Gadgets

Last Updated 13/07/2017

Ok, so I’m a Gadget Freak too!

Aside from the Cameras which are a hobby of mine, I’ve got plenty of other Gadgets too!
Here’s a list, which I’ll update as and when I can remember. I suppose I really should find you some pictures of this lot too!

Phones

My Work Phone is A Microsoft/Nokia Lumia 650, which was one of the first Windows 10 handsets to be produced.  My current Personal Phone is an Apple iPhone 7.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My PC
A custom built variant of Mesh Computers Slayer 3820 featuring:

  • Coolermaster Silencio 650 Extreme Silent case
  • MSI X79A-GD45 Intel LGA2011 Main board
  • Intel Core i7 3820 CPU @ 3.6Ghz
  • Corsair H80 Liquid CPU Cooler
  • 32Gb of PC2400 DRAM
  • 2Gb nVidia Geforce GTX670 Graphics card (1344 Cores)
  • 3Gb nVidia Geforce GTX1060 Graphics card (by MSI)
  • 120Gb OCZ Agility 3 SSD
  • Samsung Evo 840 250Gb SSD
  • Samsung Evo Pro 850 512Gb SSD
  • 2x 2Tb SATA-III 6Gb/s Drive
  • Blu-ray rewriter
  • Asus Xonar DX/XD 7.1 Sound Card
  • Creative Labs SoundBlaster Z Sound card

Hooked up to this little beast is an ageing HP LP3065 30″ beast which runs at 2580×1650, and input is taken care of by a Logitech G19S Gaming Keyboard and a Logitech MX Master rodent.

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Also lurking under my desk is a 2012 vintage Apple Mac Mini (i5, 16Gb RAM, with another Samsung 512gb Evo pro SSD) which is attached to a pair of Samsung C24F390 curved monitors.  By day these screens are used on my Work Laptop, and by night they connect to the Mac Mini.

macmini2012This is all Networked together, and attached to my Gigabit Ethernet Wired LAN and multiple 802.11A/B/G Wireless Networks driven by a pair of Meraki MS-220-8P PoE Gigabit LAN Switches, a Meraki MX-64 Security Gateway, and domestic wireless is driven by a collection of Cisco Meraki Cloud Managed Wireless Access Points.  Currently a a Meraki MR-12 , Meraki MR-18, and a Meraki MR-32..  Broadband is provided by Sky Fibre Pro (~ 60Mb down and 16Mb up) from a Sky Hub 2.0

The astute amongst you may have noticed that I have a fair bit of Cisco Meraki equipment.  That’s because I’m a Certified Meraki Networking Associate (CMNA).

Attached to the Network are a QNAP TS-453 Pro NAS appliance with a UX-500P storage expansion.  The NAS and Storage Cabinet are fully populated with a total of 9x Western Digital “Red” 6.0Tb HDD’s.

Home Security is taken care of by a Netgear Arlo II Home Security System, and Home Office supported by a Yealink T26P SIP Phone, a Polycom VVX410 SIP Phone, a Polycom Cordless Headset,  and various other devices as outlined below.

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Printing is provided by two Wireless Network printers, an HP Officejet 7500A A3 All-in-one Scanner, Printer, & Fax and an HP LaserJet Pro MFP277DW in my home office.

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For Gaming I mainly use my PC, but also have an Xbox One Elite and a Sony PlayStation PS4.

We’ve already mentioned the Camera – currently a Canon EOS-400D Digital SLR plus a collection of various lenses and accessories! And a dinky little Kodak Easyshare Sport which I bought specifically for underwater use.  I also have a very nice Olympus Compact Camera which was a Christmas present from my amazing Girlfriend, which is the stick-it-in-the-pocket variety when going out for days!

In the car I have a Nextbase 412GW Dashboard Camera or “Dashcam” which I will post about more very soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Home Entertainment Rig:

Consists of a Pioneer VSX-510K Amplifier, , a Samsung 32″ UE32B7020 LED TV (Note I can’t find a link to the 32″ version on Samsung’s Website so the above is for the 40″ Version),  Sky HD (of  course!).  On various TV’s in the house there are an Fire TV Stick and an Amazon Fire TV classic, A Roku 2, and an Apple TV 4, all of which I use to drive Streaming services such as Amazon Prime Instant Video, Netflix, and of course my own Media library using the Plex Media Server.

A Panasonic DMP-BDT110 3D Blu-Ray Player and an up scaling Panasonic EZ27EB-K Multi HDD DVD Recorder/Player

In recent months I’ve been playing with ever increasing levels of Home Automation, driven largely by an Amazon Echo, which is driving a Phillips Hue Hub and various lights, both of which are working with my Arlo Home Security mentioned above and Stringify to automate events etc.

Other Miscellaneous Gadgets include:

Plustek OpticFilm 7600i SE Film/Negative Scanner, a Canon Selphy 910 Photo printer, An Apple iPad Air 2 (128Gb 4g/Wifi), an Amazon Kindle Oasis, and a MiFi Dongle from Three.

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