TekThing 29: Ethernet Beats WiFi, Tech Travel Gear, Password Lock Folders, Power Conditioners!

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Today’s topics:
01:22 – Matthew posts on https://www.Facebook.com/TekThing, What’s your opinion on power conditioners and backup power supplies like a PSU? I live in a large apartment building and was thinking a power conditioner for my HT wouldn’t be a bad idea. Also, a UPS would not be a bad idea as well. The wind is enough to knock out our power and when they turn on the backup generator it only powers the kitchen.
I was looking at solar powered generators but, they are out of my price range.
Thanks! Love the show. Keep up the great work.
APC LE1200 Line-R 1200VA Automatic Voltage Regulator: http://amzn.to/1Dgk6Ye
Tripp Lite LC1200 Line Conditioner 1200W AVR Surge 120V 10A 60Hz 4 Outlet 7-Feet Cord:

06:39 – Rapid Fire Round!
Travel accessories for your gear
Anker 40W 5-Port High Speed Desktop USB Charger with PowerIQ Technology for iPhone, iPad Air 2, Samsung: http://amzn.to/1M6vzRr
Fitbit ChargeHR: http://amzn.to/1Mb6OV2
Conair Travel Smart All-In-One Adapter and Converter Combo Unit: http://amzn.to/1Mb6Lsy

10:17 – I’ve been toying with the idea of networking my home. I’ve gone through routers, firmware (Gargoyle was great) and range extenders. But in the end I just prefer an Ethernet connection. I want to run a line (or two) to each of my rooms throughout the house, as well to several WAPs (Maybe with Power over Ethernet?). I’ve read good and bad about CCA Ethernet, cat5e vs cat6, yes or no to PoE, and in the end I’m still feeling like Jon Snow.

12:54 – Patrick,
Do NOT put bare wire in a crawl space. Put it in PVC conduit!
1. It will be more secure.
2. If you need to add more cable, then it will be easier to fish with PVC conduit.
3. Face it, conduit is cool. (Yes, I just said so, so it is. End of discussion!)
PVC is what I used when I cabled (note: not wired that’s for power) my house last year and the second, third, fourth, etc cables where MUCH easier to fish. Also, I used two fish tapes, so I could pull it back and go again, and again.

14:55 – Hi Patrick and Shannon! I have an external WD 1TB hard drive and want to set a password on a folder before opening it. Let us know. Love the show. Thanks.
-JY from Los Angeles
Folder Lock: http://www.newsoftwares.net/folderlock/
How-to-Geek’s how to Create a Password Protected Folder: http://www.howtogeek.com/105633/how-t…

Do something analog, like go tidepooling!!


  1. supervideoman000 on October 2, 2018 at 1:59 am

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  2. hitechguy18 on October 2, 2018 at 2:00 am

    Solars getting cheaper

    best setup is a [Beware UK Links]
    60A MPPT (24V tier) [150V DC PV Array input ]

    4X 330W BenQ SunForte PM096B00 64.9V 6.04A Next Genoraion Monocrystalline
    wired in series pairs for 129.8V 6.04A Strings and the strings into parallel for 129.8V 12.08A

    24V Ebike LifePO4 Battery Packs  (With Built in BMS)
    just stack more of them in parallel for More Ah – Bigger Amp & Watt loads

    24V 2000W Inverter

    you can use a 1800W Magnetic Induction hob and cook a few 15min meals

    Direct DC DC Intelligent in car PSU 250W

    MiniBox M4-ATX 250W 6V-30V Intelligent Car PSU

    MiniBox M4-ATX PSU Enclosure

    Will run a AMD FM2 A10

  3. Bobo on October 2, 2018 at 2:02 am

    Our fridge shorted after a blackout last week. The new fridge is plugged into a surge protector. Live and learn.

  4. steve morgan on October 2, 2018 at 2:02 am

    Another great episode!

  5. samramdebest on October 2, 2018 at 2:04 am

    still don’t want to do analoge stuff

  6. Ronny Julian on October 2, 2018 at 2:05 am

    Analog activity.  Amateur Radio.  It can also be a digital thing.  You still studying Snubs?

  7. George Levites on October 2, 2018 at 2:05 am

    glad to have you back i missed the show a lot thank you BUT CAN YOU GET BETTER MICROPHONES your sound is very crackely

  8. mike97525 on October 2, 2018 at 2:06 am


  9. Isaac Karjala on October 2, 2018 at 2:08 am

    Insulate your chest freezers, fill any empty space with water bottles, make sure the thermostat is in the warmest part and set it to the lowest setting, disable defrost. All and all, this should reduce the risk of power failure leading to spoilage.

