We Got Served http://www.wegotserved.com Tue, 04 Aug 2015 14:20:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 WD My Passport Cinema Offers New Route for 4K HDR Movie Distribution http://www.wegotserved.com/2015/08/04/wd-my-passport-cinema-offers-new-route-for-4k-hdr-movie-distribution/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2015/08/04/wd-my-passport-cinema-offers-new-route-for-4k-hdr-movie-distribution/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 14:20:49 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=74193 New WD My Passport Cinema UHD ships with a selection of pre-loaded 4K movie titles enabling easy purchase and viewing of HDR Hollywood content.

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Western Digital today announced the WD My Passport Cinema 4K Ultra HD, a 1 TB hard drive that’s designed to offer a convenient way to build and store an Ultra High Definition movie library.

The USB 3.0 drive plugs directly into a compatible 4K Ultra HD TV, enabling movie buffs to  purchase preloaded movies from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. The drive supports the VIDITY standard and in response to your upcoming question, “What the heck is VIDITY?” I’ll refer you to the following statement:

“VIDITY is the consumer brand created by The Secure Content Storage Association (SCSA), a consortium of leading companies in the entertainment industry and digital storage space that breaks the boundaries in home movie watching by delivering unprecedented quality for digital playback of locally stored premium content. Amazing quality video with no Internet needed for playback.”

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The idea is to allow consumers to purchase and store 4K movies on a local hard drive, rather than stream the entertainment over the Internet. While we’re still waiting for 4K HDR Blu-ray players to emerge, VIDITY offers a way of distributing large movie files without the need for superfast broadband connections.

Once purchased on the My Passport Cinema drive, movies can be accessed immediately online or offline on any VIDITY-enabled device such as Samsung’s 2014 HU series 4K UHD TVs and 2015 JU and JS series 4K UHD and SUHD TVs. From August 16, 2015, to June 30, 2016, a My Passport Cinema drive will be included free with the purchase of Samsung JS9000, JS9100 or JS9500 SUHD TV models. Additional titles can be purchased via M-GO or other VIDITY retailers, with the My Passport Cinema drive storing up to 13 4K UHD full-length movies.

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At launch, pre-loaded 4K movies include The Maze Runner, Exodus: Gods and Kings, The Wolverine, Let’s Be Cops, The Other Woman, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and The Fault In Our Stars. The new drive allows UHD TV owners to experience the highest resolutions, frame rates, audio and color formats available (including High Dynamic Range) without the buffering, image stuttering and quality changes associated with streaming services.

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Western Digital and Samsung are cross-promoting their 4K devices with a special offer that delivers two unlocked 4K UHD movies when you purchase a Samsung JS9000 and above 4K SUHD TV model. Just plug in your My Passport Cinema drive, launch the M-GO app and enjoy the action.

The $89.99 WD My Passport Cinema UHD is now shipping direct from WD and selected retailers.

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How to: Improve Your Network Speeds With MoCA Adapters http://www.wegotserved.com/2015/08/04/how-to-improve-your-network-speeds-with-moca-adapters/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2015/08/04/how-to-improve-your-network-speeds-with-moca-adapters/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 13:34:55 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=74133 Having experimented with various powerline adapters over the last few months, who'd have thought that I could double my network speeds around the home with MoCA adapters? If you're struggling with network speeds, it may be time to try out networking over your cable wires.

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In March, we moved from the UK to Canada. Having spent a few years reworking our UK home to get Ethernet cabling in every room, it was a bit of a shock to relocate to a temporary, four-storey rental home without a wired network.

“No problem”, I thought. “I’ve reviewed tons of Powerline adapters – I’ll pick some a few and sort this problem out!”

So, over the last few months, I’ve experimented with various adapters, each with bolder promises of faster throughput. But the terrible electrical cabling in this (relatively new) house made short work of them. The D-Link PowerLine AV 500 Network Kit was my first choice – I’m not a fan of D-Link’s kit as a rule, but it’s everywhere here in Canada. It mustered just 16 Mbps – barely sufficient for a decent video stream over the network.

TP-LINK’s TL-PA6010KIT AV600 Powerline Adapter Starter Kit shortly followed. With throughput of 35 Mbps, it performed much better than the D-LINK kit, but file transfers from the QNAP TVS-871 NAS we’re using were slow and streaming from Plex was still jumpy if the network was congested. 

