The alternate fortnight discussion group at Rustic Café facilitated by Les grew this month from three to five members. Les reports that he, David, Len, Peter and Brent “talked about the requirement of the NBN for a VDSL2 modem which would likely be provided by an ISP, who may also provide a wifi router as part of that. Experience suggests the wifi router provided by the ISP may not meet everyone’s needs for speed and security. We explored some of the offerings available and found the Google wifi particularly interesting in terms of security and adequate speed (throughput around 100 mb/s) as well as ease of setup. Google wifi was released overseas late last year and is much in demand. It is not yet available in Australia. Another interesting one not yet available is the F-Secure SENSE. It is to be released around the middle of this year. Both Google and the SENSE need to be continuously on line for updating of security patches and offer protection against a wide range of possible intrusions. Google updating is free while SENSE will cost $8 per month. Both of these claim to protect home networks including any IoT things which are very vulnerable in some cases”.
At our next regular session on the Wednesday 12th April at 10 am in W4 Brent will be discussing and demonstrating the electric farm vehicle which he assembled, powers with solar power and uses on his farm – perhaps you’ll see us trialling it in the car park behind Aldi!