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Beta Update 10/25/16

  • By George Zarebski
  • 27 Oct, 2016

Hello all, here's the update for the week of 25 October 2016

This week:

What Makes Aerēz Different?

Some of our users have been asked by friends: "My xxx router can do all that stuff already, what's so special about the Aerēz stuff."  That's an excellent question, and one we may not have spent a lot of time answering. We'd like to address some of those things in this post.

Let's compare to Linksys in this issue. They have made vast improvements since we started and we haven't checked super recently, but last we knew their interface was still in need of improvement (i.e. Only for techies, not normal people), there was no notion of bundling devices together by user, and bandwidth & priority settings were rudimentary and again with no users. You'd be doing stuff to either devices individually or traffic types (like make Skype top priority).

By no means is their app bad, but we really believe that the User Interface (UI) Myriad Mobile has designed for us to be used in our native app is much better as well as the coding under the hood. Marc (our Network Engineer) said "I'd challenge Linksys to compete with Aerēz in real world family usage where multiple users are simultaneously using multiple devices."

Without tons of tweaking, the Linksys will allow the Xbox gaming/updates to crush your Netflix stream, while Aerēz forces them to share and play nicely. Also Aerēz works anywhere in the world - Linksys only used to work if you were directly attached to the LAN. We believe Cisco may have added some cloud pieces if you create a login now though.

You can Google "Linksys Smart WiFi" and switch to images to see their UI in action. It works and has lots of function, but we personally don't consider it easy or fun. And there doesn't appear to be a pause button anywhere 😉

Additionally, we're listening to users input, so literally each week when we move code from our test servers into production, you'll be getting the features you requested - sometimes just the week prior.  Of note, a feature coming this week:  you'll be able to quarantine all new devices unless you explicitly allow them access through the app. Linksys isn't doing that, as far as we know, and they sure aren't looking to their customers for input on the next great feature!

Free Money!!!

Yeah, that's right! Tell us what you think and you could win an Amazon gift card. We’d like to know why you became interested in trying Aerēz, how it has helped your household and whether you’d recommend it to your friends. Everyone who submits a testimonial or story to team@aerez.net by November 1st will be eligible to win our random drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card. Thanks for using Aerēz and for sharing your story.

Development Updates

Paused Devices Listing
As per the request of one of our beta users, as soon as you log in, you will now get a listing of all the devices currently paused on your network. You can click on each device to un-pause it right from that screen. This saves quite a few steps of going to a user and then their devices to see what's been paused. Or, perhaps you just paused a device here and there and your trying to find them by scrolling the list (30+ if your house is like mine) for paused devices. That's would be a pain! 

Display WiFi Password
Another request from the betas was to be able to display the current WiFi password. This is just a little feature to help you share the setting with your friends or family that stop by the house. Keep in mind, all the users that are on the Guest WiFi are separated from all of the devices on your main network. This way, you don't have to worry about someone introducing (whether intentional or not) some maliciousness into your home network and infecting your devices.  As far as we can tell,  Aerēz is the only commercial solution providing this security pre-configured right out the box!

Device Listing
For those with a lot of devices [points at self] trying to identify each one during the initial setup can, admittedly, be a chore. The list of devices would change each time you left the page and went back. This was because the order was shown based on each devices last activity.

Now, Candice has changed the code so the list is ordered by the ID of the device. This way it will stick around in the same location for when you leave to make changes and come back. Yay!!!

Device Detail 
Did you know your printer probably has it's own webpage? Yep. It probably does. The same may be true for your home receiver, or security system, or a host of other smart devices. Active now, if you look at the Device Detail for any device listed in Aerēz, it will show you the IP address as a blue hyperlink.  You can click this link to see if your device is hosting a webpage for you to interact with it on. Try not to spend too much time on the web page lottery though. Not all devices have one, and if they don't, the browser will just time out.  But it's really exciting when you find one. Give it a shot :)

Webinar Wednesday

This week we'll be talking about the Top 5 voting results, some bug fixes and what sets Aerēz apart from the competition.

That's it for this week. Be sure to check out our YouTube Channel where we post videos of the features and be sure to comment here or there with any feedback you have. 

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By Marc Perea 14 Aug, 2017

As part of our mission to make network technology easy to use and understand, we just released our Wifi Signals tool! We’re excited for the potential of this tool to help our users get the most out of their home network. The Wifi Signals tool is a chart that displays the signal strength of all the currently connected wifi devices in the home.


