SEARCH

HARDWARE ARTICLES / RASPBERRY PI, DIY, GADGETS, AND MORE

Connecting a PC to your TV is dead simple. All you’ll usually need is an HDMI cable, and then you can access every media service, streaming site, and PC game — on your TV.

about 2 months ago - by  |  30 Replies

Game-streaming solutions have evolved from the “cloud gaming” services we examined last year. Many new solutions allow you to stream a game from a computer in your house to a device in another room.

about 2 months ago - by  |  10 Replies

High quality camera phones and their ease of use make it really easy to quickly clutter up your phone’s limited internal storage with photos. Let’s take a look at how you can shift the default location from your phone’s internal memory to the more spacious SD card.

about 2 months ago - by  |  2 Replies

Halloween is one of those holidays that really brings out the tinker in a lot of geeks; there’s a veritable laundry list of things to deploy, modify, and enhance all in search of becoming the spookiest house on the block and throwing the best party. Read on as we highlight how easily you can turn a digital projector into a Swiss Army knife of cool Halloween tricks.

about 2 months ago - by  |  1 Reply

Whether you’re sporting an older computer without a single USB 3.0 port or you’d like to expand and improve the roster of USB 3.0 ports on your newer computer, we’re here to help. Read on as we outline how to pack in all the USB goodness you crave with back, front, and case ports.

about 2 months ago - by  |  4 Replies

about 2 months ago - by  |  7 Replies

Although we live in the age of HD video that doesn’t mean all of us have upgraded our old DVDs to HD content. Let’s look at how you can improve the appearance of standard definition content on your high definition television.

about 2 months ago - by  |  4 Replies

One of the benefits of the widespread adoption of high-definition television sets and HD capable media players like Blu Ray players and HD-capable streaming boxes has been a push for film and television studios to re-release old content in beautiful HD. But how exactly are they producing HD content 20+ years after the fact?

about 2 months ago - by  |  15 Replies

If you’ve been eyeing the falling prices on spacious solid-state drives but putting off an upgrade because you don’t want the hassle of reinstalling everything, we here to help. Read on as we show you how to clone your old HDD onto a new HDD and get your entire system back up and running in under an hour; no reinstallation of Windows and all your apps necessary.

about 2 months ago - by  |  16 Replies

If your SD card is slow to mount when you plug it into your computer, throwing up errors, or otherwise misbehaving, you can often whip it back into shape with a little careful management. Let’s take a look at how we can help a fellow reader squeeze a little life out of their SD card.

about 2 months ago - by  |  5 Replies

If you’ve been dragging your feet in the router upgrade process waiting for a router that packs in every feature you could possibly need and then some, it’s definitely time to stop digging in your heels and start shopping. Read on as we review the ASUS RT-AC87U, a router bristling with so many features you’ll find yourself doing more with your home network than ever before just because you can.

about 2 months ago - by  |  9 Replies

It’s a tale nearly as old as computers themselves. You pull your trusty old video game console or vintage 1980s computer and it’s yellow, greenish, or some combination there of instead of the gray or beige it once was. What gives? Why does your old tech turn yellow? And further, what can you do about it?

about 2 months ago - by  |  1 Reply

The Chromecast finally supports a feature users have been requesting for ages: customized wallpaper. Read on as we show you how to add custom wallpapers to your Chromecast’s splash screen as well as turn on weather, news, satellite images, and more.

about 2 months ago - by  |  2 Replies

You turn lights off when you leave the room, you turn off your computer when you’re not using it, but your power bill still looks like you leave the proverbial lights on all day and night. The culprit is likely sitting silently under your shiny HDTV set.

about 2 months ago - by  |  14 Replies

If you live in a really congested network area like an apartment complex, you might want to change your Wi-Fi channel to something different than the default to try and get a better signal. Here’s how to do that for Verizon FIOS.

about 2 months ago - by  |  3 Replies

If you want to make sure that a particular device is always available through your firewall, you can assign it to be a DMZ host in your Wi-Fi router. Here’s how to do it on Verizon FIOS.

about 3 months ago - by  |  1 Reply

Anybody who has installed FIOS has the same problem… a hand-written card with an insane password to enter on every new device. And are those numbers or letters? Luckily it’s easy to fix.

about 3 months ago - by  |  3 Replies

If you’ve ever tried to login to your Wi-Fi router, you know exactly why you might want to change the admin password. They never make the password even readable… is that an S or a 5? We can easily change the password though.

about 3 months ago - by  |  1 Reply

If you have Verizon FIOS, you have the same problem that everybody else has… the default network name is really boring and forgettable. Luckily you can easily change it.

about 3 months ago - by  |  1 Reply

Your smartphone — and other devices that use Wi-Fi — broadcast a unique number when they search for nearby Wi-Fi networks. A device’s unique MAC address is sent along with “probe requests” that search for nearby Wi-Fi networks.

about 3 months ago - by  |  8 Replies

You probably shouldn’t update your BIOS, but sometimes you need to. Here’s how to check what BIOS version your computer is using and flash that new BIOS version onto your motherboard as quickly and safely as possible.

about 3 months ago - by  |  3 Replies

Even with the advances in Wi-Fi routers it’s still possible you have a dead spot or two in your house (and if you have an older router it’s likely you have entire portions of your home with a poor or non-existent signal). D-Link’s DAP-1250 offers a dead simple and low-profile way to extend the reach of your home network.

about 3 months ago - by  |  5 Replies

If you have an iOS device and Chromecast, the big players all cast just fine (like Netflix) but when it comes to streaming the local content on your device to your Chromecast it’s a bit of a hassle. Tag along as we help a fellow reader throw their local iPad content onto the TV.

about 3 months ago - by  |  3 Replies

When you buy a new laptop or tablet, you’ll often be able to “customize” it by paying extra for a faster CPU. But this may not be a good idea — the higher-end CPU might be a worse fit for the device!

about 3 months ago - by  |  5 Replies

Not all solid-state storage is as fast as an SSD. “eMMC” is the kind of flash storage you’ll find in cheap tablets and laptops. It’s slower and cheaper than a traditional SSD you’d find in more expensive computers.

about 3 months ago - by  |  1 Reply