Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The Solwise 200AV Home Plug Adapter – Super Fan Review

I first purchased a Solwise 50Mbps AV HomePlug about 10 years ago.   I was living in the UK in a 3 storey terraced house with three other gadget hungry lads with broadband, TV and phone supplied by Virgin Media.

I needed a better connection for Xbox Live and movie streaming.  

The Wi-Fi worked in my first floor room but it wasn't great. I looked to extend the range of the Wi-Fi using a better router, a larger Wi-Fi antenna and other poor efforts before I became aware of the 'HomePlug'.  The technology was not widely available at the time and the buy felt like a gamble.  I purchased the cheapest wired HomePlug pair available which was about £70 for a 50Mbps AV HomePlug. 

I plugged one end into a Virgin Super Hub router with the provided Ethernet cable and the other into my Windows PC.  The PC was even connected to the power socket using a 10m 4-way extension.  Initially I thought this may challenge the HomePlug signal but...  It didn't.  

The PC usually picked up an IP within 20 secs or so and returned a stable, reliable fast connection. Similarly, I had an Xbox 360 connected using a 50Mbps HomePlug and in 5 or 6 years didn't have a single connection issue.

The Solwise 200AV HomePlug Adapter

The comparable product in today's money would be the Solwise 200AV HomePlug Adapter available for just £12.  This lower price point suggests a lot more competition on the market these days but I've never had any reason to change supplier.  In fact, I did once try an alternative but the unit over-heated and had to be replaced.  When a unit fails it is a complex problem to identify.  The first thing you'll notice is that your PC is not connecting to the network for which there is many reasons before you consider changing the HomePlug.  Now the first thing I do when experiencing connection issues is to reset the HomePlug.

I would happily recommend Solwise 200AV HomePlug Adapter for anyone with connectivity issues at home.  In fact in my new house I now use 2 x 500AV HomePlug Adapter with Selectable Dual-Band 11n Wi-Fi and 2 x Solwise 500AV HomePlug Adapter to connect desktop, laptop, Xbox One and extend the Wi-Fi coverage for mobile devices.  I have the devices an even distance apart so the Wi-Fi connection appears pervasive.  That is, the device moves from the router connection to the connection of the Wi-Fi HomePlug depending on which room you are in.

Real World Performance

The quality of the wired or Wi-Fi signal is obviously dependant on the electrical circuits in your house.  It is possible that with both houses I have just got lucky but Solwise does offer a few simple guidelines on the performance of the HomePlug - http://www.solwise.co.uk/net-powerline-real-world-performance.htm

References

> Solwise 200AV HomePlug Adapter
> 500AV HomePlug Adapter Dual-Band 11n Wi-Fi
> Solwise 500AV HomePlug Adapter

Friday, 6 March 2015

Amy CuddyTED Talk: Your body language shapes who you are

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Marissa Mayer - 3 biggest decisions as Yahoo CEO

Marissa Mayer is the current president and CEO of Yahoo! a position she has held since July 2012. Marissa was a long-time executive and key spokesperson for Google.  Mayer was ranked eighth on the list of America's most powerful businesswomen of 2013 by Fortune magazine.

With company stock up over 100% since she began running Yahoo 16 months ago, Marissa reflects on her choices to date.



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Thursday, 25 September 2014

The 20 most searched universities in the world on Google

Tech giant reveals the institutions that are most regularly mentioned.  The University of Phoenix was the most searched for university in the world over the last 12 months.

The for-profit US institution is ahead of the likes of Harvard, Stanford and the universities of Oxford and Cambridge in the table, which was produced by search engine Google at the request of the BBC.















The ranking reveals a very different picture to other global league tables, such as those produced by Times Higher Education, with institutions that offer a strong online offering appearing in the upper echelons.

The top ranked UK institution, for example, is the Open University (3rd place), ahead of London School of Economics (8th), University College London (12th), the University of Oxford (13th) and the University of Cambridge (18th).

Read the full article by on the Times Higher Education website - click here

12 alternative social media to consider

Aside from the obvious – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Vine even – there’s a host of new platforms making waves in the social media sphere. It seems young people are happy to share their time between several sites as each presents a slightly different model with varying tools such as video or image uploads, chat services, or integrated functions such as shopping networks.













Here we take a look at what else is catching the new generation’s attention.  Read the full article from Voxburner - click here

Friday, 4 July 2014

How to take your Instagram to the next level: Tips for brands on better 'grammin!

Photographers using Instagram seem to be introducing a new, reflexive turn into the folk image culture of social media, using their photography as a method of identity assertion through conspicuous consumption rather than simple self-expression or documentation of an event.


This is the way many brands have latched onto the service, encouraging customers to share images of their food and other merchandise.

But could there be other, more creative ways for brands to be engaging with individuals and vice-versa? Visit Voxburner to read the full article - click here.