Sean Portnoy

Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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Comcast conducting tests on free Wi-Fi for its subscribers

Comcast conducting tests on free Wi-Fi for its subscribers

Following in the footsteps of Cablevision's Wi-Fi trials in Long Island, cable giant Comcast is now testing a free Wi-Fi service for its broadband customers in northern New Jersey, putting equipment in approximately 100 New Jersey Transit stations.According to a report by The Associated Press, Comcast is promising data speeds of 1.

published January 30, 2009 by

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Datto launches Box 2 Box P2P NAS device

Datto launches Box 2 Box P2P NAS device

Datto is hoping its new twist on network attached storage (NAS) can stand out amid an increasingly crowded field of competitors. The Box 2 Box device, due in March, is designed to create a peer-to-peer network with other Box 2 Box drives, letting you sync files between the two, even if they're not using the same home network.

published January 23, 2009 by

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CES 2009: Asus D200 is a mini-PC, NAS device, router, and more

CES 2009: Asus D200 is a mini-PC, NAS device, router, and more

One of the future releases Asus showed at CES last week was an interesting hybrid piece of hardware that users could set up as a miniature desktop PC, a NAS device, or even as a wireless router or access point. The D200 will ship with an Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB of RAM, a pair of 1TB hard drives, a built-in 802.

published January 15, 2009 by

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CES 2009: Hands-on with Linksys by Cisco Wireless Home Audio system

CES 2009: Hands-on with Linksys by Cisco Wireless Home Audio system

With its past purchases of Linksys and set-top-box maker Scientific Atlanta, Cisco hasn't exactly been subtle about its intentions to be a major player in the connected home. Thus far, those acquisitions hadn't produced anything particularly noteworthy, but that appears to change with the company's new Linksys by Cisco Wireless Home Audio system.

published January 11, 2009 by

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CES 2009: Hands-on with Netgear's new streaming media devices

CES 2009: Hands-on with Netgear's new streaming media devices

Certainly one of the big stories at CES this year has been TV manufacturers finally embracing the Internet on their new sets, thanks in large part to the widget platform that adds real-time streaming info on-screen while you're watching shows. But home networking companies aren't yielding the living room just yet, as Netgear demonstrated to me this afternoon at their booth.

published January 8, 2009 by

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HP introduces new ex485 and ex487 MediaSmart Servers with Time Machine support

HP introduces new ex485 and ex487 MediaSmart Servers with Time Machine support

Instead of waiting for the information to inevitably leak, HP has jumped the gun on CES and announced two new additions to its MediaSmart Server line of network attached storage (NAS) devices. The ex485 and ex487 will both be available in February, and one of their major enhancements is Mac support, including working as an iTunes server as well as a Time Machine backup device.

published December 29, 2009 by

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Novatel Wireless launches MiFi mobile router--no tethering required

Novatel Wireless launches MiFi mobile router--no tethering required

Novatel Wireless is looking to advance the sharing of 3G signals with the new MiFi mobile router, a slender unit that doesn't need to be connected to a laptop or even plugged in to allow multiple devices to connect to the Internet wirelessly via a 3G cellular network.The battery-powered MiFi can deliver four hours of use before needing to be recharged, making it well-suited for environments like a car, where passengers could do work over the Web as they roll along.

published December 17, 2008 by

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Holiday Gift Guide 2008: Wireless routers

Holiday Gift Guide 2008: Wireless routers

OK, getting the wrong type of person a router for a gift could be a one-way ticket to holiday hell. But if you're buying for someone who's expressed a desire for one, or you want to take advantage of holiday deals to upgrade your own network, there are plenty of worthy products that are great for staying connected.

published December 15, 2008 by

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