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

Last summer this space overviewed satellite phone technology and companies. On this outing we focus on one sat com industry player in particular—the venerable Inmarsat, which traces its origins back to 1979. Specifically, we’ll take a look at two of … 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

FTTX — it’s not some quadratic algebraic equation. Per Margaret Rouse of whatis.com, Fiber to the X (FTTX) “is a collective term for various optical fiber delivery topologies that are categorized according to where the fiber terminates.” What is the … 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

Last time, this space discussed T1s. Today we discuss T3, T1’s bigger brother. Both are examples of T-Carrier technology, developed by Bell Labs in the middle of the 20th century. Looking for a way to more efficiently and economically transport … Continue reading

Old tip-and-ring geezers like your venerable correspondent are intimately familiar with T1s whereas younger whippersnappers raised on cable VoIP are likely not. Back in the 1980s, T-Carrier technology was the bomb — SMEs and large corporations alike requiring a bevy … Continue reading

Has your cell phone ever had a dropped call? A survey conducted in 2012 by the Pew Research Center and American Life revealed that 72% of respondents had experienced a dropped call at least once and 32% of them experienced … Continue reading

How big are the expectations of millimeter wave (MMW) 5G technology? In November 2016 Verizon’s CEO Lowell McAdam, appearing at the Intel Capital Global Summit in San Diego, proclaimed MMW 5G technology to be “wireless fiber.” As outlaw Ned Pepper … 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

We all love watching television, but with the hectic pace of life in the 21st century, we need a little tech to help us along. Fortunately, the TiVo Bolt has come to the rescue. Of course, TiVo has been producing … 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

In 1967 counterculture writer Richard Brautigan published a poem called “All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace” which in its quirky way foresaw the coming tech revolution of the 21st century, namely the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine … Continue reading

Everyone wants a smart home, right? Well, perhaps most people do. But what exactly is a smart home? Well, think of being able to communicate with your home and every electronic device and appliance within it via your personal mobile … Continue reading

Perhaps you remember those halcyon days of a decade or so ago when SmartPhones were attempting to gain market penetration and cellular carriers (Mobile Network Operators or MNOs) like AT&T were offering “lifetime unlimited” data when they had plenty of … 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

Ever considered how communications travels overseas and around the world? There’s essentially two choices: submarine fiber optic cables or earth-to-satellite transmission. By far — as in 99% — of all international data traverses submarine communication cables. According to author David … Continue reading

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