Last week, I picked up a pair of NETGEAR Powerline 1200 (PLP1200-100PAS) adapters. Now, these are probably the fastest adapters you can buy today, with real world speeds (over decent cabling) around 350 Mbps. These would definitely solve my network issues! Alas, a result of just 45 Mbps confirmed that Powerline was not going to be a great solution for me – in this house anyway. 

It was then I remembered about MoCA Adapters – Multimedia Over Coax, if you wish to be formal. Launched way back in 2006, MoCA adapters never caught on with consumers, but the standard is popular with cable providers. The concept is similar to Powerline, but rather than using your electrical cabling, MoCA adapters use the coaxial cable installed in many North American homes for cable TV.

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Always eager for a new project, I hunted out a pair of MoCA adapters. The Actiontec Ethernet over Coax Adapter Kit (ECB2500CK01) looked like it would fit the bill.

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Again, much like Powerline adapter kits, this Actiontec MoCa kit works by placing an adapter on either side of your network connection. I’ve bridged the router/modem supplied by my cable company so it works solely as a modem. That allows me to use a standalone (faster) router, the ASUS RT-AC87U to control the network.

As a result, hooking up the MoCA adapters correctly between the incoming connection from my cable company to the modem and router requires some head scratching. But, work methodically and the routing makes sense.

First, disconnect the coaxial cable that runs between your modem and the wall outlet. When I say that, I mean disconnect the cable from your modem, not from the wall outlet! Take one of the two MoCA adapters supplied in-box and connect the coaxial cable from your wall outlet into the adapter’s Cable In port.

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Next, connect the adapter’s TV/Cable Out socket to your modem’s Cable In socket courtesy of one of the supplied coaxial cables. Your cable internet signal is now running in-line through the adapter to your modem. Now, connect (or, re-connect) your cable modem to your router using an Ethernet cable – traffic can now pass from the modem to the router. To complete this part of the setup, run a second Ethernet cable between your router and the MoCA adapter’s Ethernet port. Your data can now pass from the router, back into the adapter to be transmitted internally through your cable wiring.

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Now, all you need to do is connect the second adapter to the network device you wish to hook up to the network. In my case, this was the QNAP TS-871 NAS I’m using to stream media around the house. This connection is more straightforward. Connect the adapter to your wall outlet using a coaxial cable, and run an Ethernet cable from the adapter to the network device.

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Power everything on, and then it’s time to check out your speeds. Again, I’ll preface revealing my own result my reminding you that the speeds you’ll achieve are like to vary based on the quality of cabling at your home. Just like my dodgy electrical cabling installation, there are plenty of examples of poor-quality cable installations out there, I’m sure.

In my case, I found the 45 Mbps I was able to achieve via a Powerline connection was doubled to over 90 Mbps over MoCA. That’s a big uplift and more than sufficient to stablise high definition streaming around my home network.

If you’re in a similar position and suffering with poor network speeds over Wi-Fi and Powerline, give MoCA a try. It’s possibly become the “forgotten man” of consumer networking technology, but it can still do a great job in homes with problem wiring. 

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Review: NETGEAR Arlo Smart Home Security Camera (VMS3230) http://www.wegotserved.com/2015/07/31/review-netgear-arlo-smart-home-security-camera-vms3230/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2015/07/31/review-netgear-arlo-smart-home-security-camera-vms3230/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:08:36 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=73813 Many have tried and failed to crack the formula for a smart home security system that's attractively priced, simple to use and offers great performance. Will the NETGEAR Arlo be the first to succeed?

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When it comes to managing the modern smart home, it’s been the area of home security that has proved to be the most frustrating – IP cameras, in particular. Now, networked cameras have been around for almost twenty years – the category was launched with devices like the Axis Neteye 200 and Microplex Network/Eye 270 back in 1996 but their progression has been slow – both in terms of hardware and control software.

Most IP cameras available today look like they’ve received a tap from the ugly stick and they can be a nightmare to install – particularly if you’re mounting externally. While many modern video devices are now pushing beyond high definition, it’s taken an age for surveillance cameras manufacturers to even reach 720p. Please don’t get me started on IP camera software – here at WGS, we’ve had a procession of terrible IP cam apps come in for review. Tricky to configure, often riddled with bugs, poor UI translations and a user experience dating back to the days of the Y2K bug.

