Tag: wifi

Honor launch the new Router 3

Need a new router? Fed up of the one your ISP gave you and want to perhaps get a far better coverage by whacking something better in? For £79.99, this is the new HONOR Router 3. It’s got WiFi 6 Plus (3000Mbps speeds), OFDMA technology (super-quick simultaneous connections …

The new Vodafone Smart GPS Tracker – Curve

This is a little tracker doo-hickey that you pop into or onto your valuables. It’s just £20 from Vodafone to buy, then you pay £2 per month to keep it working. Called “Curve” it’s part of a range of Vodafone smart tech products and will track your stuff …

Just how hot is your meat? Your smartphone can help you become a BBQ King!

With summer holidays written off, we’ll probably be spending more time and money in our own gardens this year. If you’ve got yourself (or you’re planning on getting) a barbeque, there’s always that worrying “is it or isn’t it” cooked question. So this, my friends, is the ultimate …

Speedy 5G. “Downloading” will be a distant memory.

Back at college I vividly remember writing an essay about the future of the internet. The conclusion was that everything was going to get faster, and there’d be more content. Up until fairly recently, that conclusion has been fairly accurate. As the years have gone by, we’ve moved …

Garmin fēnix 6 smartwatches now available

If you’re an active person and you’ve got a lot of cash stashed away, this could be for you. Garmin tell me that the new fēnix 6 Series smartwatch is .. Built on the exploits of countless explorers. It’s a rugged smartwatch “designed for life” with GPS and, …

Why every iPhone owner should use a VPN

OK, let’s talk about VPNs. This is usually the point at which most people lose interest though, because an acronym alone is enough to make people switch off. Put simply, a VPN will secure your smartphone connection and encrypt the traffic going over the web. So why do …

Got yourself a PS4 or an Xbox? Why?

We’ve spoken lots here about mobile gaming, but there’s a battle that many smartphone manufacturers have fought for many years now. Running a graphic-heavy, high frame-rate game on your phone needs grunt. Lots of grunt. It sucks your battery, it makes your CPU work hard, you need more …

MWC – HTC unveil their 5G hub

There was a time when HTC were doing big phone launches here in Barcelona. No longer. Instead this morning they’ve unveiled a new HTC 5G Hub. There wasn’t a big event or a launch here this morning. Instead it’s just a few pictures and a press release. No …

Wait, what exactly is a VPN and why do I need it?

Keeping yourself safe online. It’s something that you know you should do, but you either rely on someone else to protect you or you haven’t had the time. Just a few years ago, mention a “VPN” and literally nobody would know what you were talking about. They were …

YI Dome Camera, now reduced

This is a 720p IP camera with a wide-angled lens and has night vision. It’s ideal for seeing to your home if you’re away for Christmas – you can setup activity alerts and setup certain positions so that you can quickly switch. A two-way audio system also means …

An alternative to Amazon Echo and Google Home. Meet Volareo.

There seems to be quite a buzz about this thing. It’s a fully crowdfunded smart speaker. They guys behind it want to make the whole process more simple, and everything is open source. This clever gadget will let you access your audio, video, entertainment and information available with …

The best ways to minimize your battery usage

We have all now accepted the unrivaled role of smartphones in our lives. There is rarely a moment they are not accompanying us through the various different activities of our day; at work, during our commute, out with friends and even at the gym. Giving us direct access …

Vodafone WiFi Calling – Not on all plans, yet. A response.

This morning I wrote a story about WiFi Calling. It’s something which is now becoming fairly familiar with users of compatible handsets and means that you can make and receive calls whilst on the Underground in London, in the local Tesco or in the office when there’s no …

EE announce new MiFi devices

The largest 4G network in the UK, EE, have just announced two new mobile WiFi devices along with some new plans. Meet the 4GEE WiFi and 4GEE WiFi Mini. They are now smaller and lighter than previous versions. The 4GEE WiFi is CAT 12 enabled up to 600Mbps) …

Using a VPN for all iOS devices

I’m away on business at the moment, and as this is happening with alarming regularity I’ve slipped into a habit of bringing my “home comforts” with me. Trouble is, you can’t always get every home comfort. The tea for example, it’s just not the same. However, with the …

Feature – Internet slow? WiFi and data speeds explained

If you’ve got a standard ADSL connection then, even if you’re sitting next to the telephone exchange, you’re not going to get much more than 20 Mbps on ADSL2+. You’ll be connected via some copper wire hanging off telegraph poles or in trunking under footpaths. Here in the …

My VPN setup. Update!

