Thursday, February 27, 2014

GoPro + DJI Phantom - Phoenix, AZ

                   



               

GoPro + DJI Phantom Test Flight in Arizona Crash

                  



               


Downtown Phoenix, Arizona Sunset with GoPro Hero Silver 3+




               

How to Add Wake On Lan (WOL) to Plex or any windows application




This was made to work on Windows 8, but should be compatible with windows 7

I decided to switch to Plex from XBMC to play movies from my server due to constant problems with XBMC. The only thing holding me back was the absence of wake on lan in plex. I decided to trial and error with other guides to create script to make this possible with my Harmony remote. I am not a coder so there may be better ways but this works for me 100% of the time now. I go back and forth from Plex and WMC for live TV so I will describe that process here. If you just want to wake up plex you can leave out WMC part.

1. Download files from here. Rename folder to wol.

2. Download AutoHotKey and WinHotKey

2. Move all files in folder to C:// drive of HTPC.

3. Unzip WakeOnLan2.8.1-src.zip.

4. Install the software.

5. Now find the install directory for the wakeonlan program and copy all the files in it and paste it into your wol folder in C:// drive.

6. Open WinHotKey and click 'New Hotkey'
                 -I put description plex
                 -Check Alt box only and remove windows box (click ok in popup)
                 -Along with the key: 8 (NOTICE I HAVE IT WRONG IN PICTURE)
                 -I want WinHotKey to: Open a Document
                 -Browse to where you stored file
                 -Make sure it looks like picture below with exception of A should be 8


7. Repeat this but do one for WMC like picture below
                 -I put description wmc
                 -Check Alt box only and remove windows box (click ok in popup)
                 -Along with the key: 9
                 -I want WinHotKey to: Open a Document
                 -Browse to where you stored file
                 -Make sure it looks like picture below


8. WinHotKey screen should look like this when done


9. Open wake.bat in wordfile. Change BC:5F:F4:4C:44:F4 to your server's mac address

10. Test scripts by double clicking wake.bat. This should open command prompt and wake you server up then close box. Troubleshoot this before continuing on.

11. Test both plex.ahk and wmc.ahk to make sure both work
          -plex.ahk should run wakeonlan script then close, then open plex and close wmc (if its open)
          -wmc.ahk should close plex and open wmc

          *notice in script I have plex to wait a few seconds until opening, you can delete the sleep 5000                 line if you want

12. Now that its working properly you can program harmony remote to run these scripts. I have Harmony One remote so you will have to change this guide to fit your remote (Harmony One has been discontinued). I programed the up and down arrows in picture below to activate scripts. UP turns on WMC (turns off plex) and DOWN turns on server and pled (turns off WMC). Also note I have media center device setup as MediaCenter SE in logitech software. This allows to hit keyboard presses (I have a simple usb adapter that I got from amazon - go here to buy)


13. Customize button in harmony software. Up Should activate Alt+9 and down Alt+8. Sync your remote and try it out!



GoPro: I Will Walk (Phoenix Arizona)




               

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Alternative to Setup Remote Wake On Lan (WOL) - DDWRT


I posted another guide to setup remote WOL with iOS apps. In my situation I needed to wake up two separate computers and my other method only allows one to work with ios app. In this setup you can keep the ease of access for one computer with ios app and also use this guide to wol unlimited computers with access to internet browser (iphone/computer etc). 

IMPORTANT:CHANGE ROUTER LOGIN INFORMATION TO CUSTOM LOGIN AND PASSWORD TO PREVENT HACKING INTO HOME NETWORK/ROUTER

Refer to my other guide for initial computer setup to enable WOL.

Login to DDWRT router

Go to Status -> WAN

  • Look for IP address as shown in picture below (write it down)


Next, go to Administration -> Management
  • Under Remote Access check enable box for Web Gui Management and fill in port number (I chose 6969).

Next, go to Administration -> WOL

  • Check enable WOL box next to computers you want to be able to WOL. Hit save and apply settings at bottom and make sure under WOL Addresses shows your computers listed like below

Last step is to input ipaddress and port number into internet browser.
  • ex. ip address - 22.2.22.222  port - 6969
    • 22.2.22.222:6969/Wol.asp
    • This should take you to router login so input your information
    • Then click add to homepage (makes it easy to access from IOS homescreen)

Done, now you should be able to click homescreen icon, login to router, and hit Wake up computer within DDWRT interface


Comparing Asus N66U DDWRT - Netgear R7000 Stock - Netgear R7000 DDWRT 23550M-R01 Wireless Router Speeds


                     

Decided to upgrade router to Netgear R7000 AC1900 router due to good newegg deal and I tested the speeds on iPhone 5S, 13" Macbook Pro and Hackintosh Desktop. I used speedtest.net for all measurements. Tests were done in Phoenix, AZ with Cox Internet in apartment complex (lots of interference). I tested 2.4 and 5.0 GHZ for all + Powerline on Hackintosh

Some errors to point out - for some reason forgot to test 2.4GHz on Asus N66U DDWRT

First going to start with Netgear R7000 - DDWRT 23550M-R01

Hackintosh 2.4GHz

Hackintosh 5.0GHz

Hackintosh Powerline

iPhone 5S 2.4GHz

iPhone 5S 5.0GHz

Macbook Pro 2.4GHz

Macbook Pro 5.0GHz


Next Netgear R7000 Stock - V1.0.3.24_1.1.20 (Latest firmware)

Hackintosh 2.4GHz

Hackintosh 5.0GHz

Hackintosh Powerline

iPhone 5S 2.4GHz

iPhone 5S 5.0GHz

Macbook Pro 2.4GHz

Macbook Pro 5.0GHz

Lastly, Asus N66U with DDWRT installed

Hackintosh 5.0GHz

Hackintosh Powerline

HTPC LAN

iPhone 5S 2.4GHz

iPhone 5S 5.0GHz

Macbook Pro 2.4GHz

Macbook Pro 5.0GHz


I then put all the data into Graph. For some reason stock R7000 2.4GHz were much faster than others. I rarely use 2.4GHz and the options of DDWRT are necessary for my setup so I will stick with DDWRT on R7000. I don't have any AC devices to test that function yet.




How to Install DDWRT on Asus RT-N66U




This guide is upgraded due to process being much much simpler than it used to be to install DD-WRT on Asus N66U.

1. Download the files here. (taken from wiki)



The new K3.x Builds seem to take all the complexity out of the equation on what build you have and the CFE issues. The reason I had to reinstall DDWRT was due to Asus needing to be constantly turned on and off from internet connection issues. I thought it might be Asus issue so I went through process of returning to stock firmware (which isn't fun and took hours of experimenting). From stock firmware it was super simple upgrade to select right K3.x build that picture above explains. The actual problem was due to modem SB6141. I read on some forums that Comcast was upgrading firmware and causing internet connection issues so I thought Cox might had done same to me. Sold the modem and got a Zoom, first one I have owned, and problems went away.



2. Do the 30/30/30 reset - Note for this router don't use reset button, instead replace reset with WPS button



3. Go to http://192.168.1.1 and login to router that now has DDWRT installed!
admin
admin

4. Done