It’s fair to say that the IP camera category is ripe for reinvention and NETGEAR’s Arlo Security System may just be the device to do it. Announced at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, NETGEAR’s new smart home device took home a CES 2015 Innovation Award from the show and more recently picked up a Red Dot Award for Product Design. That’s due, in part, to a different, more modern approach to smart home security which has led to a compact and convenient product solution.

Unlike many of its competitors, Arlo cameras are battery-operated, so are completely wire-free. That makes installation a breeze, with no power and network cabling to run around the home. They’re “outdoor-ready” as NETGEAR claim, with the ability to operate in temperatures between 14° to 122° F (-10° C to 50° C). Wind, rain and sun are all welcome, although they may not survive the kind of winters we get here in Canada. But with such dinky proportions – 2.8 x 1.6 x 2.5 in (71.2 x 40.64 x 63.5 mm) – you can use them both inside or out as needed.

Add night vision support, motion alerts, plus a dash of cloud storage and you have the recipe for a very modern smart home surveillance system. But I hear your concerns already. Battery-powered? Cloud storage? I’m about to be fleeced on Duracells and monthly subscription charges, right? Well, let’s get this Arlo system up and running and we’ll see!

NETGEAR sent over their $349 Arlo Security System with 2 HD Cameras (VMS3230) for review – alternative options range from a single camera system, priced at $199 (VMS3130), up to a four camera package retailing at $499.99 (VMS3430).

What’s in the Box?

Developed in conjunction with Oakland’s Enlisted Design (who also worked on the excellent NETGEAR Click Switch – check out our review) Arlo signals a fresh approach to smart home security from first glance. The see-through packaging puts product design on a pedestal – literally – with the twin cameras raised up for all to see.

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You’ll have noticed that the Arlo product branding stands distinct from NETGEAR’s manufacturer branding – a strategy that extends through to the Arlo website and community forums. You can find Arlo listed on the NETGEAR website, but you’ll be quickly linked through to a standalone site. My guess is that we’ll see a wider range of smart home products coming down the line with Arlo branding – much as Belkin do with WeMo – but that’s conjecture right now.

In the pack, you’ll find:

  • 2 x Arlo HD Cameras
  • A Smart Home Base Station
  • Ethernet cable
  • 4 x Magnetic camera mounts
  • 4 x Mounting screws
  • 8 x Batteries
  • Window decal

Once you have everything unpacked, you can see it’s quite the collection. I challenge you to reassemble the box after unpacking the contents – there’s some serious voodoo origami required to get that clear plastic box sitting neatly on top of that carton!

As you can see from the photos, the Arlo Security System requires a base station, plugged into your router, to communicate with the network. I’m seeing a growing trend now for smart home products to bundle their own base stations and it’s becoming an issue. If you’re using smart home products from multiple vendors – lighting, network audio, surveillance then you’ll be collecting proprietary network hubs for fun. Alongside the Arlo system stealing another Ethernet port, it’s pretty bulky – the size of a last generation router – so it’s going to need some desktop space alongside your other network devices. Surprisingly, it lacks a wall mount, which may have been useful for homes with tight space around the router.

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The front of the base station includes small indicator LEDs for Power, Internet and Cameras connections. Two additional indicators – a home icon with wireless signal and USB icon – are “reserved for upcoming features” according to the manual. Certainly looks like the base station could support more devices along the way.

Flip the base station around and you’ll find twin USB 2.0 ports, the LAN port for the router connection, a reset button, On/Off switch and power input.

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Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Connector for Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials http://www.wegotserved.com/2015/07/29/microsoft-releases-windows-10-connector-for-windows-server-2012-r2-essentials/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2015/07/29/microsoft-releases-windows-10-connector-for-windows-server-2012-r2-essentials/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:27:41 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=74103 Microsoft today released the Windows 10 Connector for Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials for manual download and installation on Windows 10 PCs.

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Microsoft today released the Windows 10 Connector for Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials. As I posted last week, while Windows Home Server 2011 & Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials are now fully working with Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials users have not been able to install the client connector for the platform on Microsoft’s latest release.

Once installed, Windows 10 PCs will be able to access the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard, Launchpad and benefit from client backup to the server.

