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Spread some WiFi love

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Relying on WiFi as your main internet ‘backbone’ is never a good idea – it simply doesn’t provide the bandwidth & coverage that some of your data-hungry devices require.

But – of course there is a place for WiFi in every office or home to cater for smartphones & tablets … the problem is getting the signal distributed.

Ubiquiti WiFi Wall Plate

The people at Ubiquiti have come up with an idea that I LOVE! –

 

The In-Wall Wifi Access Point

 

With this clever device you retro-fit your existing cabled ethernet points to provide a WiFi Access Point as well as your existing cable point.

The obvious advantage of this is you don’t have to have additional unsightly hardware to provide WiFi where it’s needed & of course no extra cables.

You do need POE (Power over Ethernet) but adapters are readily available if you’re not ready to upgrade your router.

 

Installation is easy …

  • UniFi WiFi Ethernet plate You simply unscrew your existing socket from the wall,
  • Ensure that the wall cavity will accommodate the new fitting
  • Plug in the POE enabled cable from your router
  • & Reinstall the socket.

Voila … A WiFi Access Point, Your existing Ethernet Socket as well as a 2nd POE enabled Socket.

Range is only about 25 metres which is still ample for the average office or home Family Room.

Pricing looks to be around AU$99, which compares favourably with fitting multiple wired access points or repeaters around – and it’s a tidy solution!

NBN Snail

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New NBN Mascot?

Perhaps I’m being mean but I think ‘Wi-Fi Snail’ is the perfect mascot for the NBN. All of that Fibre Optic bandwidth being squeezed out at Wi-Fi’s inherent slow & unreliable speed … it’s ridiculous! I’m not saying that Wi-Fi is not capable of distributing the NBN at top speed – but very few people have the equipment to achieve it.

Let’s review the facts …

The Internet is a series of tubes (according to Alaskan Senator “Techno” Ted Stevens) – actually it’s not, but let’s use Ted’s analogy to make our point.

Most NBN installations are set-up with a Wi-Fi router to distribute the signal around the home. This is where our 50Mbps – 100Mbps Fibre Optic ‘tube’ gets clamped down to the Wi-Fi throughput which (in most cases) is far less than advertised – PLUS it’s shared amongst all of your internet enabled devices in the household. Phones, Set-top Boxes, Tablets, iPads even your new internet enabled fridge. And the wireless frequency (2.4GHz or 5GHz) is clogged with other traffic – your neighbour’s Wi-Fi, your cordless phone, garage door openers & any other enabled device.

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