The OBi gives you free home telephone service over your Internet connection that is at least 0.5 megabit (500 Kbps).
Setting up a free Google Voice account is easy, here is an instructional video.
Plug in any home telephone, such as a Uniden, Panasonic, VTech, Motorola, or AT&T cordless phone, and you can make and receive phone calls.
We have used the 2-line version, the OBi202, for 3 years and love it.
Call quality is superior to mobile phones.
All calls (incoming and outgoing) within the US and Canada are free with Google Voice.
Google voice integrates well with your home computer and mobile phone.
To add another line, just get another Obihai or a multi-line version.
Emergency 911 calls do not work with Google Voice.
You can use your cell phone for emergencies, but will delay response times while you give them your address.
Obi does offer 911 service through Anveo for $15/year, and is easy to add to your device along with free Google Voice.
We added it to ours.
E911 gives us the piece of mind if an emergency does occur in our home, our names and home address will automatically be sent to emergency responders the moment 911 is dialed.
Seagate Surveillance 4TB Hard Drive (ST4000VX000) for $120 with code ESCEKEN29 (3¢/GB).
We use one for backups, although it really meant for constant use in DVR systems.
It performs fairly well, averaging 80 megabytes per second reads and writes, which is more than enough to store and play high-definition videos.
Seagate Backup Plus 8TB External/Desktop USB Hard Drive for $200 with code EMCEKEG35 (2.5¢/GB).
Inside is a Seagate 8TB "Archive" hard drive, rated at 30 to 50 megabytes per second write speed.
This means it can take over 48 hours to backup 8TB of data.
Be sure to read the reviews before ordering.
Includes a 2 year warranty.
- Seagate 2TB Hard Drive for $70
Seagate NAS (ST2000VN000) 2TB Serial-ATA 3.5" Hard Drive for $70 today.
Normally sells for $80, has mostly positive reviews, and includes a 3-year manufacturer's warranty.
There are also a lot of 2TB hard drives on Ebay for around $50 to $70, but without a 3-year warranty.
Some include a 1-year warranty from the seller, which can be a better deal than buying a cheap refurbished 2TB drive from Newegg which only comes with a 90-day warranty.
If reliability is important, and you cannot live with losing your files, consider buying a bunch of 2TB drives and setting up RAID.
RAID levels 5, 6, and 50 are popular for storing a lot of data, and can handle corruption or a failure of one or two drives at a time, depending on which RAID level you choose.
Ebay also has a lot of 5+ year old hardware RAID cards for under $25 that can manage your RAID array, such as the 3Ware 9650SE cards (some with cables), and will only support hard drives up to 2TB each.
- Buy a Seagate Hard Drive, Get Free Desktop PC Installation
According to this week's sales flyer,
Seagate 1TB Hard Drive for $60 in-store (item 752866)
Seagate 2TB Hard Drive for $85 in-store (item 715780)
Bring in your desktop computer at time of purchase, and a Staples tech will install it at no additional cost.
Monday, April 25, 2016
- Seagate 2TB Hard Drive for $60
Seagate (ST2000DM001) 2TB Hard Drive for $72, and code ESCETGJ23 applies $12 off in the cart.
According to the Newegg reviews, many of these Seagate 2TB hard drives have problems with reliability.
As one reviewer writes, many of the Seagate 2TB drives care made in completely different ways, while keeping the same model number.
Some drives are just not reliable, and we had one fail last year.
If you have a server and want RAID, check out the cheap 3Ware/AMCC 9650SE RAID Cards available through Ebay for around $20.
They use special cables called "Mini-SATA to 4 SATA Cables".
They are old cards, only support hard drives up to 2TB each, and not compatible with SSDs (because they lack "TRIM" for keeping SSDs defragmented), but are great quality for reliable RAID.
We had two in servers for the last 7 and 9 years, and about to set up a third.
If you plan to buy a bunch of computer equipment soon (building/upgrading a PC, buying computer equipment for your technology business, etc), consider Newegg Premier for free for 3 months when downloading the Newegg app.
Before building a new server last week, we signed up to Newegg Premier.
Not only did we get our orders fast, but Newegg also covers any return shipping labels and restocking fees.
In 10 orders, one hard drive was faulty and a motherboard was incompatible with our server, so Newegg sent us the a pre-paid return shipping label and processed our returns the day they received them.
So if you are placing a bunch of orders or under a time crunch, Newegg Premier can be a good deal.
And, they are selling a Samsung 950 Pro 256GB PCI-Express Card for $172 through the Newegg mobile app.
It shows up as $182, but changes to $172 when you use the Newegg app on a mobile device.
This is one of the fastest SSDs money can buy.
It installs into a PCI-Express x4 or x16 slot inside a PC, and gives up to 2,200 megabytes per second (2.2 GBps) read speed.
Facebook uses similar PCI-Express flash drives in their servers, because they are incredibly fast at reading and writing data from so many users.
- Seagate 5TB External/Desktop USB Hard Drive for $110
Seagate Expansion 5TB USB3.0 External/Desktop Hard Drive for $130, and code EMCETFJ47 applies $20 off in the cart.
Normally $130, and compatible with PC and Mac.
- Portable 4TB USB3.0 Hard Drive for $110
Seagate Backup Plus 4TB Portable Hard Drive for $120 with free shipping, and code EMCEHHF74 applies $10 off in the cart.
Normally sells for at least $120.