Archive for the 'Home' Category

New WiFi Router

I replaced my Linksys (Cisco) EA4500 Wi-Fi router at home with an Asus RT-AC68U. The Linksys had good signal strength. The problem was I needed to prioritize bandwidth for my VOIP phone which, from home, connects over VPN to my work network, so from home I’m a (virtual) extension of the work phone network. However, the QoS (quality of service) settings available on the Linksys to enable this prioritization were too general for this specific prioritization. The prioritization available in the ASUS was far more granular. Big improvement in the VOIP connection!

Burglar Blaster gasses burglars and maybe you too

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Burglars may not be dissuaded by an alarm or siren. Neighbors may ignore them after hearing so many false alarms.

The Burglar Blaster adds another weapon to your home protection arsenal: Movement-triggered pepper spray which will fill a 2,000 square feet space with eye and throat mauling gas. This feature does put a premium on your ability to quickly disarm the alarm when you return to your home.

The Slashgear article which alerted me to this valuable product suggests: “There’s also a 12V trigger for hooking up other accessories; alarms and lights are suggested, but we reckon most owners will opt for killer attack pigs wearing gas masks and with poison-tipped tusks.” Perhaps there is cross-marketing potential? Given the obsession with Angry Birds, what do you think of catapulted birds with poison-tipped beaks?

Multitasking run amok

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Multitasking Toaster Plays Tunes While You Toast. This toaster features (in addition to the ability to toast bread) an FM radio plus an auxiliary input so you can plug in your MP3 player. But it’s sadly missing a critical feature — internet access so you can display traffic patterns on your toast.