Windows Server Essentials Connector is software that helps you connect your PC or Mac client to Windows Server 2012 R2 with the Windows Server Essentials Experience server role enabled. It also enables and manages key client-side functionality of Windows Server Essentials Experience. On a PC, it provides client backup, a tray icon and the Launchpad, the Dashboard for management of remote servers, and a VPN profile with the capability of auto-dialing and monitoring client health from the server side. On a Mac, it provides health monitoring and the Launchpad.

For PCs upgraded from Windows 7 or 8.1 to 10,  you will need to manually download and install the client connector on the PC, then run setup once again. If the machine ID is the same after the upgrade, then you can expect the connection to work as normal. However if the computer name is changed during the upgrade, Windows Server Essentials will be treat the PC a new client, so you will have to leave the domain and connect to the Essentials server again. Old client backup data will be stored in the Archive folder on the Essentials server, and you can still use those archived backups to restore data back to the upgraded Windows 10 client.

Microsoft has confirmed that they are working on an automated client connector for Windows 10. It is being targeted for October 2015.

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How to: Update the Intel Compute Stick to Windows 10 http://www.wegotserved.com/2015/07/29/how-to-update-the-intel-compute-stick-to-windows-10/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2015/07/29/how-to-update-the-intel-compute-stick-to-windows-10/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:15:22 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=74087 If you want to upgrade the Intel Compute Stick to Windows 10, you're welcome to do so, but with such limited storage capacity, there are a couple of steps along the way to be aware of.

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A few weeks ago, I reviewed the Intel Compute Stick – it’s a limited, but superbly portable PC that slips easily into a pocket. The device shipped with the strangely named Windows 8.1 with Bing operating system, but – like all PCs running a reasonably modern version of Windows – is eligible for a Windows 10 upgrade today.

I had reserved my Windows 10 update using Microsoft’s GWX (Get Windows 10 app), but as that tool hasn’t yet granted me access to Windows 10 on any of my test PCs, I took destiny into my own hands and downloaded the Windows 10 ISO from the Microsoft website.

Importantly, last week, Intel released Windows 10 drivers for the Intel Compute Stick, meaning an upgrade to Windows 10 on launch day is most definitely on!

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Let’s get the Intel Compute Stick upgraded. As the Intel Compute Stick only has one USB port (which you’re most likely using for your keyboard/mouse), be sure to attach a USB hub to the device. I use a 3-port Anker USB 3.0 Hub which does a cracking job (and includes an Ethernet port). You’ll see why we need this shortly!

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First, you’ll need access to the Windows 10 operating system. As mentioned, you can reserve your update using the GWX (Get Windows 10) app that appeared on your desktop in June, or alternatively, head to the Microsoft website to download the software. Be sure to download the x86 (32-bit) release of the software, which is compatible with the Intel Compute Stick.

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Once downloaded to your Intel Compute Stick, double-click the ISO file to mount it in Windows.

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Double-click the setup.exe file to launch the upgrade process.

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First, you’ll be asked to download and install updates (hotfixes and driver updates) that will make your upgrade go smoothly. You can opt out, but I’d strongly recommend you take advantage of the offer.

 

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The installer will whirr away for a short time, preparing the upgrade.

 

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Enjoy reading the ever-present License agreement and click Accept to continue.

 

 

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Now you’ll see why we need the USB hub. The Intel Compute Stick ships with a tiny 32 GB RAM on board.  Even on my relatively clean installation, I only have 6 GB free space and Windows needs 8.5 GB to install Windows 10.


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Sure, you can try to use Disk Cleanup  to free some space, but I could only free 200 MB – not the 2 GB required!

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Fortunately, Windows gives you the option of connecting a USB hard drive, which is used as working space for the installation.

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Connect a spare USB drive to the USB hub, and use the option to Choose another drive or attach an external drive with 9.00 GB available. If you’ve previously inserted a microSD card into the Intel Compute Stick, you may well be able to use this too. Select the newly inserted hard drive from the drop-down and you’re ready to rock.

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We’ll be installing Windows 10 Home on the Intel Compute Stick – it’s the nearest equivalent to the Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU pre-installed on the diminutive device. If you wish to abandon any of your installed apps and personal files, click Change what to keep. Otherwise, everything will be protected suring the installation.

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With that, your Windows 10 upgrade will begin!

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Mine’s now in progress and I’ll update this post as soon as the upgrade is complete!

