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NC #669 CloudMounter, Mesh vs Regular Router Flyoff, PLEX, Security Bits

Steve and I are off to Paris for a couple of weeks, so be sure to send your audio reviews to Bart to help him out doing the show (Allister has his already in the can). We won’t have a live show for the next two weeks – will miss you! In this episode, I tell you about how CloudMounter might solve your cloud storage problems. Then I’ll tell you the results of my scientific testing of a traditional Netgear router against their cloud router, the Orbi (you might be surprised at the results). Then we’ll talk to PLEX at CES. Finally, we have Bart Busschots on with Security Bits where he’ll tell us about the US Customs epic security fail, answer the question of whether Cellibrite can actually unlock any iPhone and of course other notable security news.

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CES 2018: PLEX Live TV and DVR

Allison interviews Scott Hancock from PLEX about their new Live TV and DVR service. PLEX provides the software and services that allow you to create your own home media server. Using PLEX’s media server, you can access your movies, music and other media through your home network or remotely over the internet. PLEX’s new Live TV and DVR lets you watch and record your favorite free HDTV digital broadcast channels, including local news and sports, and then view them on any device, anywhere you have internet connectivity. PLEX software runs on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Roku, Apple TV, Nvidia Shield, Android TV, and Xbox One. The setting is CES Unveiled at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas. Learn more at https://www.plex.tv/

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US Streaming TV Shoot Out – by Denise Crown

Hi Castaways! It’s Denise Crown with a US streaming service shoot out and a castaway challenge at the end! Get excited! Here’s the problem to be solved: I resent the amount of money I pay for TV. It’s $250 per month by the time we add HBO and NFL football. My husband loves football so we’ve continued to pay a premium for satellite so he can watch his games. Without the live sports factor, I would have cut the cord years ago.

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Guest Review of Plex by Steven Goetz

Plex logoHi, I’m Steven Goetz, and I would like to talk about Plex, and how I use it to watch media from my backed up collection of DVDs and Bluerays.

First there are two parts to Plex, the media server, and the clients. The Plex Media Server (www.plex.tv), is an app that runs on your PC, this PC can be running Mac OS, Windows or Linux. This app shares out your media files, and can even transcode them on the fly, so they play properly on your chosen client. If you have a client that requires transcoding, you may want a fairly powerful PC to be your media server. The media server is managed, and configured through your web browser.
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