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2021-01-18 11:23:00 AM  
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2021-01-18 11:25:24 AM  
Looking back on when us Gen-Xers were kids, we realize that many of our parents spent countless time late on Christmas Eve doing things like putting handlebars on bikes or assembling new desks or at the very least putting in batteries and making sure our thingies with flashing lights actually flashed on Christmas morning. It was a good bit of work that our folks did and I don't think most of us ever appreciated it until we got older.

So fast-forward to now. Dad got his stimulus check and finally bought something he's wanted all of his life - a new big-screen TV. It's a 50" smart TV with Google's Chromecast and built-in apps for all the major services.

The problem is that there is no cable, his Internet service comes from a cell phone, he doesn't have a digital antenna mounted anywhere around, he doesn't own any Blu-Rays, much less a Blu-Ray player, and the only place to put the TV is mounted on the wall where there's no convenient power outlet.

So as happy as I am for him to get the TV, all I can see is the amount of work involved in mounting the TV, running a new power outlet, mounting and positioning a digital antenna, and revamping his wifi network so he can use his cell phone tether on his TV and computer (it only allows one connected device at a time). I'm pretty sure this is why I only got one bike one time for Christmas growing up.

But I still can't wait to see him in his recliner with his remote flipping channels and movies and shows like nobody else is watching

Anyway, take the Quiz and come back and tell us how you did and if you've ever not looked forward to a family member buying something new because it meant a good bit of work for you.

Don't forget the Easy Quiz!

Good luck, and let me know if you have any issues.
 
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2021-01-18 11:49:36 AM  
Not even 500?  I feel shame...
 
2021-01-18 11:55:40 AM  
I got the same score on both. Weird.
 
2021-01-18 11:55:59 AM  

ox45tallboy: and revamping his wifi network so he can use his cell phone tether on his TV


As long as his phone and service support hotspots, he should be able to just do that and setup the Chromecast on the hotspot network.  I do this when I travel for work and the hotel internet is shiat(which is often)
 
2021-01-18 12:03:22 PM  
At least I did really good on the easy quiz.
 
2021-01-18 12:09:54 PM  

bhcompy: ox45tallboy: and revamping his wifi network so he can use his cell phone tether on his TV

As long as his phone and service support hotspots, he should be able to just do that and setup the Chromecast on the hotspot network.  I do this when I travel for work and the hotel internet is shiat(which is often)


Well, that *would* work, except he'd have to switch between the two, as the hotspot is hard-coded to only allow one device at a time. However, there's no rule saying that one device can't be a router, so it's a matter of tying in one router and using a second router to share the Internet. I use the same service ($25 for unlimited data!) and it's adequate.

I went into some detail on my setup in this thread about DD-WRT last week.

My challenge with Dad's setup is going to be connecting the 5GHz band on his router as a client of my own network so that he can access the movies on my 4Tb network drive while still using his own connection for Internet access. So on his "master" router, the 2.4 GHz will connect to the cell phone hotspot, the 5 GHz will be a client of my router, and he'll have a second 2.4GHz router connected with an Ethernet cable in access point mode to share access to the Internet and my network to his devices.

(I want to keep the Internet separated because we really don't have the bandwidth to support two devices streaming simultaneously, and so that if either of us isn't there, the other's devices will still work).
 
2021-01-18 12:30:50 PM  

ox45tallboy: bhcompy: ox45tallboy: and revamping his wifi network so he can use his cell phone tether on his TV

As long as his phone and service support hotspots, he should be able to just do that and setup the Chromecast on the hotspot network.  I do this when I travel for work and the hotel internet is shiat(which is often)

Well, that *would* work, except he'd have to switch between the two, as the hotspot is hard-coded to only allow one device at a time. However, there's no rule saying that one device can't be a router, so it's a matter of tying in one router and using a second router to share the Internet. I use the same service ($25 for unlimited data!) and it's adequate.

I went into some detail on my setup in this thread about DD-WRT last week.

My challenge with Dad's setup is going to be connecting the 5GHz band on his router as a client of my own network so that he can access the movies on my 4Tb network drive while still using his own connection for Internet access. So on his "master" router, the 2.4 GHz will connect to the cell phone hotspot, the 5 GHz will be a client of my router, and he'll have a second 2.4GHz router connected with an Ethernet cable in access point mode to share access to the Internet and my network to his devices.

(I want to keep the Internet separated because we really don't have the bandwidth to support two devices streaming simultaneously, and so that if either of us isn't there, the other's devices will still work).


It sounds like you have a plan.  That's certainly an odd configuration, but maybe something DD-WRT supports.  An alternative(which you probably have thought of) would be a multi-NIC NAS, but that, of course, raises the price.
 
2021-01-18 12:54:03 PM  

bhcompy: ox45tallboy: bhcompy: ox45tallboy: and revamping his wifi network so he can use his cell phone tether on his TV

As long as his phone and service support hotspots, he should be able to just do that and setup the Chromecast on the hotspot network.  I do this when I travel for work and the hotel internet is shiat(which is often)

Well, that *would* work, except he'd have to switch between the two, as the hotspot is hard-coded to only allow one device at a time. However, there's no rule saying that one device can't be a router, so it's a matter of tying in one router and using a second router to share the Internet. I use the same service ($25 for unlimited data!) and it's adequate.

I went into some detail on my setup in this thread about DD-WRT last week.

My challenge with Dad's setup is going to be connecting the 5GHz band on his router as a client of my own network so that he can access the movies on my 4Tb network drive while still using his own connection for Internet access. So on his "master" router, the 2.4 GHz will connect to the cell phone hotspot, the 5 GHz will be a client of my router, and he'll have a second 2.4GHz router connected with an Ethernet cable in access point mode to share access to the Internet and my network to his devices.

(I want to keep the Internet separated because we really don't have the bandwidth to support two devices streaming simultaneously, and so that if either of us isn't there, the other's devices will still work).

It sounds like you have a plan.  That's certainly an odd configuration, but maybe something DD-WRT supports.  An alternative(which you probably have thought of) would be a multi-NIC NAS, but that, of course, raises the price.


Interestingly, a halfway decent router running DD-WRT can utilize each ethernet port and both radio completely independently - you can even set up a DMZ on a single port, or route between seven separate networks (2 radios + WAN port + 4 ethernet, and then of course virtual Wireless LAN interfaces with separate network SSIDs and separate rules like a "guest" network). I'll only need to communicate with the router itself on my network (the 4Tb drive is set as a Samba share) so I won't have to program a route on my router for incoming traffic from the other subnet  - simply setting my router as the gateway address for the IP I assign to the 5GHz radio on Dad's router should make it visible on the other network when it connects, even though it's a different subnet. I still may need a rule for Dad's router, like the one I had to put in place so that my router would route between its own 5GHz radio (clients) and its 2.4GHz radio (cell phone Internet share).
 
2021-01-18 1:38:11 PM  
Well that quiz kicked my ass.
 
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