Pause Internet Access on Virgin Media

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App screen showing a paused device.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the WiFi router supplied by your ISP is crap. It will be slow, buggy, and have an atrocious user interface. This is especially true of Virgin Media. The Arris manufactured router is so bad that they’ve released a supplemental app to help you manage your Internet connection. The…

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It’s OK to lie to WiFi providers

by @edent | # # # | 6 comments | Read ~215 times.
Give social networks fake details, advises Whitehall web security official.

Another day, another data breach. The email addresses and travel details of about 10,000 people who used free wi-fi at UK railway stations have been exposed online. The database, found online by a security researcher, contained 146 million records, including personal contact details and dates of birth. It was not password protected. BBC News There’s…

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Alexa powered smarthome control for Sonoff

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I’ve been sent a couple of Sonoff smarthome gadgets. You can read my review of the S20 WiFi plug socket and the POW in line power controller. Here’s a video of me controlling them from my Amazon Alexa: The latency seems a little slow – hard to tell if that’s Amazon only relying on US…

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Review: Sonoff Pow – WiFi power switch and monitoring

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The good folks at Sonoff have sent me a bunch of kit to review. See my previous review of the S20 WiFi plug. This is the Sonoff Pow – a WiFi enabled in-line power switch. Set Up Wiring up the Pow is relatively easy. The cover to the terminal block is secured with a simple…

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Review: Sonoff S20 WiFi Plug

by @edent | # # # # | 3 comments | Read ~6,291 times.
A schematic of a smart plug.

The good folks at Sonoff have sent me a bunch of kit to review. First up, the S20 WiFi Plug – an easy way to retrofit IoT smarts to your existing appliances. This fills the same niche as the Belkin WeMo but with one crucial difference – it’s about half the price. Direct from Sonoff…

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Virgin Media are hijacking your router – again!

by @edent | # # # | 24 comments | Read ~13,749 times.

Virgin Media are trying to resell your internet access. Worse still, they appear to be doing it without users’ permission. A brief recap: Back in 2015, Virgin Media announced plans for a WiFi sharing network. A user’s router would broadcast a separate WiFi network and other Virgin customers could roam on to it via an…

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Terrible emails from @nest

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I never tire of telling people how bad my Nest Protect smoke alarm is. It is a buggy box which requires magic batteries and doesn’t support some of its advertised features. Still, I’ve drilled it on to my ceiling now, so have to put up with it. This morning, I glanced bleary-eyed at my phone.…

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Should you open your WiFi during a disaster?

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There has been a terrible natural disaster in Italy. A huge quake has broken a city. Rescue teams race to the scene to try to save lives and stabilise the situation. During the rescue efforts, the Italian Red Cross sends this tweet: #Terremoto, per favorire comunicazioni e operazioni di soccorso vi invitiamo a togliere la…

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The absolute horror of WiFi light switches

by @edent | # # # # # # | 99 comments | Read ~205,986 times.

I’ve just got a WiFi light switch. As I’ve explained previously, swapping out all my existing light bulbs with Smart Bulbs would be hugely expensive and has the disadvantage of not working when the switches are off at the wall. A WiFi light switch (theoretically) allows me to control the lights from my phone –…

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Virgin Media's Free WiFi Sharing Comes With A Cost

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Virgin Media, the UK’s semi-national cable broadband provider, is rolling out a WiFi sharing service – although it’s not quite as altruistic as it may seem. Here’s the email being sent to subscribers – followed by some commentary on what this means and whether it’s a good idea for you to opt-out. Let’s ignore them…

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