 

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Now Everyone Can Download the Windows 10 ISO http://www.wegotserved.com/2015/07/29/now-everyone-can-download-the-windows-10-iso/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2015/07/29/now-everyone-can-download-the-windows-10-iso/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:04:17 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=74082 Microsoft has published the Windows 10 ISO files for download from their website. Downloads are open to all, so there's no excuse not to jump on the upgrade train!

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Our very own James Kerr pinged me on Google Hangouts at 02:52 am this morning (I was soundly asleep, here in Canada – no all-night download fests happening here!) with the news that Microsoft had released Windows 10 ISOs publically to all.

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While it was expected that users would be forced to reserve their Windows 10 update through the GWX (Get Windows 10 App) and patiently wait for the update to download, if you’re growing a little impatient, head over to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO and you can join the hoards pulling down the bits from servers across the globe.

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The download comes with the following notes:

If you need to install or reinstall Windows 10, you can use the tools on this page to create your own installation media using either a USB flash drive or a DVD.

Before you begin

  • Make sure you have:
    • An internet connection (internet service provider fees may apply).
    • Sufficient data storage available on a computer, USB or external drive for the download.
    • A blank USB or DVD (and DVD burner) with at least 4 GB of space if you want to create media. We recommend using a blank USB or blank DVD, because any content on it will be deleted.
  • Read the System Requirements.
  • If you will be installing the operating system for the first time, you will need your Windows product key (xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx). For more information about product keys and when they are required, visit the FAQ page.
  • For Enterprise editions please visit the Volume Licensing Service Center.

Expect download speeds to be a little slow as the world and his wife tries to access the download. But there’s now no excuse not to jump on the upgrade train!

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Windows 10 ISO Files Now Available for MSDN and Action Pack Subscribers http://www.wegotserved.com/2015/07/29/windows-10-iso-files-now-available-for-msdn-and-action-pack-subscribers/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2015/07/29/windows-10-iso-files-now-available-for-msdn-and-action-pack-subscribers/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:08:04 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=74079 If you're seeking an alternative method of installing Windows 10 today and you subscribe to one of Microsoft's digital software distribution programs, then you'll be pleased to know that Windows 10 ISO files and license keys are now available for MSDN and Action Pack subscribers.

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If you’re seeking an alternative method of installing Windows 10 today and you subscribe to one of Microsoft’s digital software distribution programs, then you’ll be pleased to know that Windows 10 ISO files and license keys are now available for MSDN and Action Pack subscribers.

Checking the MSDN site this morning, I can see a variety of Windows 10 SKUs available for download.

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They include:

 

  • Windows 10 Enterprise (x64) – DVD
  • Windows 10 Enterprise (x86) – DVD
  • Windows 10 Enterprise (x64) – VHD
  • Windows 10 N (Multiple Editions) (x64) – DVD
    Windows 10 N (Multiple Editions) (x86) – DVD
  • Windows 10 Education N (x64) – DVD
  • Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB (x64) – DVD
  • Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB (x86) – DVD
  • Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB N (x64) – DVD
  • Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB (x86) – DVD (English)
  • Windows 10 Features on Demand (x64) – DVD
  • Windows 10 Features on Demand (x86) – DVD
  • Windows 10 IoT Core for MinnowBoard MAX (x86) – DVD
  • Windows 10 IoT Core for Raspberry Pi 2 (ARM) – DVD
  • Windows 10 Language Pack (x64) – DVD (Multiple Languages)
  • Windows 10 Language Pack (x86) – DVD (Multiple Languages)
  • Windows 10 Education (x86) – DVD
  • Windows 10 Symbols (x86) – (English)
  • Windows 10 Symbols Debug/Checked (x86) – (English)
  • Windows 10 (Multiple Editions) (x86) – DVD (English)
  • Windows 10 (Multiple Editions) (x64) – DVD (English)

License keys for individual SKUs are available as well as volume licensing keys. SKUs available will vary based on subscription levels.

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Upgrade Your World – Windows 10 Launches in 190 Countries http://www.wegotserved.com/2015/07/29/upgrade-your-world-windows-10-launches-in-190-countries/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2015/07/29/upgrade-your-world-windows-10-launches-in-190-countries/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:56:56 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=74074 A brief check on my Twitter feed at 6 a.m. Eastern this morning confirmed the news. The free upgrade to Windows 10 is now available in 190 countries around the world.

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A brief check on my Twitter feed at 6 a.m. Eastern this morning confirmed the news. The free upgrade to Windows 10 is now available in 190 countries around the world.

