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by Mike

Portable Devices are Hot

September 11, 2012 in Hardware

Apple has the world talking about them this week with lots of buzz over the iPhone 5 and their new iOS. Pretty much every tech company and their mother has a tablet out now. A whole new generation of laptops are coming out and the most interesting marketing technique I’ve seen yet -they are now being branded as “ultrabooks”!

SO what does this mean exactly? Is there a difference or is this just another way of getting you to buy tech… I want to hear your opinion before I continue.
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by Mike


August 7, 2012 in Kwappy Weviews

I haven’t had a chance to use this router very long but already I see a huge downfall in the DHCP reservation and port forwarding. Some of the biggest things I liked about my D-Link is that I didn’t have to type in very much. More drop down menus could improve the efficiency of a lot of options. Host name resolution on more pages would be useful too. Sorry Asus, but I’m not that badass enough to recognize my mac address in the list of 15 other devices…

On the positive side the router performs great under heavy load and with multiple devices. The QOS engine seems efficient and works well. The bandwidth monitor application is not only very neat and useful but graphically pleasing too. The device itself is susceptible to fingerprints and smudges but when its clean and left alone the lights are a great eye catcher and totally a device to be shown off. The cables out the back can be a bit of an eye sore if you are like me and have ethernet cables of every colour and length, running in every direction.

Wifi performance has been great. Despite it not having any external antennas, the 2.4 GHz band is able to reach the full apartment with strong signal even through several concrete walls. 5GHz isn’t perfect but has a far reach compatibly to other 5GHz devices.

Reboot times range from 5-10 seconds and 60 for a full reboot. Firmware updates take about 3 minutes, however no network traffic is impacted for the first 2 minutes. Overall I give the device an 8/10. It performs great and looks sexy, but some of the UI could have easily been improved to help administrative efficiency A LOT. A few strange failures randomly occurred but it seems they are still releasing firmware fixes on a fairly regular basis. Though I would like to be as objective as possible, comparability, every D-Link device I have used has a far more user friendly interface; not only dummy proof but efficient for any network admin.

by Mike

D-Link DIR-825

August 7, 2012 in Kwappy Weviews

I used this router for about a year and I must say it was good till the end. By that I mean it worked great and by the end it was a pain in the ass. Out of the box the router worked great! As more firmware updates came out the device only improved, until suddenly I realized the device required reboots in order to access the UI. If I had an uptime of over 2 days I could not access the Web UI gateway… No other performance was impacted, just administration. Not sure if an Apache server, P2P or any other high traffic/connection protocols could be to blame for this or not.

On the positive side, when it worked I loved everything about the UI. Simple and detailed I found it easy to do common tasks, maintain stability with QOS and selective port blocking/filtering. This router made it very easy to keep a balanced web experience in a large home with many users and devices.

Wireless performance was not as good as I hoped. Though it has two external antennas, the wireless was almost useless outside of the house or on top floors in the home. Needless to say, being in the basement surrounded by ventilation ducts doesn’t help its case, however even inside the home some desktop computers were unable to connect at all with USB wifi adapters when interference was high – even while being the only SSID on channel 4 in the general vicinity. The 5GHz band was nearly useless I found. Weak signal even when one floor directly above the router.

Reboot times ranged from 15 seconds, 45 seconds and 75 seconds for a full reboot. Firmware updates seem few and far in between and can be a bit picky, sometimes requiring a reboot before starting and again after finishing. Overall rating 6/10

by Mike

Leap Motion

July 10, 2012 in Hardware

I have to admit this is by far the best human interface device I have ever seen. I would rather let the video speak for itself but I will say that this is real, and the video footage is not simulated in anyway. This is the real deal!

[ Leap Motion ]

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