Category Archives: Network

New Product – DRIFT Wi-Fi

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Product Announcement – Karma Mobility of Irving, Texas, providers of the technology that let’s you take Wifi everywhere at a better cost than conventional WiFi providers, has launched DRIFT, a best priced pay as you go service. At $3 per month and $10 per GB used. DRIFT bests the pay-as-you-go market by $17 per month. DRIFT customers also get a credit back for any unused portion of data at the end of each month.

Karma reports account set up is simple and easy and takes only a few minutes. Additionally, DRIFT customers who share their connection get free data while sharing and earn a $1 credit for every guest that connects. Customers can manage their account and data on their phone and via the web with the ability to change their plan at any time. Drift requires no contracts, has no hidden fees and customers can cancel at any time.

Drift can be used across the US in over 460 cities. It uses a 4G LTE connection and falls back to CDMA 3G in the most remote areas where 4G LTE coverage is not available. Users with a 4G LTE connection can download 6-8Mbps with peaks up to 25Mbps and upload 2-3Mbps. CDMA 3G speeds provide Download .6-1.4Mbps with peaks up to 3.1Mbps and Uploads of .35-5Mbps.

Laptops, tablets and phones can all connect within 100 feet of the Karma Go device which is small, sleek and portable weighing just 2.3 ounces and has a battery life up to 6 hours and 220 hours of standby time.

macOS – TransData – Network Data Transfer Rate 1.0

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Product Announcement – AppYogi Software of Bangalore, India has released TransData – Network Data Transfer Rate 1.0, the company’s new utility developed exclusively for Mac OS X. TransData – Data Monitor App features a unique, single threaded algorithm to accurately monitor the download and upload speed of the personal computer network. This convenient Menu Bar app records and display total data used with respective interface of your mac. A neat floating widget with up/down data transfer rate with Micro View enabled and data transfer rate and data usage is showed in a graph with Macro view, when enabled. For better visuals, lite and dark themes are also provided.

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Features:

  • Shows network data transfer rate in Kbps/Mbps with up/down speed on your menu bar
  • Get total internet data used by PC with respective to interfaces connected
  • Beautiful widget which shows up/down data which you can place anywhere on your screen
  •  Displays connected network name with local IP
  • Shows data rate on a graph with respect to time
  • Graph displays real-time bandwidth data at 1-second intervals
  •  Also graph show total data used with respect to interfaces
  • Refresh rate can be customised as per the requirement in preferences
  • Beautiful user interface with dark/light themes for graph and floating widget
  • Its an essential utility which every PC should have to monitor data rate with usage over an interface

Basics:

  • Up/Down Speed : Upload/Download of Data transfer rate per second (Kbps/Mbps)
  • Up/Down Data : Upload/Download of total internet date used over a respect interface
  • Micro View: Floating widget on desktop with Up/Down data transfer rate
  • Macro View: Graph which shows Data transfer rate with respect to time

App Preferences:

  •  Refresh Rate: Adjust as per your requirement (5 sec recommended)
  • Data: Show only date usage in the menu bar when enabled
  • Up/Down Speed: Show Upload or Download data transfer rate on menu bar when enabled
  • Active Speed: Automatically toggle and display upload or download data transfer rate in menu, which ever is highest
  • Dark/Light Mode: Enable, as per the preferences for floating widget and graph

The purpose of TransData – Network Data Transfer Rate is to get accurate download and upload speed with data usage on/by your personal computer network with details displays. It features an unique algorithm that cannot be tricked by PowerBoost or similar speed enhancement tools. So, the results you achieved will be 99.8% accurate as per your system data speed. The app works best on systems that have a 64-bit processor and the download size is 1.3 MB. The app provides accurate download and upload speed with retina icons and also Works with Macbook Air, Macbook Pro, iMac, MacBook, MacPro, Mac Mini.

System Requirements:

  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • 1.3 MB

TransData – Network Data Transfer Rate 1.0 is only $9.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

macOS – WiFi Signal Strength Status App 1.0

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Product Announcement – AppYogi Software of Bangalore, India has released WiFi Signal Strength Status App 1.0, the company’s new utility developed exclusively for macOS. WiFi Signal Strength Status App features a unique, single threaded algorithm to accurately monitor the wireless signal strength of the personal computer network. This convenient Menu Bar application that allows easily identify all wifi related connectivity and poor performance issues. It also allows the user to see their public IP with Mac address on the Menu Bar.

