Wireless Networking

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

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

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

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

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

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

An emerging brand from upstart San Jose-based Ubiquiti Networks,  Amplifi (pronounced “amp-lye-fye“) currently offers three top-shelf Wi-Fi router/extenders for home and office use. Amplifi™ is known as a Wi-Fi “mesh” system where a router and bridge extenders (“mesh points”) stretch … Continue reading

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

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

About 18 months ago, the very first 802.11ac routers were introduced to the marketplace. And although the IEEE has yet to approve the new wireless standard, router manufacturers are already releasing the second generation of 802.11ac routers. The wireless networking … Continue reading

Have you ever noticed that it seems more people are walking around with smartphones as opposed to carrying around their laptop PC?  It almost seems as if the smartphone has become the preferred device of choice due to its portability … Continue reading

BPL stands for Broadband over Power Lines and represents a new way to achieve a high speed broadband connection using electric power lines instead of the conventional cable connection.  Regardless if you need high speed Internet connectivity for your home … Continue reading

If you have an existing network which is wired, adding a wireless Internet access point to the network can potentially cause conflicts when it comes to using IP (Internet Protocol) addresses. When IP address conflicts occur, it causes problems with … Continue reading

ADSL is a type of Internet connection that is typically used in the home environment and other locations.  ADSL is typically known as an Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line since the download capability is greater than the upload capacity.  ADSL is … Continue reading

If you travel with your family, a group of friends, or conduct business with associates on the road there are times when you may want to share your mobile broadband connection with other users. You can establish this type of … Continue reading

A LinkSys router is a device that is used to create an Internet connection for multiple devices that are connected to a network.  The network is typically a Local Area Network or LAN and can be located in your home … Continue reading

Updated: August 24, 2014 With many mobile devices being equipped with hotspot capability, many wonder whether or not a portable Wi-Fi router is useful. Although you can use your phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot, there are still benefits to using … Continue reading

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