Why is this important and how can it help you improve your wifi?

A poor wifi connection can cause buffering and slowness which might be caused by distance to the device or router placement. Simply moving the device, router, or adding an extender can greatly improve your wifi connection. The wifi signals tool measures the connections and shows you the connection strength to help you decide where placement should be.


What does my wi-fi Signal mean?

Many factors go into measuring the wifi signal strength, and our algorithms score the wifi so you don’t need to know about things like client connection quality, signal strength, decibels and milliwatts.


For devices that are in the “good” and “excellent” range, your wifi connection is looking great. A score of good means that the wifi is plenty capable for most uses, such as watching HD video streams on Netflix or Youtube, etc. If you have devices that are chronically in the poor range, especially if they’re at the very bottom of the chart, your wifi signal is definitely a problem.


My Wifi Signal is poor, what can I do?

The easiest thing you can do is move the device to try and prevent interference that may be coming from walls, metal, or other electronics. The chart updates in real-time every few seconds so you can see immediately what effect moving your device will have.


If you’ve tried repositioning both your router and devices and just can’t get it to improve, you’ll want to add an extender.


How do I get an Extender for my Aerez?

Our extender module is in development. Email us at

team@aerez.net

to get an early release version.


By Candice Perea 25 May, 2017
By Candice Perea 06 Apr, 2017
In honor of our sneaky kid we are launching a giveaway! Share your sneaky kid story on our Facebook page   or in the comment section below and sign up for our newsletter to be entered to win a FREE Aerēz Managed Home Wifi System and a $50 Amazon gift card .  

Signup by May 23rd! Winner will be selected and announced on our webinar May 24th.
By Candice Perea 24 Mar, 2017

Device Struggle. It’s a thing.

 It usually happens in our house around suppertime. Supper’s on the table, I’ve asked the hubby and the kids to come eat, and nothing. In the past I would run about the house physically collecting iPods, shutting down laptops, TV’s and gaming consoles - all while supper is growing cold on the table.

Now, I just pause the Internet. That’s right, for all devices in my house - one button to rule them all! In about a minute, everyone is at the table.

Aerēz makes life easier for busy parents to manage technology in the house. 

I recently sat down with my friend Brook to learn how she uses Aerēz to find a balance with her kids and technology!


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Latest Aerēz News

By Marc Perea 27 Sep, 2017
  • RouterOS (ROS) exposes an API for developers
  • RouterBoard hardware is inexpensive
  • ROS feature set is rich and robust
By Marc Perea 14 Aug, 2017

As part of our mission to make network technology easy to use and understand, we just released our Wifi Signals tool! We’re excited for the potential of this tool to help our users get the most out of their home network. The Wifi Signals tool is a chart that displays the signal strength of all the currently connected wifi devices in the home.


Why is this important and how can it help you improve your wifi?

A poor wifi connection can cause buffering and slowness which might be caused by distance to the device or router placement. Simply moving the device, router, or adding an extender can greatly improve your wifi connection. The wifi signals tool measures the connections and shows you the connection strength to help you decide where placement should be.


What does my wi-fi Signal mean?

Many factors go into measuring the wifi signal strength, and our algorithms score the wifi so you don’t need to know about things like client connection quality, signal strength, decibels and milliwatts.


For devices that are in the “good” and “excellent” range, your wifi connection is looking great. A score of good means that the wifi is plenty capable for most uses, such as watching HD video streams on Netflix or Youtube, etc. If you have devices that are chronically in the poor range, especially if they’re at the very bottom of the chart, your wifi signal is definitely a problem.


My Wifi Signal is poor, what can I do?

The easiest thing you can do is move the device to try and prevent interference that may be coming from walls, metal, or other electronics. The chart updates in real-time every few seconds so you can see immediately what effect moving your device will have.


If you’ve tried repositioning both your router and devices and just can’t get it to improve, you’ll want to add an extender.


How do I get an Extender for my Aerez?

Our extender module is in development. Email us at

team@aerez.net

to get an early release version.


By Candice Perea 25 May, 2017
By Candice Perea 06 Apr, 2017
In honor of our sneaky kid we are launching a giveaway! Share your sneaky kid story on our Facebook page   or in the comment section below and sign up for our newsletter to be entered to win a FREE Aerēz Managed Home Wifi System and a $50 Amazon gift card .  

Signup by May 23rd! Winner will be selected and announced on our webinar May 24th.
By Candice Perea 24 Mar, 2017

Device Struggle. It’s a thing.

