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Friday, 29 March 2019


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Workstation 1

Workstation 2

 Workstation 3

Workstation 4

Workstation 5

Workstation 6

 Server 1

Server 2





 Retired Systems



 Added Western Digital 4TB USB 3.0 network drive

Added Netgear AC1750 Dual Band WiFi router with 4 port GB switch (replaces DLink router) March 2018.

Added new Lenovo IdeaPad 110 notebook computer April 2017.

Updated Workstation 1 and 2 to Windows 10 Home October 2015.

Build out of a new Dell GX280 desktop computer for the Ham Shack.

Adding a second hard (, sound card, video card and serial card to handle my ham radio connections.











The computer network now consists of two HP Pavilion Desktop computers, two laptop computers, a netbook and 2 servers. It includes 2 network hubs/switches, and 2 print servers operating 4 printers.  Network Internet connectivity is handled by a DLink Broadband Wireless Router and cable modem. 


Computers and Accessories

Server 2 (APRS, Weather, Home Automation System)

  • Dell Optiplex 320
  • Intel P4 Dual Core 3.4 GHz CPU
  • 2 GB Corsair DDR2 PC5300 RAM
  • 80 GB SATA Hard Drive
  • 320 GB SATA Hard Drive (network share)
  • NEC DVD RW Drive
  • HL DVD Rom Drive
  • ATI Radeon Xpress 128 MB internal video card
  • SoundMax internal sound card
  • 1 Parallel Port
  • 3 Serial Ports
  • 10 USB 2.0 Ports
  • Broadcom 10/100 PCI network card
  • Shared Keyboard/Video/Mouse (with NT/2000 server)
  • Midi-Tower Case w/250 watt power supply
  • Westinghouse LCM-19v7 19" 1280 x 1024 LCD monitor
  • Windows XP Professional (SP3)

My Home Automation system begins with an X-10 CP290 Computer Control interface. The device is set up from a PC compatible computer through a serial port and is then disconnected (PC listed below). The Interface sends signals over existing house wiring to control lights and appliances connected to X-10 Modules. I have had the house computerized for over 15 years. My basic system consists of:

  • 1 - Computer Control interface
  • 2 - Mini Controllers
  • 2 - Wall Switch Modules
  • 2 - Appliance Modules
  • 6 - Lamp Modules

The Windows based software software allows programming of each module and to schedule daily events that turn lights and appliances on or off at set times or at dawn and dusk. I have grouped several events together to create macros for special events for the Spring/Fall, Summer and Winter seasons. I also have one for Vacations to give that lived in look.

  An IBM Home Director was added to the starter system above in March of '99. It included:

  • 4 - Lamp Modules
  • 1 - 3-pin Appliance Module
  • 1 - Wall Switch
  • 1 - Remote Module
  • 1 - Mini Controller
  • Universal Remote Control
  • PC Connection Module with Cable (backup to the CP290)
  • Software CD w/Instruction Booklet

What's New

3/22/19 - New HP 8200 i7 computer for the Ham Shack

3/16/18 - New Western Digital 4TB USB 3.0 network drive

3/3/18 - New Netgear AC1750 WiFi router

4/10/17 - New Lenovo IdeaPad 110 laptop computer

03/05/16 - New Dell S2316M 23" HD LED Monitors

10/27/15 - Upgraded HP Pavilion computers to Windows 10 Home

1/12/15 - New HP OfficeJet Pro 6810 4-n-1 printer

11/18/14 - New HP Pavilion 500-281 desktop computers (2)

03/03/12 - New Dell Optiplex 320 Server to replace old Server 2

08/03/11 - New Dell desktop added to the Ham Station

08/01/11 - New Gateway Netbook added to my computers

11/19/10 - New Dell notebook added to my computers



About Me

As an A+ Certified computer technician I have have hand my hand in computers for over 20 years.  Although I don't do much repair anymore, I still keep up on new technology with my own home network.


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