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​Phicomm K3 Smart Home Router Review

Posted on 03 May 2018

If you are looking for a wifi router that is fast and has a good range, the Phicomm Smart Home K3 is exactly what you have been looking for. Made by Jacob Jensen Design, a high-end Scandinavian firm, wifi device functions flawlessly and you can even adjust it anywhere in the house. Also, with a 2.4GHz range, you can connect multiple devices to it. Isn’t that amazing?

The K3 router comes in metallic gray and black with rounded sides. There aren’t any external antennas. However, the upgrade is a 3.5-inch LCD touch-screen. It will allow you to monitor your internet connection, Ethernet port status, router information, connected devices, and network names. You will also get a 3.0 USB port. Moreover, the router installation is quite simple. All you need is to set up connections and passwords.

You can find 17 icons on the device’s app, PhiWiFi. The developers have worked on the complex settings removing VPN, port forwarding, DMZ, etc. The powerful device instantly picks up your device’s signals directly connecting with it –and it has a single SSID mode that lets it select the best network, and MU-MIMO. However, you will have to manually turn on these setting from the menu.

Apart from this, under the ‘advanced’ tab, you will find 22 more options that are default icons. These icons come with a description and help you find what you are looking for. The K3 offers standard WPA2-PSK security and an on/off option for firewall and Denial of Service (DoS) protection set up. However, the company hasn’t incorporated an additional antimalware or security specifically for the connected devices.

The high-speed and useful features of Phicomm surely make it a smart device for your home. It allows you to connect various devices without affecting the internet speed which sounds like a good deal – that too at a reasonable price.

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​Amazon Cloud Cam Review

Posted on 02 May 2018

Tech giant Amazon has launched the Cloud Cam – a home security camera. You can go a step ahead and integrate Amazon Key services along with the cloud cam allowing Amazon drivers to deliver packages at your doorstep. Like other gadgets, the packaging of the Cloud Cam is hassle-free. It comes with a USB adapter, a mounting plate, wall-mount hardware, and a nine-foot USB power cable. The camera weighs pretty light, but has a sturdy structure.

The setup is quite simple. You need to download the Amazon Cloud Cam application first, and then connect it to the camera using Bluetooth. Later, plug the device in with a Wi-Fi password to run the security camera. The set up will lead to settings that include turning on important notifications. The camera will notify you every time it detects motion and will record a short video clip.

The Cloud Cam has splendid video quality. It captures a 120-degree wide view at 1080p resolution and 30 frames. Plus, it also captures high-quality videos at night. The night vision feature is surprisingly crisp as the camera can distinguish clothing patterns and faces with ease.

Moreover, another awesome reason you should go for the product is the fact that you don’t need the application to view the videos captured by the camera. You can easily view them on your laptop or computer now – via a direct feed from the camera.

Moreover, the Amazon Cloud Cam doesn’t only record but allows you to speak as well. You can now communicate with the people on camera via the application.

The feature will surely help you when Amazon deliveryman comes to deliver your package and you can guide him through the fantastic audio upgrade. The cam’s microphone provides crystal clear audio which is also a useful feature that comes with Amazon home security camera.

You can even use Alexa on your Echo Sports device or Echo Show. Simply give it a command and it will begin functioning.

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​JBL Link 20 Review: Voice Activated Portable Speaker

Posted on 28 March 2018

If you are looking for a home speaker that will entertain you without distortion for hours, the JBL link 20 is just the thing you were looking for all your life! Plus, you will also be surprised to know the product comes built-in with Google Assistant feature! The speaker system is absolutely waterproof and can become your ultimate choice when it comes to surround sound and quality audio.

The JBL 20 is not a heavy speaker. Although it appears big, it is easy to carry around your house. The speaker weighs nearly 960g. With Bluetooth functionality, plenty of other features truly made it a convenient home speaker that can entertain you for a very long time.

The speakers are entirely rubber-plastic similar to the UE Megaboom. This helps make the speakers damage and fall-proof. But that doesn’t you throw it out of the balcony just to see how strongly-built it is! Also, it has IPX7 rating, which makes it considerably waterproof – again, don’t take in the swimming pool with you. However, you can listen to some music while take a shower.

The device is pretty straightforward to use – there is a power button at the back, just press it and start listening to your favorite tunes. There LED-lit light that indicate battery life and when you should charge the device. At 100%, the speaker will give you up to 20 hours of pure sound! That is what has put a majority of the product’s rivals to shame.

Moreover, once you have set up your JBL link 20 speakers, you can allow it to function via the Google Home app. Simply say “hello Google” and the speaker will activate. During this process, LED arrays on the front will light up indicating it is listening to your commands.

You can ask it to play your favorite music and that will give you a relaxing music experience after a long and tiring day. It is surely an interesting gadget for music lovers.

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​LG 34UC89G Curved LED Gaming Monitor Review

Posted on 12 January 2018

LG has always impressed its users with its long monitors, which provides them with an amazing gaming experience. High speed and responsiveness are among the major qualities in LG products. Moreover, LG has introduced another product for those users who spend time in extensive gaming; this is the LG 34UC89G. It has an amazing 2,560 x 1,080 resolution that is fit for a 34-inch widescreen.

Moreover, it is available in the market for just $900. The set price is not too high for the features and specifications it is offering. If you compare it with other similar products, the price is much lower. The LG 34UC89G has a fast IPS panel, G-Sync, and a curved screen. It is an amazing package for those of you who play games.

If you look at its design, this will catch the attention of users easily. You have an option to access the connectors, and manage the cables by the snap-in piece. If you want to accommodate more people, you can tilt it about 20 degrees. Moreover, it only uses a simple joystick like many other monitors. Maneuvering due to the on-screen menu display is straightforward.

