Wednesday, March 21, 2012

What to do with your Extra Router

When switching to Verizon FIOS, I retired my SMC router. Recently, I was complaining about the weak wireless signal to my HTPC which is on the other side of our condo. Suddenly, it made sense to use the SMC as an extender.

Simply, login to the extra routers menu and disable DHCP. Switch mode from Gateway to Repeater (Bridge with some models). Connect a client ethernet cable from your main router to the WAN port of your secondary one. You should be done!

Good guides:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/23864-42-exactly-connect-router-link-first

http://ask-leo.com/can_i_use_a_second_wireless_access_point_to_extend_my_wireless_network.html

Friday, March 02, 2012

16 GBs of RAM

In my efforts to create a lab at home, I thought 6gb would not cut it. I just installed 16 GB (4x4GB) and am ready to roll. (after the "VMWare Workstation or Player RAM Issue under Disk Disguise" incident below). I also converted my 4x1.5 TB RAID 5 to RAID 10 (4 disks for a total of 3TBs - striped and mirrored). You can definitely tell that there is a performance gain and 3TB seems to be pretty sufficient for me .. already have 1.4TB left.