August 2015

What is an IP Remote?

There’s only so much you can do with traditional infrared remotes. Even RF remotes have some limitations, although they do away with the need to point the remote right at the device. The form factor of…

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What is a Yagi Antenna?

Easy answer: It’s that. Spend any time in the world of antennas and you’ll hear the term “Yagi antenna.” It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about antenna TV, radio, or any other form of broadcasting, the…


What is Bluetooth? Why is it called that?

It’s probably in your car. It could be right next to your ear. You could be using it right now. Don’t worry, this isn’t the beginning of a horror movie trailer. It’s just a description of…


NICE AND EASY: What is a mount?

Several months ago, we told you about masts. A mast is just another name for a pole. So, then, what’s a mount? Well, if you’re King Arthur, it’s your horse. For everyone else though, it’s a specialized…




What is “tethering?”

Tethering is a lifesaver when you’re traveling. Even though the last time I checked my watch it was 2015, there are plenty of high-end hotels out there with really, really poor internet. I mean REALLY poor….



What does a DIRECTV access card do?

This is a DIRECTV access card. It looks a lot like a credit card, except that instead of a black strip on the back, it has a gold circle. It’s known as a “smart card” because…