About this time last year I posted an article about how I setup my VPN. Merely mentioning “VPN” is probably going to scare a few people. It sounds complicated and, to some, it’s a technically advanced and confusing thing to tackle. However, it really isn’t that bad, and …

Bye bye O2 TU Go

Got a patchy signal and on O2? Don’t worry! You can call over WiFi! Well, up until now you’ve had to use a separate app, but TU Go did let you make and receive calls in areas you weren’t able to before. However, here’s the bad news. Tomorrow …

How to choose the best VPN for an Android phone

Update: According to TheBestVPN, the most secure and reputable VPN is ExpressVPN. You can read their ExpressVPN review here. Right. Let’s be honest. People don’t want to pay for WiFi. Get to the airport and, if you connect and find there’s some insane pricing structure, you’ll probably decide …

Is your home WiFi a bit pants? Your smartphone can help!

If you read my epic explanation about how cable broadband works then you may have noticed that, like a lot of people, my phone, the internet router and the TV is all in the corner of the house. In the “old days” the smiley BT engineer would instead …

Eachine E52 WiFi Foldable Quadcopter – Review

They call it a quadcopter. I’m gonna call it a drone. This drone, though, has considerably less “faff” about it than most drones, and it’s less than £40, which really isn’t bad at all. When it arrives, you’ll notice that the remote control is far bigger than the …

Using mobile device management in your business

I remember a time when the Pocket PC was king. It was the device of choice in businesses up and down the land. You could connect it to your Exchange server and, with a small stylus or an on-board slide-out keyboard, you could work anywhere. It was a …

EE sticks a mast in the sky to cover biking event

Yesterday things weren’t going so well for EE. They had problems routing calls to other networks all day and it seemed to be causing quite a bit of grief for their customers. They can, however, boast about their coverage. They’re aiming for 95% 4G coverage by 2020, and …

Confused about VPN? Invisbox 2 makes it easy.

We all use the web, and we all see the horror stories associated with data and the privacy of it. Cybercrime is, unfortunately, a real thing these days and keeping you and your family safe online is very important. Here is a quote that sums it all up, …

Home, Sweet Home. NAS and WiFi picture backup

At home I have a NAS box. I originally purchased one of these because I’ve somehow used all the storage that my cloud provider had available and the cost to upgrade was nothing short of insane. I’d tried other providers, however the cost, the reliability, and the fact …

Heelight. A remote control bulb, without Bluetooth or WiFi

So, we’ve had a few emails on this one. It’s a product called “Heelight” and is an intelligent bulb that can “hear”. It doesn’t use Bluetooth or WiFi but has 30 different modes including a “Candle” and “Rhythm Mode”. Some 16 million RGB colours are available and – …

Ways to keep your mobile devices safe and secure

At this time of year, it’s safe to say that many of you may be returning, or just about the embark, on a summer holiday. Now, as we mentioned before, if you fly from and to an EU country you can use your phone just as if you …

Paby Pet Tracker – Review

We’ve covered this already here at Coolsmartphone but now we’re lucky enough to borrow one to review. For $79.99, this is a pet activity monitor with in-built GPS, WiFi and a SIM card so that you can see where your pet is, live. Oh, and get this, it …

Got rubbish broadband speeds? Try the Three Home-Fi. New plan announced.

You’re at home. You’re struggling with slow broadband. The reality of “Superfast internet” is either a flaky ADSL connection or, if you’re properly unlucky, old-school dial-up access. Some are lucky. Some can get fibre to the cabinet or cable broadband access, but for the rest it’s a super-slow …

Pre-order for the HTC U11 right now

Both EE and Mobiles.co.uk have got in touch because the all-new HTC U11 (full details here) is now available to pre-order. First, and EE is obviously bigging-up their 4G network. The U11 is available on a range of 4GEE plans, and we’ve picked out a deal giving an …

EE announced as exclusive network partner for Google Home

We review one of these home helpers recently and, although it still has a little way to go (I still find I have to rephrase the odd request), it impressed me greatly. Now, although the magical Google Home speaker will sit on your fridge and connect to your …

What is a VPN anyway?

Trust me, it’s not a scary thing. Just recently I had a relative ask why I had two WiFi networks at home. I explained that one was a VPN router, and offered me privacy and security. That, if I’m being honest, made their eyes glaze over a little. …

MWC – Remember when we used to hunt for WiFi?

After returning from the Barcelona madness, I’ve finally got chance to reflect a little on the experience. It’s somewhere I don’t get to see a great deal, and instead it’s the inside of taxis or the rather excellent Metro system which runs through the city that I see …

Devolo dLAN 550+ WiFi – Review

It’s going to be a quick one to review this because, in all honesty, it takes seconds to turn on and get going. Let’s face it, WiFi isn’t always good enough. Sky TV have launched their new Sky Q system and, in order to try and solve the …

MWC – BMW demo their Personal CoPilot and more

Taking part for the first time here in Barcelona is BMW. They’re showing off their driverless car experience outside between Halls 3 and 5. Despite people walking around the demonstration area and a lot of other obstacles, the remote control parking worked brilliantly on these little electric powered …