After three to four months of iffy WiMax Internet service from West Central Net, a local wireless internet provider, we are down to no Internet service most days. WCN has sent multiple service techs out here over the past few months, and even after swapping out our equipment, nothing has helped. The tech that came in on the 20th walkedRead more
I love my Sonos system. I love it enough that I have a Sonos component in just about every room of the house. I love it enough that I purchased a PLAYBAR as soon as the product was announced (our review is forthcoming), and I added a Sonos SUB a few days after that. The one Sonos component IRead more
I hope you have been enjoying my series on Amateur Radio. It’s been one of my favorite hobbies for about 20 years now, and I love sharing my knowledge with our readers. Today I am bringing you another radio review, only the second one ever for Gear Diary. Just like when I reviewed the Icom ID-31A last year, thisRead more
I’m a big fan of Bluetooth enabled, wireless speakers in this age of cell phones, tablets, and computers. We’re always on the go, always have our mobile phones with us, and therefore, many of us carry our music collections with us as well. Even if you don’t carry your MP3 collection on your cell phone, most of our phones can
Linksys recently announced the addition of new models to its Smart Wi-Fi Router portfolio and they promise to be a great way to get, and stay, online. The $169.99 AC 1200 Advanced Multimedia, EA6300, is already available and the $189.99 Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1600 Video Enthusiast, EA6400, is coming by the end of May. The AC1600 is aRead more
I offered a first look at the Jabra Revo Wireless Headphones last week. We now have a firm price and shipping date- they will be available starting March 25th and will cost $249- so I wanted to offer up a more complete look at these rather pricey headphones. I covered a good bit of the initial ground in my ‘FirstRead more
When it comes to connectivity I’m spoiled. I spend the vast majority of my time either at home or the office and both are locations have high-speed Internet. And when I am out I usually have decent connectivity and relatively good speed. That means I’m able to get the information I want pretty much where and when I want it.Read more
Android support for Withings’ Smart Baby Monitor and the Wireless Scale announced at MWC
It used to be that the interconnectivity of gadgets in your house was expected Real Soon Now, but it didn’t seem like it would ever arrive. When I went to see the move “The Sixth Day”, for example, the refrigerator that reminded you that you needed
I’ve made no secret of the fact that if it weren’t for the Wilson Electronics AG Pro 75 Celluar Signal Booster, mobile phone service at my house would be pitiful; we would have likely had to incur the (possibly substantial) expense of putting in a landline. I live outside a rural community and in the middle of a ranch;Read more
In case you were unaware (as I was for the longest time), “NFC” means “near field communication”. It is related to the method that is used in a lot of employee ID cards, the ones that you wave in the general direction of a dark receiver thingee near a door, and BEEP, it recognizes you and the door opens. IRead more
Jabra has just announced a new suite of corded and wireless stereo headphones said to “elevate music and multimedia experiences to a new dimension of sound performance”. The headphones, new Jabra Revo Wireless, Jabra Revo corded and Jabra Vox in-ear earphones, are designed for “hard-wearing, every day use and portability”.
Jabra’s headphones aren’t designed to be eye-candy. Rather, they areRead more
If you are on the road a lot, then you know all about what it’s like to have your cellular signal act in a less than reliable manner. Watching your 4G/LTE signal drop down to zilch, then slide over to EDGE, 3G and then ultimately climb back to 4G — depending upon where you area, even though the areas are
I was pleasantly surprised by the JBL Flip that I had reviewed last month. It joins the ranks of small Bluetooth speakers like the JawBone JamBox and Jabra SoleMate (both of which are terrific), but it comes in at under $100. I didn’t expect much from it and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the sound and theRead more
In a world where you can stream stuff from a cloud server pretty much anywhere, and where you have an Apple TV unit or some other box that converts the incoming bits and sends ‘em to your TV, the big thing is bandwidth and range, right? The last thing you want, when you’re used to watching movies on DVD, is
I’ve wanted to go to Japan ever since I saw “Shogun” when I was in High School. (During it’s first run on TV–yes, I really am that old.) I’ve read travel guides, history books, novels, watched Kirosawa movies, and plenty of other things to feed my interest. Unfortunately, such a trip is not in the cards for me right now.
What a world we live in – We now have computers that fit in our pockets, gorgeous televisions that are 1″ thick, and a dude who skydived from the edge of space. Continuing along that vein, now you can program your credit card sized computer, otherwise known as the Raspberry Pi, to open your garage door for you using Siri’sRead more
Sarah and I are staying with my parents temporarily, and overall it is working out well. However, there is one issue that makes life difficult: the WiFi reception in my parents’ home is terrible. The router sits all the way on one side of the house, and picking up signal in our room (downstairs and on the opposite end) is
We spend summers and many vacation breaks up in Pennsylvania. Much of the year, however, the house is unoccupied. And while we have neighbors who keep an eye on it for us, there’s nothing like seeing for ourselves that everything is okay. The SwannSmart camera should let us do that and a whole lot more. Best of all, set upRead more
In the ordinary course of events, we here at Gear Diary don’t usually tell you twice about the same Kickstarter project. We don’t have the time or space, and we don’t like to repeat ourselves. But in this case, this is a pretty major addition to an ongoing Kickstarter project that we mentioned only a few days ago, so
Accessories equipped with Apple’s new, smaller Lightning Connectors are finally beginning to roll out. The other day we brought news of Belkin’s lightning-equipped car charger. Today we get word that JBL has announced two new speakers that also work with the iPhone 5, iPad mini and other current generation iOS devices. Priced at $99 and $199, one of theRead more
As time goes by, I have seen USB ports appearing in places that one would not normally expect to find them; from the car to our televisions, USB ports have been incorporated into many devices.
So picture this scenario: you have a computer at home that has media on it that you’d like to get on your TV, Stereo or
Even when I first started out in the tech world, it often frustrated me that here I was on one computer, and it was a comparative pain in the tuckus to transfer stuff over to that computer just a few feet away. From a technical level, I always understood it–you had to have connectivity (be it wired or wireless), proper
One of the big issues I noticed immediately with iOS 6 and particularly with the iPad Mini was maintaining connectivity to WiFi at home and at work. The basic issue is this – when the iPad sleeps the WiFi turns off (to maintain better battery life), but it happens very quickly and doesn’t automatically re-connect.
My first inkling of an
At long last, I have my entire staff using iPads. In addition, after months of planning we have finally set up our school’s iPads for use with the interactive Bar Mitzvah training program I have created. More and more I expect we will see the staff and school iPad being used for a host of different purposes. One of myRead more
Every now and then a product comes along that not only meets your expectations but actually exceeds them. That’s the case so far with the Libratone Zipp AirPlay Wireless Speaker. Sure, it has a cool, unique look. And sure, the fact that you can change the wool covers then, in seconds, have a speaker that looks completely different is very