XMI X-mini II Mini Speaker
Some time ago I bought this little GEM. Â The X-Mini speaker is about the size of a slightly over-sized golf ball. Â You can unscrew the central part to create a slightly taller version which allows the base to ring through much more clearly. Â It’s an EXCELLENT little speaker and put with an iPhone or a laptop on holiday it’s brilliant. Â The sound is loud, clear and whilst not perfect it takes the usual laptop sound and seriously improves upon it.
The internal battery life for this speaker is big - I’ve charged it once or twice in a few months of ownership with a reasonable use between each charge. Â Charging is done via a small 5V USB connection.
I picked mine up for Â£20 but I noticed Amazon is now making these available for Â£13.99. Â If you’re looking for a decent smaller portable speaker then this is good.
Slow streaming from wireless to Media Center (Vista / Windows 7)
So youâ€™ve arrived here because your current Media Center is taking EONS to load/stream a video file over wireless from a laptop or other wireless device to your media center.
I had this too and itâ€™s a pain up the arse to fix, but for me I managed to get it working so much so it was delivering files over wireless at almost full wireless speed, in my case, 48Mbps.
First, Windows Vista (and maybe Windows 7) uses a few things to try and improve network speed and file access which ironically is the cause of the problem.Â Iâ€™m not sure the developers really ever tried this in real life but it sucks and causes more problems than I can think of.
So, to the solution.Â I did the following steps and some may not be required at all but in doing all of these it worked and Iâ€™m not going to change them back to see what happens
Remember to do this to BOTH/ALL machines.Â I did it to Windows 7 to be sure. None of the features below were required by me so itâ€™s no loss to see them go.
1. Remove IPv6
This is the IP address version 6 which changes the usual 192.168.129.111 to a long and complex HEX based address. On your standard internal network (which you are more than likely running) you simply donâ€™t need the address space it offers.
Launch control panel, find the current network controller and click properties and disable IPv6 (Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network and Sharing Center â€“> Click Local Area Network â€“> Properties â€“> Uncheck IPv6 and confirm.)
2.Â Duplex and TX settings
If the options are there, keep the above properties open and Click â€œConfigure â€“> Advancedâ€. Select â€œFlow Controlâ€ and select to â€œTX Enabledâ€.Â In the same window look for â€œLink Speed and Duplexâ€ and set to â€œ100Mbps Full Duplexâ€.
3. Removal of â€œRemote Differential Compressionâ€
Go to â€œControl Panel\Programs\Programs and Featuresâ€ and select the option on the left â€œTurn Windows Features on or offâ€.Â Uncheck â€œRemote Differential Compressionâ€. Press OK â€“ this may take AGES.
4. Turn off â€œoffline filesâ€
Go to the start button and in search type â€œOffline filesâ€. Click the first item and select â€œDisable Offline filesâ€.
5. Reboot the machine
Reboot is vital here.Â Once your rebooted give it a try and you should be surprised with the speed now coming down.