Turn your Amazon Echo into a DIY home intercom system

Turn your Amazon Echo into a DIY home intercom system

The new Alexa Calling & Messaging service turns every Amazon Echo and Amazon Dot into a voice telephone.  The free service allows you to make telephone-like voice calls from your Alexa device to any other Alexa device in the world free of charge.  There is no monthly fee, no per-minute fee, and no per-all fee.  You can also use the just-updated Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone to do the same thing.

Fix Plex Movie Viewing Problems

Fix Plex Movie Viewing Problems

Can't watch your Plex movies while away from home?  Here's a quick fix!

Are you enjoying the holidays away from home and getting frustrated trying to use Plex to watch a movie on your home server?

There could be lots of reasons why that movie keeps buffering, stops for no reason, or simply won't play at all.

With a couchful of friends and relatives, now is probably not the time to start a serious troubleshooting session.

Wi-Fi Secrets: Configuring dual band routers

Wi-Fi Secrets: Configuring dual band routers

Dual band Wi-Fi is complicated, but with a little insight into how things work, you can optimize your home Wi-Fi network without being a rocket scientist.

Wi-Fi bands have nothing to do with your ISP, even if your ISP rents or sold you the router/modem/wifi device you are using.

5 GHz band is not always better than 2.4 GHz.   Radio waves are subject to interference which varies according to frequency, "width", physical construction (walls, concrete, metal), and the overlap of other Wi-Fi networks other than yours, in the same radio space.  (Neighbors in close-packed houses or apartments, condos, buildings, etc.)