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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AirPort Firmware Update

Airport information screenI’m really lucky to know Steve’s dad, Ken. You may remember him from his video appearance entitled “Octogenarian Talks 1Password”. He’s not super technical but he is VERY motivated towards security. He works really hard to understand the risks of online computing and to do whatever he can to mitigate these risks. He’s actually a great example to us all.

A while ago, Ken wrote me a message telling me that his AirPort Extreme had a blinking amber light on it instead of a solid green light. I looked at mine, and it was blinking amber as well. I unplugged it, waited 10 seconds and plugged it back in, and the light turned green. I wondered what it was but suggested my father-in-law do the same thing. He did and he got the green light as well.
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NC #571 Smile is Awesome, Ditto for Notifications, Netgear X8 Router, Security Bits

This week we’ll learn how awesome Smile, the makers of TextExpander really is (in spite of last week) and how Ditto can give you notifications without a smart watch. We’ll learn how you really NEED a wicked cool new router like the Netgear X8 5300ac, and Bart is back with Security Bits.


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What Could Kill Just the 2.4GHz WiFi Network?

2.4 ghz logo I made all by myselfThe new hip thing today is these Internet of Things devices, right? Steve and I have been dipping our toes in with the Ring video doorbell, the Chimes that go with it, the Hue Lights that automatically change in time with The Expanse series on SyFy, the Nest Protect smoke alarm that’ll tell us if there’s a fire even if we’re not home, and the Wemo Switches that turn on our hot water pump so we have toasty hot water when we need it.

But they all rely on one really important thing. They need to be able to connect to the our home WiFi network to do their various duties.

A while ago we had a little power blip, nothing major, over in a minute or two. It knocked all of the devices off line. Some of them came back by themselves, but some of them didn’t. The Ring Chimes seemed particularly difficult to get back onto our network. Remember, everything is fiddly, right? Continue reading “What Could Kill Just the 2.4GHz WiFi Network?”

NC #564 Frankenstein Mac, Arkamys 360° Audio, Hub for Photos, MagTarget, 2.4GHz FTW, New Matter 3D Printer

Barry Fulk was the guest on Chit Chat Across the Pond this week to talk Mobile Device Management (which is way more interesting than it sounds!) I also got to be on the SMR Podcast with Chris Ashley to talk about Apple and the FBI. I go on a rant about Apple pushing a bad update that blocks their own Ethernet driver. I’ll talk about the fun Pat Dengler and I had tearing apart two MacBook Airs to make one working machine. We’ll talk to Arkamys about their 360 degree audio for immersive video, then I’ll explain why Photos made me buy a hub. We’ll talk to MagTarget about their iPhone mount/charger and I’ll explain how once again the answer to a problem is 2.4GHz separation. Finally we’ll talk to new Matter about their MOD-t 3D Printer.


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Yet Again the Answer is 2.4GHz Separation

Foscam camera on Amazong for $62About four years ago, my son-in-law Nolan bought Lindsay a webcam from a company called Foscam so that she could watch her dog Dodger. She followed the instructions to set it up to a wired Ethernet connection and it worked perfectly. From her Mac or her iPhone she could control the camera, move it around and watch the room. The only problem was that her router isn’t in the area where Dodger hangs out during the day. No problem, the Foscam should work wirelessly as well. But for some reason she could never get it to work.

Over the years, every once in a while we poked around at it and gave up. But this weekend we went to see them again and I decided to attack it full force. I started with a wired connection so we could take it one step at a time.

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#357 Kernel Panics, Quicken for Lion, My Talk Tools, Capti, FlyGrip, Home Networking

We had a kernel panic during the live show last week, and four tech mavens helped me figure out what caused it, George from Tulsa tells us about the new Quicken for Lion: Lion Compatible Quicken FAQ, Import Quicken Essentials Data into Quicken, Buy Lion Compatible Quicken from Intuit for $14.99. Two more reviews from the CSUN Persons With Disabilities Expo, My Talk Tools from mytalktools.com and Charm Tech Capti for a more accessible and enjoyable access to Firefox. Professor asks if there isn’t some way to protect his PowerPC Macs. FlyGrip iPhone and Android accessory from flygrip.com. In Chit Chat Across the Pond Bart goes on a rant about 3rd party cookies, and then gives us the higher division course on home networking, and the advantages of building your own network router.


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