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  • REVIEW: Best VPN routers for small business

    We looked at six VPN routers designed for small businesses, ranging from the popular Cisco brand to lesser-known names like DrayTek and UTT Technologies. We setup and evaluated each to determine how they compare in regards to price, features, and user-friendliness.

    16 Nov. 15 14:00 Written by Eric Geier
  • Review: 4 powerline kits step in when Wi-Fi fails

    Powerline devices route data through your electric cables, offering an alternative when Wi-Fi fails. We review 4 of the latest kits to see how well they work.

    20 Aug. 15 13:30 Written by Brian Nadel
  • First Look: Amazon Echo: Novelty item or ready-for-prime-time part of your digital life?

    Our Amazon Echo, a voice-controlled appliance--for want of a better word--arrived on May 17 and we've been using it all week. As Prime members, we paid $100 for ours, but the list price is $200. While some parts are beautifully done, the information services at the back end have a long way to go before the Echo is more than a novelty.

    01 June 15 20:09 Written by Joel Snyder
  • 8 Wi-Fi mistakes to avoid

    Wi-Fi is great when it works right and when it's secure. Although setting up Wi-Fi can seem straightforward, there are many complexities. For example, not performing proper surveys, design work, and maintenance or ignoring security issues can cause major problems.

    26 Jan. 15 22:23 Written by Eric Geier
  • 7 free tools every network needs

    In the real estate world, the mantra is location, location, location. In the network and server administration world, the mantra is visibility, visibility, visibility. If you don't know what your network and servers are doing at every second of the day, you're flying blind. Sooner or later, you're going to meet with disaster.

    14 Oct. 14 21:16 Written by Paul Venezia
  • 7 Bluetooth speakers: Still portable, now with better sound

    With the abundance of smartphones and tablets comes a proliferation of Bluetooth speakers. And it makes sense: Although mobile devices have, on the whole, better speakers today than they had even a couple of years ago, they still can't produce the sound quality or the volume that a good speaker can.

    05 Sept. 14 17:41 Written by Barbara Krasnoff
  • Aiia SSSSSpeaker: Cheap and cheerful BT audio

    The people at a company called aiia (their Web site loads insanely slowly) out of the Ukraine pitched me the SSSSSpeaker (yes, that's how they spell it, it's not a a typo), billed as the world's smallest Bluetooth speaker, and sent me a unit.

    08 Aug. 14 22:40 Written by Mark Gibbs
  • Bluedriver: Vehicle data capture for geeks

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Automatic, a dongle that plugs into your car's OBD-II connector and sends data about your car's performance and your driving via Bluetooth LE to an app on your iOS or Android smartphone.

    01 Aug. 14 06:44 Written by Mark Gibbs
  • Nova: Bluetooth flash for iPhone

    There are many times when your iPhone camera flash just isn't up for the job. Either you need light from a different angle (ever notice how phone-based flashes tend to wash out the subject?) or you need a warmer or cooler flash than your iPhone provides. You, my friend, might be interested in the Nova, a Bluetooth LE flash.

    05 July 14 01:06 Written by Mark Gibbs
  • Linksys WRT1900AC: The best open router yet

    Linksys' ambitious, prosumer-grade Wi-Fi router is pricey compared to the classic WRT54G router that inspired it, but it comes with a great feature set

    19 May 14 20:04 Written by Serdar Yegulalp
  • Unisys unveils invisibility cloak for network traffic

    If you are ultra paranoid, what could be better than hiding your network traffic in such a way that no one could possibly intercept it? This is what Unisys is offering with its new Stealth appliance, which could make man-in-the-middle attacks and keylogger exploits obsolete, or at least more difficult to mount.

    05 May 14 20:38 Written by David Strom
  • Fedora tips its hat to mobility, cloud, big data

    The latest release of Fedora, nicknamed "Heisenbug," is a step towards making Fedora a player in the mobile arena. Fedora 20 also includes more support for cloud, and this is also the first release that supports cheap, low-power ARM processors as a primary architecture, in addition to Intel and AMD chips.

    31 March 14 22:24 Written by Maria Korolov
  • AirMagnet breaks new ground in wireless spectrum analysis

    Everyone needs a Wi-Fi spectrum analyzer, but there are times when analyzing cellular spectrum is also essential. Fluke Networks' new AirMagnet Spectrum ES provides a broad range of capability at a very attractive price. Spectral analysis, a longstanding fixture in electronics and manufacturing test, and, more recently as a valuable tool for understanding coverage, interference, and other elements of Wi-Fi, is the art and science of extracting meaning and insight from wireless systems at Layer 1 -- radio waves.

    24 March 14 11:10 Written by Craig Mathias
  • Hands on with iOS 7.1: A few good improvements

    Apple's latest upgrade to its mobile operating system, iOS 7.1, adds some useful touches and fixes some of the glitches that appeared in the previous version.

    14 March 14 10:33 Written by Michael deAgonia
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