Author Archive for Gary Quigley


Tranquil SQA-5H-2000-S2 and the Safe Server Module (SSM)

The Tranquil’s SQA-5H-2000 Home Server looks just like the original design released approximately 2 years ago, and therefore retains the quirky design of the original unit. It’s not an unattractive unit which will fit in any home/small office environment and you do have the option of specifying a white or black case. What’s in the […]


HP EX48X server software v.2 to v.3 upgrade

HP are offering current EX48X owners the possibility to upgrade their HP MediaSmart Server software from v.2 to v.3 which is basically the EX49X specification, with the introduction of a chargeable upgrade. As yet the pricing hasn’t been announced but we are hopeful that this will be kept to an absolute minimum. With this upgrade […]


A quick tip for Lights Out

Recently version 1.00 of Lights Out was released, (which we looked at here), which now enables you to monitor not only your computers to keep your WHS running, but can also monitor other IP sources. These IP sources can be anything in your home network that as its name implies will use an IP address. […]


Artigo A2000 Barebones Server

Launched at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the A2000 is a barebones server unit, which means that it comes as a case complete with motherboard and power supply, but without RAM, disks or an operating system. It’s powered by the VIA C7-D  processor running at 1.5GHz and comes with the VX800 chipset. The VIA […]


Xtreamer – Media Player and Streamer

The Xtreamer is a media player and streamer that enables you to play and stream movies and videos, listen to your music collection and show slideshows of your photos on your TV. This device enables you to display all your media that is stored away on other machines on your home network, including of course […]


HP MediaSmart Server EX487

The HP MediaSmart server EX 487 was first announced at the 2009 CES show in Las Vegas and and forms the first of the second generation of the HP Windows home server line of products. What’s in the box? Inside the box there is the server itself, a power adapter and cable, an Ethernet cable, […]


Microsoft Live Mesh and Why You Would Use It

On this site and others you may have seen reference to the Microsoft Live Mesh, and how although it is not officially supported, you can now use it to synchronize your Windows Home Server, (WHS), machine into your mesh. However, what might not be clear are the advantages of using this technology. Generally in most […]


Acer Aspire H340

If you like the idea of a stay at home server incorporating Microsoft’s Windows Home Server operating system, up until this point have really only had 2 choices so far. They could build their own,or they could buy one of the HP MediaSmart models. But fresh to the market is Acer with their Aspire easyStore […]


We Review the HP MediaSmart LX195

Introduction HP, who were one of the original entrants into the pre-built WHS market have introduced the MediaSmart LX195 to complement their existing range of machines. This unit is very much an entry level Windows Home Server machine as compared to the specifications of its EX siblings, because of a lower price and hence lower […]