Need good Wifi for the office? Ubiquiti UniFi might do the job

I ditched my old consumer Wi-Fi for an enterprise solution—and I’ll never go back.

Source: Review: Ubiquiti UniFi made me realize how terrible consumer Wi-Fi gear is | Ars Technica

I just installed a Ubiquiti system for a client and it was really easy and has worked without problems so far. I used to think that the Apple airport extreme was the best wireless access point (WAP) but this seems to be a superior system.

Apples strength is that it used to be the easiest way to get a wireless network setup. Now this system is easier. There were 5 steps to set it up and it started to work. If you have managed any other WAP this will be easy for you to use. There are still some concerns about reliability according to some reviews on Amazon. However since these are new devices it is probably just normal “teething” problems with new devices. Airport Extreme/Apple devices had the same issues as well in the past. Nothing is perfect.

The speed seems to be slightly less than Apple Airport Extreme, but non IT people wouldn’t notice that. Theoretically it should be faster, which might show over time once they optimize the software. It is so cool that it has power over Ethernet (POE) which is really helpful for companies. I always wondered why apple didn’t offer POE on its devices to help sell for companies. Many companies are more open to Apple hardware/software so this device seems like a direct competitor for small business against Apple Airport Extreme.

So like I said, the two weakness might be reliability and speed, but so far this is just a minor bump and I am not concerned at this point. It is certainty very affordable, and even if it does turn out to have reliability issues, the low-cost of devices still make this a strong contender. If I were Cisco or other WAP vendor this device would make me very nervous. It really makes technology accessible for non IT professionals. For a business this or an Apple Airport Extreme would be my first choices.

Want to share content on a TV screen from your computer through wireless?

Source: The Nerdy Teacher: InFocus JTouch and LiteShow 4 Review #EdChat

There are many ways to share content from a Windows computer to a TV screen/projector.

  1. Using a LiteShow 4 that would wirelessly connect a computer to the LiteShow network. Windows 7 has the ability to both connect to a wired and wireless network. I had a friend who has this and it works perfectly with his desktop configured with a usb wifi adapter. You have to install the supplied software for this to work and then put in the code.
  2. Connecting through the video out to TV screen with a VGA or other adapter cable.
  3. Using an Apple TV to connect through the network. This works very well and doesn’t require any additional hardware or software. This works only for Macintosh devices. Windows devices wouldn’t see an Apple TV by design. You might be able to use third-party software like AirParrot to make this work. It supports streaming to a PC.