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Affordable printer for home office

November 8th, 2015
Choose home printer

To be or not be – to buy or not buy Samsung color printer toner At the moment, I am still using my Samsung color laser printer CPL-320N, which works pretty well and has the network interface, however the toner is a bit costly. The genuine set of the toners costs ~120 Eur. The printer produces […]

The same SSID for multiple access points

October 4th, 2015
OpenWRT DD-WRT The same SSID for multiple access points

I have two access points at home connected through the TP-Link powerline adapter. The first one is Belkin F6D6230-4 with DD-WRT on board, while the second is Netgear WNR2000 v2 with OpenWRT firmware. If you are going to put some 3rd party on your wireless access router, you can read a bit about bricking the router […]

Building a vintage stereo system

September 5th, 2015
Quality audio system for cheap

Do you want quality sound system for cheap? Unsure on spending high budget on new audio setup? Or are you DIY’er guy who likes to tweak old audio gear?  In all these cases, the second-hand market like eBay and building a vintage stereo system might be a good option to consider. Current economy brings quite many different audio products […]

Re-build a Home Theater PC (HTPC)

July 26th, 2015
Build a Home Theater PC

I am a fan of Raspberry Pi and I was using it for pretty long period as HTPC with OpenElec on it. Moreover, Raspberry Pi got a upgrade of the sound card in my setup. You can read it in my previous post. However, every time when there was new software of RPi release, I had to tweak […]

DIY audio preamp B1

May 26th, 2015
Audio preamp B1 DIY

Attention! This post provides the instruction how to build the audio preamp, however it is related to working with the electricity. That can be risky and create hazard to your life! If you do not posses all required knowledge and skills, please do not follow it! That was pretty long DIY project, but not because it […]

Buying USB flash drive from eBay

April 24th, 2015
USB flash drive from eBay

Buying the gadgets from eBay might be potentially rewarding, but it might be quite risky at the same time. My case of buying an USB flash drive from eBay I was considering already for a while to get an USB flash drive which I could keep it on my keys ring. In this case, I […]

Pros and cons of Gaggia Brera

March 25th, 2015
For and against Gaggia Brera

Gaggia is pretty well known brand among coffee lovers and it used to be a separate company with long history of making the espresso machines. However, first, it was acquired by Saeco and after that by Philips (just few years ago). Gaggia Brera is really convenient gadget if you want to have some good expresso in […]

Budget Soldering Station for Hobbyists

February 1st, 2015
Choosing budget soldering station

I learnt to solder when I was ~10 years old. Bit by bit, this evolved into one of my hobbies over the time …  My last soldering iron Proskit 8PK-SC107, which came from a Taiwanese company, lasted  for the last 10 years. Unfortunately, it broke down one day after servicing so well. So, the hunt […]

Perfect NAS for home

January 16th, 2015
Choosing Home NAS

I was looking for the NAS (network attached storage) already for a while. Thus, I read quite many different reviews including on  Smallnetbuilder website. My final decision was that I should not go for a NAS which would have less than 800MHz CPU and less than 258MB of memory. Amazon had quite a good deal for D-Link DNS-320L, so […]

Openelec ES9023 (using I2S)

December 28th, 2014
Raspberry Pi ES9023

After reviewing different options for Raspberry Pi soundcards, I was already committed to get a Wolfson Audio Card soundcard, until it appeared that shipping price from Amazon UK was pretty high (I live in Republic of Ireland). So I went for a second choice – ES9023 chip based card from eBay, which arrived after two weeks just before […]