A network analyzer — sounds like a good idea but what is it and what does it do? Perhaps more accurately described as a Wi-Fi analyzer, this tool maximizes the efficiency and performance of  computing devices, both on private and … Continue reading

Known as Domain Name System, DNS is an Internet service that ciphers domain names into Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. “The DNS is the central database of the internet, and without it, the internet would cease to exist as we know … Continue reading

Travel routers aka pocket routers aka mobile routers are a specialized type of broadband router specifically meant to connect with mobile devices. These handy gizmos are designed for the business traveler’s convenience with features such as: Battery Operation. Many travel … Continue reading

From laptops to smartphones to digital cameras to video game consoles and beyond, the 802.11 family of media access controls (MAC) and physical layer specifications (PHY) determine how wireless local area networks (WLANs) function. Commonly called WiFi, the original specifications … Continue reading

Satellite telephones, sat phones or satphones are extraterrestrial mobile phones linked to orbiting satellites rather than land-based cellular towers. While bandwidth is limited compared to the latest 4G SmartPhones, satphones essentially have the same capabilities as terrestrial mobile phones. Typically … Continue reading

Wondering what to do about pricey cell phone calls? Struggling with data caps and throttling? Mired in an area with patchy cellular service? Consider Wi-Fi calling, available for both Android and iOS Smartphones. It’s a free service over a Wi-Fi … Continue reading

Wi-Fi and Cellular: at first blush, most of us consider them both wireless technologies — i.e., radio — but share little else in common. So how different are they? Turns out, not much at all. Both use transmitters and receivers. … Continue reading

Developed by Bell Laboratories in the late 1950s, the T-Carrier (T-CXR) is a classification of digital transmission services for multiplexed analog voice communication. During the 1950s, AT&T sought more economical and efficient means to provide growth at the local telco … Continue reading

Also the name of a family of multiplatform optical carriers made by now-defunct Nortel Networks, SONET is an acronym taken from the words Synchronous Optical Networking. Per techopedia.com, it “is a standardized digital communication protocol used to transmit a large … Continue reading

Perhaps you’ve heard how cable TV subscribership in the U.S. is on a downward glide. Why? Viewers are “cutting the cable” in favor of content streamed over the Internet rather than paying exorbitant prices for channel tiers (which invariably include … Continue reading

Whether one calls it “My-Moh” or “Me-Moh,” multiple input – multiple output (MIMO) technology is an integral part of today’s wireless communication standards. By deploying multiple antennas at the source and destination to transmit and receive data, MIMO manipulates multipath … Continue reading

New Wine Into Old Wineskins? The latest version of Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification, DOCSIS 3.1 is the cable industry’s latest strategy to transform the venerable coaxial cable into a medium that approaches the data capacity and transmission speeds … Continue reading

Dip Before the Plunge The stuff of science fiction in the mid-20th century, Virtual Reality (VR) simulates or replicates physical, three-dimensional occupancy in a computer-generated milieu. This environment can be either imaginary or based on real events or places. All … Continue reading

An integral part of the Internet of Things (IoT), Smart light bulbs communicate wirelessly with internet-connected devices. Of course, these aren’t old school incandescent bulbs or even CFL lamps; they’re LEDs that typically use apps from a smartphone, laptop, tablet … Continue reading

In the short span of 20-something years, Americans who once shared a POTS landline with a home phone and computer now use dedicated high speed Internet access and, in many cases, no home POTS at all. The dialup internet service … Continue reading

What is Google Fiber? It’s a fiber to the premise service (FTTP) combining internet and cable TV in a blisteringly fast 1,000 Mbps (1 Gbps) broadband connection. Depending upon location, optional features include “fiber phone” service, the Network+ Box (a … Continue reading

As ubiquitous as the Java programming language, Bluetooth is found almost anywhere there’s a need to link devices to the Internet. According to bluetooth.com, “it is built into billions of products on the market today and connects the Internet of … Continue reading

You’ve heard of High Definition (HD) television?  are you ready for Ultra HD TV? This term encompasses the formats 4K UHD (3840 x 2160p) and 8K UHD (7680 x 4320p). Both “digital video formats were first proposed by the NHK … Continue reading

The Smart Home and the age of The Internet of Things is rapidly changing technology by increasing the demand for devices that are more capable. Verizon recently introduced a device capable of meeting new requirements for Smart Home technology. In … Continue reading

Ruckus recently announced the release of a device that caters to the needs of the SMB market both in the indoor and outdoor environments. Ruckus, a primary producer of high bandwidth services and devices, recently introduced a new series that … Continue reading

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