The display of the LG 34UC89G is also worth watching. Another amazing feature that it offers is the dot in the center of the display, which will make it easy for you to make a target in your mind as soon as you see this. However, some competitors have marked this product as a slow-speed one due to its IPS panels, and this is not the case.

Looking thoroughly at all the features, you must buy this product if you are a serious gamer. This would give you an amazing experience. Moreover, it is way better than what is introduced by many other companies in the past.

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Eero Home WiFi System: From the window to the wall

Posted on 02 August 2017

We live in an era of digital innovation and wireless connectivity. Staying digitally connected has become an integral part of our daily lives – both in professional and personal capacity. Well, with the Eero Home WiFi system, things have just gotten a little easier. Eero is a powerful and easily integratabtle wifi device that seamlessly works in every single area of your house. Cutting-edge Eero Beacons blanket your entire house with ultra-fast WiFi.

These beacons are wirelessly connected to each other to form a WiFi mesh, which ensures you have uniform connection throughout your house. Say goodbye to blind spots because with the Eero WiFi system, you will have a connection in every corner of your house, including the yard.

An Eero and two beacons are a good combination for most homes, however, you can add as many beacons as you want to enhance the effectiveness of the mesh. This is a feature unique to Eero. Most WiFi systems have a limited number of beacons that can be added to the system.

There are some subtle features of the Eero home system that makes it a good deice to have, such as the option to locate a connected device and easy installation with regular automatic updates.

The Eero system provides its users a great WiFi experience in which multiple members of a family can use it simultaneously without having to worry about their location or a substantial drop in internet speeds. However, this does not justify the fact that the Eero system is almost twice as expensive as its counterparts from renowned companies like Google.

The system comes with a modem and three beacons, one of which is connected to the Eero and the other two kept in different places in the house. The set is available for $500, which is absurd compared to the price of Google WiFi, a similar system that can be bought in under $200. While the Eero does have some nice features, they are not enough to justify its price, which is why you’re better off getting one of its less expensive counterparts.

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TP-Link Deco M5 Whole-Home Wi-Fi System

Posted on 05 May 2017

The newly released Deco M5 by TP-Link is a Wi-Fi solution for you that ensure the strength of your network regardless of the area or size of your premises. It creates a unified Wi-Fi network for you to enjoy a distinct seamless connection as you move around your home. The system claims to have the most comprehensive security which is easy to set up and delivers uninterrupted signals to every corner around your premise.

The Deco M5 system has its own patented Adaptive Routing Technology (ART) that routinely selects the clearest path for each Deco unit. Regardless of where you are, you always enjoy strong connectivity since you connect automatically to the best Deco unit that is close to you.

The Deco has its own dedicated mobile app that gives you the ability to prioritize devices, share Wi-Fi information, troubleshoot problems and monitor traffic on your connection all from the comfort of your smartphone. It also has its own security software powered by Trend Micro that offers you state of the art protection from security threats and malicious attacks from hackers. The security system regularly updates itself and monitors the traffic for any threat to give you a more robust connection.

The specifications of the Deco M5 include the following:

  • Quad core processor

  • 400 Mbps on 2.4 GHz + 867 Mbps on 5 GHz

  • 2 Gigabit ports in each Deco unit

  • 4 internal antennas in each Deco unit

  • 1 USB Type-C port

  • Bluetooth version 4.2

TP-Link is providing 24/7 lifetime support for this system. At $299 it has a lot more to offer for your connectivity needs. The Deco M5 competes with Google Wi-Fi, Eero and Luma and claims to have additional features as compared to what other devices are offering. The Deco M5 is an excellent choice for your Wi-Fi solution to bring internet connectivity around every corner of your home with an added layer of security.

Source: https://www.cnet.com/products/tp-link-deco-m5-whole-home-wi-fi-system/review/

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Plume Adaptive Wi-Fi System

Posted on 19 December 2016

Instead of using three or four medium-sized pieces of hardware for a Wi-Fi system, Plume has brought an effective solution effective solution, which involves the use of small-sized hardware for separate rooms. It is the world’s first self-optimizing Wi-Fi network driven by cloud technology that acclimatizes with your home in the shortest of time so that every room can have a super fast connection.

Plume Adaptive Wi-Fi System’s technology helps Wi-Fi signals travel fast and well through walls by making use of a distributed system of certain points to travel to each corner, nook and cranny of your house. This means that traveling from one room to another will not have even the slightest interruption in your Wi-Fi experience. Since conventional mesh systems utilize a backhaul channel, every skip between source points breaks the capacity of the network by the number of skips taken for data delivery. Plume Adaptive Wi-Fi System uses a different band or medium for every skip, retaining the fast speed of your Wi-Fi.

Another good feature of the Plume Adaptive Wi-Fi System pods is that they can be plugged into any wall outlet, making your walls clutter free. Furthermore, they are small and hence occupy less space and do not block the neighboring plug space. Regardless of whether you reside in a 3-story house or an urban loft, deciding upon the use of right Plume plod is as simple as summing the total number of rooms in your house (5 rooms = 5 pods).

The setup literally takes two minutes, and offers uninterruptible connection coupled with optimized dataflow. Therefore, whether you are downloading a 5K video or just trying to make a Skype call, Plume Adaptive Wi-Fi System knows how to manage various kinds of traffic to provide an uninterrupted, smooth internet experience. Putting it simply, Plume offers more bandwidth, more coverage and more data intelligence at a highly reasonable price.

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