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- Courtesy by Adam Pash Ever since TiVo came around, I was eager to jump on the time shifting bandwagon. After all, nothing makes a productivity junkie happier than turning an hour-long show into forty minutes. But for all its loyal fan... more

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-Courtesy Let's face it. The transition to HDTV has been a painful and confusing one. It's bad enough that there are now 10 different types of TV technologies available in the market, but what's worse is that display makers, content providers,... more

Do you need a way to archive the recordings stored on your HR10-250 (HD) DirecTiVo or Series 2 DirecTiVo (running software version 6.2)? How about a way to burn them to DVD? The following assumes you used PTVNet to enable networking features with your... more

Have you ever wished you could watch shows that were recorded on your TiVo on your computer? With "vserver" (and a little configuration), you can! The following assumes you have already used PTVNet to enable networking and you know the internal IP address(es... more

Have you ever forgotten to set your TiVo to record a program? With the ability to administer TiVoWebPlus remotely, you'll never miss a recording again (assuming you have internet access away from home). The following assumes you have already used PTVNet to... more

Two things that make a TiVo stand out among DVRs: MRV and HMO. MRV (Multi-Room Viewing) allows programs recorded on one TiVo to be watched on another. HMO (Home Media Option) allows TiVos to view photos and listen to music that are stored on a computer. The... more

"Static" DHCP enables devices on your network to always grab the same IP address from your router's DHCP server, with no complicated static IP settings needed on each individual device (you can plug in the MAC addresses and desired IP addresses into a setup... more

There's no need to spend $90 for a wireless ethernet bridge (or wireless gaming adapter). Get a Linksys WRT54G router and convert it to an ethernet bridge (with four ports): Make sure it is a version that can be loaded with a third-party firmware. For a... more

One of the most frustrating scenarios for DIY DVR fanatics, such as myself, is the lack of sources for HD content. Sure, we can install multiple OTA HDTV card offerings from AverMedia, ATI and DVICO, but that only allows you access to the HD content of your... more

My plans for my second TiVo did not go as planned. Let's review what I wanted to accomplish with my second tivo: 1. No subscription. Record only on time and station. 2. Watch content on any TiVo from any TiVo. 3. Stream Music & Photos to the second TiVo... more

Contents Getting Started Disclaimer Overview General Cautions & Info Equipment Needed Picking Your New Hard Drive What to do with the Old Hard Drive Preparing the New Hard Drive Replacing the Hard Drive Step 1: Removing the Battery Step 2: Removing... more


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FLATennaPHOENIX, AZ – August 20, 2014 – Channel Master, the nation’s leading manufacturer of broadcast reception products since... more

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PR release PHOENIX, AZ – July 9, 2014

Furthering its TV Freedom™ initiative for consumers, Channel Master announced today the launch of a new DVR+ model that includes a 1TB... more

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I recently decided to give the Squeezebox Server on my MediaSmart EX495.  If you are not familiar with any of the Squeezebox products, they are worth looking at if you'd like to have a device that can connect to your stereo and your network, and play your audio files from a centralized file repository.  Squeeze products... more

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So, today I decided it was time to add a few drives to my EX495, just to see how it easy it was, expand the capacity, and more importantly, ensure that I had some redundancy in the case of a drive failure.  

After doing a bit or reading, I came to the realization that the MediaSmart Server does not use... more

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As I mentioned in my 2nd article (Part 2 of Setting IUp my MediaSmart EX495), one other aspect of getting rid of the "network critical" warning on my Home Server Console dashboard was to enable remote access.  As I said before,

Enabling the Web Services was easy enough.  It was a bit of a magical experience,... more

Setting Up My MediaSmart EX495 (part 1 of 2)

I was nervous about setting up my EX495.  I've built a lot of computers and even deployed some servers without keyboards and monitors, but I've never actually worked with a Windows box designed to function without a monitor and keyboard.  I was certain it would all work, and I'm no stranger to accessing systems over a network, but it still wasn't clear to me how it would all work.  I guess it was time to simply suspend disbelief and follow the instructions.

I unpacked my MediaSmart EX495 carefully and just took it all in.  My first realization was that the system was much smaller than I thought it would be.  From the photos, it just looks like a standard tower PC, and it is... but it is a mini-tower and quite small.  At about 5 1/2 inches wide, 9 inches high, and 8 inches deep, I knew it would fit comfortably on a shelf in my office, and would look great, too.