 It usually happens in our house around suppertime. Supper’s on the table, I’ve asked the hubby and the kids to come eat, and nothing. In the past I would run about the house physically collecting iPods, shutting down laptops, TV’s and gaming consoles - all while supper is growing cold on the table.

Now, I just pause the Internet. That’s right, for all devices in my house - one button to rule them all! In about a minute, everyone is at the table.

Aerēz makes life easier for busy parents to manage technology in the house. 

I recently sat down with my friend Brook to learn how she uses Aerēz to find a balance with her kids and technology!


By Candice Perea 10 Mar, 2017

In 2012 Census data reported 94.8% of households with a computer use it to connect to the internet. Today, we have many internet connected devices in the home. The days of the one family PC in the living room have faded for most families.  Now, many families depend on the internet for news, entertainment, education and work on a daily basis. So with the internet becoming a requirement for daily use, protecting that connection and the devices that use it has become a priority! Here are a few simple ways to keep your home internet connection secure.

Here are 3 simple tips to secure your home internet connection.

Keep Internet-Connected Devices Updated

A simple way to secure your home internet connection  is to keep all of your internet-connected devices updated. Check the manufacturer website for instructions on how to download, connect or update all internet connected devices including routers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones but also security cameras, smart thermostats, and WiFi enabled printers.

Use Parental Controls

Using parental controls to not only keeps kids safe , but they also protect your devices . Parental controls offer a level of protection from sites known to have viruses or spyware.

  Using parental controls doesn’t necessarily mean buying a third-party solution. Mac OS X and Windows allow you to turn on or add parental controls to user accounts. IOS and Android have Restriction options too.

  Gaming consoles also have some parental control options built-in as well. Some online research can help you find specific settings for your devices to help secure your home internet connection .

  If your kiddo enjoys online gaming, consider disabling built-in chat for their preferred game. Unfortunately bad language and bullying can come through the chat window!

Get to Know Your Router

The router in your home is the gatekeeper, and understanding how to manage the router will help keep your internet connected devices secure. If your home network is poorly configured, the devices you're trying to shield from the rest of the internet don't have much protection.

Research your router’s manufacturer to learn how to login and update settings. A couple of things to utilize on your current router:

  • Set a firewall
  • Use a unique and strong WiFi password 
  • Utilize a Guest WiFi network if available for visitors, so you don’t have to share your main WiFi password
  • Setup a DNS filter such as OpenDNS to protect devices from known malware websites and adult content

Some of these tips on how to secure your home internet connection will have you doing some research and getting into the weeds with technology settings no doubt, but will go a long way to improving the security of your home network and the devices connected to it!

 

What do you do? Feel free to share with us YOUR own simple tips on how to secure your home internet connecti on.


By George Zarebski 23 Feb, 2017
We'll have a kiosk set up all weekend where we will be demoing Aerez and allowing folks to sign up for a free Aerez Smart Router system. No purchase necessary, just stop by the booth and leave your name and email for entry.  We'll be announcing the winner one hour before the close of the show each day.  That's right, a total of three chances to win. So if you're in the area or know someone that will be, make sure they come on out for a chance to win Frustration Free Internet! Also take advantage of the opportunity to talk with our Co-founder and engineer Marc. 
By Marc Perea 17 Feb, 2017

If you’re a gamer, you know our curse word. But it’s not a 4 letter word, it’s just 3. L A G. When you lag in the middle of a game, the consequences are dreadful. If you’re lucky, you survive despite the disadvantage, but in many cases you end up dead without even the possibility of fighting back. Lag gives your opponents an unfair advantage!


So what can you do about lag? There’s lots of articles online about how to tune your individual computer or gaming console to get the best experience out of that device, but here’s a problem: your gaming rig shares the network with lots of other devices - and other people! So, unless you tune your network too, lag will continue to plague your gaming sessions. If you’re a techie, you can build a policy yourself, but that takes time and is challenging for many, not to mention that the network speed and quality changes over time and needs to be re-tuned periodically.


Luckily, there’s Aerēz.

By George Zarebski 17 Feb, 2017
To cover all the features and pro's and con's of Aerez would take a lot more time and space than should be committed to any one post. To try to cram it all into one article would do it dis-justice.  So instead, I'll cover the basics and go in a bit of detail on filtering in this post. Collectively, the other founders and I will present the details of the other features across multiple posts.
By Candice Perea 14 Feb, 2017
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