Saturday 18 January 2020

Tech Insider - Make your broadband work harder for you

TP Link's wireless N router
TP Link's wireless N router

Jessica Kelly

Many of us are paying out for wireless broadband and yet not everyone is totally happy with the service provided. A common problem is that the wireless signal doesn't reach every room, meaning family members and flatmates sit in doorways, hoping the wifi signal doesn't drop.

There are solutions for this problem but here's the secret - they won't come from your service provider!

Wireless range extenders are widely available and provide a steady stream of internet connectivity, ensuring your browsing is uninterrupted. Netgear and TP-Link have a wide selection of these products available.

Netgear's Wall-Plugged Ethernet Bridge comes as two plugs - one connects to the back of the wireless router via an ethernet cable and the other to the back of the device (computer, laptop or smart TV) by another ethernet cable. This strengthens the internet connection and provides a consistent connection. This type of device is ideal for those with smart TVs.

For those with multiple smart-devices that struggle to connect and remain connected to the wireless signal, it is worth considering TP-Link's Wireless N Router (TL-WR 841N). This wireless router works along side the wall-plugged ethernet bridge (mentioned above).

When hooked up to the ethernet bridge, the wireless router creates a new network connection for devices to connect to, bringing wireless into rooms the ordinary signal cannot reach. There is no limit on the number of devices that can connect to the wireless router.

These two products work together to eliminate the frustrating connectivity issues we face. Both are very easy to set up and work with all types of operating systems.

These extenders are available from leading retailers including PC World, Harvey Norman and online retailers too. Keep an eye out for special offers ahead of 'back to college'.

Top Tech - Pick of the Week

The Tassimo Amia allows the user to make coffees, lattes, cappuccinos, hot chocolates or teas by different brands in seconds. The machine could not be easier to use. Simply fill the back jug with water, insert a T Disc and press the large circular button. Within seconds a piping hot drink is served.

Kenco, Costa, Twinings and Cadburys all make discs to fit this machine, meaning you can mix and match. The machines are competitively priced and are available from Dunnes Stores and Currys/PC World from €80. The discs are widely available too.

Irish Independent

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