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PC BattleStations | The Best Products for Cable Management

November 1, 2017 0 comments

If there is anything I hate the most it’s computer cable management.  It’s just awful even for me I’m constantly changing the way my computers setup and the layout of the room.  So i’m always adding and removing cables.  The first thing you must have is patients don’t rush your cable management or your just going to end up re-doing it again in a few weeks.

The first thing I did when I started my build was purchase my desk.  I purchased it from Ikea and wanted something to hide the cables behind it.  I needed something long because my desk consists of (2) desk’s added together.  Anyways here is everything I used for my cable management and hopefully it will help others with their computer builds.

As I come across future products and other tips for my BattleStation cable management I will be sure to update the post.  (Last updated 11/1/2017)

 

J Channel Cable Raceway – Black – 48″

This was a 2 pack it worked perfect because I have 2 of the same desks put together.  This came with 3M tape that was very strong it was a little longer then I needed so i took out my dremel cutter and easily cut the excess away.  If you had to or wanted to you could easily drill in the bottom of this to make sections for shorter runs.

Price:  $28.00  Order on [Amazon]


Mount-It! Dual LCD Monitor Desk Mount

When I was using dual monitors this was a must.  Recently I updated to a 34 ultra wide screen because I really didn’t need a dual monitor setup anymore.  I constantly see people running dual monitors on the stand if you want to maximize desk space and have a clean sleek build.  This will support (2) monitors up to 27″ each.

Price:  $36.99 Order on [Amazon]


 

Kootek 118 Inch Cable Management

Another must have product for managing your cables.

Price:  $10.99 Order on [Amazon]


 

Cable Clips,YOCOU 12 pcs 3-Channel

These guys saved my life a number of times.

Price:  $8.79 Order on [Amazon]


 

Reusable Cable Ties, Trilancer

I use these all the times rather than zip ties.

Price:  $8.99 Order on [Amazon]


 

Cable Management Sleeve

Another great product instead of always using zipties to minimize my exposed cables.  I came across this cable management sleeve.  It’s still sometimes  a pain because I’m always adding and removing new gadgets so I have to keep unzipping to remove/add something.  Still beats cutting zip-ties and the look is excellent!

Price:  $14.99 Order on [Amazon]


IKEA – SIGNUM Cable management

This product also helped me out, it hung down a little more then i liked it to but overall it did the trick.  I was able to mount (2) power strips on the inside then wrap all the excess cables under my desk that I did not want to be seen.  I even mounted an external hard drive, and USB 3.0 hub all inside this.

Price:  $25.99 Order on [Amazon]

Connecting Your SmartWatch with Your Mountain Bike

July 27, 2017 0 comments

Sometime around 2014 I purchased (2) products.  A new Trek Mountain Bike and a Pebble Smartwatch.   At the time Pebble was the first Smartwatch of its kind.  When I purchased my mountain bike being able to switch songs, see who’s calling, reading a text message was almost impossible with either looking at my wrist or taking my phone out of my pocket.  Also another key feature of the smartwatch was I could track speed, miles and time while riding.

I first tried to just attach the watch to the handle bars which failed, then I tried to prop something so it would hold the watch in place.  I went on Amazon and figured someone had to have already created this product and sure enough there was a bunch.  I ordered several different brands.  The best one and cheapest solutions was the Suunto Bike Mount.

Suunto Bike Mount

Click here to purchase the Suunto Bike Mount.

Everything worked perfect it sat on the handle bars nicely.  It was easy to remove and attach the Smartwatch.  Around 2014 I think the Pebble was the first Smartwatch, it’s now 2017 and there are a ton of great options available for smart watches with even more features.  Hopefully this post helps you with what I wanted to achieve in 2014.

Below are some other Smartwatches that you can purchase today.

Streaming Bluetooth Audio in Nissan Pathfinder 2016 SV Model

May 2, 2017 2 comments

So I recently picked up a 2016 Nissan Pathfinder 2016 SV model.  One of the features it had was Bluetooth advertised; so I figured Ok it has Bluetooth media streaming capabilities built in.  I was upgrading the wife’s car from a 2013 Nissan Sentra which had it no problem.  After we got the car and hooked up Bluetooth I noticed it only had Bluetooth calling capabilities.  I Googled my issue and noticed several other people with the same problem.

I guess you need to purchase the higher end upgraded model or the Platinum edition which is about $15,000 more for the feature.  After I did some research I saw the car had on-board AUX / composite hookup’s as well as a USB port.

I tried (2) different methods:

Method 1:  This involved a USB Bluetooth wireless audio adapter and 2 x RCA Male, 1 x 3.5mm Stereo Female Connector

HIGHFINE USB Bluetooth Wireless Audio

Purchase for $8.69 on Amazon

2 x RCA Male, 1 x 3.5mm Stereo Female, Y-Cable 6-Inch

Purchase for $4.89 on Amazon

So this was the first method I tried because I figured it would be the easiest.  However the Bluetooth adapter just plain sucked it took about 3-4 minutes to connect the phone and was so inconsistent.  Also I noticed I would have to type the RCA hookup because when it moved the audio would fade in an out.  So I ditched that idea and check out my Method 2 below.


Method 2:  This is actually what’s pictured in the posts image.  It’s a little messy but I didn’t clean or zip tie anything up i just wanted you to see the initial setup.  This setup also does not require the USB port however it requires you to use your Cigarette lighter for power.  My wife likes to charge her phone in the car so I figured I would buy a Splitter so it would control both.

Kinivo BTC450 Bluetooth Hands-Free

Purchase for $34.99 on Amazon

NOCO GC020 12V 2-Way Splitter

Purchase for $8.95 on Amazon

2 x RCA Male, 1 x 3.5mm Stereo Female, Y-Cable 6-Inch

Purchase for $4.89 on Amazon

So this method worked the best and surprisingly it worked better than I expected it to.  My Smartphone instantly connected to the Kinivo BTC450 Bluetooth Hands-Free device every time without any delays.  What’s cool if you have both your phone connected to your Cars “Bluetooth Calling” and the Kinivo device it will pause your music and allow you to answer the phone call (this was a must).  What kinda sucks is that you cannot use the steering wheel controls to control the Next/Previous playback.  However on the Kinivo device were ever you decide to mount it has controls for Next-Previous-Stop-Play.


Setting Up Your Smartphone to Auto Stream

My next step was I wanted my device to immediately start playing Spotify when the Bluetooth connection was present.

You need to download Bluetooth connect & Play on your Android Smartphone Device.

Then you want to choose the Bluetooth device in this case mine was the BTC450 then I had it Auto Play spotify.  You can choose whichever media service you are using from Google Play Music, Spotify, etc.  There are several other applications that will accomplish this from:  Trigger Task LauncherAutoplay for Spotify  I’m still testing to see which application works the best and works all the time.  If you have any questions, tips or comments post below.