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Home, home on the (extended) range

on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Many people who are integrated into the Apple ecosystem – or BORG, as I like to call it – would never think about buying a router from anyone except Apple, no matter how good or cheap another brand may be. I know, because I paid $200 for an Apple Airport Extreme. I wondered if IRead More…

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Belkin NetCam HD+ Wi-Fi Camera with Glass Lens and Night Vision review

on Monday, July 21st, 2014

I’ve avoided playing with “home” monitoring cameras because (1) I live in a tiny condo in San Francisco, and (2) my son is 8 now and we’re past the baby monitoring stage.  I do have friends and family with small children, so I figured I owed it to them to stay on top of thisRead More…

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Microsoft All-in-One Media Keyboard review

By: Greg Carter
on Friday, July 18th, 2014

I decided that I would write this review with the product I’m reviewing, the Microsoft All-in-One Media keyboard, and I’ll tell you right from the start that it is likely the last thing that I’ll type with this keyboard. After several weeks of cramped typing at my desk, I’m really looking forward to getting backRead More…

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Share files wirelessly to your mobile device from your camera

on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Tablets and smart phones are a great way to carry and share photos; they have replaced those little photo albums called “brag books” that people used to carry in their purses or gear bags.  Many of these mobile devices have cameras to take photos with, but let’s face it, the quality of those photos aren’tRead More…

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T-Mobile/Uncarrier 5.0 temptation…

on Friday, June 20th, 2014
Posted in: News, Wireless

This week T-Mobile announced the latest tweak to their Uncarrier movement – version 5.0. The highlight of Uncarrier 5.0 includes a free 7-day test drive of their network (on a iPhone 5s no less). With supposedly no strings attached. And to sweeten the deal, T-Mobile is also giving its customers free music streaming that doesRead More…

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Rapoo E9070 Wireless Ultra-slim Keyboard review

on Friday, May 30th, 2014

I realize that I definitely have a thing for nice input devices. I’m always on the lookout for a good keyboard and mouse (especially at work), since I type and sit all day long.  Recently I had the chance to review the Rapoo E9070 Wireless Ultra-slim Keyboard, so I took the chance since I already useRead More…

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MPOW Bluetooth 4.0 Headset review

on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

I really like the convenience and features of a hands-free Bluetooth headset, however, when I wear them I can’t  get passed the stigma of the hands-free headset sticking out of my ear like a small USB thumb drive.  Nevermind the ones with a boom mic  protruding down the side of my face towards my mouth. Don’t getRead More…

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PlantLink review

on Monday, May 26th, 2014

I wonder if there is a Plant Killers Anonymous organization out there. If so, I would definitely be a member. “Hello, My name is Kathleen, I’m a biologist and I kill plants.” As a college student I studied mostly animal biology and didn’t focus on plant studies. At the time I thought, “Seriously, what doesRead More…

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Sponsored video: The all wireless workplace – designed for #GenMobile

on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
Posted in: News, Wireless

This BiT Busters video features a shoot out between an Aruba access point and a Cisco access point to see how well they compete when adding device after device to both APs. The loser gets shredded. Can you guess who ends up in pieces? This is an interesting video because I keep thinking about whatRead More…

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ADATA DashDrive Air AE400 wireless storage reader and power bank review

on Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Over the years we’ve reviewed quite a few backup batteries for smartphones and other devices. These accessories come in very handy for frequent travelers who never know when they will have access to a power outlet to recharge their devices. But for the most part, backup batteries have just one purpose and that is to rechargeRead More…

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Tego CERA Wireless Portable Speaker review

on Friday, April 11th, 2014

“Open the pod bay doors, HAL”, “I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that” is exactly what popped into my mind the first time I saw the CERA wireless portable speaker from Tego Audio. You may think that is a funny thought to pop into my head, but looking at the speaker and how itsRead More…

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Ooma Telo and Home Phone Service review

on Saturday, March 15th, 2014
Posted in: Reviews, Wireless

It won’t be long before the wire-line telephone system finally gets turned off.  Now would be a good time to make the move to either using your cell as your primary phone or, as in my case, move over to VOIP ( voice over INTERNET protocol ).  If you are a regular reader of The Gadgeteer,Read More…

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Grace Digital introduces the Encore Wi-Fi Music System

on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Boasting clearer vocals and deeper bass compared to the industry standard, the Encore Wi-Fi Music System from Grace Digital features a 2.1-channel audio system with dual 3” tweeter/midrange speakers and a bottom facing 4” woofer powered by a digital class D amp. This system is designed to connect to your Wi-Fi network for access to thousands ofRead More…

