Tagged: networking

Netgear Nighthawk x10 Smart WiFi Router Pros and Cons

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe Netgear Nighthawk router is an 802.11ad router with a lot of power. In the short while I’ve had it, I have been impressed with the connectivity, along with the fact it actually can pull more bandwidth off my Internet modem. Let’s geek out over all the pros and cons. PRO of the Nighthawk x10 The Nighthawk x10 has a WiFi speed of 7.2 Gbps at the 802.11ac and ad levels. You can connect up to 20 devices, along with 6 Ethernet ports connecting up to Gigabit Ethernet, and 1 10 Gbps LAN port. 2 USB 3.0 ports allow for external drives or other device to enhance the router’s storage and power. 4 High-Performance Active Antennas allow for a large splay so you can access the Internet from a good distance. Performance to your Internet connection might see a small boost....

Netgear Nighthawk X4S Wireless Router Review

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS200 GB for Netflix. That is the data usage estimate for those who watch 13 hours of TV per week in HD. If you have Ultra HD (4k), that number will more than double. Add to that Internet security cameras, IoT devices like lights and thermostats and you have to not only worry about how much bandwidth you have, but if your home router can handle that information. The Netgear Nighthawk X4S is a wireless router that can keep up with the ever growing mobile devices in your house. Gaming and Video are the two big reasons to get this device. Pair two together and you can have full coverage of almost any home. Let’s start with the specs, then go over all the pros and cons. The Nighthawk X4S Router is a Dual Band Quad Stream Gigabit router. Using MU-MIMO...

D-Link Powerline AV2 2000 Gigabit Adapter

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI own and have used the D-Link powerline DHP series in the past. My DHP 302 has been a life saver when I needed to run an Ethernet cable but couldn’t punch through a wall to do it. The newest D-Link Powerline adapter is the AV2 2000. This can send around 2 GB of data through your electrical wiring to places where Ethernet and WiFi can’t. It’s perfect for when you want to hard wire your Fire TV, XBox or PS4, or even plug it into a switch so you can connect all your devices. Some new additions to the AV2 2000 include MIMO – Multiple Input, Multiple Output. Think of it like the data splitting up and the smaller pieces take the path of least resistance to get to the destination point without any bottlenecking happening. Get the Powerline AV2...

UPnP Forum: Universal Plug and Play Setting Standards – CES 2012 0

UPnP Forum: Universal Plug and Play Setting Standards – CES 2012

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSuPNP’s Alan Messier joined the CES TPN Live coverage to talk about how they are standardizing newer technology. Things like adding your refrigerator and your TV. uPNP also worked with DLNA, broadband forum, and more. The mission of the Universal Plug and Play Forum is to make sure you can connect seamlessly. For instance, your smart phone most likely has uPNP inside. WiFi protected setup, AV sharing, open ports for programs like Skype, TV control (remote control), all use the uPNP standard. Interview by Andy McCaskey and Courtney Wallin of SDRNews for the TechPodcast Network. [cessponsor]

SMB Madison 4-20-11: Lance Ratze, Yola’s Cafe 0

SMB Madison 4-20-11: Lance Ratze, Yola’s Cafe

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe second half of the Social Media House – Madison had Lance Ratze on stage. Lance is from Yola’s Cafe, a coffee shop on the west side of Madison (and the third one in that location). The location was great, but since this is the third shop to dawn the storefront, how do you get customers in? Lance talks about his experience with programs like Groupon and the new Google Places. He goes over how his Facebook advertising has helped the store grow. Even the personal touch – MC Wendy Soucie talked about how Lance has made her visits more personable. Social Media Breakfast is a non-profit organization with focus on educating people on networking. More than just social networking, it’s a morning meeting (usually around 7:30 am) to talk about how you can increase business using different social means. The video...

Social Media Breakfast Madison 4-20-11: Jacob Harlow, Century House 0

Social Media Breakfast Madison 4-20-11: Jacob Harlow, Century House

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn the first half of the Social Media House – Madison, Jacob Harlow from Century House talks about how his business uses social media. He talks about making the experience personal and not being a “bot” on your Twitter or Facebook. Don’t worry about getting lots of followers, just the ones that give or bring you business. During the video, you will see shots of the Century House showroom. Social Media Breakfast is a non-profit organization with focus on educating people on networking. More than just social networking, it’s a morning meeting (usually around 7:30 am) to talk about how you can increase business using different social means. The video was shot looking at a window, which doesn’t always make for best picture.  

