NC #586 Health Devices, Netgear X8 Router, Netgear EX6200 Range Extender, Tucano Macbook Case, Bespecular

Forbes Allison Steve first meetThe NosillaCastaways take over the show this week since Steve and I were off meeting our new grandchild, Forbes. We’ve got Pat Dengler telling us about health gadgets: Ease Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor made by iHealth, AliveCor Cardia Mobile ECG for Apple and Android devices, and the iHealth Align Glucometer for Apple and Android. George from Tulsa tells us about his new Netgear EX 6200 AC1200 Range Extender and how it improved his network. Denise Crown talks about her new Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Smart WiFi Router. Allister Jenks of the Sitting Duck Podcast tells us about the Tucano Elements Second Skin for MacBook 12″. Darrell Shandrow Hillaker of the blindaccessjournal.com tells us about a really cool accessibility app called Bespecular from bespecular.com that lets a blind person take a photo of something and have sighted volunteers describe it to them.


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Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Smart WiFi Router by Denise Crown

Guest post by Denise (@Deverelle) Crown

Netgear nighthawk x8 ac5300Well Castaways, it was time to replace our router.

Our ISP caps our bandwidth to 450 GB per month and several times a year they assert we use double this or more. We don’t stream a lot of movies, our cloud data is pretty static, and we have a stupidly complex password, so this runaway bandwidth is a mystery I cannot solve with our aged Airport Express router.

We also need the ability to manage a lot of WiFi devices.

The wiring closet is at the far back of the house, which has always caused connectivity problems in the front of the house.

Wanting a router that would be current for a few years, I chose the tri-band Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Smart WiFi Router. I purchased it on Amazon using Allison’s banner and paid a whopping $359.99. It’s definitely an investment.

As the dedicated network and software tech in my house, I dreaded this project like the plague. I removed all the old equipment, crossed my fingers and plugged in this huge beast.
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Netgear EX 6200 AC1200 Range Extender by George from Tulsa

Guest Review by George from Tulsa

Netgear EX 6200 AC1200 Range ExtenderMy 1953 ranch house is long and low, with a mix of old and newer electrical circuits. The cable modem and primary router, an Airport Extreme N, are at the far north end The “media” room juts out to the east, at about the middle, the front porch at the west middle, the bedrooms at the far south.

I ran an Ethernet cable to the “media room” and added a Netgear N900 router there and connected everything except one Chromecast with Ethernet.

There’s three wireless networks, #1 at 2.4 from the Extreme, #2 at 2.4 and #3 at 5 ghz from the Netgear. I assigned channels that don’t overlap each other, or the neighbors.

None reliably reached the front porch or bedrooms.

I’ve wondered if the re-modeling’s steel studs and aluminized insulation impede the signals, or it it’s just distance?
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Blood Pressure, Glucose and ECG Devices for Connected Health Monitoring by Pat Dengler

Guest Post by Pat Dengler of Dengler Consulting

IHealth Ease Wireless Blood Pressure MonitorI’m going to chat about three devices that I use to monitor my health. What they have in common is that they all report to Apple’s Health app. Each has their own app but with appropriate permissions given, I can see all my readings in one place.

After I listen to the Nosillacast, one of several podcasts I follow is by Tim Ferris. He’s known for the Four Hour Work Week and Four Hour Body. He’s a big experimenter on himself. I’m not, but with Apple’s Health app and the accessibility of various medical grade measuring devices, I thought it would be fun to try a few. That’s usually my ‘problem to be solved’ by the way – ‘what would happen if I tried…’? I’m also a big experimenter with home automation so this just follows!
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Guest Review of the Tucano Elements Second Skin for MacBook 12″ by Allister

Greetings Allison and fellow NosillaCastaways. Allister here from New Zealand with a quick review of a product that won’t excite many, but will help prevent moments of horror.

Tucano MacBook sleeveThe problem to be solved is keeping my gorgeous gold 12″ MacBook looking gorgeous. I bought the laptop while travelling and so quickly became aware of just how easily it marked even carefully putting it in its own pocket in my work-provided laptop backpack. It clearly needed its own special protection.
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