Wifi Repeater vs Mesh

Alright, i’m no networking expert, but i do know just about enough to be able to get WiFi to every corner of my house, and i’m sure every household wants to achieve this.

These days, Mesh networking is a popular tagline, helping manufacturers get products off the shelf, the most notable of which is Google Wifi, one of the cheaper options available. “Mesh” certainly sounded cool enough for me to want to do some research on it. What i wanted to know was, besides being able to blanket the entire house with Wifi, whether it gives me the full Wifi speed. The answer, sadly, is negative! Your Wifi speed is halved, just like any other Wifi extension schemes that were available before Mesh networking came into the picture. Besides ease of setting up (which is a big deal to some i suppose), the advantage with using Mesh networking is the ease of setting up, with only a single SSID throughout. Besides, you may already have Mesh capability on your existing routers – if it supports WDS. I have no experience setting up WDS, so i can’t really comment on its effectiveness. Continue reading Wifi Repeater vs Mesh

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North-South highway lunch stop – Simpang Renggam

Simpang Renggam is less than an hour from JB, so it makes sense as a lunch stop when driving up north from JB if one were to leave JB before noon.

There are ample eateries in Simpang Renggam, and we chose Restoran Tai Kai Hock (大家福酒楼) since they are quite highly rated on Google. They are basically a Tze Char restaurant and the standard is above average.

Their signature dish is the crispy duck, and indeed it is pretty good. Overall the food is value for money, and well worth stopping over for lunch.

 

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Qoo10 product recommendation – cordless vacuum cleaner

A cordless vacuum cleaner is only as good as the battery enclosed. The moment the battery dies, you basically have to toss it. For this reason, i don’t really want to buy an expensive cordless vacuum cleaner, and to me, anything above S$100 is expensive.

While i buy just about everything from Taobao, i feel hesitant when it comes to a cordless vacuum cleaner. For one thing, it is a sensitive item, since it packs a battery, and that means shipping costs more. It may still be cheaper to ship from Taobao rather than buy the exact same item from a local seller, but it just seems like a hassle. Anyway, it’s surprising to learn that the typical battery capacity of a cordless vacuum cleaner is no more than your phone battery! Continue reading Qoo10 product recommendation – cordless vacuum cleaner

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Taobao product recommendation – Intel Compute Stick

One of the best things about Taobao is being able to buy export-oriented products at a fraction of their overseas retail prices. I just got hold of the Intel Compute Stick at only 299 Yuan (S$62), which is quite a steal. It is a fully functional PC designed by Intel, and it comes pre-installed with a legitimate copy of Windows. It’s next to impossible for any other sub-S$100 stick computer to include a Windows license, so, in that sense, nothing beats this. Continue reading Taobao product recommendation – Intel Compute Stick

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Taobao product recommendation – LED light, the definitive guide

So, i’ve moved to a new place, and all the existing lighting were of the fluorescent type. Granted, they were installed more than 7 years ago, and back then, LED was expensive. The fluorescent tubes were unbearably dim, and some don’t even light up. Depressing. Replacing all of them with LED light was top priority when it comes to the makeover of this new place.

Obviously, i was going to buy all the LED lighting from Taobao, like i did before. Even though there are many brick and mortar shops here selling LED lighting that are also sourced from Taobao, with similar pricing as compared to Taobao, my preference is still to buy directly from Taobao. Continue reading Taobao product recommendation – LED light, the definitive guide

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Taobao product recommendation – under table lighting

I came across this product purely by chance (on Qoo10 in fact), and bought it purely for fun. At present, it cost only 46 Yuan (S$9.50), so it is quite an affordable toy. I had the idea of illuminating the underside of my bar counter table, like it’s commonly done these days at bars and cafes. Continue reading Taobao product recommendation – under table lighting

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Taobao product recommendation – LED light strip replacement kit

I once mentioned that if you bought LED lighting that comes integrated within a housing, you may have to replace the entire LED light, including the housing, when it stops working or becomes too dim. Turns out that this is no longer the case, and you may be able to replace the light strip within. Continue reading Taobao product recommendation – LED light strip replacement kit

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Taobao product recommendation – portable monitor

Ok, actually, this monitor i got is not so portable. It weighs almost 2kg. There is another option here that is only 850g. You might wonder what is the purpose of such a monitor. Well, it is mainly promoted for use as a second monitor, or for entertainment (e.g. gaming and movies). Continue reading Taobao product recommendation – portable monitor

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Taobao product recommendation – noodle maker

We consume quite a bit of noodles at home, and it has always been my wish to make my own noodles. I’m sure you will agree with me that noodles is more versatile and interesting than rice. Just pair it with soup or sauce, and it can be a satisfying meal.

The manual methods to make noodles, like the hand crank type, doesn’t cut it for me. Too tedious. For home use, the extruder type automatic noodle maker is the only logical choice. As usual, i did my sourcing from Taobao. Yes, the Philips pasta maker may be popular, but costing 3 times more? No way.

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Taobao parcel forwarder review – DPEX

My default Taobao parcel forwarder is ZTO-DPEX. I used to know how to change the default forwarder but I cannot locate the place to change it currently. If you know how to do so please enlighten me by leaving a comment! By the way, the shipping fee for ZTO is the same as for Dex-i (the lowest rates): 26 Yuan for the first kg and 9 Yuan for each subsequent 0.5kg. Somehow Taobao doesn’t bother to update their website to reflect the new pricing. Another observation is that the shipping weight may be rounded down, which is advantageous to consumers. My parcels weigh a total of 3.78kg, but i was only charged the shipping fee for 3.5kg (89 Yuan or S$18.30). I wouldn’t say it is cheap, but it is fair enough. Continue reading Taobao parcel forwarder review – DPEX

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