May 29, 2012
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In early 2007, my house had a cable modem and a wired router. Then one computer got moved upstairs, a wireless router was needed, and the network began to grow. Here is what we currently have on our network.
|Wireless Router||2011||We previously had a LinkSys, but it began randomly refusing to allow devices to connect. It was four years old, so we kicked it to the curb and replaced with a MediaLink router. No problems with the MediaLink so far.|
|Mac Mini||2007||This is now owned by my business. Not the quickest machine in the world any more, but very capable of running WordPress and productivity apps. I generally avoid OS upgrades (preferring to save the cash toward a new computer purchase). Thus the machine is running OS X 10.4.9. Since this OS version is Tiger, the machine’s name is Hobbes.|
|Mac Mini||2011||Purchased to replace Hobbes as the family’s main computer. This machine runs OS 10.7 (Lion) and is appropriately named Simba. You probably think the custom names are a bit much … but it makes it really easy to identify computer when file sharing.|
|Windows Laptop||2011||This is my work laptop. The wireless network makes it possible to get some work done from the comfort of the recliner.|
|iPhone 4GS||2011||This is my wife’s phone, so I don’t use it much.|
|Palm Pre 2||2011||I bought this cheap off eBay ($45?). It’s inactivated, so I don’t use it as a phone. I use it for surfing the web (WiFi only) and listening to podcasts and music. The best thing about the Pre is the size. I can put it my back and pull it out when I have a need to use it. The Pre’s name is Montecore (this was the tiger involved in the incident with Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy).|
|Blu Ray Player||2012||We actually recouped the majority of the cost of the Panasonic player by selling the bundled 3d Blu Ray copy of Avatar. That was a nice surprise. We haven’t actually played many Blu Ray discs yet, but we’ve used it a fair amount for NetFlix. It also runs some other apps, including Facebook (the experience is, shall we say, sub-optimal). It can also interact with DLNA network. Naturally, I had to do a proof of concept checkout to make sure this worked.|
|Roku||2012||We bought to Roku to bring NetFlix capability to the downstairs TV (a relic from the early days of this century).|
That’s 7 devices sharing the network. In general, they play together fairly well. I haven’t noticed any issue with NetFlix due to the activity of the computer’s for example.
Naturally, those aren’t the only gadgets we have. Here’s a sampling of the others:
- Kindle – This is a previous generation Kindle with a keyboard. It doesn’t need to use the WiFi network because it has built-in 3G.
- My cell phone(s) – I have a Samsung a777, but have actually been using my previous phone for a while now (because I broke the clip for the new phone and haven’t gotten a new one). The phones can receive text messages, but that’s it. Battery life, however, is through the roof (5-6 days).
- GPS – We have two GPS navigators. The older model doesn’t have free updates and need to be plugged into the car outlet almost constantly. We’re replacing it with a new Garmin that has free lifetime updates … and hopefully a decent battery.
- iPods – We bought two iPods years ago. I used mine more frequently before I got the Palm Pre, but it’s been pretty much idle for the last several months. The other iPod hasn’t had much use in a few years. There’s nothing WRONG with them, per se … they just had their functionality included in other devices. Our kids are 4 and 2 – maybe they’ll be using the iPods before long.
- Digital cameras – We have three. We have a new Kodak and two older Samsungs (purchased in 2002 and 2007). It makes some sense to keep ONE backup, but there’s probably not a need for two backups.
- Digital video camera – It was pretty cool when I bought it in 2003, but it has fallen way behind the technological curve.
What about you – what gadgets are attached to your network?