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The wireless network that’s faster than a hard disk

Friday, January 10th, 2014

AsusA few years back, someone bestowed a rather appropriate name on the PC Pro Labs wireless network. That name was “ihatewireless” — and given the trials and tribulations we’ve had testing wireless routers over the years it’s hardly surprising that the name has stuck.

Five years on, it may finally be time to ring the changes. With the advent of proper full-speed 802.11ac wireless, that moniker may finally need to be replaced: “whoosh”, “whizzbang” or “cripesthatsquick” might be more appropriate.

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Mobile repeaters and mobilesignal.co.uk: a warning

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

MobileSignal

Those living in mobile reception blackspots may well be tempted by one of the dozens of websites offering to sell you a signal repeater. These devices promise to improve your mobile reception by capturing weak signals through a high-gain aerial and boosting them through an amplifier. There’s only one problem: they’re often illegal.

Our Real World Computing wireless expert, Paul Ockenden, has warned readers off these questionable repeater devices in the past, and suggested legal ways to boost your mobile reception.  Telecoms regulator Ofcom has revised its advice on mobile repeaters since Paul wrote that column in 2010, but the core guidance remains the same: installing or using a repeater is a criminal offence unless it is CE marked and specifically authorised for use in the UK, because they can cause interference.

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Will your next camera be wireless?

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Samsung Mobile Link

The compact camera market is fascinating: on one side it’s being savagely attacked by smartphones and their ever-improving cameras, and on the other by affordable DSLRs and hybrids.

But there’s still a place for compacts – taking snaps indoors in low light being one obvious example – and companies such as Samsung continue to deliver fresh ideas.

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Should regulators step in to “green” mobile phone industry

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

As PC Pro’s resident “Eco Warrior” – a term that’s used with more than a hint of sarcasm by the rest of the team – I was chosen to attend the recent Green IT conference in London.

All the speakers gave food for thought, but one stood out in particular; James Page has over a decade’s wireless engineering experience at Nokia, and is an active member of the Green Party, too. He was also speaking independently, so was probably free to be a little more forthcoming than those there under a corporate banner. (more…)

Fun Lovin’ Criminals and my Wi-Fi

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Two thirds of the Pro news team went out last night to a silent disco. If you’ve never heard of this, it’s an odd concept straight from Holland that involves everything that a standard disco does; a DJ, music, a large venue, some booze and dancing, but has one little twist – there are no speakers. Everyone listens to the music on wireless headphones. It’s a very odd experience.

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Do you ever leave your mobile phone at home?

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

We’ve been arguing about mobile phones in the office today, specifically when and where it’s appropriate to have one, and if anyone ever goes out without it. It all started around holidays and traveling – do you really need to take a mobile phone with you; is it an unnecessary distraction, or a useful backup in case of trouble?

Nowadays we seem to have them on us at all times of the day and night. For many people its even the first thing they see in the morning, as they use it as an alarm clock. We are even protesting to be able to use them on planes.

One unnamed debater, who ironically has the loudest and most irritating ring tone I have ever heard, argued that they should be left at home when on holiday at least. Another suggested that in case of an accident you may be grateful that you have it with you.

Personally, I’m terrible at keeping hold of them – I’ve lost several in the last few months, rarely keep them charged and never remember to transfer friend’s numbers to new handsets. It’s currently been around two weeks since I last turned mine on, and the world has yet to crumble around me. I simply don’t feel like I need it in my day to day life. However, when I travel it comes with me and when I go on a long solo bike ride it comes with me – you never know what will happen.

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