Archive for July, 2016

Macam Faham Je..

July 28, 2016

Ok.

Like as if she understand only..

La la la la la..

Ok la, she now claims the show was boring.

You mean the music cannot make it?

Going. To. Sleep. Soon.

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How to Improve Wifi Connection? Hmm..

July 28, 2016

Ok. There have been a few articles that claims to have guides to improve your home wireless, but let me summarize for you in the most ‘out of heart’ way.

Why? Simply because they talked about the band differences, and how the newer tech manages to bring more speed.

1st. You need a good working dual band router. It needs to be able to support Wireless-N and AC, if not AD also.

2nd. Your devices need to support dual band wifi as well. Those on Wireless-N is the recommended minimum, else AC and AD is the better choice.

3rd. Where you place your router matters. It needs to be in an open space, away from other ‘wireless’ devices, and away from glasses or mirrors.

4th. While its true 2.4GHz is very crowded these days, you can get the best performance by using a wifi analyzer, and changing the wireless channel of your router to the least congested settings.

See, how congested?

And yes, the auto channel settings on routers these days simply sucks, dont rely on them.
(Tip: I usually use either channel 6 or 11.)

5th. Its true 5GHz band has a lower coverage than 2.4GHz, its best you stay on the lower end frequencies for maximum performance.

(Tip: Really, 5GHz has a weaker coverage, and lower frequencies have been said to be able to cover a wider area, stick to the first few available channels.)

6th. Your routers needs to be restarted, or in short rest, once in a while. Maybe once a week, with a power down for at least 30seconds?

7th. Use a surge protected extension way for your routers and/or modems as well, and if you are on fibre, the ONT. If your Internet uses RJ11 cable, get an extension with filters/protection for that cable as well, to maximize protection and minimize interference.

Additional Notes:

Newer routers have newer technologies that may help speed up your wifi:

  • MU-MIMO (Multi User – Multi Input Multi Output); allows data to transmit between more devices and the router compared to older SU-MIMO technology, and yes! This really helps.
  • Beam forming ; it allows the router to be smarter by targetting devices connected to it, beaming wireless signal straight to these devices other than widespreading it.
  • More antennas with better processors and larger RAMs

(As to keep the article short and confusion away, Ill not explain them here.)

Upgrade them, once every 2 years, to ensure you are on pace with the advancement.

BUT what if these doesnt help?

You maybe better off using wifi repeaters or homeplugs. 

Wifi repeaters amplifies or repeats your wifi signals, which I do not recommend as it adds another layer of processing of data, and some tests proved it slows down the speed as well.

Homeplugs uses your AC outlet to transmit data, and usually works better. Always plug straight into the wall outlet. Some have AC bypass, just see if you need them should your wall outlet be limited.

Be sure to get a pair or more with wifi support if you do not plan to use LAN cable.

And for the wireless module, refer to the manual to change the wireless name or password, but DO NOT USE THE SAME NAME AS YOUR MAIN WIFI strictly to reduce issues. Connect your devices that are close to the homeplug for wireless, just in case the main wifi gets cuts off.

What. Ever.

July 27, 2016

Ok.

Its just the house cat Gegirl with her funny expressions.

Ok. Im sleeping.

Wait what?

You took a pic of me?

Its All About The Plugs.

July 25, 2016

Ok this is so random.

But since my page has been pretty quiet, maybe Ill talk a bit about extension plug.

For this case, surge protectors.

I know for sure, the number of wall outlets in our homes these days ain’t enough to power all our devices.

As such, we have these extension system almost in every part of the house.

Do we need surge protectors? My advise; yes.

Do we need good ones, even with circuit breakers (aka RCCB)? My advise; yes.

Should RCCB trip when there is a sudden electrical hazard scenario? Yes, BUT there are still chances some amount of surge or spike has passed through your electrical circuit, and ta-daa! It probably has done some damage to your equipments.

How about fuses? Yes, they blow when excess current passes through them, BUT most extension plug have been equipped with a 13A fuse. Tell me when do you use 3250Watts at a single time?

(When you have about 3 irons running on the same extension, or 2 vaccum cleaners? Make matter worst, some adapters are NOT even fitted with a fuse these days.)

Surge protectors, just like most fans, have an extra safety fuse called thermal fuse, which melts when the cable runs too hot.

Ok. In short, if you need an extension plug, purchase one with true surge protection. Most in the market these days claimed to have one but there are no written evidences such as surge protection values (usually written in joules, amperes rating of the MOVs).

