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Pipo X7 Windows 8.1 Smart Mini PC TV Box Media Player $97.99

Posted by pete_c , 20 February 2015 · 585 views

Just a quickie synopsis of a mini pc ordered on January 18, 2015 and received on February 20, 2015. It is called the Pipo X7 and it was on special for $97.99.  Will take some pictures and post here. It sold for $89.98 as a pre-order. PIPO X7 is a smart Streaming Media Player with Windows 8.1 OS. (Also called Internet TV BOX, set-top bo...


XBMC Security Cam Overlay Script

Posted by pete_c , 10 September 2014 · 1467 views

Found a new XBMC script that you can utilize for security cam viewing. Here I will post methodologies to create custom camera overlays using the script. Download the script here: XbmcSecurityCamOverlayAddOn    Discussion is here: Security CAM Overlay add-on  Its best to utilize one instance per camera.  Works great....



Posted by pete_c , 16 July 2014 · 565 views

I've been using little RFID tags from a company called Ananiah Electronics for a few years now.  They are reasonably priced and they work fine for me.  I have the tags mounted in the headliners of the automobiles and they utilize 12VDC from the automobile.  I have flip flopped using the tags with the batteries (which last typically over a y...


Tweaking a TP-Link TL-WR710N Microrouter

Posted by pete_c , 31 May 2014 · 3228 views

 Specs:Interface 1 10/100Mbps WAN/LAN Port, 1 10/100Mbps LAN Port1 USB Port1 Reset Button Dimensions (W X D X H) 3.3 x 3.0 x 1.1 in. (85 x 75 x28 mm) Wireless Standards IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b Antenna Type On-Board WIRELESS FEATURES Frequency 2.4-2.4835GHz Signal Rate 11n: Up to 150Mbps(dynamic)11g: Up to 54Mbps(dynamic)11b: Up to 1...


Weather radio integration for automation

Posted by pete_c , 23 May 2014 · 771 views

Weather radio integration for automation Note that I need to edit this post having moved it from Homeseer.  A few Homeseer users have currently integrated a weather radio into their automation. The picture attached shows information related to last 2-3 years.  Tornado touch downs have occurred more than once in the area depicted below in the last 10 years.  I did have a video...


Joggler Playing

Posted by pete_c , 09 April 2014 · 776 views

Over the last few years I have been playing with a "few" devices made by a company called OpenPeak.  I have been using these little touch tablets for my automation consoles.  I have now over 20 of these devices running a variety of OS's sprinkled all over the house and primarily being utilized as Homeseer HSTouch consoles (running in Linux, Andr...


From: Anyone using PFSense as a firewall?

Posted by pete_c , 19 August 2013 · 2347 views

Starting the blog from scratch.  Initially will do a description of hardware used, build of box then go on to installation and configuration.  Mostly built from just spare parts. pfSense website: http://www.pfsense.o...CFUxgMgodWGAA-g  1 - Motherboard - mITX - iGoLogic, Inc.  - note this was a left...


Mailbox and mailbox delivery Sensor

Posted by pete_c , 29 July 2013 · 1452 views

Many years ago built a brick mailbox and installed a box style mail box inside of the brick mailbox. Its been in place some 8 years now. It was a DIY - I am not a bricklayer or mason and had no real clue about doing this. I did originally get some bids for the construction of the structure.  The bids for for around $4k which to me was a bit over...


Speco IP67 or Everfocus IP67 Dome with Grandstream HD IP Camera Board DIY

Posted by pete_c , 23 June 2013 · 4312 views

How to make an IP HD IP-67 outdoor dome using 1 - Speco HT-650 IP67 or Everfocus Dome - Looking for housings that may be utilized (finding many plastic ones at less than $20)2 - Generic indoor IP HD camera board - ~ $100.00 USD3 - TP-Link TL-POE10R - optional ~ $20.00 USD (multivoltage POE injector - currently using these for touch tabletop...


Updating an Asus 4-in-1 WL330gE with DD-WRT OS

Posted by pete_c , 22 April 2010 · 4744 views

Purchased an Asus WL330gE portable wireless 4-in-1 router last week.  Its a great little traveling combo AP router as is.  

Updating the OS to DD-WRT will provide some more functionality to it.  I currently have 2 Linksys WRT54GL's and 2 wrt-hp-g54's upgraded with DD-WRT's most current OS versions.

DISCLAIMER:  Note that you can...

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