoUSB at the moment).

N routers can run simultaneously G and N bands.

 

[–]omnicious[S] 1 point 6 hours ago

I hear the range on the Cisco model isn’t very good though.

 

August 21, 2011

pandora alternatives

Filed under: Uncategorized — heredago @ 18:17

 

http://www.jango.com

http://coda.fm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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