Mar 31 2015

Review - Intel NUC Kit NUC5i5RYK Mini PC

Intel NUC5i5RYK

When it comes to sleek small form factor (SFF) home theater PCs (HTPC) Intel pretty much perfected it with their Haswell based NUC systems--offering an excellent media experience in a chassis with built-in IR, the potential to add HDMI-CEC, and optional hard disk drive (HDD) all from a quiet, low power system. Seeking to build on this success they recently released the Intel NUC5i5RYK and NUC5i5RYH (2.5” hard drive support) mini-HTPC kits based around a Broadwell Intel Core i5-5250U with HD 6000 graphics. We’ve heard a lot about Intel’s focus on increasing graphics performance and lowering power consumption with the new CPU, so it will be interesting to thoroughly test the system and see if it can deliver on its $390 price tag and be a worthy successor to the last-generation NUC.

Mar 27 2015

News - Pulse-Eight Announces Internel HDMI-CEC Adapter for Intel NUC D54250WYB Systems

Haswell D54250WYB based Intel NUCs included a HDMI-CEC exposing Custom Solutions Header (aka HTPC Header) on board, but there were two pretty major issues with the implementation. The first, and most important, is that there just isn't space in the chassis to put the adapter that was available. The second is that the 3.3V pin droops when current is drawn. While it was possible to fix this one by soldering down to a stable 3.3V point on the board the combination of issues made it unnecessarily difficult to add HDMI-CEC support to the, otherwise near perfect, SFF HTPC. Thankfully Pulse-Eight has just announced a redesigned adapter providing a solution for both issues. With a smaller, more flexible profile and using the 5V line (which is stable), the new adapter should work in any CSH with CEC and 5V pins (the original implementation did not have 5V), so there's no reason that I know of that you can't use it on a non-NUC either.


Mar 26 2015

Review - NETGEAR R7500 Nighthawk X4 Smart WiFi AC2350 Router

NETGEAR R7500 Nighthawk X4 Smart WiFi AC2350 Router

The pace of innovation in the 802.11AC space over the last couple years has been breathtaking. With the iteration from AC1750 -> AC1900, the main improvement was realized in 2.4GHz bandwidth, and not focused on enhancing the speed of the primary 5GHz radio. The recent release of “Wave 2” 802.11AC chipsets has changed this by adding features like Multi-user MIMO and a fourth stream; we now have 1733Mbps [theoretical] available, pushing us that much closer to what is achievable with a Cat6 wired network. Of course, these claims need to be tested so when NETGEAR offered up their new $270MSRP R7500 Nighthawk X4 AC2350 Smart Wi-Fi router, I jumped at the chance.

Mar 23 2015

Podcast - MissingRemote Podcast 53 - HDHomeRun, SageTV, Kodi, XBMC, SlingTV, Antennas

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SiliconDust dropped some huge news this week with a new plugin that will work with Kodi(XBMC) with built in guide data as well. We discuss some SageTV news from Google. Arlo is showing up in stores, we think the 4 camera one is the best one. SlingTV is adding more channels and more options for users at the same cost. John talks about TV antenna and some new tuners in TV. We follow it up with Home Depot is starting to get really serious about Home Automation and new battery innovation.

This show is run by Kyle Button (@techbutton), Senior Editor and social media director of and Co-founder of Geekinated and is joined this week by Eric Hall (@wxrocks), Mathew Adamson (@MinnesotaMathew) and John McMahon (@JohnMcMahon_), all Co-founders of Geekinated. We are also joined this week by Andrew Van Til(@babgvant). Check out the show notes and links below. You can follow us on the Geekinated YouTube Channel for Video Podcast, we are also on iTunes. Each podcast is powered by Geekinated. Check out the Geekinated Podcast that happens right after this podcast every week posted on Where we branch out and talk about everything Geek.

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Mar 19 2015

News - SiliconDust HDHomeRun LiveTV Now Supported in Kodi (XBMC)

This is some great news for anyone that's ever tried using the HDHomeRun within XBMC (now called Kodi), as there's now an add-on which adds some slick support for your network based tuners. Still no recording functionality for now, but at least it's a step in the right direction. And just in time for the Tourney!

No longer will you be required to muck around with XMLTV files or playlists in order to get your HDHomeRun running.


The best feature is the lack of configuration required. As long as you have a functioning HDHomeRun setup, just download the app inside the repo and run it. You will be presented with a beautiful channel listing and associated guide data.


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