Mark McCall

Building a ?Jukebox? Server for Home

Old Timer Since ripping and centralising all our DVDs and CDs a few years ago our “Jukebox” server had grown and grown and was in need of replacement. With 5 years of digital photographs taking up 10s of gigabytes alone and ripped DVDs taking anywhere from...

IR – Hardwired Distribution

You run hundreds, maybe thousands of metres of cable round your home. People look at you funny, some point at you and snigger. This week the advantages of a having a cabled home were realized once again. After a 12 month “sentence” using the Pyramid style...

Atlas CAT5 Tester

My good mate Darren has the “Daddy” of all Cable Testers. It’s a Fluke something-or-other and it’s amazing! It can ping IPs, generate network traffic, test bandwidth , tell how long your CAT5 cable is, how many metres down the cable the break...

IR543AH IR Device

What the Heck? Yesterday a package arrived containing a prototype of a new X10 device, the IR543AH. So what the heck is that, I hear you ask. Well, read on and salivate! Laser Treatment! The standard IR543 (or its CE approved equivalent the IR7243) will allow you to...

UK – Stick-On Wall Switch (SS13E)

The slim stick-on wall switch, like the wireless keyfob, seems to be one of the new breed of X10 modules. New in that, at last, they look like they are 21st century consumer devices and not 19th century! stickon_front.jpg (30127 bytes)Only an amazing 7mm thick, this...