Jun 25 2014

News - NETGEAR Announces Nighthawk X6—AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi Gigabit Router

NETGEAR Nighthawk X6—AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi Gigabit Router

The pace of improvement in the 802.11AC market has been blistering, and I had a chance to talk to NETGEAR about their newest top-end entrant the $299 Nighthawk X6 (R8000) – AC3200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Router yesterday. Before digging into the specifics of the R8000 it is critical to understand what exactly the X6’s AC3200 actually means. Unlike the AC1750 and AC1900 class routers that preceded it the Nighthawk X6 has three discrete radios; one 2.4GHz and two 5GHz. The “3200” is the sum of total bandwidth (600 + 1300 + 1300) available across these radios, but it be made absolutely clear that two 5GHz radios are not bonded so each device that connects (even another X6 media bridge) will only have 1300Mbps (theoretical) available. That is not to say that this isn’t a useful feature, it actually solves a problem that I have experienced, just that it is important to understand what the technology actually offers. Full PR and more from our conversation after the click.

Jun 20 2014

News - D-Link Announces Wi-Fi Motion Sensor and an AC1900 Router

There must be something in the water at D-Link the last few weeks; their product announcements just keep rolling in. I certainly don't mean that as a complaint however. Choice is a good thing Smile. This time it's a $40 Wi-Fi enabled motion sensor which is part of their growing collection of wireless home automation (HA) devices. We have PR for that device (after the click), but strangely none for the "AC1900" wireless router also announced.

I must admit that I'm not a big fan of D-Link's move towards canister shaped routers, so it was pleasantly surprising to see that the DIR-880L 802.11AC returns to to the [more sensible] external antenna design. Which also makes it much easier to wall mount.

Jun 19 2014

Review - Logitech Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830

Logitech K830

For home theater PC (HTPC) the value of a good wireless keyboard should go without saying. After all, despite its special role in the A/V stack a HTPC is still a PC – so text entry and pointer based navigation is an essential aspect of configuration, use, and maintenance. Also as over the top (OTT) content’s search based consumption takes an ever-larger slice of our eyeball time, both on the HTPC and the myriad of increasingly complex streamer type devices, an attractive wireless keyboard that clearly looks like it belongs is an important “best tool for the job.” The market for living room friendly wireless keyboards is relatively crowded, but too often product selection requires more compromise in functionality, features, range and style than is ideal. Logitech hopes to resolve that conflict with their newest Unifying enabled “Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830.” The K830 specifications are impressive, including a back light, Windows 8 gesture support, 33’ of range and a built in rechargeable battery--but the most obvious feature is the way it looks. The $99 (£89) Logitech K830 is relatively expensive in this segment; let’s find out if it can deliver enough value to warrant its price tag.

Jun 18 2014

Podcast - Missing Remote Podcast Episode 26

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HDBaseT was the topic of discussion this week again. They have more alliance members and Kyle is still playing with his setup and is working on a blog post. Links in the show notes on some deal and the HDBaseT alliance site with more details on the standards they are pushing out. We also are discussing Smart Thermostats and the new Honeywell Lyric. Do you have one in your house? Leave a comment below.  As always this weeks podcast is powered by Geekinated.  

This show is run by Kyle Button(@techbutton), Senior Editor MissingRemote.com and Co-founder of Geekinated and is joined this week by Eric Hall (@wxrocks), John McMahon (@JohnMcMahon_) and Paul Belser (@interwebtactics), all Co-founders of Geekinated. Check out the show notes and links below. We record each week, and you can follow us on the Geekinated YouTube Channel for Video Podcast, we are also on iTunes. We now have Live shows and chat available during the recording CST 6-7 watch Twitter and Facebook for the links. Each podcast is powered by Geekinated. Check out the Geekinated Podcast that happens right after this podcast every week posted on Geekinated.com. Where we branch out and talk about everything Geek.

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Jun 17 2014

News - D-Link’s New Wi-Fi Audio Extender for Streaming Music

Pretty interesting way of making your own type of Sonos home, with your own components.

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – June 10, 2014 – D-Link today announced that the Wi-Fi Audio Extender (DCH-M225) is now shipping. Designed to stream music from a smartphone or tablet directly to virtually any connected speaker or home stereo, the Wi-Fi Audio Extender is a seamless way to enjoy music throughout the house. The compact and ultra-portable extender works with any speaker with a standard 3.5mm audio jack and connects wirelessly to an existing home network, allowing users to play music in any room with a Wi-Fi connection. It can also be quickly and easily moved from room to room so there’s always music playing, no matter where the party goes.

 

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