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We’ve already covered installing Tomato on your router and how to connect to your home network with OpenVPN and Tomato. Now we are going to cover installing OpenVPN on your DD-WRT enabled router for easy access to your home network from anywhere in the world!

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At PC Magazine they purchased everything from premium Monster brand HDMI cables ($120) to bargain basement $2 cables and found that there was no difference between the two. This is unsurprising if you know that HDMI cables carry a digital signal.

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Commercial meter readers are expensive; this DIY hack allows you to cheaply monitor your power consumption for a greener tomorrow (and, realistically, a much lower bill).

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If you’re looking for a stealthy way to bring tunes to a room without plunking down speakers everywhere, this stealthy electronics project hides your speakers inside old books.

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Dino Segovis, the guy behind Hack-A-Week TV, shares an awesome video on how to build an Arduino-based 1/2 watt amplifier that amplifies both your speakers and your guitar (with neat distortion effects). Check out the video ab...

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A few weeks ago we covered installing Tomato, an open-source router firmware, on your Linksys WRT54GL. Today we’ll be going over how to install OpenVPN alongside Tomato, and setting it up to access your home network from anywhere in the world!

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The heart of the hack is taking an old USB memory stick and modifying it so that it presents itself to the computer as a keyboard. Once attached to the computer the fake “keyboard” sends the signal to toggle the C...

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If you’re looking for an ambitious weekend project to hone your electronics skill on, this DIY Wi-Fi radio is quite a stylish and functional option.

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Whether you’re customizing cords large or small this simple technique allows you to change the color of electrical cables to match, coordinate, or otherwise customize to your project.

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No matter how geeky you think your thermostat is now it has nothing on this DIY model that support network reads and remote control from a simple web interface.

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Wouldn’t it be nice if you could keep all your audio video gear hidden away? With an IR repeater you can hide everything in a cabinet or closet with just a small IR dongle tucked nearly out of sight.

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Earlier this week we asked you to share your multi-monitor workspace tips and tricks. Now we’re back with a roundup of helpful reader comments and awesome photos.

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One element of lie detection, as carried out by lie detecting machines, is the measurement of galvanic skin response–how sweaty the questioned person becomes. This simple electronics project recreates that measure right in your workshop.

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The firmware we’ll be using today is called Tomato, and it’s an alternative to the DD-WRT firmware we’ve already covered in a previous article.

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Some people stack their networking gear on their desk, some people tuck it out of sight in the basement, and some people strip the cases off and frame it like art.

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Wall Warts, You likely use them everyday without giving them much of a second thought. What exactly goes on inside those chunky black wall chargers that turns AC current into a nice DC trickle for your favorite electronics? Read on to learn more.

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You’ve got questions and we’ve got answers. This week we take a look at data latency while playing computer games, how to use your laptop screen as a secondary monitor, and how to easily list and ID the components in your Windows machine.

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Looking to save some cash while stocking up on computers, peripherals, apps, and other goodies? Hit up our deal list for discounts on all manner of geeky gear.

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If you’ve ever wondered head crash, a stuck spindle, or bad bearing sound like you don’t have to wonder any longer. This collection of hard drive audio recordings catalogs all the ways a HDD can bite the dust.

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If you haven’t already, be sure and check out the two previous articles in the series:

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Capturing beautiful shots of lightening in action is challenging. This DIY trigger uses the lighting itself as a photo trigger ensuring you’ll never miss your shot.

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If you’re trying to cut down on the power your home server is sucking down, this DIY power supply unit coupled with a low-power motherboard can bring your server power consumption down to netbook levels.

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Wireless is really convenient until you drop your connection or get really low speeds. Thanks to DD-WRT, it’s easier than ever to extend your home networks range with a few simple tweaks and a spare router.

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Wireless is everywhere and routers are the force that makes it happen, so why not supercharge yours to take proper advantage of it? DD-WRT will let you boost your router’s range, add features, and more.

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If you’ve been dissapointed with the performance of commercially available hard drive docks (and more than a few people have) this spartan DIY solution removes the bottlenecks most commercial docks are crippled by.

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