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5G and Wi-Fi 6 – Let’s Cut Through The Noise
5G this and Wi-Fi 6 that! Are they the same? Which one is which? Why do we need them? Well…
Let’s face it, not everyone knows everything about mobile and wireless technologies and not everyone needs to. But, wouldn’t it be nice if someone gave you a brief insight into some of the basics, so the next time ‘5G connectivity’ or ‘Wi-Fi 6 is the future’ comes up at a dinner party, you can at least hold your own in the conversation?
Unlocking the Power of the Network Switch
A switch is a device which – simply put – connects all the elements of your network. It acts as the bridge or control unit for computers, printers, servers, and all manner of other devices to communicate with each other.
Network switches are sometimes referred to as bridging hubs, switching hubs, and MAC bridges, and they are most commonly of the ethernet type.
Switches are the MVP of eSports
As esports continues to skyrocket in popularity, there’s a growing focus on bringing fans and players together. Streaming services like Twitch and YouTube already draw a bigger audience than HBO, Netflix, and ESPN combined. But the esports industry is also seeing tremendous growth in physical gatherings.
In 2015, the Santa Ana Esports Arena, located in Southern California, opened with seats for 880. The first of its kind, the company Esports Arena, has since opened more than...
6 Tips to Make Work at Home Video Calls More Professional
f you’ve seen yourself reflected on screen with too many chins due to a bad camera angle, had a screenshare snafu like accidentally showing your personal email inbox, or had a family member wander through the background with a bag of chips, you know that pulling off a professional video call while working from home can be a lot harder than it seems.
5 Tips for Fixing Your Remote Workers Home Network Headaches
As businesses across the globe move employees out of the office and into remote working situations, there’s a tremendous burden on IT to make this all happen as quickly as possible.
Thankfully, the use of cloud services for most business applications and the pervasiveness of internet access and mobile devices has made the transition to remote work much less complicated than it would have been in the past. Still, it doesn’t eliminate all technology headaches...
6 Tell-Tale Signs Your Smartphone Has Been Hacked
As the world remains in lockdown during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and countless jobs around the world hang in the balance – there is one industry that’s alive and well – HACKING. Finding out if your phone has been hacked can be tricky. We give you the low-down on what to look out for.
6 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Home Wi-Fi During Lock-down
As the battle against COVID-19 rages on, more and more countries from around the world are issuing total lockdown orders on schools, businesses, and all social gatherings, with people being ordered to remain indoors at all times.
That said, companies are embracing Work From Home (WFH) policies. Schools are adopting distance-learning programs. People are buying groceries online.
11 Ways Smart Plugs Can Help You Be More Efficient (Or Lazy)
Ever since we had light switches and outlets, we’ve been looking for reasons not to get up and use them. Which might be one reason why we have smart plugs now.
But, the truth is, smart plugs provide us with reasons to be more efficient—and lazier—than we ever thought possible. They have features such as schedules, timers, and countdowns that give us the power to turn them into mini helpers.
D-Link Heading In New Direction As Voice Drives Networking Changes
Networking is heading in a new direction and voice and new connected home capabilities are driving change claims the MD of a leading networking Company, this has resulted in retailers rethinking their networking strategies.
Graeme Reardon the ANZ Managing Director of networking Company D-Link Australia said that networking is today become a lot more simplified than in the past with voice control and simple $39 sensors allowing owners ...
"Always on" Internet - Do I need it, and what are my options
With adoption of the Cloud by many organisations over the last 36 months, the importance of a reliable, ‘always on’ Internet connection is more important than ever.
With organisations relying on off-site “systems” more and more, including Office 365 and Google Docs, Cloud based accounting such as Xero and MYOB, and off-site storage like Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive, without access to these tools, many businesses simply stop.
Adding Mesh to your network
A reader sent in some great questions about his home network last month, and asks how easy is it ‘really’ to add Mesh Wi-Fi to his existing home network?
From Pete’s email, he has Cat6 cabling through parts of his home, but has been forced (due to changing ISP’s over the years) to change his main router from time to time too. He expects to receive another (Cable) Router again soon with the NBN being rolled out in his area.
The Rise of the Voice Assistant
Home automation has come a long way... and who knew it would be built around speakers?!
