How to Get Movies, Music, and More From Your Mobile Device to Your TV

There's not much your phone or tablet can't do these days, beyond maybe displaying their troves of mobile content on a screen larger than 10 inches. But that's what televisions are for. And, with one of these five methods, you'll be able to seamlessly throw music and movies from your little screen to your big screen. » 7/27/13 12:00pm 7/27/13 12:00pm

How Often Do You Use Ethernet These Days?

I recently helped a friend pick out a USB-ethernet dongle for her MacBook Air. The Wi-Fi at her office goes in and out and she wanted to make sure she had a consistent connection when she brought her laptop in. That got me thinking that I haven't used ethernet on my laptop in a long time. But for certain tasks and… » 7/21/13 2:14pm 7/21/13 2:14pm

Is a Crappy Wi-Fi Signal Ruining Your Netflix Streams? Hy-Fi Routers…

The nerdiest thing our Matt Buchanan ever wanted was an awesome powerline router. I'll see your nerdiness, Matt, and raise you one. Hy-Fi Routers crossbreed Wi-Fi, ethernet, powerline, and MoCA to give you a mutant baby of ultimate internet reliability. The dream of consistently fast 100Mbps internet all over my… » 1/14/12 12:20am 1/14/12 12:20am

One of the Most Important Internet Hubs in the World Is in Manhattan

Getting data that's generating these words from Gizmodo's servers to your computer, requires a vast global array of networks. And, at one point along its journey, the data will likely pass through the Ethernet switches at 60 Hudson Street, one of the most densly-packed network hubs on the Internet. » 11/11/11 12:00pm 11/11/11 12:00pm

Giz Explains: An Illustrated Guide to Every Stupid Cable You Need

We put up with too many cables. There are at least four different kinds of USB plugs, two kinds of FireWire and like a million different ways to connect something to TV or monitor. Modern gadget life can be kind of retarded in this way. Why not one kind of cable, or just a couple? I don't know. But until everyone gets… » 7/30/08 3:00pm 7/30/08 3:00pm

D-Link's DXN-221 Brings Ethernet Over Coax For Easy Home Wiring

Most homes have coax wired into almost every room, but only newer ones have Ethernet wall ports. D-Link's DXN-221 Ethernet adapter works around this problem and comes with two units, both with a Coax F-Type connector to go into your wall, and an Ethernet adapter to hook up to your networking on either side. The… » 5/28/08 2:50pm 5/28/08 2:50pm

Build Your Own Internet Connected Alarm Clock

If you love DIY projects, and you take your alarm clocks seriously, this little project from DJ Delorie should be right up your alley. Using a PIC24FJ64 microcontroller, ENC28J60 Ethernet chip, MP3 decoder chip, an organic LED graphical display and a 24LC512 EEPROM for storage, Delorie managed to make an alarm clock… » 3/17/08 9:00pm 3/17/08 9:00pm

Meet MacBook Air's Kids: Ethernet and SuperDrive Peripherals

If the MacBook Air is the mother of all slimline notebooks, then these two must be her offspring: you may have to ferry them around a lot if you watch DVDs or use wired surfing while you're on the road. While the Superdrive is a slot-loading 8x number in an aluminium jacket, and weighing just over a pound, the… » 1/16/08 4:33am 1/16/08 4:33am

LaCie Ethernet Disk Mini Streams Media, Acts As iTunes Music Server

Not only is this LaCie Ethernet Disk Mini capable of streaming fast video over its Gigabit Ethernet to a UPnP media player, it's got file backup, file synchronization, and iTunes server capabilities. It's an update to the Ethernet Disk Mini from two years ago, but offers 500GB of storage plus all those networking… » 9/26/07 6:30pm 9/26/07 6:30pm