The Zettabyte Era is Here, we are Going to need a Bigger Internet Pipe

  • Posted on: 18 June 2016
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

The use of the internet is growing at an exponential rate, according to Cisco's latest Visual Networking Index.  They are predicting global IP traffic to triple over the next five years at an approximate rate of 22 percent per year.  They are expecting this growth to come from; an increase in internet users, more devices and the type of traffic being consumed.  As a result of this growth, the Internet of Things (IoT) sector can expect global revenue of more than $682 billion over the next ten years.

Bluetooth 5 is Coming

  • Posted on: 13 June 2016
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

This week will see the launch of Bluetooth 5, an improved version that will offer more connected services for those who love to be connected.  The Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) is schedule to make the announcement this week in London, according to the Bluetooth SIG Executive Director, Mark Powell. The new standard promises new features that will allow a more connected lifstyle, in and outside the home.

US ConnectHome Initiative Received An Added Boost From Cox Communications

  • Posted on: 16 April 2016
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

coxLike access to the radio and television, access to the internet has now become a necessity, for most in the developed world.  the offering of services via the internet have increased and there is the added benefit that if you use the internet for these services you will save money.  Also, to support advance learning the use of the internet is required.

5 Top DOCSIS Gateway Modems to Boost Your Broadband Speed

  • Posted on: 19 October 2015
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

When buying your home router have you ever stop to ask what some of the abbreviations mean? One of these is DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification), which is the technology standard that helps to determine your broadband speed. As cable operators delay the role out of FTTH (Fibre To The Home) and try to get more speed out of copper wire, you will need a gateway router that support these latest standard to take advantage of the speed improvements.

Femtocell and Small Cell Market Set to Accelerate in Growth

  • Posted on: 17 October 2015
  • By: Anthony Matthews

Femtocell and Small Cell is touted as an ideal solution for cutting mobile costs and boosting indoor network coverage. For mobile devices, it promises to offers faster data connections and fewer dropped calls, and improved mobile voice quality. Despites their benefits these devices have show slow take up from residential and small businesses. However, according to a report titled “Small Cells and Femtocells Market Shares, Strategy, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2013 to 2019”, this is about the change.

The Future of Home Lighting

  • Posted on: 17 October 2015
  • By: chw staff

Over the next  ten years connected LED lighting has to potential to be the most promising vertical market segment in IoT (Internet of Things) market, this is according to research firm Berg Insight. According to Berg Insight, “The global shift from inefficient traditional light bulbs to energy saving LED technology is creating a massive window of opportunity for adding connectivity to the next generation of lighting systems”.

Low-Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN)

Called LoRaWAN (Long Range wide-area networks), it was developed to overcome the short comings of currently available battery operated wireless and cellular communication protocol and devices; the protocols do not allow the devices to communicate over long distances cheaply.  LPWAN was developed on a new specification and protocol for low-power wide area networks that allows machine-to-machine communication over long distances.

Your Guide to Upgrading to the Latest and Best Home Gateway Router

  • Posted on: 5 October 2015
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

Some of us have not changed our home gateway router from the day we had our broadband installed, and that might be many moons ago.  If you are one of those persons, maybe it’s time to consider upgrading gateway router.  You might ask why you should if it’s working fine? Which is a perfectly and valid question and I can think of two reasons why you should: Better security and better speed.  My plan is to make it easy for you because I have done the search, the check and the test of some of the latest and best routers so that it will help you to make an informed decision when you go to buy your router.

FBI Published Recommendations on IoT Security

  • Posted on: 23 September 2015
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

Earlier this month the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a warning about the risks of having our connected devices being hacked. They have also made some suggestions on how we can protect our privacy, home and business from hackers. Google also recently released one of these recommendations on how to secure our home wireless network. The FBI suggested nine things we can do, which I think are easy for anyone to do.