We talked a couple of months ago about privacy in the home, and the impact that Voice Assistant’s such as the Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri are having in that space. All important stuff, without a doubt, however, many people see the benefits of such services outweighing the potential privacy imposts (until of course something happens!) because of the convenience that they can bring to their daily lives.
PowerLine Technology – The Forgotten Networking Solution
Graeme discusses the new Homeplug AV2 technology, and how it’s breathing new life into powerline extenders.
Last month I talked about my experience at the Intel Extreme Masters gaming competition, and it caused me to dust off some of my old games and relive some of my misspent youth. Of course, for Pro Gamers, let alone semi-serious gaming enthusiasts, the word ‘wireless’ is an anathema, from their mice, their keyboards, even many of their headsets are running good old-fashioned wires...
NBN and the ever shifting goalposts
Back prior to the NBN, it was all pretty simple. You had essentially two Broadband connectivity types: Ethernet (usually on the back of a Telstra or Optus Cable connection) or ADSL.
Replying to our reader James' question, Graeme discusses the different types of NBN connectivity types, and the issues they cause.
From a manufacturers’ perspective, it was also relatively straight-forward. Any manufacturer wanting to connect their device ...
eSports pros and life-long gamers may be separated by years and prize money but there is a common bon
Being a sponsor of the Australian E-Sports League’s (AEL) University Cup in its inaugural year, D-Link this month was invited to participate at the Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) event held at Qudos Bank Arena at Sydney Olympic Park, and I made some time to make sure I got along.
Apart from being close to the oldest person in the venue, participating in this event opened my eyes even more to the E-Sports fraternity, and where it is heading. Whilst I’ve always considered myself a bit of ...
You may be surprised just how much Google knows about you
I just want to begin by saying privacy is a personal thing, just like hygiene or tardiness. If you want to keep it private, clean it or keep track of it, it’s your responsibility, no-one else’s.
Now, why would I say that? Being a contributor to PC&TA each month means that I, just like our readers, don’t get the opportunity to see what the latest magazine issue coming out is about until it physically hits the shelves. So, it was with great interest that when it arrived this month, I see on the front cover the focus was privacy.
Wi-Fi: Why the 2.4GHz band is still important
Previously I spoke at length about the next-generation Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ax, which was showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.
A lot of the resulting feedback was based around whether the venerable 2.4GHz Wi-Fi band, which has been in use for well over a decade now, staring off with 802.11b, continuing into 802.11g, a, and n, is finally on the way out to pasture given the far higher bandwidth possibilities...
Graeme looks at the new Wi-Fi standard, just announced.
One of our regular PC&TA readers Samantha sent in an email asking whether she would need to purchase a new router in the next few months as she spotted some of the announcements out of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas in early January. She has just purchased a new 802.11ac router, but saw announcements for the new 802.11ax technology and wants to know whether her new product is obsolete already!
What is the value of the NBN? - As featured on PC & Tech Authority
Everyone has an opinion on the NBN these days, and rightly so. With upwards of $60 billion of our hard-earned tax-payer funded dollars going into building it, everyone wants a say or has an opinion.
A PCTA reader, Ken Hungerford, has written in asking ‘What are your thoughts about the true value of the NBN?’, so I thought I’d have a shot at providing my opinion.
NBN - the bigger picture. As featured on PC & Tech Authority
Last month I wrote about the difficulty in doing a cost benefit analysis of something that is potentially as ‘nation-building’ as the NBN, and I received some great feedback and comments from you on the back of that piece.
I've continued to think about both the pros and cons about the rollout, the negatives being around the execution and politicisation of the NBN, versus the positives that it can bring to us all.
Top 5 Reasons to Upgrade to Managed Switches
Is your network up-to-date? For many businesses, the progression of technology in the workplace has left many I.T. pros with one too many headaches to deal with as networks struggle to keep up.
If this sounds familiar, it might be time to consider upgrading your switches. In this infographic, we look at the top five reasons why you should consider moving your network up to managed switches.
Mesh vs Extenders - As featured on PC & Tech Authority
Lachlan S sends in a question which is “How do I extend my Wi-Fi network to the back of the house when my router is at the front, so that I can seamlessly move around without the signal still dropping out and reconnecting all the time?”. It’s a great question, and one that I hear almost every day.
Simply choose a support option from the icons below: