Ultimate Home server Part 2 – Operating System + Remote Access

In Part 1 of this guide I showed you one way to put together a home server using off-the-shelf PC hardware. In this part I’m going to discuss the various options for operating systems before making a recommendation and then taking you through the installation. Because most home servers will operate “headless” (with no monitor […]

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Ultimate Home Server Part 3 – RAID Arrays

Setting up a RAID array is an important step in setting up any home server. Doing so will ensure that your data is protected if one (or more, in some circumstances) of your hard disks fails. What’s more there are usually some performance benefits to a RAID setup as data can be sourced from multiple […]

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Ultimate Home Server Part 1 – Hardware

Many modern homes could benefit from having some sort of personal server to house files and run things like a media server, private cloud, IP CCTV or download server. For a long time I would have suggested using a pre-built NAS system from the likes of Synology. I reviewed an awful lot of their devices […]

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Review: RaspyPlay4 Board

Review: RaspyPlay4 Board

  • Aug 17, 2019

I am a huge, huge lover of the Raspberry Pi platform and have used them all over the house for years now, but even I would have to admit that the built in audio capabilities are pretty dire. That’s not really surprising, the Raspberry Pi was designed as an educational tool, it just happens to […]

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I’ve often wondered just how much your CPU can really affect the performance of a gaming PC. Surely most of the grunt comes from the GPU? As it happens I had a couple of different systems to hand; my old i5-4690K rig and my AMD Ryzen 2600 machine, the results were quite interesting: Short answer: […]

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RGB Build – Unicorn Orgy

  • Jun 11, 2019

I recently upgraded my main PC and fell into the wonderful trap of adding just a few RGB elements. By the time I was finished it ended up looking like a unicorn orgy – hence the name of the build.

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Why Your Home WiFi Sucks

Why Your Home WiFi Sucks

  • Aug 16, 2018

WiFi has achieved the status of being pretty much ubiquitous with modern life.  Yet you only have to go back a few years and the majority of devices used in the home still had a wired network connection to transmit and receive data.  Unfortunately the truth about WiFi is that it simply can’t offer the […]

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Why Your Commercial VPN Solution Sucks For Streaming Video

A Virtual Private Network is a great tool that was originally developed to allow remote workers to access their employers IT systems as if they were sitting in their office.  The idea is that through some clever trickery your PC actually appears, for all intents and purposes, to be connected to your office network directly […]

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Damn you Apple and your voodoo magic! So a friend of my wife asked me why the 13,000 or so photos on her iPhone 5S didn’t all show up when she connected her phone to her computer.  In looking into the problem I actually found I suffered from a similar issue; my phone says that […]

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MAKE THE BEST OF A SLOW INTERNET CONNECTION

Sub par connection? Make it count One of the most difficult things about our recent move to Nigeria is that we no longer have access to the kind of super fast connection that’s available in the UK.

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