It also which lets you know the strength of the signal and other stats like your IP address, Mac Address, Open or secured, Channel Details, BSSID, RSSI, Noise, Transmit Rate, PHY, Interface mode, Security type, etc.

Features:

  • See the Strength, IP address and speed of the connected network via wireless signal
  • Get the public and local IP address of your computer
  • Connected wireless network name(optional)
  • Retina Display enabled values
  • Copy IP / Mac address from the menu
  • Set refresh rate of signal strength value
  • Transmit rate of connected Wifi network
  • Retina Display enabled icons
  • Easy to use interface
  • Best in the market

WiFi Signal Strength Status App has stunning and easy to use user interface, accurate and precise data calculation. It works best on systems that have a 64-bit processor and the download size is 1.4 MB. The app provides accurate signal strength with retina icons, connected network name and also works with MacBook Air, iMac and MacBook Pro, MacBook, Mac Pro, Mac Mini.

System Requirements:

  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • 1.4 MB

Wifi Signal Strength Status App – Get fast and precise info about your system Wi-Fi connections on menu bar 1.0 is only $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

Having Trouble with Wi-Fi on your iOS Device?

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I noticed yesterday that my iPhone 5 was not connected to my home Wi-Fi network. I tried to simply select my home network and connect, but that didn’t work. That motivated me to look into iOS Wi-Fi issue more deeply.

From my investigation, iOS has been plagued with Wi-Fi connectivity issues for some time. From the many sources I reviewed, these are the recommended steps (more or less in this order):

  1. Make sure your Wi-Fi router is on and working – I verified this by using my iPad. Do not assume that your network is functioning verify it.
  2. Make sure that your phone is configured for the Wi-Fi network – on your iPhone
    1. go to Settings and make sure that Airplane Mode is off (switch is gray)
    2. go to Settings >> Wi-Fi. Make sure that Wi-Fi is enabled. (switch is green)
    3. go to Settings >> Wi-Fi. Make sure that your Wi-Fi network is the one selected
  3. Forget the current Wi-Fi Network and rejoin it – on your phone
    1. go to Settings >> WiFi
    2. tap on the network currently selected (right under the line with the Wi-Fi enable switch)
    3. then tap on the “Forget This Network” that appears at the top of the next screen
  4. Reboot your phone – Use the power button to shut down, then restart your phone. Repeat step #2 above
  5. Hard Reset your phone – A hard reset does more than rebooting. This clears saved items in memory and clears any caches and other things that are normally saved when you power off your phone.
  6. Reboot your Wi-Fi access point – power it off, then on after 15 seconds or so. Repeat step #2 above
  7. Disable Wi-Fi Networking Services – some sources claim this helps sometimes
    1. go to Settings >> Privacy >> Location Services
    2. disable “Wi-Fi Networking”
  8. Toggle Wi-Fi Assist – some sources say this may help (I recommend that you leave this feature turned off)
    1. go to Settings >> Cellular >> Wi-Fi Assist
    2. change the state of the slider, wait 15 seconds or so and change it back (i.e. ON-OFF-ON or OFF-ON-OFF as the case may be)
  9. Reset your phone’s Network settings – go to Settings >> General >> Reset >> Reset Network Settings (NOTE: This will remove all network settings and passwords)
    1. when prompted, enter your password
    2. confirm that you want to Reset Network Settings
  10. Try connecting to a different Wi-Fi network – Try to access a friend’s or a public Wi-Fi network. This will verify that it is nothing to do with your home Wi-fi network. Logically I would put this as #9, but it most likely requires that you go somewhere to get access to a different Wi-Fi access point, so I moved it lower on the list.
  11. Restore and Setup as new iPhone – restore your phone to the factory settings [1]. This will erase everything from your device. Make sure that you back up to iTunes or iCoud first.
  12. Seek professionally assistance – Time to make an appointment at the Apple Genius Bar, or your carrier.

Sadly, I have tried 1-10 and I have not had any success . . . yet. Later this week I will try #10 – a restore to factory settings. After that, I think it is a trip to the Apple Store. Unfortunately, I am thinking that my iPhone is on it’s last legs and it is time to replace it.

References:

  1. How to restore your iPhone or iPad with iTunes

See my other iOS articles