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Monday, March 14, 2011

Your WiFi Connection Could Be Slowing You Down

Posted by Richard Chao in "Digital Home Talk" @ 09:58 AM

http://lifehacker.com/#!5781497/use...everything-else

"It's a pain, but the reason is plain: Wi-Fi is, according to a study of 14,000 connections, 30 percent slower than cables in most homes and offices."

Image via PC World

Epitiro, a research company, recently published their findings from a study in which they conducted a million tests on 14,000 WiFi connection points in U.K., Spain, Italy and U.S. They found that users on average experienced 30% slower speeds when connected to WiFi points versus hard connections via Ethernet lines.

This is useful statistical data for those of us who game, video chat and run applications where consistent speed is a must. What has your experiences been in your network? Have you experienced similar speed drops?


Thursday, January 13, 2011

CES 2011: Memjet's One Page Per Second Printing Technology

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 02:30 PM

http://www.memjet.com

When people ask me what I saw that was most interesting to me at CES, I have two answers for them: Seagate's Data Lunchbox hard drive prototype, and the subject of the above video: Memjet's crazy-fast printing technology. Memjet has a core technology that they're licensing to printer OEMs around the world; what this means is that you won't see a Memjet-branded printer, but you might see a Lexmark or HP printer with a "Powered by Memjet" logo on it. It's been a long time since there was much of anything interesting in the printing world, so I'm personally pretty jazzed about this. I have an Epson R1800 that has served me well for years, but it's not a terribly fast printer when you're cranking out 50 or so 4x6" prints for family members. If I could have technology like this implemented in a printer, I'd be all over it.

Since it's ink-based technology, the question of ink cost always comes up. Memjet says their system can reduce the cost of ink up to 50%, but that's of course completely dependant on the printer OEM to pass/not pass the savings on to customers. They might look at it as an extra slice of profit pie, or they might look at it as a way to gain a massive competitive advantage in the market. Memjet was tight-lipped about exactly who their partners are in the consumer space, but 2011 will likely be the year we see a few Memjet-powered printers make their way onto the market. I'm looking forward to it!


Friday, July 30, 2010

Busting Bandwidth Bugaboos: Troubleshooting ISP Speed Problems

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 11:30 AM

Since most Thoughts Media readers are using high-speed Internet, I decided this article would benefit everyone, so it's one of our rare across-the-network pieces of content. I hope you find it useful!

Figure 1: What is this, 1994 all over again?

Whenever bandwidth is discussed, there's always lots of finger pointing because there are so many variables, and players involved, that it's rarely a simple issue. My particular bandwidth bugaboo this morning? I was ticked off that Dropbox (referral) was only uploading at 10 KB/s. I left a 900 MB transfer running all night and it wasn't finished in the morning, and that's when I discovered the awful speed. My first instinct was to point a finger at Dropbox, thinking there was some sort of bandwidth throttling going on. I did a speed test with a tool my ISP provides (speedtest.shaw.ca) and was shocked to see 1.7 Mbps downloads and 107 kbps uploads (Figure 1). It's normally 20x that on downloads and 10x that on uploads, so I knew something was wrong beyond just Dropbox. Read more...


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