What the AT&T DirecTV Merger Means to You

After first being announced last year, the FCC and their chief, Tom Wheeler, finally approved the merger between telecommunications giant, AT&T, and satellite TV company, DirecTV late last month. This marriage essentially creates a home entertainment behemoth with AT&T’s phone, digital TV, and Internet business combined with DirecTV’s industry-leading satellite offering. If you are a […]

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Home Automation Internet Gateway Bandwidth Requirements

When turning your residence into an automated 21st Century digital smart home, do you need to worry about using too much Internet bandwidth? If every light, door lock, refrigerator, and window shade in your house is part of a home automation setup, will your data allowance get used up in a matter of days? Thankfully, […]

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Can Apple HomeKit Make Your Residence a Smart Home?

With the Internet of Things making home automation a reality for many gadget gurus, there’s little surprise that Apple is getting in the game with their own HA platform. HomeKit promises to easily turn your house into a 21st Century smart home with Siri giving you a hand controlling your abode’s lighting, thermostats and more.  […]

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Streaming Movies with MGO

Streaming movies over the Internet continues to be a growing technology trend in the world of digital entertainment. MGO, or M-GO, is another Internet video on demand service offering a full range of recent movies and TV shows for your streaming pleasure. The service’s major industry competition includes the standard list of names: Netflix, Amazon […]

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UTM for Home Users:  Protect your Network from Hackers

With the Internet of Things and home automation entering the consumer electronics mainstream, hackers now see the home network as a new target for their nefarious activity. Recently, the news reported a story of someone’s smart refrigerator getting hacked and sending spam emails all over the world. While probably an isolated incident, it still emphasizes […]

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Have You Tried a Google Hangout?

If you are looking for a modern communication platform suitable for video, text messaging, and more, you might want to check out Google Hangouts. While it can be considered a competitor to Microsoft’s Skype video chat service, Hangouts features many extras including natural integration with the popular Android mobile operating system.  In fact, you probably […]

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Three Tips on How to Boost WiFi Signal Strength at Your Home

With more and more consumers streaming movies, playing online games, and taking part in other bandwidth intensive activities at home, additional demands are being placed on the venerable wireless router. Often there are multiple persons and devices simultaneously consuming data from your Internet service at your residence.  Whatever the reason, learning how to boost wifi […]

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What is the Internet of Things Market?

Yet another technology buzzword phrase, the “Internet of Things” or IoT is getting a lot of publicity. In short, the IoT describes a cornucopia of devices — including doors, lighting, locks, appliances, cameras and more — that can be accessed and controlled wirelessly using a smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer. Homeowners are now leveraging the […]

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Fiber Optic Internet Options from Google, Verizon and AT&T

Fiber optic Internet service offers the ultimate in speed and bandwidth for the home user. Unfortunately, its availability tends to be limited; the high cost of installing fiber optic cable being a primary reason. Still, where it is available, it generally leads to healthy competition between the country’s top Internet providers. With that in mind, […]

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Perform a DSL Speed Test at Different Times of the Day

No matter what type of Internet connection you use, — fiber, cable, or DSL — performing a speed test at different times during the day gives you the best idea of your bandwidth quality. Since its overall speed is affected by network traffic based on the time of the day, running a DSL speed test at […]

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