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A Short Explanation of How WiFi and Router and Modem and Internet Connections are ALL Separate Things.

afirehydrant-hoseSo today I am sitting in a local eatery which offers great food and free WiFi and a few of the customers are whining to the manager about their Wifi at home being slow and how wonderful it was that they got a new router.

As I listened and said nothing, I heard the restaurant  manager bragging about how the place was getting a 10gb/sec fiber connection. Sure, that does mean he will have plenty of bandwidth to use. Of course there are other factors to look at. It’s okay, I see your confused looks, but worry not about the gigabits, or megabits, we are going to look at this in simple terms like hoses and water.

So if you have a firehose that’s 10 inches in diameter hooked up to your house, will the shower actually pass more water through, assuming the pressure is the same? The answer is no, because the pipe to the shower isn’t the same diameter (gb/sec) as the firehose! So what would be the limiting factor on your network? Actually 2 things. The speed that your wireless router, which plugs into the network (the giant hose) runs at and the speed your device can communicate with the the WiFi router.

So let us assume that your router can actually achieve a 10 gb/sec connect with the Internet (the big firehose), but in the real world, on the WiFi end, most devices are lucky to connect to that router through wireless at much more than 50-150 mb/sec.  So assuming your laptop or smartphone is connected to the WiFi at say 75 mb/sec and the router is connected at the full 10 gb/sec, what is the fastest speed you will ever see on you device? Why yes, it is 75mb/sec because that is the slowest point of the connection and just like water  it doesn’t change.

By the same token if you purchase a 300 mb/sec WiFi router and plug it into your cable or any other provider modem and you are connected to that router at say 150 mb/sec, but your Internet provider is only running at 50 mb/sec what will the fastest speed you ever acheive be?  Why yes, it is 50 mb/sec and not one bit more. The weakest/slowest link in the chain is what determines your speed.

Got it? No? Think of it this way, if you hook a garden hose to a fire hydrant, will it pass less water than a firehose? Yeah, it’s like that.

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Nokia N1 Unboxing: First USB Type C Tablet Unboxed By Tablet-News, Not as iPad-Like as One May Think (Video)

By James A.

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The Nokia N1 is a tablet coming straight out of Finland, created by the Nokia core, not the Nokia Devices that has been integrated within Microsoft. It’s an iPad Mini-style device, that has just arrived on our test table and you can watch its unboxing below.

This product is priced at around $380 on Amazon and it was announced in November 2014. Then it was launched in January 2015 and it debuted in China, where it became such a big hit, that it sold out in 4 consecutive flash sales. The box of the product reminds me of the older HTC boxes and inside we find the manual, charger and USB Type C cable.

 

The slate measures 6.9 mm in thickness, weighs 318 grams and has an aluminum unibody design. It packs a 7.9 inch screen with a 4:3 aspect and a 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution, as well as Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Inside there’s a quad core Intel Atom Z3580 processor, clocked at 2.3 GHz, 2 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and at the back there’s an 8 megapixel camera.

Upfront there’s a 5 MP shooter and I have to say that this design feels a bit less like an iPad Mini than I expected. The OS is Android Lollipop covered up with the Nokia Z Launcher, that offers you a screen of the apps you use most and allows you to draw letters to find apps, mails, contacts and info straight into the homescreen. We’ll be back with a full review soon enough.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Slates Get Analyzed in Hands on Clip; How Slim Are They, Really? (Video)

By Radu Iorga

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Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab S2 tablets a few days ago and the devices didn’t get as much hype as they deserve. They are after all record breakers, the slimmest slates in the world, with an incredible waistline of 5.6 mm.

The devices weigh 265 grams and 389 grams respectively and all of these good measurements are reached in spite of the metal chassis. Both models have high resolution Super AMOLED screens and octa core Exynos processors inside, plus 3 GB of RAM and 8 MP cameras. These are fierce tablets, specs-wise and Apple doesn’t have anything to counter them right now.

Of course, some may say that the design of the Tab S2 models feels a bit like the iPad’s, but in the end these models are so good looking, that it doesn’t matter. The bigger model adopts a landscape format and the UI seems to be the exact same one from the Tab A models. I see that that the Microsoft productivity apps are bundled here, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

The baffling thing here is that the tablets don’t look as slim in the video as they are supposed to be in real life. Maybe it’s the camera that “adds 10 pounds”.

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Huawei MediaPad M2 Gets Detailed Promo Clip, Calling it the “First Unibody 4G LTE Tablet” (Video)

By Radu Iorga

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Huawei may be no Samsung or Apple when it comes to promotion, but it sure makes long promo clips. For example, the Huawei MediaPad M2 tablet gets a pretty long video below, showcasing its features.

In this clip, we learn that the M2 is apparently the “first unibody 4G LTE tablet”, which is a claim I’m sure at least two or three companies will dispute. This product measures 7.8 mm in thickness and it runs Android 5.1 Lollipop. On board we find an 8 inch Full HD display and inside there’s the Huawei made 64 bit octa core Kirin 930 processor, clocked at 2 GHz.

 

The promo clip also details other features, like the presence of a HiFi Codec Hi6402, Harman Kardon technology and 1 cc high quality dual speakers. Super Wide Sound with Surround is also advertised, while the screen gets something called ClariVu ColorPlus, SunView and EyeCare, that boost the picture quality and reduce damage on the eyes. This model has two versions, one with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage and one with 3 GB of RAM and double the storage.

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Chuwi Vi8 Unboxing: Dual Boot Tablet on a Budget, a First For Us and an Appealing Price Tag (Video)

By James A.

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We have written a lot about dual boot tablets, but never got to actually handle one. Well, today that happens as the Chuwi Vi8 gets unboxed in the video below. We’re dealing here with an 8 inch slate, that we managed to purchase for less than $100 on Gearbest.

The product is priced at $85 right now, which is certainly a bargain, since it brings you both Android 4.4 KitKat and Windows 8.1 on the same slate. Launched at the end of 2014 and hitting the shops earlier this year, the Chuwi Vi8 comes inside a regular cardboard box, that holds the manuals, USB cable, USB OTG cable and charger. The product has a pretty solid plastic case and measures 8 mm in thickness, while also weighing 350 grams.

 

It relies on a quad core Intel Atom Z3735F processor, clocked at 1.8 GHz and accompanied by 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. There’s an 8 inch IPS screen upfront, with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution and a microSD card slot is in the mix too. We even get a mini HDMI port and bundled Office with this product. WiFi and Bluetooth are here, as well as a 5000 mAh battery, that on paper provides 5 hours of functioning time.

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Finally, there’s a 2 MP main camera and a front 0.3 MP shooter. You can alternate between OSes with an Android button in the Windows taskbar and a Windows button in the KitKat dropdown area. More info will come with the full review.

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