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November 9, 2017

AmpliFi Announces Kickstarter for Teleport VPN System

AmpliFi, the consumer brand of popular enterprise grade networking company, Ubiquiti, recently announced a new kickstarter campaign for a product they call Teleport.

Currently about 40% funded, the AmpliFi Teleport works with AmpliFi’s Mesh Router system and essentially acts as a VPN for users when away from the home. By simply connecting to the Teleport while on the go, users can easily access a home network while outside the home as if they were at home allowing access to shared folders, wireless printing, home automation devices, security systems and more.

Those interested in the AmpliFi Teleport system can now make a pledge at the AmpliFi Teleport [...]

 
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January 5, 2019

The Best Mesh WiFi Router System of 2019

Mesh: The Solution to Spotty Home Wi-Fi

Let’s face it. If you live in a moderately sized house or you have a lot of wireless devices, home wireless will suck for you no matter how expensive or how well placed your router is. Up until recently, there were relatively few solutions. One solution was to place Wi-Fi range extenders which would help improve home Wi-Fi coverage. But using Wi-Fi range extenders have significant drawbacks such as the need to use separate SSIDs from the router, meaning clients need to disconnect and reconnecting to the range extender in order to use it, and range extenders typically utilize just one radio on one band which means wireless performance will [...]

 
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July 20, 2017

Review: ecobee3 Smart Thermostat

The Smartest Thermostat Ever?

Ever since the Nest introduced their smart learning thermostat back in 2011, smart thermostats have become one of the most popular upgrades for people looking to make their homes just a bit “smarter”. While Nest is without a doubt the most popular name in home automation thanks to Alphabet Inc’s (Google) acquisition of the company back in 2014, numerous other entrants into the smart thermostat market have appeared with one of the most promising being Ecobee, a Canadian home automation company currently specializing in smart thermostats.

The flagship Ecobee smart thermostat which we’ll be reviewing today is the ecobee3. The [...]

 
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November 23, 2016

Google Home Discounted to $99 for Black Friday

Google Home, Google’s new home assistant will be $99 starting now for a limited time in celebration of Black Friday.

For those unfamiliar with Google Home, it’s Google’s “voice-activated speaker powered by Google Assistant”, similar to Amazon’s Echo home assistant. It accepts voice command from the user and feed you the relevant information, just like a real assistant.

The simple, smooth shell is home for a speaker, signal processor, and a touchscreen. Activating the far-field voice recognition mic is as easy as saying “OK Google”. If you have a huge house, multiple Google Homes can be wirelessly linked together to [...]

 
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October 4, 2016

Google Announces Pixel, Pixel XL, Daydream, Chromecast Ultra, Wifi, Home at Made by Google Event

 

As expected, Google launched a whole host of new hardware today at their Made by Google event in San Francisco, California.

 

Google Pixel and Pixel XL

We’ve seen seeing quite a few leaks for the past couple days on Google’s new smartphones, the Pixel and Pixel XL. These phones will be replacing Google’s Nexus lineup of smartphones and will be Google’s first smartphone that will be fully Google branded although previous rumors have pegged HTC as the actual manufacturer. Whether HTC is just providing Google with manufacturing only or if they have anything to do with the design we’re not sure, but HTC was [...]

 
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June 22, 2012

Belkin Announces Availability of WeMo Switch and WeMo Switch + Motion

Belkin recently announced the availability of the WeMo, a new line of products that will turn an Apple product such as the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, into a remote control for household devices through Wi-Fi and a free mobile app – perfect in helping inspire the lazy couch potatoes in all of us.

The WeMo will come in two models – the WeMo Switch (priced at $49.99) and the WeMo Switch + Motion (priced at $99.99). While both are small devices that plug directly into any standard electrical outlet and will serve as a WeMo center allowing you remote access, the WeMo Switch + Motion will also feature a sensor that reads motion within 10 feet which can [...]

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