Something old, something new, something borrowed and most definitely something blue – the latest revision of Windows combines innovation with familiarity. New features such as Microsoft Edge browser and Cortana personal assistant will take the headlines, but for many, the return of the Start menu is a major reason to upgrade. Other wins include:

  • Cortana, the personal digital assistant, makes it easy to find the right information at the right time
  • New Microsoft Edge browser lets people quickly browse, read, and mark up and share the Web.
  • The integrated Xbox app delivers the Xbox experience to Windows 10, bringing together friends, games and accomplishments across Xbox One and Windows 10 devices.
  • Continuum optimizes apps and experiences beautifully across touch and desktop modes.
  • Built-in apps including Photos; Maps; Microsoft’s new music app, Groove; and Movies & TV offer entertainment and productivity options. With OneDrive, files can be easily shared and kept up-to-date across all devices.
  • A Microsoft Phone Companion app enables iPhones, Android or Windows phones to work seamlessly with Windows 10 devices.
  • The all new Office Mobile apps for Windows 10 tablets are available today in the Windows Store. Built for work on-the-go, the Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps offer a consistent, touch-first experience for small tablets. For digital note-taking needs, the full-featured OneNote app comes pre-installed with Windows 10. The upcoming release of the Office desktop apps (Office 2016) will offer the richest feature set for professional content creation. Designed for the precision of a keyboard and mouse, these apps will be optimized for large-screen PCs, laptops and 2-in-1 devices such as the Surface Pro.

A new era of Windows starts today. From the beginning, Windows 10 has been unique — built with feedback from over 5 million fans, delivered as a service and offered as a free upgrade,” said Terry Myerson, executive vice president, Windows and Devices Group, at Microsoft. “Windows 10 delivers on our more personal computing vision, with a natural, mobile and trusted experience. Along with our partners, we’re excited to deliver the best Windows ever, which will empower people and organizations around the world to do great things.”

While I’ve been running various forms of Windows 10 in beta form since late 2014 I still have a number of PCs on which to perform “dirty” upgrades today. Like many, I’m looking forward to checking out the final upgrade experience and trying out Windows 10 on a wider range of devices.

While you’re waiting for that download to complete, we’ve already published a swathe of guides to Windows 10 here on the site. Of course, our Building a Windows 10 Home Server guide is also available and already looks like it’ll be ou best selling eBook to date.

How to features include:

What’s New in Windows 10

What are the Windows 10 System Requirements?

What’s Not Included in Your Windows 10 Upgrade?

How to: Upgrade to Windows 10 From Windows 7 or Windows 8.1

Introducing Windows 10: First Run

Introducing Windows 10: Windows 10 Drivers

Windows 10 Now Supports Windows Home Server Client Backup

Introducing Windows 10: The Windows 10 Start Menu

Introducing Windows 10: Cortana

Introducing Windows 10: Windows 10 Taskbar, Task View and Virtual Desktops

Introducing Windows 10: The Notification Area and Action Center

Introducing Windows 10: Windows 10 Settings and Windows Update

Introducing Windows 10: Xbox One Game Streaming

We’ll be continuing our look at Windows 10 over the coming weeks. Until then, don’t forget to check out Building a Windows 10 Home Server!

 

 

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Review: Garmin nuviCam LMTHD/LMT-D GPS Satellite Navigation Device http://www.wegotserved.com/2015/07/28/review-garmin-nuvicam-lmthdlmt-d-gps-satellite-navigation-device/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2015/07/28/review-garmin-nuvicam-lmthdlmt-d-gps-satellite-navigation-device/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:22:14 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=73978 We Got Served reviews the Garmin nuviCam premium Sat Nav with integrated dash cam. A compelling alternative for those wanting a new navigation device?

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The market for stand-alone GPS units has become stagnant, with little innovation over the past few years. Most people are happy with their in-car sat nav or the free and paid options on their smartphones. WeGotServed recently reviewed the Garmin nuvi 2599 LMT-D unit and found that it was a great performer, but still offered fewer features than competing smartphone apps.

Today we are going to be looking at one of the most innovative stand-alone GPS units, the Garmin nuviCam.

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Garmin nuviCam

Garmin has sought to integrate one of the hottest in-car technologies with their proven sat nav units. It is the melding of the aging sat nav with the up-and-coming dash cam that has produced the Garmin nuviCam LMTHD. This is Garmin’s top-of-the-line GPS satellite navigation device and has a retail price of £299.99 in the UK or $399.99 in the US.

