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Alex Atkin UK

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    i5 8600K @ 4.8Ghz
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    16GB DDR4 2400
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    GTX 1070 Ti @ 2Ghz
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    Fractal Design Node 304W
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    500GB 960 EVO + 2.5TB WD Green
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    Corsair 400W
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    Acer 24" 4K IPS K242HQK
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    Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 (need a better one for that OC)
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    Geezer Mechanical
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    Logitech G400
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  1. How are you testing the speed? I can hit 600Mbit on WiFi 5 on my Galaxy S10 or AX200 laptop to my NAS. You can also try resetting network settings on the iPhone which I believe is at Settings > General > Reset and tap on Reset Network Settings.
  2. From personal experience, you should be able to go up to 7m as long as its a good cable. Finding a good cable can be tricky though, the manufacturers lie.
  3. I've been doing this for years but recently relented and bought a Unifi nanoHD, best decision ever. Finally a consistent 65MB/s copying files from my laptop to the NAS, OpenWRT was struggling to do half that. I can get faster in the bathroom than I was getting in the same room as my previous router/AP, and by all reports the nanoHD has the least range of their product line. Just goes to show how wide the gap is between the low-end business gear and consumer hardware.
  4. There is no "best fan curve" other than what you are personally comfortable with. General rule of thumb, cooler GPU = longer life span.
  5. Ryzen laptops are problematic as different vendors set different power targets which impact the GPU performance. They also thermal throttle really HARD on the GPU at only 74C. I have a 2500U and was really annoyed to find out about this, as it will run great for 10 minutes then suddenly the frame-rate halves. Might not be the issue, but its really put me off AMD in laptops. I realise the same happens with an nVidia dGPU but at least they don't throttle until around 84C and are a lot faster to begin with so its less of an issue.
  6. I was referring to: The sub-model may use an AX200 rather than an AX201.
  7. Did you try to re-pair them plugged into outlets next to each other? Checked if there is a firmware update for them? Failing that, a factory reset might be necessary.
  8. My claims are based on my own attempt to get IPv6 working on my LAN. I'm not saying it can't be done, I'm saying that as someone who has managed to muddle his way through doing this sort of thing on IPv4, I hit a complete dead-end on IPv6. The barrier to using a technology is not necessarily IF it can do something, its how complicated it is for the end-user to actually do it. You're not the first person to tell me it CAN be done, but if I can't figure it out, how is someone with ZERO networking knowledge going to cope? With IPv4 I can simply whitelist the clients I want incoming traffic to be allowed on at the firewall, on IPv6 I cannot because I can't figure out how to ensure clients get the same IP every time, specifically the XBox One which changes its UUID every reboot and AFAIK you can't set it static on the Xbox One itself. Then there is the issue that some clients on my LAN are sent over a VPN, others are not. I wouldn't even begin to understand how I could achieve that on IPv6 while preventing any IP leaks. So to suggest that IPv6 is no more complicated than IPv4 is simply not true. It requires a whole different way of thinking, largely due to no longer having the NAT safety net (which yes, was never intended to be so, but were used to it now).
  9. Have you tried a different PC to ensure its not the powerline adapters that have failed?
  10. The fear is real though, as when you are dealing with closed systems like IoT and games consoles, we frankly don't know if they are firewalled correctly or not. With IPv4, even if using public addresses, its easy to use DHCP to ensure specific clients get static IP assignments so the router can firewall traffic before it even enters the network. With IPv6 its not that simple, as there are multiple ways to issue IPv6 addresses and some devices will effectively change their UUID when rebooted, preventing a sticky IP. Yes ideally you want to firewall every machine individually, but that gets damn complicated on a large network where the users might not understand all this stuff. IPv6 is just a huge learning curve compared to how simple things were with NAT or even IPv4 routing. I can see it being a HUGE security issue for the majority of users who expect everything to "just work" plug and play. You can't block incoming connections by default, as it will break games and other services that need it, but leaving it open leaves a huge attack vector that probably wasn't there before.
  11. That puzzles me, as I specifically have avoided buying Ring products after the articles suggesting employees can snoop on the cameras. How much research could they possibly have done to miss that and the multitude of articles about Internet cameras in general being insecure?
  12. Alex Atkin UK

    PCI-e WIFI

    You seem to be forgetting that the benefit of AX is that once your neighbours have upgraded too, you will no longer be treading on each other toes for spectrum. Even with 50x50, if your neighbours are hammering their WiFi, yours can slow down dramatically. I believe even before that, latency is meant to be better on AX and its not like they are much more expensive than AC.
  13. Cleaning it off carefully with isopropyl alcohol and Q tips is about all you can do. Be very very gentle around any components and don't be afraid of using too much, it will evaporate quickly. The best option is probably to get it stripped down and properly sonic cleaned, but I have no idea where or how much that would cost.
  14. Let's not forget, powerline is also prone to killing DSL if your electrical cabling and phone line run too close to each other. So you absolutely need to know how a user is receiving their broadband before considering it. Over here in the UK, Sky were originally going to use powerline to hook up their Sky Q Mini boxes to the main unit. They changed their mind, no doubt due to real-world testing finding it just wasn't reliable enough. They chose WiFi instead, that's rather telling IMO.
  15. Its not something new, AFAIK only quad-channel ever had them on both sides of the socket and I've never owned a quad-channel system. Its purely a routing issue I'd think, on a quad-channel CPU they HAVE to route the lanes out different sides whereas dual-channel you have keep the slots near each other as each pair of banks share channels.