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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 its Read 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 of Read 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 taken Read 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 get Read 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 home Read 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 the Read 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 local Read 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, or Read 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 available Read 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 Insight Read 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 or Read 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 compression Read More…

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Epson Expression Home XP-410 Small-in-One All-in-One Printer review

By: Ryan Chapman
on Saturday, September 7th, 2013

There are so many printers on the market that choosing the right one can be a real chore. For basic home use, I’ve found using a printer/scanner combination fits my needs just fine, so we picked up an Epson XP-400 simply because it was on sale and did not have many bells and whistles that Read More…

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Efergy Engage Wireless Energy Monitor review

on Monday, August 5th, 2013

I’m always looking for ways to cut down on my monthly expenses, and one of the areas I’ve been having a problem controlling is electricity consumption.  The issue is that we don’t really know what’s keeping our bill so high, making it difficult to affect changes.  There are energy monitoring devices available, but most of Read More…

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SanDisk introduces wireless flash storage drives

By: Leah Hallett
on Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Flash drives aren’t anything new, wireless storage devices aren’t either, but SanDisk has managed to combine the two in a fun, ultra-portable, attractive USB drive.  SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drives include a 16GB or 32GB option, while the larger cube-shaped SanDisk Connect Media drives include 32GB or 64GB versions, both for sharing your stored photos, documents, Read More…

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Lantronix xPrintServer Home Edition review

on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

“Now when you hit ‘print’, it actually prints” says the Lantronix website.  I’ve heard of methods to print from iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads, but I never cared about it… until I needed to print something and I was too lazy/unable to get to my desktop iMac.  Would the xPrintServer Home Edition from Lantronix deliver Read More…

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Belkin WeMo Smart Home Automation Switch review

on Monday, July 22nd, 2013

I have some OCD tendencies that are under control now for the most part, but I still freak out about leaving the house unattended for any length of time.  I don’t mean I have agoraphobia, but I’m afraid someone will break into the house while I’m out, even for a few hours.  We don’t have Read More…

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Amped Wireless TAN1 High Power Wi-Fi Adapter for Windows 8 review

on Saturday, June 29th, 2013

The TAN1 High Power Wi-Fi Adapter for Windows 8 from Amped Wireless is a USB 2.0 2.4GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi adapter that uses high-power transmission amplifiers and high-gain antennas to boost wireless range of Windows 8 devices. I tested it out on my aging Acer Netbook to see how it stacked up against typical low-end, built-in Read More…

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Brother ImageCenter ADS-2500W High Speed Document Scanner review

on Monday, June 24th, 2013

Earlier this year, Bill and I reviewed several of the Panasonic KV-Series document scanners. We both agreed that they were very capable pieces of hardware. The only issue I had with it is that Panasonic had not developed OSX drivers for those of us who use Macs, a huge oversight in my opinion. My only viable option Read More…

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Eye-Fi simplifies getting your pictures from your camera to your mobile device

on Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
Posted in: Camera Gear, News, Wireless

We’ve reviewed several Eye-Fi cards at The Gadgeteer.  They are a great way to add WiFi capabilities to a camera that doesn’t have it already, and they greatly simplify getting your pictures to your computer for editing and storage.  What if you’d rather have them transfer directly to your smart phone or tablet?  Eye-Fi cards Read More…

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Globalgig mobile hotspot review

By: Ryan Chapman
on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

When planning a vacation, one of the key features I look for in a hotel is whether or not they have WiFi internet access. In Europe, I once had to resort to a McDonald’s to send an email to my family. Nowadays, while there are different mobile hotspots you can use in the USA, you Read More…

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BlackBerry Z10 smartphone review

on Monday, April 15th, 2013
Posted in: Reviews, Wireless

To be honest, I can’t remember the last BlackBerry device that I reviewed. It’s been many years ago and they’ve been off my radar until recently. The announcement of the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone caught my eye because of the phone’s good looks. But can this smartphone run with the iOS and Android big dogs, or Read More…