Wireless

While a Wi-Fi map is indeed a map of a geographical area showing the location of wireless access points or “hotspots,” this article discusses the “WiFi Map” app available from Google Play and iTunes. It’s intended for use with Android … Continue reading

Wireless doorbells are handy gizmos. They’re like microwave ovens; once you have one, you’ll wonder how you got by without it. A de rigeur part of today’s smart, connected homes, they do more than just announce a visitor at the … Continue reading

Tired of paying for tiers of cable channels that seem to cost more every month? Lots of cable subscribers have figured out that they can “cut the cord” and stream programming over the Internet using a media player like Roku … Continue reading

In recent years you, gentle reader, likely have ramped up your home internet speeds with an upgrade from your cable company aka multiple system operator (MSO). You’ve “cut the cord” by replacing cable programming with a media player, added a … Continue reading

Back in the day when we talked on cell phones (not smartphones) and used voice (not data), the term “roaming” had a limited impact. It generally referred to accessing a different network carrier for voice calls when outside the geographical … Continue reading

Technology has done wonders for humankind—it’s made our lives easier, more comfortable and more productive. But it can also be used for nefarious reasons. Today’s topic is an example of a technological double-sword: the radio frequency identification (RFID) chip reader … Continue reading

Parents have always wanted to keep a close watch over their new little bundle of joy, from the moment they bring that baby home. Surprisingly, baby monitors have been around since the 1930s. They started out as a simple radio … Continue reading

Earlier this month in our look at DOCSIS 3.0 channel bonding, we mentioned the benefits of buying your own cable modem (CM). Today we’re going to examine in depth Comcast-approved cable modems (CMs). For a brief overview of channel bonding, … Continue reading

Unless you’ve spent the past few years under a rock you’ve no doubt heard of Wi-Fi. You may even be aware that Wi-Fi is the familiarized name for the IEE 802.11 standard. But have you heard of Wi-Fi Direct? Also … Continue reading

If you recently upgraded to iOS 9 or bought a new iPhone, then you have a new feature on it called Wi-Fi Assist. This feature essentially ensures that your phone will automatically switch to your mobile data plan if you … Continue reading

Last October we presented an article on channel bonding (CB), covering a variety of technologies. Today we’ll look more into depth at DOCSIS 3.0 or D3 channel bonding—CB for data delivered via coax to a cable modem (CM). If you’re … Continue reading

Perhaps you’re lucky enough to live in a spacious multi-story home with multiple rooms on every floor. If so, you’ve likely had the headache of wireless connectivity problems in various portions of the house. These “dead spots” generally seem to … Continue reading

Sometimes a regular Wi-Fi router just isn’t enough to do the job, especially when you have a large home or business. You get those areas where there just isn’t any coverage. These blind spots are more than just frustrating—considering you … Continue reading

Heard of the technology startup company Veniam? If you haven’t before, you’re likely to hear a lot more about them in the near future. They’re industry leaders in the field of connected transportation, a technology receiving lots of interest from … Continue reading

Bring Wi-Fi alive—wherever it isn’t. You know those spots in your home or workplace, the ones where Wi-Fi becomes non-existent or very weak at best. Yup, we all hate them. But now there is a way to extend the signal … Continue reading

One of the buzzwords often heard in our 21st century service economy is “outsourcing.” Outsourcing — contracting with an outside vendor to provide goods or services instead of utilizing an internal source — happens in all sorts of businesses, including … Continue reading

If you’re reading this you almost certainly have Internet and/or cable programming. To use these services a DOCSIS or DSL modem is needed. Many of you no doubt pay a monthly rental fee to your provider for a modem. If … Continue reading

Your Wi-Fi generally just cruises along, but what if all of a sudden it slowed down? What if loading web pages started taking a long time or it was taking a long time to download something from Dropbox or from … Continue reading

Everything is wireless these days, including computer keyboards, which is great because wireless means no cable clutter. Granted, many people work on laptop computers and other mobile devices, but in all honesty, using a full-size keyboard is much more convenient … Continue reading

Faithful readers of this space will recall from several weeks ago our previous article on AmpliFi, one of the better so-called “mesh” home Wi-Fi systems available. Today we take a closer look at some of AmpliFi’s more celebrated competitors and … Continue reading

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