Over the years I have owned sat nav units from Garmin, TomTom, as well as in-dash units from car manufacturers. Most have been usable, but not very slick. My current go-to navigation is Google’s free navigation that integrates seamlessly with my phone, costs nothing, and provides up to date traffic information. So, how does the Garmin unit compare? Read on to find out…

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Review: TP-LINK TL-WR802N Nano Router http://www.wegotserved.com/2015/07/28/review-tp-link-tl-wr802n-nano-router/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2015/07/28/review-tp-link-tl-wr802n-nano-router/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:10:14 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=73943 The TP-LINK TL-WR802N Nano Router is compact, flexible and offers great value for money. At just £24.99, it's good enough for a spot in anyone's travel bag.

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It’s update time from TP-LINK. They’ve released the TL-WR802N, a 300 Mbps Wireless N Nano Router that is an upgrade to the TL-WR702N 150 Mbps Nano Router that was released back at the start of 2012. I’ve had and still use multiple units of the earlier model so was looking forward to see what has changed.

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When I first purchased the earlier model a good few years ago, I did so for travel. It enabled to me access hardwired LAN connections wirelessly in my hotel room. Nowadays, most hotels have wireless internet for you to use, but sometimes this is limited to public areas. Some rooms may still be limited to a wired connection, and that is where this unit can be very handy. It will allow you to take that LAN connection and transmit a wireless signal instead.

So, in simple terms, it’s a small ultra-portable cable router ideal for use whilst traveling or at home. It’s powered either through the included USB power adapter or a computer’s USB connection. Along with the Nano router itself, the box also includes the aforementioned USB power adapter, a white flat 60cm CAT5 cable and a 75cm USB to Micro USB cable.

Whats in the box

To do a quick comparison to the earlier model, external dimensions are identical. In fact as you can see, positioned side by side, the main  visible difference is that the newer model is a slightly lighter shade of blue. Also, in use, the 802 has a green indicator light instead of blue.

Comparison FrontComparison Rear

The only connections on the unit itself is a WAN/LAN port, power via a micro USB cable and a recessed reset button.

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Getting up and running could not be easier. Connect the power, connect the Ethernet cable, wait 30 seconds and then you can hook up to the router’s wireless network. All relevant details including a preset SSID and wireless password are on the back of the unit as well as the default IP address. Depending on the network setup where you are trying to connect, you may well be given an address via DHCP. Type that address into your browser and you will be met by the configuration web page.

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Building a Windows 10 Home Server is Released! http://www.wegotserved.com/2015/07/27/building-a-windows-10-home-server-is-released/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2015/07/27/building-a-windows-10-home-server-is-released/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:13:22 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=74024 Download your copy of Building a Windows 10 Home Server today!

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Our brand new Windows eBook, Building a Windows 10 Home Server is now available to buy and download from the WGS Store. It’s packed with tips, tricks and the very latest advice to help you transform your Windows 10 PC into a first-class media server.

Thanks to everyone who pre-ordered the book over the last few days. We’ve been blown away by the interest in Microsoft’s new platform, and our guide. As promised last week, we’ll keep the special launch discount in place until tomorrow, Tuesday 28th July.

You can pick up the new eBook now for just £9.99. After that, Building a Windows 10 Home Server reverts to its full price of £12.99.

 


Building a Windows 10 Home Server
Now Available

Windows 10 is Microsoft’s all-new release of the PC operating system, with significant enhancements over its predecessor that you’ll want to learn all about.

Building a Windows 10 Home Server is our latest step by step guide to installing and configuring Windows 10 as a powerful home or media server. Packed with tips, tricks and guided walkthroughs, you’ll quickly get to grips with what’s new in Windows before configuring your PC as the heart of your home network.

Written by eight-time Microsoft Most Valuable Professional awardee, Terry Walsh, Building a Windows 10 Home Server lifts the curtain on Microsoft’s new Windows-as-a-Service proposition, guiding new and experienced users through upgrading to the new release on an existing PC or installing the software on freshly built hardware.

Get the low-down on this year’s media server hardware and software recommendations and deep-dive the latest technology, like new M.2 storage modules, the latest motherboard and BIOS features, real-time media transcoding and much more.