Social Media Clubhouse Walkthrough – @blogworld 0

Social Media Clubhouse Walkthrough – @blogworld

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDuring BlogWorld & New Media Expo, the Social Media Club hosted another Clubhouse. Just like SXSW, the club had guest VJ’s and hosted events during the weekend. I arrived on Friday to the house with Mike Cioffi and Marc Chambers of the Low Budget FM show. The house was closed up and the cab just left. We were a bit concerned being off the strip, but then the bus showed up. A party came through. We walked through the house, which was pretty impressive. The house had 3 hot tubs, a waterslide, wade pool, game room and more. While the main house looked small, the other buildings on the premesis made for a spacious house with privacy if needed. I spent some time in the game room with Jim Lauderback and Coleen Kelly, along with Mike Rotman, producer of the Kevin...

#bwe09 day 5 – the unofficial post blogworld 0

#bwe09 day 5 – the unofficial post blogworld

Well, whereas most people were getting on planes and shuffling home to their families, some of us stayed the extra days to enjoy the sites, sounds and warm weather. That, and it was a special deal if I left on Tuesday instead of Sunday. The day started at 10 am as I woke up from a very hard sleep. I shuffled downstairs for a little while because the local fox affiliate had the Giants game on. Of course, I wanted to watch a bit of the Packer game. By halftime, I knew this game was done, so I went back up to my room to nap and work. It’s an interesting multitasking function for you need mad skills to do it. Nonetheless, I finished uploading pictures and blog posts from the previous day. The afternoon was mostly sight seeing. I walked down the main strip and back. It’s...

What Was Old Is New Again 0

What Was Old Is New Again

Over at Scientific Blogging, Barry Leiba comments on cloud computing. The story is here. He says, in part, What I think is interesting about the emphasis on cloud computing, and putting your data and services “in the cloud”, is that we’ve come close to completing a circle. In the 1970s, we used “dumb terminals” that talked to “mainframe computers”, behemoths that sat in large data centers. Rant follows.

16 Tech Innovations that didn’t quite stick 2

16 Tech Innovations that didn’t quite stick

You might remember the products. You might remember the hype. Then, you are tooling down highway 41 years later and all of a sudden you think to yourself – “Hey, whatever happened to…” Failed ideas. Maybe it was a great idea, but wasn’t made right, or design errors brought it down. Maybe it was just a bad product. Well, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and see if we cannot repeat these errors again. Oh yeah, why 16? Well because we could. The Computer Watch: Whether it was the Ruputer, the MSN Direct ‘Smart’ Watches, the Timex Data Link Watch or another gadget watch – BTW – I remember having a “Transformers watch”. It was awesome! Still, the Dick Tracey style communication watches, the “Computer on a wrist”, never really hit it off. I even remember a watch that gave you directions. You would put in the...

Win an Epson Artisan 700 – Summer of Geekazine Contest

Win an Epson Artisan 700 – Summer of Geekazine Contest

Contest has closed. Thanks to all participants. This month we are giving away an Epson Artisan 700 printer. This is a wireless printer /scanner with CD/DVD printing capability. Here are all the options: 4 in 1 Print / Copy / Scan / Ultra Hi-Def Photo Up to 38 ppm, photos in as fast as 10 sec1 Auto Photo Correction; preview on LCD Professional quality CD/DVD printing Wi-Fi and Ethernet networking Scan and restore faded photos Ultra Hi-Definition photos last 4x longer than photo lab prints Print personal note paper & greeting cards There are three parts to this contest. Follow on Twitter – @geekazine Comment below with your twitter name In the next few weeks, during the Quickcast – Week in Tech History podcast (published on Mondays), I will announce the third requirement. Check out the latest quickcast on this – we give you the 3rd step –...

Ask Not for Whom the Cloud Looms; It Looms for You 1

Ask Not for Whom the Cloud Looms; It Looms for You

The latest answer, the latest of many, to the question of “earth, the universe, and everything” in computerdom seems to be cloud computing, in which users’ applications and data exist not on their local machines, but up there, somewhere, in the “cloud.” (Aside: In the olden days, when I was a young ‘un, it was called “networking,” but “networking” is not a new, marketable term, so the marketeers disdain it.) I am as skeptical of this as I was of doing grocery shopping via the internet.

