Just curious if anyone out there knows why broadcast TV stations aren't going the way of the dinosaurs anytime soon? Broadcast TV occupies nice wireless frequencies that can travel long distances and penetrate walls, etc.. but with fewer people watching broadcast TV, why are there "whitespace" experiments -- and not full experiments to replace "TV spectrum" with general purpose "Internet spectrum"? Do TV stations have some kind of regulatory right to exist or something? [more inside]
I have an iphone 6 with Verizon. My contract is about to expire. Googling has left me with a wide variety of seemingly conflicting answers. What is the cheapest, smartest route for me to get a new iPhone 7? I'm not sure I trust the local Verizon people to give it to me straight, so what has your experience been? [more inside]
I'm not understanding Verizon wireless's "upgrade" policy - is there any benefit? [more inside]
So tired of doing workarounds -- need a small footprint, B&W Brother printer which will play nicely with my Dell All in One until I can pull it together and purchase a whole new system. Currently Windows 7. [more inside]
AT&T refuses to unlock a phone that I own... What are my options? [more inside]
I recently set up a docking station for my laptop on a desk in my room. The only problem is that this seems to have really spotty WiFi coverage. Sometimes it's fine, sometimes it lags to hell when trying to load even something mostly text-based like Metafilter. Streaming is often impossible. I'm considering buying a range extender for my network - what should I keep in mind? [more inside]
I'm looking for a specific security/"nanny" camera and so far the list of must-have features is causing me to fail at google and amazon-fu. Specific features needed listed inside. [more inside]
I want to get a new point and click camera sometime this week that automatically uploads photos without having to plug the damn thing into a computer. Please give me suggestions! Hopefully this kind of thing exists with my details within! [more inside]
I just moved and it looks like I am going to be forced to go with the DirectTV and AT&T Wireless bundle for a variety of reasons. Any and all reviews and feedback are appreciated.
I'd like to get a little bluetooth speaker that I can keep in my bag, for all-purpose music listening. What can you recommend? [more inside]
I just purchased some Jaybird X2 wireless headphones and I listen to them through my Galaxy S6 smartphone. Problem is....the sound just isn't either loud enough or clear enough for my liking. [more inside]
I currently use a nice set of wired headphones attached to my audio interface in my home studio. The wire is a pain especially when playing guitar or drums. What's the best/cheapest way to get a transmitter attached to my audio interface and a receiver plugged into my existing headphones? I understand that the receiver will likely be battery operated but if the transmitter could be plugged into a power source that'd be a bonus. Specific product recommendations especially welcome. Thanks!
I want to buy I new TV and put it on the wall I share with my neighbor's bedroom. But I want to be a good neighbor, so I thought I would buy a TV and also buy wireless speakers, and then configure everything so sound only comes from the speakers (which would be close to the couch, and far from my neighbor's bedroom). So my question is, what should I buy? [more inside]
I'm looking to get some wireless earbuds to use in the gym. Their main purpose will be to block out the sounds around me, and that takes precedence over sound quality. Also, I have trouble finding earbuds that actually stay in my ears. The only kind of wired earbuds that work for me are the ones made from the memory-foam material that expands in your ears, but so far I haven't been able to find that style in wireless form. Can anybody point me to some wireless earbuds that meet these criteria? [more inside]
We want to stream music to our living room. Maybe throughout the house later. What set up should we look at? [more inside]
I could find only one bluetooth mic on amazon and it had horrible reviews. I'd like to use voicecommands for our livingroom tv but would need a wireless mic, is there a ~$50 option? Can I just use the mic off a wireless headset but still have the audio go through the speakers? [more inside]
We currently have a WRT-160N which has on the whole been a reliable workhorse. However, it hasn't handled the proliferation of internet connected devices in our household very well, and it's ethernet wired connection is painfully slow (100Mbs) with our attached NAS. It therefore needs replacing. Looking for your suggestions. Specific requirements follow... [more inside]
The overlords who control the internet in my parents' rural town will not provide service to their house. How do we fix this? [more inside]
Currently out of my contract with Verizon Wireless and am reluctant to lock in to another 2-year contract requiring a new phone purchase and expensive monthly fees. [more inside]
I have just bought the Netgear N300 WiFi Range Extender (EX2700), and followed the instructions to the letter. I connect to the extender, tell it which network to extend, put in the router password, and get to "name your extended network." I leave the default name and security and click "continue." NOTHING HAPPENS. Please help. [more inside]
Currently I’m on AT&T (unlimited plan grandfathered from ages ago) and my partner is on Sprint (and gets unreliable service throughout the SF Bay Area). I’m looking to consolidate us to a single provider and also want to use the opportunity to switch to a more socially conscious company. Where should we go? [more inside]
Is there a good reason to use my own cable modem / router setup instead of the free, Comcast provided wireless gateway? [more inside]
I share an internet connection with the other tenants in my small apartment building. My neighbors are nice folks, but I'd like a little more technological distance between us. I'd like to keep my computers on a private wireless network and have the router for that network connect to the shared router for internet access. Is this possible? [more inside]
My wireless network seems to work for every device we have except our actual computer. Please help. [more inside]
Is there a reliable and low latency wireless option for a point to point network connection? [more inside]
I've got a Arris SB6141 cable modem. When I hardline into it, I get over 100 Mbps down and about 20 Mbps up. When I connect it to a Linksys N-Ultra WRT160N broadband router, I get 0.5 Mbps down and 12 (?!) Mbps up. What gives, and how can I get more speed through my router?
