Tip: Your AppleTV streaming issues might be caused by Smart Connect feature of the Netgear R7000 router

Have buffer or stream interrupts with video on your AppleTV but your Internet connections seems to be working just fine? The cause might be the Smart Connect feature of your Netgear router. This feature switches devices between 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands automatically for you.

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dd-wrt and OpenVPN, don’t do it

Thinking about using your router with dd-wrt to run all of your home connections through a VPN such as OpenVPN? Don’t bother unless your router has an insanely powerful CPU. I learned this lesson the hard way when I decided to flash my TP-LINK WDR3600 (N600) with dd-wrt. 10-14mbps is all that the device seems to be able to handle on its 560MHz AR9344 CPU before maxing out. I have a 100mbps connection and that is a massive performance penalty.

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Disable OS X Yosemite 10.10 GateKeeper Rearm

Screen Shot 2014-11-09 at 5.27.30 PMRun the following command in Terminal to stop OS X Yosemite 10.10 from rearming Gatekeeper. Normally, Gatekeeper will rearm itself after 30 days.

sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.security GKAutoRearm -bool NO

Change OS X Screen Resolution from the Menu Bar

Resolution Presets OS X Menu Bar ScreenshotWant a way to change your screen resolution and screen brightness from the OS X menu bar? I did, so I pulled together several separate solutions to scratch the itch. Here’s my setup and what you’ll need to implement it yourself. [continue reading…]