Cisco Enters Data Center Server Market 0

Cisco Enters Data Center Server Market

Bloomberg reports that Cisco Systems has released its first server for use in corporate data center environments. Read the full story here. According to the story, Cisco is banking on having designed a box that is easier to administer and manage in a network environment. Two excerpts:

File and Network Browsing in Debian Linux and Gnome 1

File and Network Browsing in Debian Linux and Gnome

As a little explanation, I specify Gnome in the title because, with other Linux desktops, there can be other file managers. They all do pretty much the same thing, but they can look different. Fun Fact: Google runs on Linux. If you have never used Linux, I think you will find browsing your files and home network looks a lot like what you are used to. In a Linux interface, as in Windows, there can be several ways to start a program. To keep this simple, I will show only one. File Browsing with Nautilus: The Gnome file manager is called “Nautilus,” I think because it goes under the surface. To start Nautilus on Debian, go to Applications–>System Tools–>File Manager. The File Manager will open to your home folder (a folder and a directory are the same thing. The word “folder” came into use because it described the...

Podcast Ep 69 – 1-21-09 – the Inaugural Podcast 0

Podcast Ep 69 – 1-21-09 – the Inaugural Podcast

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSA Historic Moment – RoundTable – CES Video postings – Ubuntu reload – If you liked the CES Coverage, please support the site and get a Domain at the same time. Use Pod125 at GoDaddy.com Try GoToMeeting free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts. Get IT Certified – Careersaver.com – 25% off with Code “Geek08” 877-654-2265 All Show Notes are also on Delicious

Did the Geekazine 2008 Predictions Come True? 0

Did the Geekazine 2008 Predictions Come True?

Wow. It was about a year ago I asked for people to send in thoughts as to what to expect in 2008. I also made some Technology predictions. But the real question was – How far off was I? This is actually part 1 of a 2-part story. This first part reviews the predictions I made last year and how far off I was. Part 2 will have this years predictions, including predictions from CEO’s CTO’s TechPodcasters and even a Psychic. So without any further ado, let’s pick apart my idiocy from last year: OLPC will have some growing pains. The first part of OLPC will be the easiest. Maintaining the machines will be the trick. Microsoft coming onboard will muddy the water, but they might be able to do things like offer a better support network to third world countries.

Smartphones Killed the PDA Star (and more) 0

Smartphones Killed the PDA Star (and more)

I saw you back in Comdex in 83 – You were a exciting new technology – a marvel to me with a touchscreen. Ohhhh, ohhh But times have changed and you are now put to the side – the integration with the phone makes it real nice – and you get tossed in the scrap pile to die. Ohhh, ohhh I used your applications ohhh, ohhh And all your revelations…. I did have a PDA. I had a few of them. Palm, iPaq, Axim and a host of others. However, 2 years ago I got my first Smartphone. That pretty much put my last PDA to the side. Earlier in the week I read the article “5 things the Smartphone Killed“. While I am not in total agreeance of the list just yet, I do agree on a lot of their items and I can see the Smartphone...

Love or Hate the iPhone – Where Do You Stand? 1

Love or Hate the iPhone – Where Do You Stand?

It’s been a year and a few months since the first iPhone was sold. Since the release of the 3G model, I’ve been seeing people with iPhones I would have never expected have one. The iPhone has brought up a new way to use the internet, the phone and a computer. Apple is under a lot of scrutiny: AT&T being the sole carrier, the Apps store program take downs and the 3G services being poor. Yet the iPhone still is the 2nd best selling phone behind the Motorola RAZR. Apple itself is set to continue through these tough times. There has been a lot of good and bad said about the iPhone. I have seen a lot of Forum posts, even more twitters and more. I decided to go ahead and ask a small group of people over at Help A Reporter what their thoughts were. I asked...

Weekend In Tech History – 10-24-08 – The Internet 0

Weekend In Tech History – 10-24-08 – The Internet

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by: Online meetings made easy. Try GoToMeeting FREE for 30 days! www.gotomeeting.com/techpodcasts In the Weekend edition of Week in Tech History, the Federal Networking Council, along with the DoD, NSF, NASA and others, officially coin the word “Internet” on Oct 24th, 1995. The Resolution names TCP/IP and other IP related protocols to create “accessability to publicly or privaely high level services layered on the communications and related infrastructure”. Other events include Mac OS 10.3 release, the Playstation 2 is released in the US, The Osborne Vixen and Encore computers are announced and Windows XP Home and Professional editions are released. This, along with the Colbert Facebook app hitting 1 million followers and a lot more make up the weekend edition of the Weekend in Tech History Podcast.

