Tuesday, August 18, 2015

v44.9 :: Two In A Row!?

Yes, I know it sounds crazy but this is my second post in two days.  I don't know what has come over me.

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I'm sitting at home with a cup of coffee watching streaming Poker on the TV.  My life is so exciting sometimes I don't know how I can contain it.  I'm sure you've all see the Dos Equis commercial about the most interesting man in the world.  Well I am also the most interesting man in the world.  Allow me to explain so you all understand how interesting I am:

  1. I once cleaned my toilet... with a toothbrush!

  2. I load my dishwashers... with clean dishes!

  3. I play my Wii-U... without using my hands!

  4. I watch TV... with my eyes closed!

  5. When I go to bed... I brush my teeth (not with the same toothbrush)!

I'm sure my breakdown doesn't nearly do me justice, so here is one of the Dos Equis videos for you to enjoy.



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onhub-routerI was doing some reading on the new OnHub by Google.  I'm not sure how the internet works at your place, but when I have my children here for the weekend and all those little Wi-Fi devices start firing up, my router slows to a crawl and my internet/network traffic grinds to a halt.  I bought a decent router thinking it would be able to accommodate the barrage of Wi-Fi devices I would throw at it, but the poor thing cries every time my kids come over.

Based on what I've read so far, this little device is supposed to be the answer to those of us who experience network overload when we have so many devices connected at once.  When my children are here for the weekend, there is a minimum of 12 devices connected to my Wi-Fi every time.  Each one trying to get a piece of the internet to do its thing.  I also like to stream videos and music through my Chromecast but more often than not, that doesn't work very well on the weekends because the poor router is begging for me to pull out the hammer and smash it to pieces.

moneystackThe router itself looks a lot different from your traditional router.  According to Google "OnHub’s innovative circular antenna design provides reliable Wi-Fi coverage in more directions in your home."  I'm not sure how well this works in the majority of homes, but it sure sounds like a good idea.  Google also boasts "OnHub gives you Wi-Fi at a speed of up to 1900 Mbps by supporting both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies, which means fast Wi-Fi for everyone.".  I'll admit that I really want one; not because it's made by Google, but because it sounds like it solves the exact problem I have at home.  Of course the price tag (currently $199 USD) on this thing is the only reason I haven't ordered one already.  Hell, if I had the money I would order one for my Kid's place and a couple more for my Parent's places.  Just imagine how many more Wi-Fi connections would be used when you got my entire family together for a weekend.  Just off the top of my head, I'm counting more than 25 devices that could potentially be connecting and accessing the internet through the router at my mother's house.  Most of the time the internet is unusable there because the router provided by the ISP is pure garbage (even admittedly so by their level 3 technical support team).

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Well folks, that's about all I have to write about tonight.  The coffee is now gone and the poker game is about to really take off.  I hope everyone has a great day tomorrow and if you're all very, very good, you may see me back tomorrow night.

Until next time...

Cheers,

Al