    …. Also, do you know if there are any devices that will cut off power in a brown out?

  10. Son Rukiri on October 2, 2018 at 2:11 am

    Know your traffic, and install cable outlets in those areas and then get a modem and switch to cover everything.

  11. sendveetch on October 2, 2018 at 2:12 am

    Woohoo!!! excited for pfsense segment

  12. Hamr on October 2, 2018 at 2:14 am

    Love the random frame at 9:46 of you two looking nowhere

  13. 707947 on October 2, 2018 at 2:16 am

    7zip is so hot

  14. Paul Damian on October 2, 2018 at 2:19 am

    Hey?  Is there a way to make a one time donation?  What am I missing at patreon?

  15. Steven Shaffer on October 2, 2018 at 2:23 am

    @2:29 I had a brand new Pioneer home theater receiver dumbed to nothing after a spike came thru my cable box and went out through the hdmi cable to my 4 month old receiver 🙁

  16. KOR on October 2, 2018 at 2:26 am

    love your show Patrick and Shannon. My website got haked last week. And I don’t know If the security lssue is resolved or not. The hackers were able to upload files to my webspace. (like google search console verification etc) can you tell me where I can check my site for security problems. And get suggestions for fixing them.

  17. Max Squires on October 2, 2018 at 2:30 am

    Talk about encrypting drives please!

  18. 01001110 01010101 01001100 01001100 on October 2, 2018 at 2:33 am

    Yes full Drive Encryption please

  19. KrKyoutube on October 2, 2018 at 2:33 am

    +TekThing talk aboat Tesla Energy, they have few options for home and one really scaleable industry solution.

  20. กาญจนา บุญแก้ว on October 2, 2018 at 2:40 am

    I had very bad experience folder lock customer service! warning to any one considering buy there full ver. – alternative could be 7zip(free) – Steganos Safe – I have a TPM module and bitlocker full disk encrypt just one logon for all disk very simple.

  21. Niculina Simon on October 2, 2018 at 2:46 am

    QUESTION: Does anyone know (FOR SURE) if Windows10 is locked to a certain device, once upgraded from W7/8?
    (I want to upgrade to W10, but I plan on having a better system in the near future and if W10 is locked to one device once upgraded, the I’ll upgrade on the new system, not waste it on this old one)

  22. Linuxwitch on October 2, 2018 at 2:47 am

    Analog: Dip pen calligraphy. Sometimes I go off the deep end and cut a goose quill…

  23. PhattyMo on October 2, 2018 at 2:48 am

    I always go for a wired connection,if at all possible. It’s way faster,and more secure. I NEVER do anything ‘important’ (banking,etc.) over WiFi. Period. *Glances over at Pineapple*

    With 10/100 Ethernet you can get away with quite a bit (noise,running next to other cables,etc.) I’ve managed to run 10/100 over 4 left over conductors in a buildings phone wiring before,and it worked great,with no noticeable hit to performance.

    AFAIK,in most areas in the US,anything 48V or under,is considered "low voltage" (this includes 12V power,POE,Cable TV,Ethernet,Audio/speakers,etc.) and the requirements/’code’ is typically much less stringent. (ie,you can do it yourself,no electrician or permit needed) -Be sure to check with YOUR local officials to see what is acceptable in your area,since this might not apply everywhere.

  24. 707947 on October 2, 2018 at 2:48 am

    please please talk to us about encrypting folders and drives

  25. WreckDiver99 on October 2, 2018 at 2:48 am

    Great show!  Keep it up

  26. mike klaene on October 2, 2018 at 2:52 am

    I live in a semi-rural area outside of Philly – I have APC UPS protecting my systems. I also have a 20Kw Kohler standby whole house unit for when PECO fails us. In addition to a freezer – our water comes from a well.  No electricity = no water.  Think about a multi-day outage and not being able to flush the toilet.  But we do have Verizon FiOS to the house so no spikes on either the video or telephone circuit.
    I like your stuff – keep up the good work.

  27. Glynne Tolar on October 2, 2018 at 2:53 am

    I’d caution against using a UPS or surge suppressor coax port for your cable modem.  I first heard not to use these from a Comcast installer and thought, as most would, he didn’t know what he was talking about.  So I did a test.  Sure enough, at least the couple I have at the house can’t handle the 600+MHz frequencies the cable company use for our cable modem signals.  It attenuates it too much and it either has problems or outright fails. No harm it trying but be aware they are not usually built well enough for cable modems on some systems.  It should be rated to 1GHz but I’ve never seen them rated to begin with.  Perhaps someone makes a PolyPhaser like ham operators do to protect their equipment from strikes.