This is Not Your Grandpa’s Computer – Geekazine Quickcast 0

This is Not Your Grandpa’s Computer – Geekazine Quickcast

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOnline Meetings Made Easy. Try Gotomeeting FREE for 30 days! www.gotomeeting.com/techpodcasts Remember Dana Carvey on Saturday Night Live in the 80’s? During the “Weekend Update” he dressed up to look like an old man and sit there telling the Kids: “Back in my day…” He would always end the line with being bloody and beat up and “WEEEE LOVED IT!”. This week I was asked the question: Will the student now using a Mac be able to adapt to a PC environment in the workforce? I said Yes and went on with my college story: I used a MAC until 1995. After that, it was a PC until 2005 when I learned Mac environments for work. But even the Windows or Mac of 1998 is not the same of 2008. It really begs the question: What will the machines of 2018 look...

Geekazine Podcast #53-10-01-08- 1 year Anniversary 0

Geekazine Podcast #53-10-01-08- 1 year Anniversary

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIt’s the Podcasts’ 1 YEAR Anniversary -GeekKon – CES – Interview with Walt Ribeiro – Future Segment – Paythefan – TechPodcast Roundtable Try GoToMeeting free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts. Get IT Certified – Careersaver.com – 10% off with Code “Geekazine” 877-654-2265 Nominate Geekazine for a Peoples Choice Podcast Award Give to the Salvation Army

Do We Need Comcast to Cap Bandwidth Usage? 0

Do We Need Comcast to Cap Bandwidth Usage?

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIt would be interesting to see how much bandwidth I go through a month. Uploading shows, ustream channel, downloading software updates and media content.  All of it legally. There are some that decide to use their internet connection without abandon. They download movies, music and computer programs without legally paying for it. I have seen many downloading 4 to 5 items at a time, which at gigabytes at a pop, it’s a lot of data that passes through. And with programs like bittorrent, not only does it download the items, but it turns your computer into a “Seed” in which others can use to pull from. Comcast is working on a model to cap bandwidth per month. For some it won’t be noticeable. For the internet Zealot, they might find it tougher to work and...

Customer Service – How Social Networking makes the job that much harder. 0

Customer Service – How Social Networking makes the job that much harder.

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS*Updated 03-13 -08. See Below Snafu.  Freedictionary.com defines it as “A chaotic or confused situation”. The word SNAFU is an acronym, in which most of it I cannot decode here, so I’ll fudge it a bit. Situation Normal All Fouled Up. If you were to go through a snafu a few years ago with a company, you would most likely grumble to your friends and family and then move on – Little impact on that. However, in this day and age, a Snafu can really come back to hurt. With Social Networking rising 47 percent year to year (according to Nielsen Netratings), this can really give companies a tough time if problems arise. But still, can social networking cause a company hardship because of a single or series of transactions?

We’re Closed – When Sites and Services like Stage 6 end. 0

We’re Closed – When Sites and Services like Stage 6 end.

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOink, Wikileaks, Stage 6, MisicBrigade and Yahoo Music. What do all of these items have in common, well, they all are or will be shutdown. The internet grows daily – new websites start, and new websites fall.  Sometimes you can pick up the pieces and turn it into a profit, sometimes it’s just a name in the dust. On Monday, DivX Stage 6 – a popular video website and used to pirate a lot of videos, has decided to close it’s doors on Feb 28th. The site let users upload their favorite videos to share. Some of them were legal, home-made videos. Others were pirated movies and television series. You could watch them right there, or you could download them and watch them later – considering if you had installed the DivX codecs. –Hear the...

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Weekly Roundup 1 – Will Android beat Godzilla, Mothra?

I am reminded of the old Godzilla movies when I hear “Android”. But in all reality, this is not much different. We just don’t see a cardboard city get demolished by 3 guys dressed in costumes. Google has given themselves not only a humungous undertaking in aquiring Android, but also a new buzzword that has been passed back and forth many times in the last few weeks. Since it’s silent aquisition back in August, the news has been anything but ‘quiet’. Companies getting on the bandwagon, putting in the hours to make this thing a success. But the real question is – Is this something that the massess want, or will this become another piece of diregarded technology. It’s safe to say that everyone wants a phone that can do more than take phone calls. Text messaging has become more viable way of communicating. According to www.cellsigns.com, 79% of the...

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