It’s shockingly easy. Install these 2 applications on your phone:
http://market.android.com/details?id=xcxin.filexpert

http://market.android.com/details?id=com.bw.xplayer.ui

-Open up File Expert
-Hit the “Network” Tab
-Fill in the Details of your SMB Share:

-Browse for the file you want to watch. I haven’t tested anything beyond “standard” *cough* AVI files found on the interwebs.
-Look for Mirage:

Wait a few seconds and you should see a video playing.
On my Galaxy Tab it’s a touch choppy, but not unwatchable.

 

Screenshots are awesome. The problem is… finding a decent app to do it. “Screenshot ER” looked promising, but I couldn’t get it working.
Long story short, there’s a built in function to take screenshots:

Hold Back -> Press Power

Screenshots are stored in /sdcard/ScreenCapture/

I wish I would have known about this before I spent a bunch of time screwing with screenshot apps….

 

I don’t use Twitter. I honestly don’t understand it.
I mean… I do, but it fits in the same category as SMS.
1X0 character limit in this day and age doesn’t make sense.

I recently discovered that a bunch of companies use Twitter to announce a bunch of things. I also discovered Google Reader for my phone so I decided to add RSS feeds of Steam/Amazon’s bunch of services/etc to keep up on various happenings.

Then one day I went to add in the Twitter RSS feed for one of Amazon’s subsidiaries. I then discovered that Twitter decided to remove RSS links.

WTF!
I don’t want to have to sign up for Twitter just to Follow random people to know the happenings, so I do a bit of research and turn up this:

http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/[username here].rss

So if for example you want to know what apps Amazon is giving away, you would use:

http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/amazonappstore.rss

Now I can push that to Google Reader and read that at my leisure.
FU Twatter! I’ll get my own RSS link. Now… let’s just hope they don’t remove that.

 

In our last episode, we covered the basic setup of a Mikrotik 750G.

Unlike most consumer level routers that use a web browser for configuration, Mikrotik uses a proprietary program.
Step 1: Download (NOTE: This URL won’t work if you’ve already changed your IP. But if you’ve changed your IP, you’ve probably already figured out you need Winbox….)

Step 2:

Click that and select your router.

Step 3:

You should see this. If you’ve never setup a Mikrotik before, you should leave the default configuration in so you retain a fully functional router.
Hmm. Apparently I didn’t think this post through really well.
I have no idea what the 2 people that actually visit this site actually have for router requirements, so I have no idea how to proceed from here.
I guess the only thing I can say from here on out is explore.
Mikrotiks can do some really powerful things and have LOTS of configuration options.

EDIT: In response to comments, I’ll be updating this post to cover a few new things. Anything that would be long and drawn out I’ll make into a new post for the next episode.

IPs – Changing the IP is surprisingly complicated compared to a consumer router. Since you can use more than one range, it’s not a single text box you change in one place, but rather 6 different places you have to tweak in new settings. I think this will have to wait for another show.

Port speeds – I’ll snap some screenshots and fix this at a later date.

Firewall/Port Forwarding – Same deal. I’ll snap some screenshots and update this.

Wireless AP – Some models do have mini PCI slots for wireless radios (and MiniPCI-E for 3G radios) but the 750G does not.
My recommendation in this situation is to pick up an assembled Wireless AP. The DH Stamp of Approval list includes Trendnet TEW-637AP for the ultra budget conscious and the EnGenius ECB9500 for those with a few more bucks to spend. If all you need is wireless, the Trendnet will do fine. If you want a few cool features like VLANs bound to SSID, go with the EnGenius. Besides… quit being a cheap ass and pay the $90 compared to $45.
I will be covering 3G at a later date (in fact… that article predates this article, I just haven’t finished it yet since it’s quite long)
I’ve also experimented with Wireless, but unless you have a specific need for a MiniPCI radio inside the Mikrotik, I would recommend buying a separate AP.

WebUI: Apparently I forgot to flash the latest firmware when I picked up my unit. v5 has a built-in WebUI that basically mirrors Winbox. Just head to http://[Router IP]. There you can use the “Webfig” and check out some graphs.

Subnetting: I should cover subnetting one of these days. And I should submit that article to a few choice places that decide it’s a good idea to use routable IPs in a private range. This article may have to wait a bit. I will explain out the local ranges when I cover IPs, but the full subnetting article is probably better read on Wikipedia.

 

I’ve been recommending Mikrotiks quite frequently lately on various forums and stuff and have promised a few people out on the interwebs a small howto.

Since most people are on a budget it seems like, I’ll start easy: Mikrotik 750G

Stuff you’ll need:
-Mikrotik 750G
-Ethernet Cable(s)

While I’m at it, here’s an unbox.

Yup. That’s it. No manuals/CDs/registration cards/extra (or in this case necessary) cords/etc.
Now for the meat of the post. The setup.
Since this guide will be targeting n00bs, I’ll go step by step.

1. Plug the 750G into a live AC outlet with the AC adapter provided
2. Plug in your broadband modem* via Ethernet to Port 1
3. Plug in your computer(s)/WirelessAP/game consoles/etc to Ports 2-5

*Assuming your ISP supports DHCP. If it requires something silly like PPPoE, you’ll have to do a touch more work.

That’s it. Apparently some people think Mikrotiks are complicated.
That’s literally all you need to do to have a fully functional router.

Obviously there’s MUCH more if you want there to be, but this is all you need to do to start with. Part 2 will cover a few more advanced topics.

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