Network your entire house with Belkin's Powerline 3-Port Adapter Kit. With a speed of up to 200Mbps, it will connect three devices in one outlet with your home's existing wiring. Connect your PC via router to a cable or satellite box, computer or game system with 128-bit DES link encryption for security. You can pre-order the kit that comes with 2 adapters and a lifetime warranty and more adapters can be added for more electronics.
Advertising by networking is everywhere. Go to an airport and you are bombarded with ads from their giftshops. Make a phone call to your bank and if you are put on hold, friendly voices let you know of other services. Check your cell phone messages and learn how to protect your cell phone. Hang at the mall in other countries and don't be surprised to find an enormous HD screen letting you know what's on sale. Need gas? While at the pump, Speedway will tell you the weather, report on traffic and let you know how many points it takes to get a free cuppa coffee.
We spend a lot of time telling you how to network more ably in your home, but what about when your loved ones are far away? Logitech has introduced Vid, a simplified way to make video calls on a PC or Mac with most Logitech Webcams. With a simple, intuitive interface, it can be set up in very little time, provides lifelike colors and optimizes speed and resolution. Vid is free to download for those with a Logitech cam and if you are invited by another to use it, you get free usage for 30 days.
The first surge protector we bought a couple of decades ago was incredibly expensive, but now you can get one for next to nothing and with color coded inputs for the electronically challenged. DigiTV's DC-SP6500 Power Station can be used for Phone, Fax, and Home Theater Equipment. The 6500 Joule Surge Protector has 7 outlets and a circuit breaker for additional AC adapters. The device has a 6 ft. heavy duty cord and child safety lock and will definitely not cost you your first born.
Verizon Wireless users can now take advantage of MiFi2200, a battery operated device that can establish a WiFi hotspot almost anywhere for up to five users. Install on PC or Mac, load Verizon's software and activate. You will get a default access, but you can change it if you like. Operation is basically a single button push. After four hours of usage, recharge by USB. With a 2 year contract, MiFi will cost you $99.99 after a $50.00 rebate with standard 3G service. Sprint is also planning its own MiFi network in the future.
The Lan-Storage Network Server attaches to USB 2.0 and can be used with an HDD box, flash drive, printer, card reader or other electronic devices. With support for Windows, Mac and Linux, it is easy to install, has a key recovery system and a uPnP media server function. Get yours for $55.99.
Disney is at it finally with a new dream home of the future - the Disney Innoventions Dream Home. eHomeupgrade has a bunch of cool videos showing the various networking audio video options for the home of the future.
We noticed this little article referencing the mimobot USB drives. We often use ours for some sneakernet networking. Sometimes it's just easier to take a 4 gig file and plug it in then push it across our network in some spots - as we roughly have 1/2 802.11n and 1/2 802.11g.
Oh and if you're looking for the coolest sneakernet USB drives - check out mimobots.
Another holiday season has come and gone and we all seem to have survived. Now that it's over, we here at Networking Audio Video are curious what the holidays brought you geeks. Did you get any sweet streaming gadgets? We spent the holidays playing with our new toy, the GMG TVisto Pro 3500 Media Streamer. While it didn't really fill us with glee, it wasn't without merit.
So what did everyone else get? Add a comment and let us know what the other geeks of the world received this holiday season. Hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday and is gearing up for CES this January and all the goodies that entails!
For the most part a router is a router is a router. Sure they offer some special features like QoS or whatnot, but for the majority of people out there they just need the basics. Get my machines to all have access to the net and protect them via a built in firewall from any of those 'bad' people out there. Most people don't care about all the fancy things most modern routers can do these days. We aren't those people :) We are always very protective of our home network and we make sure that our wireless router has the most secure setup possible.
We will be the first to admit that for the most part what we have setup here is overkill as the chances that someone would actively try and hack our network is pretty slim( that wasn't a challenge!! ), but why take the chance right. So we made sure to use WPA2 with a very secure passphrase among other tactics. The problem comes from certain devices that we have around the house that want to use the wireless network to get access to remote servers and the Internet in general. Well they aren't designed to work with WPA, they will only talk to a network secured with WEP or sometimes only if you are wide open. Well there is no way that we are going to lower our security just so a few devices can get access to the Internet. So we have had to deal with the fact that they just would not be able to connect.
One device that hasn't been able to access the net that makes us very sad had been our Nintendo DS. They had come out and said that it would only work via WEP and would always be that way. We were very sad since there are a lot of fun things you can do with the DS online that we figured we would never have the chance to do. Well along comes the WN-G54 with a solution to that problem.
Basically their router, which is the standard 10/100, 802.11b/g, has two modes to it. The first mode is your very secure network for your home machines and whatnot. The second mode is an insecure passthrough mode that allows certain devices to bypass your internal security and hop right on the net. This way you can keep the majority of your network in secure mode while granting special permissions to the devices that can't deal with the multiple layers of security. This may be a great solution for people like us that are unwilling to compromise our security so that a few of our devices can get access to the outside world.
We are going to try and get one for our office and see how it works. We'll be sure to let you know.