CEA to Establish Standards to Measure Energy Consumption

  • Posted on: 26 May 2014
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

CEA wants manufactures of small home networking devices to sign up to new industry energy measurement protocol. When the association met last week for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Technology & Standards Forum, they announced the appointment of a Network Device Energy Consumption Working Group to help CE manufactures to use the same methods to test their device’s energy consumption.

Google Adverts Are Coming Home

  • Posted on: 26 May 2014
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

I don’t know if you knew but I didn’t see this coming, Google might send averts to us via our appliances. In a statement to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) they highlighted the possibility of serving ads and other contents via our refrigerators, car dashboards, thermostats, glasses, watches plus others.

Marvell’s IoT Platform Powers Broadlink Smart Home Products

  • Posted on: 6 May 2014
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

China’s Broadlink Electronic has release range of smart home appliances built on Marvell’s Internet of Things (IoT) platform. The range is base on Broadlink’s “Smart Life and Smart Lifestyle” vision featuring the RM2 Universial Home Controller, A1 Air Quality Monitor and the SP2 Smart-Socket.  Together this range of DIY home automation products allows homeowners to control their television, garage doors, light switches and any connected home appliances.

Alljoyn vs HomeOS For The Connected Home

  • Posted on: 4 May 2014
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

There is no doubt that the connected home needs an Operating System (OS) or some agnastic software environment to manage its diverse devices and services.  For the last four years the only company that shows any potential in filling this gap was Microsoft with its prototype homeOS platform.  I think this is about to change with the introduction of the Alljoyn platform backed by the Allseen alliance, a new industry body promoting interoperability between devices under the concept of the “Internet of Everyt

How We Can Gain Public Trust of IoT (Internet of Things)

  • Posted on: 28 April 2014
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

Digitization and rapid developments in digital technology has made it possible to collect data on almost anything; this includes biological, physical, mechanical, structural and atmospheric. It also made it easier for us to quantify and connect all of these items so that they communicate, to us or among themselves.  This is where IoT (Internet of Things) comes in, its concepts has raised hope and fears about its possibilities. A major fear is; can we trust the technology to protect our privacy?

The Future of Femtocell

  • Posted on: 23 April 2014
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

Femtocell is not a technology many of us talk about neither do we hear about it often; however, the solution is slowly gaining popularity among the masses as an alternative to other in-home wireless technologies.  In 2013 the global femtocell market was worth approximately US $304.8 Million; by 2020, this amount is expected to reach US $ 3.7 Billion, according to Allied Market Research.

New Wireless Router from TP-LINK

  • Posted on: 22 April 2014
  • By: chw staff

TP-LINK has release a new wireless home router, called the N600 Universal Wireless Dual Band Entertainment Adapter (TL-WA890EA). It offers dual frequency of 2.4GHz each with speed of up to 300Mbps, enough bandwidth to stream HD video, music and online gaming.  At less than US $60.00, you can network most of your home entrainment devices to it; there four ports enough for your Smart TV, Game Console, Set-Top Box and Blu-ray Player. It has WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) switch button and a web interface for easy management.

Swisscom Internet Home Gateway To Use SoftAtHome Software

  • Posted on: 8 January 2014
  • By: chw staff

SoftHome has announced that Swisscom has selected their operating platform for the new Internet-Box home gateway currently rolling out to Swisscom’s residential customers. The Internet-Box is complemented by Swisscom’s new fibre-optic network to offer customers internet speed of up the 1Gbps. The Internet-Box offers the latest in wireless connectivity along with parental control for safe and responsible Internet surfing.

swisscom internet box

Upgrade Your Asustor NAS to ADM2

  • Posted on: 20 December 2013
  • By: chw staff

Network Attached Storage (NAS) manufacturer Asustor has upgraded its NAS software platform the Asustor Data Master (ADM) to version 2.0.  New Apps added include Mission Backup, FTP Explorer and Searchlight search engine. App Central has also been updated and two mobile Apps have been added.  The user interface optimized to allow you to upload your own desktop wallpaper, pin frequently used Apps to the ADM menu bar and arrange the order of your Apps.