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History was made today at a Tim Horton's in downtown Toronto where Olympic triathlete Simon Whitfield made the first mobile credit card transaction using Rogers Suretap on a NFC-enabled BlackBerry smartphone.


Linksys brings you 802.11ac speed with the WUMC710

by Blogger ‎10-07-2012 11:06 AM - edited ‎10-07-2012 11:07 AM

wumc710front.jpgWe recently took a look at the new Linksys EA6500 802.11ac router, the new home networking gadget that will let you take advantage of the latest in WiFi speeds. Well Cisco has also released a new gadget to let you capitalize on those speeds. When coupled with an 802.11ac compatible WiFi router, the WUMC710 universal media connector lets you take advantage of Gigabit wireless technology on your existing wired ethernet gear.


Review: The Linksys EA6500 802.11ac router

by Blogger on ‎10-04-2012 05:03 PM - last edited on ‎10-19-2012 11:04 AM by Administrator



Linksys now has a hot new top-of-the-line router out and we’ve got the scoop on it. I had the chance to spend some time with this new unit and take it for a spin and see how it performed in the real world. 




The D-Link DIR-505 all-in-one mobile companion is effectively a WiFi router that can fit in your pocket. They call it a mobile companion presumably because if you’re very mobile and have internet access needs, this could be your new best friend always by your side. You likely haven’t really seen a router this compact so lets take a closer look.


How to get any gadget online from anywhere

by Blogger ‎09-13-2012 02:20 PM - edited ‎09-13-2012 04:51 PM


We’ve all been there. You’re on the go and it would be amazing to have internet access on one of your WiFi enabled gadgets but alas you only have internet access through your mobile phone. A lot of people don’t even realize there are a few ways around this pesky problem to let them enjoy full wireless internet wherever they are.


Review: WD Sentinel DX4000 small office NAS

by Blogger on ‎09-05-2012 12:55 PM - last edited on ‎01-10-2014 02:33 PM by Blog Editor in Chief



There is certainly no shortage of NAS devices out there these days. They come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and price points. Many of the newer entries to the scene are smaller, more consumer oriented devices that, while functional, are pretty basic. Not so with Western Digital’s DX4000 Sentinel NAS.


Review: netTalk Duo WiFi VoiP solution

by Blogger ‎07-31-2012 07:07 PM - edited ‎07-31-2012 07:23 PM



Offering a free Canadian phone number and 12-months free service, the netTALK Duo WiFi improves on the netTALK Duo by adding WiFi connectivity which gives users more latitude in how and where they can install the device. netTALK Duo WIFi also brings better security with Call Blocking and Call ID Blocking features.


Review: Apple Airport Express Base Station

by Blogger on ‎07-11-2012 04:06 PM - last edited on ‎07-20-2012 02:11 PM by Administrator



Now sporting a new "squircle" design that's very similar to the AppleTV, the new Apple Airport Express Base Station is the perfect traveling companion to notebooks, tablets and smartphones. Featuring simultaneous dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless bands, so every device on your network will connect using the band that provides the fastest speed and performance. The Airport Express Base Station is available from Future Shop for $99.00.




Cisco Connect Cloud 2.jpgThe router gets no love when you really think about it. It was always the one hardware product you set up once and hoped you’d never have to touch again because the hands-off approach meant it was doing its job. When you did have to look at it again, it was usually because something was up with the Internet at home. Those days are over, at least for those consumers who like the idea of using smartphone or tablet apps to manage what the router can actually do.


image002.pngWe’ve covered the new Linksys app-enabled routers from Cisco already but there haven’t really been many apps to take for a spin yet. Recently Cisco announced the Linksys Developer Community to help encourage and connect app developers and kickstart Cisco’s app ecosystem for it's Smart Wi-Fi router series.



My Book Live personal cloud storage

by Blogger on ‎07-04-2012 04:54 PM - last edited on ‎01-10-2014 02:32 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

mybooklive.jpgThe My Book series of external hard drives from Western Digital have always been pretty popular. With great performance, high quality, and a slick aesthetic, it's hardly a surprise. Western Digital has a pretty strong name in the hard drive market. Lately they have been dipping their toes into the networking market too so seeing a product like the Western Digital My Book Live is a natural fit.




Cisco just recently announced the first Linksys WifFi Router that features the latest 802.11ac technology. Next generation WiFi 802.11ac (also known as 5G wireless) is the hottest new wireless networking trend we’ve been talking about lately and it's exciting to see that Cisco is already jumping into the fray, not wanting to be late to the party.


Review: Netgear R6300 802.11ac WiFi router

by Blogger ‎06-29-2012 09:18 AM - edited ‎06-29-2012 09:20 AM

R6300-Product-Image-Low-Resolution18-51161.jpgWe’ve already talked a little about the new 802.11ac WiFi networking standard that's rolling out this year. Well we’ve finally got our mitts on the tech to take it for a field test with the new Netgear R6300 Wifi Router. This Dual Band Gigabit router just hit the shelves at Future Shop and promises the world’s fastest WiFi. 


Review: Pogoplug Mobile

by Blogger on ‎06-23-2012 11:54 AM

Pogoplug Mobile.jpg


Pogoplug originally started out as a standalone hardware unit where you could plug in external hard drives that you could then access either within the home network or remotely. The premise behind all this is to have cloud storage that is inherently personal and without the residual cost of a monthly subscription. The Pogoplug Mobile has a much smaller footprint and is marketed as the ideal personal cloud unit for your smartphone or tablet.


So what's the deal with WiFi AC?

by Blogger on ‎06-20-2012 10:15 AM - last edited on ‎08-02-2013 02:59 PM by Blog Editor in Chief


It seems like just last year that 802.11n networking started proliferating in consumer level products. It's a fairly fast, secure, and reliable standard and a big jump from 802.11g.  Dual-band routers, wireless encryption, and high speed data streaming has become much more common these days. Now theres something new on the WiFi horizon; the fifth generation wireless networking standard, dubbed 802.11ac. 


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