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Just when I started looking at the Google WiFi System I bumped into the Portal WiFi Router. Both have the ability to use mesh networking for expanding out to dead spots. The main difference, is that Portal uses something called FastLanes which enables your WiFi network to operate in a special portion of the 5GHz spectrum that was originally reserved for weather radio systems....

Finally a simple router that will eliminate Wi-Fi dead spots. The Ubiquiti Labs Amplifi Router ($150) utilizes multiple self-configuring radios and an advanced antenna technology to get better wireless range. Setup is easy, built-in diagnostics and tracking, and even smartphone app for management. That alone is great, but where this router really shines is with the easy to use wireless boosters that simply plug-in to any wall power outlet. Wherever you have a weak signal you just pop...

Bluetooth 5.0 is coming to a gadget near you in late 2016 or early 2017. So what is new with Bluetooth 5.0? Worth caring about? I think so… ...

Every now and then your modem and/or router gets unhappy and needs a power reboot. While it is inconvenient it isn’t the end of the world, unless of course you aren’t home to do this power reset. This means your wireless security cameras, thermostats, computers, security alarm,  etc… are offline until you return and give them a reboot. Well someone saw the problem and invented a fix, the Wifi...

Most of the US is blanketed in fast internet and subsequently WiFi. We expect it to work all of the time just like the light switch. And someday that might be reality. But today, wifi still struggles with imperfections. There are plenty of wireless routers trying to solve this problem. Check out the

Apple announced a few new items yesterday including the iPad Pro, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and a totally redesigned Apple TV. The new unit is called “The New Apple TV”. Really? Apple, if you are listening, clear out the old model and just call the new one “Apple TV”. Things are starting to get confusing over there. I digress. The new Apple TV is a pretty large leap for an already good product. You now get a new remote with a glass touchpad, integrated Siri voice control, 6-buttons (no more left, right, up, down),...

The latest Router to hit the market from Asus is the RT-AC5300. And while it may look like they spent too much time trying to make the router look like a crazy land-mine or DND portal it is actually packed full of modern technology. In fact, the Asus RT-AC5300 claims to be the world’s fastest Wi-Fi router. The RT-AC5300 ($TBD) is a ti-band wireless router powered by a Broadcom NitroQAM chip and offers up 1000Mbit/s on the 2.4GHz band, 2167Mbit/s on two 5GHz bands. Users can expect some low-latency gaming and ultra-fast HD video...

Whether you want to invent some new gadgets with out having to build every single module or are just trying to mod an existing household item Littlebits is worth a look. I recommend starting off with a littleBits Electronics Deluxe Kit ($199). That is a pretty good base to get playing and building. From there, you can add an endless array of specialized modules. The cool part is that they magnetically connect...

Microsoft has basically taken sharing a bit too far. Windows 10 comes defaulted with a scary and stupid feature that shares your WiFi passwords (encrypted) with your Outlook.com, Skype, and Facebook contacts. Not sure how this one made it from a board meeting to reality. Yikes. “Give and get Internet access without seeing shared passwords. You’ll get connected to Wi’Fi networks your contacts share, and they’ll get connected to networks you share.” Imagine that. A “Facebook” friend now has your...

The new MacBook is a leap forward but has some folks concerned about the lack of ports. In fact, there is just one port on the MacBook in the form of  USB-C. As expected docks are popping up left and right to fill this void. The HydraDock (currently on KickStarter) is adding 11-ports to the new Apple MacBook. Read on for details. ...