ASUS Lyra and Netgear Orbi Mesh Benchmarks

I’ve posted a couple of mesh Wi-Fi systems blog reviews recently. The most two recent ones are the ASUS Lyra and Netgear Orbi. These two mesh Wi-Fi systems feature dedicated 5 GHz radio for backhaul communication, so they are different and ought to perform better than the earlier two devices I had compared. Indeed, the numbers speak for themselves. Please…

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SCDF Rescues SMRT

Our MRT is plagued with all sorts of problems. With every disruption, it sounds as if the operators pick from a random pool of “reasons” to explain. Occasionally, new “reasons” are offered. Yesterday was one such occasion. SMRT’s North-South Line (NSL) was down due to flooding in the tunnels. Together with another incident, service through thirteen stations was disrupted. The…

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Netgear Arlo Pro Review

There are lots of Internet-connected home security cameras in the market. What makes Netgear’s Arlo Pro standout is that it’s battery powered, so you can put the camera anywhere you want, no need to worry about cabling. The original Arlo was launched in 2015. The new Arlo Pro updates the original Arlo with even more features. Many of us have,…

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Google Pixel 2 XL Comes To Singapore

Google held their hardware event this morning to announce a slew of new hardware. The most anticipated agenda of the event, for most people, is of the unveiling of Google’s new smartphone line up. With so many leaks in the prior days, we pretty much already knew everything about the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Google had to say….

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Netgear Orbi Review

Netgear launched their Orbi Wi-Fi System in September 2016, making them about the first mainstream manufacturer of consumer networking gear to enter the mesh Wi-Fi arena. The RBK50, as the model is known, continues to set a high bar even today for new Wi-Fi systems to beat, both in terms of coverage strength and speed. The Orbi RBK50 comes as…

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Safari vs Chrome Showdown

When it comes to web browsers for Mac users, there are two main choices: Apple’s Safari or Google’s Chrome. While I’m a Mac fan, I’m heavily invested in the Google ecosystem, and hence it made sense for me to go with Chrome. I’ve done that for many years. But should I reconsider Safari? I’ve been using the public betas of…

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ASUS Lyra Home Wi-Fi System Review

ASUS has entered the arena of whole-home mesh Wi-Fi systems with the launch of their Lyra Home Wi-Fi System in July this year. It comes in a three-piece system, somewhat like the TP-Link Deco M5 I reviewed earlier, so you’re all set to cover homes of up to 6,000 square feet with AC2200 Wi-Fi in no time. The ASUS Lyra…

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Apple Releases macOS High Sierra

Autumn is here for folks in the northern hemisphere. It’s also autumn for Mac users, because Apple has just released the final public version of macOS 10.13 High Sierra. High Sierra’s default desktop wallpaper features a beautiful autumn lakeside scene with mountains frosted in light snow in the background. If you’re a Mac user and you don’t know it yet,…

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More To Do About Mail

Some of us spend a lot of time around email. So much, that our email app is probably about the most important software, if not the most oft used one. Having the right tools is most critical and essential for our productivity. Email software is so important that I’ve written about it before. I’ve always been thinking about improving my…

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Home Network Gets Complex

Although my recent FreeNAS DIY PC was meant to consolidate my storage and compute, other bits of my home network is still in many little bits and pieces. Notably, while my main broadband router is served by a pfSense box, I have at least three other wireless routers in operation, not including another box serving as a Home Automation controller. The…

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