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I’m a big fan of Meraki wifi, with a great range of what I would class high end wi-fi products. Its a hard sell to most businesses and even more so to potential or existing smart home customers. Until now i’ve been installing the Unifi range of products for customers as it ticks a lot of boxes for the price, but i’ve never been truly happy with it. I was excited to hear about a new Meraki product family called […]

Networking

How exciting is a new cable tester?

A couple of years ago I bought a fluke network cable tester for very little, thinking it would be the dogs nuts! it has tons of features i’m never going to use, and spares for it are excessively expensive. My network cabling guy got really excited that i’d got a bargain until he saw it and then proclaimed it was a pile of crap!  I kind of believed him as it didn’t appear to be that great for on-site use […]

Audio

Sonos Issues

We’ve used Sonos around the house for 6 or 7 years now, and until this week had no issues to speak of. All that changed this week when one of my direct neighbours moved ISP and received a new router. Unfortunately it also co-incided with me getting some new demo network kit. The problem began with small breaks in audio playback, then longer breaks, then playing 30 seconds and stopping. To me it seemed like there was a looped network […]

Network Attached Storage

CES 2017 : Synology

I’ve always had a certain fondness for Synology, I truly believe that they have the best NAS devices on the market currently, this year they’ve also released a router with the same interface.  I was looking forward to seeing the new 12 disk DS3617xs, it looks to be an awesome NAS, xeon CPU, 16gb RAM PCIe slot for 10Gbit networking, not really a consumer unit, but oh do I want one!

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CES : TP-Link Talon

2016 is going to be the year of the BIG router! seriously, it felt like the manufacturers were trying to beat each other on size alone! My personal favourite was the Talon, it must be almost a foot square! Apparently its the world’s first 802.11AD access point, which is the most power innovation in wireless technology yet. quote: With the number of smart devices in the home steadily rising, consumers need more bandwidth to ensure seamless connectivity. Leveraging Qualcomm Atheros’ 802.11ad […]

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Synology & Netgear Bonded Network Connections

My home network has had some pretty major upgrades this year, I’ve moved away from having a Windows server running 7×24 to a Synology DS1815 NAS, which is probably one of the most full featured NAS boxes i’ve ever seen. I’ve also upgraded most of my AP’s, switches and routers over to Meraki units, with the exception of the 48 port Netgear switch. The Synology is an 8 disk unit, with 4 Gigabit network ports on board, which can be teamed up, […]

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Internet Connection

EE 4G Service

I recently took a business trip to a client whose office is in Manchester airport, sadly for them their internet connection is probably the lowest speed I have seen recently, and its getting worse, last time I was there they had all of 1 megabit download speed, this time its closer to .75 Mbit, which we can only put down to the environment. Back to the point of the article though, with a Virgin Media connection in the house, going […]

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Networking

Freebie of the month : Meraki MR18 Access Point

After looking for some wifi access points for one of my customers, I discovered what I consider the most beautiful units i’ve ever come across, its what I would have expected Apple to produce if they made Enterprise level equipment. I registered for the Meraki “Introduction to Cloud Networking” webinar, the product looks amazing, not just the physical product, but what it can do, 24 hours after watching the webinar and speaking to my newly assigned Meraki account manager, a […]

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How fast does a home internet connection need to be?

I’ve not checked up on the speed my virgin broadband runs at for a while, it certainly doesn’t seem all that fast at the moment, but heres the speedtest.com result from this morning.   I do blindly accept the upgrades that Virgin Media release, but am currently wondering how many other people have the same service purely because the its the fastest they can get, and fast is great isn’t it? I feel relatively happy i’m making use of the […]

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Unifi Wifi

Well the new wifi points have been installed for about a week now, and i have to say they are providing much better coverage than the single Netgear unit they replaced. One of the main benefits of the system is they come with a natty little software controller that gives you all sorts of stats, including breakdowns of which clients are attached to which access points as per: As for reliability i’ve had them in with a customer for the […]