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Apple Airport Express

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Jun 21, 2010 in Apple

Like most people, I have multiple devices that require internet access, however I hate having to run cables.

My main problem has always been the upstairs, downstairs divide. Not wanting to run a cable through the floorboards, I’ve tried multiple solutions from wireless access points, to the Powerline adapters¬†. Now don’t get me wrong, the Powerline mains adapter does work ok, and it’s only very occasionally I get buffering, however I thought I’d give the Airport Express a try.

I have multiple devices which use wireless n, and to be honest wasn’t really that impressed at the speed difference over wireless g, that was until I got the Time Capsule. The Wireless n technology used by Apple is pretty amazing, I went from an average transfer of 4Mb/sec to around 20Mb/sec.

Currently I have my downstairs Xbox360, PS3, and Wii connected to a Netgear DGN2000, which forwards all traffic to my Sky Router via the Powerline Adapters. Realistically I could have bought the Airport Extreme and just used this to bridge the networks, however I like the idea of the AirTunes.

What the hell is AirTunes you may ask, well let me tell you. The Airport Express comes with a 3.5mm jack plug, which you can connect either a pair of powered speakers, or connect to an amp. iTunes then recognises this as another set of speakers, and you can stream music to this output. With it being quite warm outside, I thought it would be a good idea to have some outdoor speakers connected to this, which can be controlled from my iPhone using the Remote app.

As with any Apple product, you just plug it in, and it works ! My MacBook popped up with the Airport utility, allowed me to bridge the network between this and the Time Capsule, and that was it, jobs done !

I gave it a quick test, and I got on average 25Mb/sec transfer speed, which is twice the speed of Powerline Adapters. I plugged in some powered PC speakers, fired up the remote software, and sure enough I heard my music through them ! Perfect !

The only thing is now, I want more of these, the ability to output the same music in potentially every room in the house, controlled by my iPhone sounds an awesome idea, however it may get a little pricy.

Unboxing photos below.

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Busy, Busy, Busy

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Feb 22, 2009 in Fictionshed

Instead of spending the evening playing Street Fighter 4, I decided to start on a Fictionshed advertising campaign.

For anybody that’s not aware, I’m part owner of the Fictionshed company, we’re responsible for a number of machinima/ audio drama podcasts / youtube feeds.

We’ve been running for about 2 years now, but we’re recently take a few new members onboard, and the projects are finally starting to gain momentum. This being the case, I though it was about time I started to get the word out.

I’ve used twitter myself for about 3/4 months (please note: this was before it gained it’s recent popularity, and it seems every man and his dog is using it now….oh well). However, I have noticed that a lot of companies are using Twitter to feed “followers” with information about, their products, updates, etc, so decided this would be one of the vehicles I would use to get the word out. I’ve used the “Twitter Tool” addon for wordpress, so each Fictionshed announcement (blog post) will be broadcast on Twitter with a direct link.

The 2nd method, I decided to use MySpace, because let’s be honest, MySpace isn’t what it used to be, it a “Hi, I’m in a band, please listen to me”, or just pure advertising…so works kinda well.

The 3rd Method, is Facebook. I didn’t want to goto the effort of creating a Fictionshed member, then fill in all the details, etc, so decided to create a Fictionshed group.

Assuming we get more traffic from the above, I’ve changed the theme to kanata which I though was pretty cool, and also added the Page to Link addon, which has allowed me to give a more visual way of adding the forum link, which should in theory push more traffic through the forum.

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