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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…

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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 thatRead 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 ofRead 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 deliverRead 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 haveRead 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-inRead 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 optionRead 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 cardsRead 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, youRead 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, orRead More…

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Turn most any lamp into a wireless speaker

on Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

I’ve seen lamps with built-in speakers before, but they aren’t usually the type of lamp you’d want in a formal living room.  With The Invisible Speaker from Hammacher Schlemmer, you can add a speaker to most any shaded lamp.  You remove the harp (the metal piece that the shade sits on) from the lamp, thenRead More…

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Extend the wireless coverage of any router with the Amped Wireless REC10

on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
Posted in: News, Wireless

The REC10 High Power 600mW Compact Wi-Fi Range Extender from Amped Wireless will strengthen and extend your wireless coverage throughout your house and even into your yard.  It works with any 802.11 b/g/n wireless router or service provider gateway, and it contains “advanced dual 600mW amplifiers and a high gain 2dBi detachable antenna to extend Wi-Fi coverageRead More…

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Use the iUSBportCAMERA and your mobile device or computer to control your DSLR

on Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Earlier this year, we told you about an accessory that allows you to use your iOS device as a trigger/timer/intervalometer for your DSLR camera.  The iUSBportCAMERA accessory from HyperShop is a similar product with more features.  First of all, you can use this device with iOS and Android mobile devices or your Mac or Windows computer.Read More…

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Automatica vehicle audio content device review

on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

If you’re like me, you probably listen to music or podcasts when riding in your vehicle.  While I’ve never found it particularly difficult to aggregate my content to use in the car, the folks at Inrete think they have a better way to do it using their Automatica device.  The device requires a USB portRead More…

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Wirelessly control your Celestron Telescope with the SkyQ Link WiFi Adapter

By: Paul Grunwald
on Thursday, February 21st, 2013

New for 2013 is the SkyQ Link WiFi Adapter from Celestron, which allows wireless control of most Celestron motorized telescope mounts that use the hand control computer. There is an IOS interface with telescope alignment mode and a planetarium interface that immediately aims at any celestial object you tap from the SkyView screen. SkyTour generates theRead More…

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Travel with your own wireless network with the Satechi Wireless Multifunction Mini Router / Repeater

on Friday, February 15th, 2013
Posted in: News, Wireless

The Wireless Multifunction Mini Router / Repeater from Satechi really earns the “multifunction” label.  This little 2.9″ X 0.9″ X 2.9″ device is small enough to fit in a gear bag, and it offers features found in much larger devices.  The Wireless Multifunction Mini Router / Repeater has five functions.  It can serve as your mainRead More…

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Bring connectivity to your devices with the Electric Imp

By: Paul Grunwald
on Thursday, February 14th, 2013

The Electric Imp is now out of beta and shipping developer kits. The Imp is an SD-card sized WiFi (802.11b/g/n) module with built-in antenna, 6 I/O, Arm Cortex M3 Micro-controller, and a Cloud-based infrastructure for programming and control. The I/O supports serial, I2C, SPI, A2D, D2A, and PWM interfaces. The Imp uses the Squirrel programming language,Read More…

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Oplink Mobile Interactive Security System review

on Friday, February 8th, 2013

When I purchased my current house, it came with a professionally-installed security system.  I never used it because there is a monthly fee to monitor the premises, which I’m not willing to pay.  Recently I heard about Oplink Security and their Triple Shield Home system which can be self installed and has an option that doesn’tRead More…

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Off-desk mousing is possible with the Genius Pen Mouse

on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

The newly re-designed Pen Mouse from Genius doesn’t keep you tied to a desk.  With the 2.4GHz Pen Mouse, you can mouse on any surface – your hands, your jeans, or almost anything else you find.  The mouse has been redesigned for a more comfortable grip and a pen clip has been added.  Three DPIRead More…

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Creating a wireless network without a PC is now a reality with the Almond+ Touchscreen WiFi Router

on Saturday, January 26th, 2013

We live in a world now where the advancements in tablet devices allows them to replace the home PC. The problem with this new trend is that home wireless networking has not kept up with the influx of these tablet devices, and most routers still require a wired PC for setup and administration. The Almond+,Read More…

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Ting’s Pay-For-What-You-Use cell service review

on Friday, January 11th, 2013

The major cellular providers continue to force their customers into bigger, bolder, more expensive plans that many folks do not need. I admit that I moved our family to Verizon’s Family Share Plan, where we pay a premium price for unlimited talk, text, and 6GB of data. However, there are many people that are notRead More…

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Logitech TV Cam HD for Skype works with any HDTV

on Friday, November 23rd, 2012

With this Logitech camera, you can Skype with anyone in beautiful HD-quality video.  The TV Cam HD works any HDTV and connects to your wireless internet.  After you activate it with your Skype account, you’ll have a great, high-quality picture while you chat with friends and family.  The camera has a built-in speaker, and itRead More…

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HSTi Wireless Media Stick review

on Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

Last year I bought 2 new TVs for my house. I got a great price on both of them, and the HD picture looks great on both of them.  And being the tech guy that I am, I immediately started looking for ways to take advantage of that gorgeous HD screen.  The TVs were notRead More…

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republic wireless hybrid calling BETA review

on Thursday, October 25th, 2012

When I saw that you could get a non-contract phone plan with unlimited calling, data and texts for $19/month, it was an easy decision to jump in.  republic wireless can offer this deal because it uses both the cellular network and WiFi, something they call hybrid calling, to route your calls and data.   This is perfectRead More…