JBL Link View

It was only half way through 2018 that smart speakers entered the Blog of Dad house, yet quickly they became an integral part of our daily lives. For the toddler, being able to ask Alexa for her favourite music was a revelation. We have tried several Alexa-enabled speakers over the past few months, but what about the alternatives? Specifically, what about speakers that use Google Assistant? Even better… what about a smart speaker with a large screen in the middle?
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Synology MR2200ac

Synology MR2200ac Mesh Router Review

Regular readers of Blog of Dad know that I love all things tech. In 2018 our house well-and-truly entered the future, with Alexa and Google Assistant controlled smart speakers, internet connected robot vacuum cleaners and even a Wi-Fi-enabled television remote.

A quick count in my house reveals that there are 14 different devices that are capable of connecting to the network. That is mind-boggling, considering that when I purchased my previous Wi-Fi router, I had about four or five. The fact is, there are more and more demands on my home network and that isn’t going to go away. If I don’t want the whole thing to come crumbling down, I need reliable Wi-Fi that won’t collapse under the weight of modern requirements. That’s where the Synology MR2200ac Mesh Router comes in.

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Logitech Harmony Elite

Logitech Harmony Elite

Do you know what I find frustrating? Remote controls. They seem to multiply in my household, yet incomprehensibly the ONE remote I am looking for can never be found. Every time I buy a new device, it comes with a remote control. Then I have to learn how to use the damned thing all over again.

And don’t get me started on batteries…

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Sonos One with Alexa

Sonos One (with Amazon Alexa)

Remember when you were a little kid and the future held so much promise? Science fiction captured our imaginations and provided glimpses of what could be – flying cars, hoverboards, and homes we could speak to.

So the hoverboards and flying cars never quite made it, but in many other ways the future is here, and it is incredible! Best of all, we can now finally (kind of) speak to our house!

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