With hundreds of detailed, full-colour screenshots, this 890 page step by step guide walks you through the steps to configure a first-class home server setup, using Windows 10, supporting applications and a PC you may already own.

Detailed walkthroughs include a full guide to building a home server PC, configuring network settings for local and remote access, managing storage pools and Windows RAID arrays, protecting family user accounts and integrating Microsoft’s latest cloud services.

Vital topics such as managing data security and family safety are covered in depth, showing how features already built into Windows 10 can be configured to protect the things and the people that matter most.

Building a Windows 10 Home Server updates and significantly extends our previous guide, Building a Home Server With Windows 8.1, offering additional tips, tricks and walkthroughs to further optimise and enhance your setup. And we’re not yet done! Stay tuned as the book is extended over the coming months with bonus chapters covering a range of third-party media applications to take your home server to the next level!

Spend some time with Windows 10 and you’ll realise its the best reelease of Windows for many years – Building a Windows 10 Home Server will help you get up to speed quickly with what’s new and support you in creating a fabulous media server that will serve you for years to come.

Chapter List

Part 1: Building Your Windows 10 Home Server 

1. Planning Your Windows 10 Home Server
2. Introducing Windows 10
3. Selecting Windows 10 Home Server Hardware
4. Assembling Your Windows 10 Home Server
5. Configuring Your Motherboard BIOS
6. Installing and Upgrading to Windows 10
7. Optimizing Windows 10 Power Settings
8. Configuring Network Settings for Your Home Server

Part 2: Configuring Windows 10 as a Home Server

9. Discovering the Windows 10 Start Menu and Desktop
10. Managing Home Server Storage and Storage Spaces
11. Pooling Storage With Stablebit DrivePool
12. Creating Windows RAID Storage Arrays
13. Securing User Accounts with Microsoft Family
14. Sharing Windows 10 Files and Folders
15. Protecting Data on Windows 10 and Other Devices
16. Securing Data With BitLocker Drive Encryption
17. Accessing Your Home Server Remotely
18. Integrating Microsoft Cloud Services – OneDrive
19. Installing an FTP Server on Windows 10

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Details of Lenovo Windows 10 Upgrade Compatibility, Enhanced Features Released http://www.wegotserved.com/2015/07/27/details-of-lenovo-windows-10-upgrade-compatibility-enhanced-features-released/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2015/07/27/details-of-lenovo-windows-10-upgrade-compatibility-enhanced-features-released/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:04:32 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=74021 New Lenovo Windows 10 features shipping this week, alongside devices offering Microsoft's latest operating system.

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Lenovo today announced the immediate availability of a wide range of new Lenovo Windows 10 devices, which will be shipping this week. Also published – and of more interest to existing Lenovo device owners – are compatibility details for a swathe of Lenovo devices, including popular models like the YOGA 3 Pro and YOGA 500.

Windows 8 systems must be on Windows 8.1 update and Windows 7 systems must have Service Pack 1 (SP1) in order to upgrade to Windows 10. According to today’s announcement, there are a number of limitations affecting Windows 10 upgrades. Check the Lenovo website for details.

The new Windows 10 Lenovo will offer a number of enhancements out of the box. A new Lenovo Companion 3.0 optimization tool keeps devices running at peak performance and can be used at any time to run a full-scale checkup and report back with specific actions to free up space and speed up the device.

Meanwhile, a new Lenovo Settings lets users easily adapt and modify the way their device behaves. For example, when in tablet mode, the product will customize its display and other settings based on its orientation versus in traditional laptop mode. Alternatively, the device’s usage will also alter its settings, for example when watching a movie versus reading an e-book.

Lenovo Companion and Lenovo Settings are available for download in the Microsoft store.

Lenovo’s SHAREit app enables users to  quickly transfer files between devices.  For tablet users, WRITEit takes the pen to a new level of functionality allowing users to write in any input field with their pen and the handwriting is converted to text.

A new beta applicationREACHit, builds on Microsoft’s Cortana personal assistant feature, which debuts on the desktop in Windows 10 this week. Lenovo and Microsoft have worked to integrate Cortana and REACHit, allowing users to search for and manage their content across multiple devices and cloud storage platforms. Lenovo fans in the US and China can learn about and sign up for the beta at www.cortanareachit.com. Users who prefer to wait will have their current version of REACHit automatically upgraded when it becomes generally available later in the year.

 

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