Also, some have LED indicators, which is an added feature to tell you when protection has worn out.

Some even has line filtering (i.e. EMF reduction) features, which is good though most devices have adapters or converters that does this ‘electrical signal cleaning’ before it powers the actual device.

Higher end products have ADSL and/or coaxial cable protection as well; do use them for full protection.

So, Im quite fanatic about this, thus these are my trusted Belkins around the house.

01. Belkin Advanced and Gold series

The one above is utilized to protect my DECT phone, and the telephone cable line (RJ11).

The higher end Gold series are used to protect delicate equipments, as well as provide more power point outlets.

02. Belkin Economy series

These are cheaper ones, but should provide trusted power for the less delicate items at home.

Ive used them for months for my house TV, router, DVD home theatre systems, and well, it worked well living through multiple stormy weather.

Ok, here is an added advice.

Daisy-chaining extension on another?

Yes. I know. Its dangerous. But my old workplace has inadequate wall points. And these are used to power just USB power adapters/chargers.

Well, 5V to 2A, per adapter it uses 10watts only, right?

And yes, they claimed to have surge protection as well.

Though not advisable, what if you need to?

For me, I strongly do not recommend, but for those die-die need to have cases, I make sure that:

  1. Never connect 2 or more surge protectors along the same line together
  2. Maximum load should be less than the first extension limit (i.e. if the main extension plug supports 13A, Ill make sure everything on the plugs daisy-chained together uses way below; maximum 13A on 250V is 3250watts but I limit it way below to 2000watts)

Be safe people.

Check your plugs regularly, do not overload, insert them plug head properly, and replace when required.

Snap. Snap.

July 25, 2016

Nothing much in this article.

Just me. And Gegirl.

Ok lor.

I leave you alone.

Moody Gegirl

July 25, 2016

She’s been super moody today.

Hmm..

“No. I’m so not in the mood.”

“Hmm..”

How Fast is 5Ghz Wireless?

July 22, 2016

Depends.

My devices are still on Wireless-N tech.

Very outdated, but hey, the recent speed test I did was amazingly fast.

Maybe its time for me to get devices with Wireless AD. Oh, for now maybe Wireless AC will do.

I guess MU-MIMO really works.

Previous router kicks in on my same phone peaking at 70Mbps++.

So, welcome this new fella.

Gegirl. And The Window.

July 21, 2016

And the attempt to, escape?

Woah, girl you need to know the danger of jumping off a building.

I know something out there seems interesting, but, psst.. Hey hey..

Still no response.

Ok. Thats in. Im moving in. Haha..

But no. Not on my lappy..

Gegirl. Just Her.

July 17, 2016

Ok.

Blurry pic.

Closer a bit. Still blurry.

“Ya what do you want?”

Hehe..

Bluek. Bluek..

Uber? Or Grab?

July 14, 2016

Actually ah it depends.

Both works as they should.

I havent try those car sharing thingy yet, so that part has to stay out.

But my preference would be for Grab. It seems more local friendly.

Uber seems to be a preferred choice for foreigners. Even the drivers proved me right when they ask ‘Why not just go for Grab or taxi?’

a. So, both allows you to choose what type of vehicle you want.

Uber (top) and Grab (below).

b. Both allows you, which they should, set your preferred pick up point and your destination. This is where Grab wins it. Its easier and straightforward to use!

Uber (top) allows you to set pick up location via GPS detection or you can always change it manually, with a bit of thinking what to press.

Only then you can choose your destination on the next screen, as well as payment method.

Grab (top) allows you to use GPS detected location, or you can manually change your pick up AND destination location by clicking the box.

Payment and notes for drivers (optional but please use it to make your waiting place info more accurate) will appear once both entries are filled. It easier, trust me.

So I usually opened Grab and sneak at its fares first. If I see a price surge, there you go. Exit. 

Launched Uber and for some reason, most of the time, there aint a price surge so Uber got the job for that moment.

And my experience for both has been positive. Its true most drivers are kind polite, drives safely, but there are times I feel like telling the driver ‘Just step on it (the gas aka accelerator). That driver who thinks he/she is the only driver for the road, suka-suka cut in cut off without signalling needs to be reminded!’

P.S. Several parts of the screenshots (for Android phones UI) have been editted, or cropped. As Im using a phone and not into those hyper editting mode, please bear with me and download the apps yourselves to experience it for yourself.