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TYLT VÜ Wireless Charger review

on Friday, January 24th, 2014

I have had the opportunity to try many of the variety of Qi charging stands currently available – from the no-name flat plastic slab to the Brando stand to the Nokia 901 Fatboy pillow. While all get the job done and are nice enough, they are not very polished. The engineers at TYLT have takenRead More…

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Scratch Wireless review

on Thursday, January 16th, 2014

A cell phone is the one tech item that almost everyone has.  It’s the most useful daily tech item that everyone uses, but it’s also one of the most expensive items to own.  A decent voice+data service will cost over $1,000 every year per person.  There are cheaper cellular services out there that can getRead More…

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Brando Wireless Charger w/Display Stand review

on Saturday, January 11th, 2014

I believe wireless is the future of charging our power hungry smart-devices. For those of us who already embrace this near hassle-free way of juicing up our devices, our choices of charger design is a bit limited. A majority of the chargers currently available are flat slabs of plastic that you lay your Qi-enabled device on.Read More…

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Belkin expands its WeMo line with internet-connected light bulbs and a Crock Pot

on Thursday, January 9th, 2014

According to Belkin’s latest press release, they are introducing new WeMo products at the 2014 CES.  I’ve been using Belkin WeMo Switches to automate my lamps for months now, and they have worked flawlessly.  I wanted to use some of their WeMo Light Switches to control ceiling lights, but the wiring in my older homeRead More…

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Orb Audio subONE Custom 200W Subwoofer and Klipsch Wireless Subwoofer Kit review

on Sunday, December 15th, 2013

I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing Orb Audio speakers and a subwoofer in the past.  (See the related posts at the end of this post for links to those reviews.)  I received a big 200W subwoofer with the original setup, and it performs beautifully, adding a lot of life and resonance to music and theRead More…

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Satechi Smart Travel Router

on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Posted in: News, Travel Gear, Wireless

The Smart Travel Router from Satechi works with the electrical prong layout used in about 150 countries, and it allows you to charge one device in an AC outlet and one in a 2.1A USB outlet.  Be aware that only the prongs are converted; you’ll need to make sure your device can handle the localRead More…

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Withings Smart Body Analyzer WS-50 review

on Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Throughout my life I have worked out diligently in a never ending effort to run faster/further, jump higher, hit harder, etc. As many longtime athletes know, to maintain that same fitness level requires an ever increasing effort and perseverance as the years and decades roll by. Historically I have rarely measured my weight, BMI, orRead More…

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Qitah Wireless Charger rises above the competition

on Friday, October 25th, 2013

If you have a phone that has wireless charging capability, you might want to look at the Qitah Wireless Charger.  It lifts your device off the desk at a 40-degree angle that makes it easier to see.  The Qitah has a SmartGrip surface that prevents scratches on the back of your phone, too.  It’s availableRead More…

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Now you can monitor energy usage with the latest WeMo Switch

on Thursday, October 10th, 2013

I’ve been using four WeMo Switch modules in my house for a few months now, and they work great for turning lights on and off on a program and for letting me manually control them from anywhere I have internet connectivity.  Belkin isn’t resting on their laurels, though, and they have announced the WeMo InsightRead More…

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Now you can control your light switches with WeMo controllers

on Monday, October 7th, 2013

I recently reviewed the Belkin WeMo Smart Home Automation Switch, and I’m still happily using four of them everyday to control my table lamps and the Fake TV.  There are some rooms, like the bathroom, that don’t have table lamps, but I’d still like to be able to remotely control my ceiling fixture in there.Read More…

RAVPower FileHub RP-WD01 WiFi file hub, SD card reader, and power bank review

By: Leah Hallett
on Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Do you want to expand the accessible storage of your tablet or smartphone but can’t because they don’t have an SD/microSD slot or USB port to do so?  The RAVPower  FileHub RP-WD01 3000 mAh power bank is a portable, self-powered WiFi file hub that doesn’t require any physical connection to your device.  The FileHub can transfer files via 802.11b/g/n orRead More…

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Turn your old speakers with 30-pin dock into wireless AirPlay or DLNA speakers

on Thursday, September 19th, 2013

I don’t usually like to write about active Kickstarter projects, but the auris skye project caught my eye.  I’ve bought Bluetooth receivers for some old docking speakers, and they worked great for turning them into wireless Bluetooth speakers.  No matter how well they work, it’s still Bluetooth, though, with its inherent problems of sound compressionRead More…