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The secret world of microwave networks | Ars Technica UK
Stretching between London and Frankfurt, there is a private, mysterious network that is twice as fast as the normal Internet. The connection, provided by a series of microwave dishes on masts, was once completely secret: only one very rich company was allowed to use it, and no one else knew about it.

A couple of years later though, a competitor completed its own microwave link between the two cities—and thus the first company, not wanting to lose out on potential business, revealed that it too had a link between the cities. If a competitor had never emerged, that first link would probably still be shrouded in secrecy today.

Similar stories can be found all over the world, but because these networks are privately owned, and because they're often used by financial groups trying to find an edge on the stock market and eke out a few extra billions, you have to dig deep to find them.
technology  stockmarket  highfrequencytrading  network 
november 2016 by Aetles
TidBITS: Solve Wi-Fi Coverage Problems with WiFi Explorer and NetSpot
As someone who has written about Wi-Fi for many years and tested hundreds of pieces of gear, I’m always looking for affordable, useful tools that let me analyze my home network. In the past, companies have loaned me spectrum analyzers, which examine all the radio signals on ranges of frequencies. But while IT professionals may find those useful, they’re overkill for home users and small business: they’re just too expensive.

That’s why I was excited to stumble across the $15 WiFi Explorer. It was first released in 2012, but didn’t appear on my radar until the 2.0 release in May 2015. With a combination of graphic visualizations, lists of information, and the capability to drill down into super-technical details, WiFi Explorer has become my top recommendation for anyone trying to sort out a local Wi-Fi environment.

WiFi Explorer pairs beautifully with NetSpot, an OS X Wi-Fi signal-mapping program I reviewed way back in 2011 for Macworld. NetSpot has matured since then, and does its job even better now, while also adding some serious (and expensive) professional options above the free, non-commercial level.
wifi  osx  network  tools  mac 
september 2015 by Aetles
Creating a kill-switched VPN on Mac with PIA and Little Snitch
In this post, I describe why, after years of using the wonderful Mac/iOS VPN product, Cloak, I’m experimenting with an alternative approach, that combines Private Internet Access (PIA) and Little Snitch.
apple  network  security  vpn  osx 
august 2015 by Aetles
Moving from a Drobo to a Synology NAS
Here's a little trick to make sure they are always available when I need them: Drag the disks to the startup items under the user preferences. That way, if I reboot, the disks are remounted for me.
mac  osx  network  homenetwork  nas  mactips 
february 2013 by Aetles
Wi-Fi base stations: Extending the range of your wireless network by adding additional Wi-Fi base stations
Before you add additional Wi-fi base stations to your network, you should consider whether or not you really need to.

Adding Wi-Fi base stations when it is unnecessary can reduce Wi-Fi throughput because the Wi-Fi network will require more data management overhead. The network configuration also becomes more complex. In the case of a wirelessly extended network, throughput may be reduced to less than 60 percent of that of a single device. The general rule is to keep the Wi-Fi network as simple as possible. You can accomplish this by using the minimum number of Wi-Fi base stations required to service the physical network area and by using Ethernet wherever possible.

Extending the range of your Wi-Fi network by connecting Wi-Fi base stations together using Ethernet is always the best option, and will provide the best throughput.
apple  network  wifi  airport 
february 2013 by Aetles
Why using Google DNS / OpenDNS is a bad idea
Think you're getting faster performance by using Google DNS or OpenDNS? Think again -- especially if you're outside the US.

A post at TUAW today recommends you change your DNS provider for faster performance. If you are located outside the US -- like I am, and like most APC readers are -- this is a bad idea. I only discovered why after experiencing slow download speeds for several months.

Like other tech enthusiasts, I jumped on the opportunity to switch my computer's domain name server settings away from my ISP's defaults to -- I assumed -- the much larger and faster Google DNS servers at and when they were first announced.
dns  googledns  network 
december 2010 by Aetles
Sajal Kayan » In a CDN’d world, OpenDNS is the enemy!
While many people are happy with using DNS service providers such as OpenDNS, Google, etc… I will show you here why they may not produce optimal results.

The way most CDNs work is by using DNS routing. When a user attempts to resolve a hostname, the CDN’s DNS server responds with an IP which is closest based on the IP address of the requester. A more detailed insight into the workings of a CDN can be found on an earlier post “Make your own cheap charlie CDN”
cdn  dns  network  googledns 
december 2010 by Aetles
Best Wireless Router 2010
A router is a very powerful piece of hardware. Linking all of your computers makes file sharing, backing up files and internet usage much easier. To simplify things I divided the Wireless routers into 2 groups: the high end routers and the routers under $100.There is a notable speed difference between the high end and budget routers, especially for larger networks.

There are many different types of routers that do different things well: some are cheap, others handle a large network well, some are easy for beginners to use while others are very fast. In Best Wireless Router 2010 we will review a number of routers with different strengths and weaknesses.

Just one tip for setting up your wireless network: with all the routers the speed of connection to the router is better the physically closer the device is to the router.
network  router 
october 2010 by Aetles
Red Sweater Blog - The Network Domain
En artikel om "nätverksdomänen", the network domain, som de flesta nog inte känner till. Här beskrivs vad den är och hur man kan använda den i Mac OS X.
mac  mac  os  x  nätverk  network  NFS  file  system 
july 2006 by Aetles
How Bob Iger Saved Network TV
Att Apple numera säljer avsnitt av tv-serier på iTMS är en revolution inom tv-världen. Enligt Blog Maverik kan detta vara räddningen för kabel-tv ("Network TV").
Blog  Maverick  iTunes  Music  Store  iTunes  iTMS  Apple  Disney  tv  shows  tv-serier  network  tv  kabel-tv  Mac  Aetles  Mactips  Marknadsföring 
october 2005 by Aetles
Starting with CSS: revisited
Ett enligt författaren bättre alternativ till "Global Whitespace Reset" som start-CSS-kod.
The  KuraFire  Network  css  Webbutveckling 
september 2005 by Aetles
Network Storage Devices
Ars Technica tittar närmare på Infrants ReadyNAS och LaCies Ethernet Disk, två NAS
NAS  network  attached  storage  mac  hårddisk  readyNAS  lacie  Ars  Technica  Infrant  Teknik  Nätverk 
september 2005 by Aetles
BuffaloTech TeraStation Terabyte Network Attached Storage
En recension hos Tom's Hardware (TomsNetworking) av BuffaloTech TeraStation Terabyte Network Attached Storage, en NAS-enhet för att ha en RAID-lösning på nätverket.
TomsNetworking  Product  Reviews  NAS  lagring  Network  Attached  Storage  raid  server  Nätverk 
july 2005 by Aetles
Yahoo! Web Services
En artikel om Yahoo! Web Services och hur man kan använda dem.
O?Reilly  Network  yahoo  api  web  services  webbtjänster  gränssnitt  Webbutveckling 
march 2005 by Aetles
Roku PhotoBridge HD
Rokus nätverksmediaspelare som kan visa HD-upplösning och har stöd för mac.
network  media  players  hd  high  definition  Mac  Hemelektronik  Hembio 
january 2005 by Aetles
Network media players
CNET sammanfattar de nätverksmediaspelare som finns och som de recenserat.
Network  media  players  CNET  recensioner  reviews  Mac  Hemelektronik  Hembio 
january 2005 by Aetles
Roku SoundBridge M1000 and M2000
Macworld recenserar Roku SoundBridge M1000 och M2000, två produkter för att strömma ljud från dator (mac) till stereo. De jämför även med Squeezebox från Slim Devices.
Macworld  Network  media  players  mac  Hemelektronik  Hembio 
january 2005 by Aetles

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