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Putting the ‘local’ back into your local area network

Is your local area network truly local? As a Wi-Fi wireless local network has become pervasive in most of our homes, the lowly Ethernet doesn’t get much respect. A simple and inexpensive change to how your LAN and Wi-Fi equipment is connected can make a big...

Ethernet ports – Any Port In A Storm?

To Reach A Port We Must Set Sail Ethernet ports don't have much in common with ships. What FDR said about ships may be true, but for smart home gadgets, you just have to reach to the back of your network router. Except when you run out of ports. Ethernet ports and why...

A Distinction with a difference – T568A or T568B?

The Ethernet wiring conundrum Ethernet wired networking is an industry standard. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has painstakingly defined specifications and standards for all aspects of Ethernet networking. Need an Ethernet cable or adding...

Beware The Home Wiring Apocalypse

Is Your Home Wiring A Disaster Waiting To Happen? A few weeks ago I discovered a serious problem that may affects hundreds, thousands, or possibly hundreds of thousands of homes.  You may or may not be affected. If you have an old home, live in an apartment, or...

Down to the Wire

Home Automation requires a solid home network foundation to work properly. There are a range of conflicting hardware technologies and software systems used by today’s smart home products. When reading product descriptions or specifications on retail boxes or websites,...