If you're building a new home, or renovating your existing one, you have a great opportunity to update and future-proof your home's wiring — not only for power (like adding USB sockets to your wall outlets) but also for networking. Putting a bit of thought into how you set your home up can save you from the woes of dodgy Wi-Fi connectivity, unwanted buffering and black spots throughout your living space.
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The Chromecast is often hailed for its web streaming capabilities, letting you Netflix (or YouTube, or Stan, or Presto) binge on the cheap. You can, however, easily stream local files from your computer to these HDMI-enabled dongles as well with the right apps installed — here's how to get everything set up.
For as ubiquitous as connectivity has become and how reliant we've grown on it, the internet is still a digital jungle where hackers easily steal sensitive information from the ill-equipped and where the iron-fisted tactics of totalitarian regimes bent on controlling what their subjects can access are common. So instead of mucking around in public networks, just avoid them. Use a VPN instead.
The OnHub is Google's latest weird experiment. It's a $US200 router stuffed with fourteen antennae that's being marketed as a cure-all for people who have a zillion wireless devices with different network needs. But what does that actually mean? I tore down my OnHub with the hardware hackers at iFixit to find out.
Your router is the most horrible technology you deal with every day. This essential tool keeps your home connected to the internet, and yet, you keep it thrust in a dusty corner because it's a wretched, opaque box of confusion. Google's OnHub is a critical step towards helping you take control back from those miserable blinking lights.
There's a new undersea cable in the works, unlike any system that's been built before. It is almost 10,000 miles long. It winds under the Arctic Ocean, from the United Kingdom, over Canada, and down to Japan, offering the fastest possible route between London and Tokyo. It stops on icy Canadian shores along the way, providing internet access to small communities entirely dependent on spotty satellite connection. And what's really new: the cable is made possible only by climate change. Melting Arctic ice is making way for giant cable ships.
What if when your home internet connection went down, your router automatically connected to your neighbour's Wi-Fi or to the 4G mobile network to keep you connected? Swedish networking company Dovado has a particularly fascinating new router called the Tiny AC, developed with help from a few speed-hungry Aussies, that can do exactly that.
Anyone that has set up a home or business network knows how annoying it can be to have your network cables untidy and cluttered because your network switch is being pushed around by tangled cables. The Netgear ProSAFE Click includes a first-of-its-kind mounting system that means you can actually properly hide it out of the way in your home study's desk or small business office.
If you can't get ADSL or cable or NBN internet at home, or if you don't need that much data per month over the 'net, and you live relatively close to a city or metropolitan area, a 4G mobile broadband device might suit your needs very well. These usually come in the form of a Wi-Fi hotspot, portable and battery-powered, but this Huawei Wi-Fi Cube is designed to live in your home and connect everything in it wirelessly to the internet through Vodafone 4G.
Wireless Network Watcher is a free, simple program for Windows XP and above that can take a quick look at the computers and devices connected to your home network. Fire it up and make sure there's no one on your Wi-Fi network who shouldn't be there. If you do find a squatter, a password change on your router should be enough to thwart them.
Is your home internet feeling a little on the slow side? Having trouble diagnosing the issues yourself? Let us help you out: we're here with all the tips and tricks you need to know to get the most out of your home broadband connection for streaming everything from YouTube content through to Apple TV and Netflix.
We just aren't printing as much as we used to. Where once we'd churn out driving directions, movie tickets, or school reports, these documents almost always stay in the digital domain. But for those occasions that you do need to print something, here's how to make sure you can do it from anywhere, without a single cord.
Fast Wi-Fi is great. Fast, long range Wi-Fi is even better. Like a good pair of shoes, tyres or skis, investing in a powerful router can save you money in the long run and future-proof your home network. For my money, right now, the Linksys WRT-1900AC has no equal in the world of wireless networking.
Do you have dodgy Wi-Fi in your house? If you're living in a large apartment or multi-level house, chances are that you could do with a Wi-Fi range extender or at least some smarter router placement. Telstra can help you out with that — alongside the announcement of its fledgling nationwide Wi-Fi network, it has a new app that maps your house's Wi-Fi network range.