What's the least expensive way to set up half a dozen to a dozen wireless buttons around my house, that when pressed make a request to an url? [more inside]
Can you recommend a reliable router for a small office (25 people)? [more inside]
I'm interested in getting some kind of WiFi based speakers for my apartment -- preferably something small and reasonably portable that I can move from room to room (or alternatively, something cheap enough to get a unit/pair of speakers for the kitchen, one for the living room, and one for my bedroom). There are a lot of similar devices on the market now and I'm not sure how to start combing through them. [more inside]
I have a Chromebook. I have a Canon Pixma 3520. These two are supposed to be able to talk to each other. However, everything I find assumes my printer has an LCD screen. It does not. [more inside]
I have an old house with three ethernet-connected Wifi routers in it to get coverage everywhere. Can I reprogram them so that they all have the same SSID and password, and devices just pick up whichever is closer, or will that cause problems? Two are Belkin, one is D-link: would some shared open source firmware like DD-WRT help with this?
I need to find a wireless connected scale to measure objects, none of them very heavy. The scale needs to have an API with which to retrieve the weight readings. For various reasons, including system compatibility and short timescales, I'd prefer to use the Fitbit Aria if at all possible. However, it looks like the minimum weight for accurate readings is 9kg. Can anyone tell me anything about how accurate the Fitbit Aria is *in practice* for weighing items lighter than this?
I use an Android phone as my main audio player (both music and podcasts). I'd like to use it to play audio wirelessly over my home theater system. The Bluetooth receiver I got for this isn't cutting it. What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
If I get different brands of wireless lights, do they operate on different frequencies, or will all of them turn on using a single remote? [more inside]
My business has a remote office that has a terribly slow DSL connection. A mobile hotspot there can provide a much faster internet connection. Is there a wireless ethernet bridge that will support multiple devices? [more inside]
I need help figuring out the best way to make sure I don't lose my current wireless number when I change employers. [more inside]
What is your recommendation for a wireless printer? We want to be able to send jobs to the printer directly from our Ipads. [more inside]
We have an old D-link DIR-655 wireless router that has become kind of flakey lately (dropping connectivity fairly often) and, after reading a few other Asks on routers, I think we probably just need a new one. Any recent experience with brands to choose or avoid? We use wintel laptops and apple phones/tablets in case that matters. [more inside]
My personal music collection is divided between vinyl records (easily played over the stereo, no problems there) and over 70GB of music mp3s on my laptop. I almost never listen to my mp3s anymore because laptop speakers suck and I'm past the point of listening to my music on headphones only; and also because I still haven't figured out a way to wirelessly send/access (either via wifi, bluetooth or cloud storage) the music to my TV or to my amplifier directly. [more inside]
Installed new modem, everything was fine, worked for a few days. Now as far as I can tell the modem and router are working just fine for everything ELSE, but I've been trying to get the laptop on wirelessly for three days now and NO GO. [more inside]
AV experts, can you help me? I set up my current home entertainment system 11 years ago, and it's worked well for me. Now it is failing, and consumer electronics have moved on. I can't just replace the failing component with a new one because it is not being manufactured any longer, and I only need some parts of it. I'm having trouble integrating new things into the old setup. I need to upgrade/reconfigure my AV, and possibly wireless. Details inside. [more inside]
Help me get organized in 2015. I’d like to mount an iPad 2 tablet on a kitchen cabinet, just above the main counter that I use for cooking. The tablet will be used to access recipes and to stream music into the kitchen. [more inside]
I have an elderly Lenovo IdeaPad G770. It's due for retirement very soon but needs to last just a bit longer. It just came back from the menders for a broken hinge and is now claiming that 'No connections are available'. But... [more inside]
We have one TV and several devices (Windows, IOS, laptops, tablets, phones). We have no cable service, no antenna, dish, no DVR, no VCR, etc., and we don't want them. We receive all the content we want on our devices, via broadband. We just want to play that content on our TV. Without wires. So ... we need hardware to pick up a wireless signal from our devices and transmit it, via a wire, to the TV. What hardware is that?
We have a wireless network at work that is being misused by neighbours. Our IT guy and I need help with keywords to ask for security solutions as Google is giving me adware articles, and I do SOHO macs, not PC networks. [more inside]
Please help me understand my options for a wireless TV setup so I'm not sued by people tripping over the cable strung across the room and breaking their legs. I have DISH but they've been no help when I try to talk to them and paying $150 for a technician to come out and answer the question is absurd. [more inside]
My daughter's chromebook from school needs to connect to wi-fi. We have wi-fi at home. When I open up my home computer, I never need to put in a password....I just click onto my internet icon. By the way, I have netgear for my wi-fi. [more inside]
A few days ago I got high-speed internet from Comcast. When I placed the order, I was told I needed to upgrade my router and wireless to new models, specifically a TP-Link Wireless N300 and the Motorola SB6121 Surfboard modem. My internet speed is lower than ever. [more inside]
Wifi is plentiful, but it is also more vulnerable than a wired connection. In the Bay Area, is there a library or other public or semi-public, trustworthy place, that allows users to connect directly to the router with an ethernet cable? Charging a fee is fine.
My Linksys WRT54G router keeps losing internet connectivity, even though the wireless seems to be fine. Halp? [more inside]