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Feature Updates 8/22/16

  • By George Zarebski
  • 23 Aug, 2016

Hello testers, here are some highlights of new features released for this week

First, allow me to start with explaining our plan and schedule for updates.  We will release a blog post with the features added over the past week every Monday. We will follow up with a Q&A live video stream that we will call 'Webinar Wednesday'   :) in which we will go over the latest features and answer any questions you may have about the product.  (General feedback is encouraged as well.)

Here is what we have for you this week:
  • Network Optimization
    • Analytics and Speed Test
  • Custom Profile Image
  • Custom User Image
  • Graphical Enhancements

Network Optimization (Our Secret Sauce)

When do you use this feature?
  • When you first setup Aerēz on your home network
  • If you feel your home network has slowed down recently
  • After adding a lot of new devices, or large changes to your network devices
    • Maybe you decided to add streaming devices to all your televisions
    • You installed a new security system with 24/7 video streaming, etc.
  • You simply want to see what your current network speed it
What's going on behind the scenes?
When you press the  Optimize Network  button, Aerēz will begin a speed test of your network and use the results for enhancing the patent pending algorithm we have developed to ensure smooth flow of data on your network. 

It's also important to note Aerēz will check your network speed from time to time and perform analytics on traffic flow to further ensure your network health. This is necessary due to 'peak time' considerations. Imagine your local electric utility; they have to provide much more power to their customers at 10 AM on a Tuesday than 9 PM on a Sunday. The same concept is in effect with your home network use. 

And this is what it looks like in action:

Profile and User Images

YAY! Now you can add an image to your profile and user images.  Aerēz comes with stock image indicators for users and devices.  Now you can add your own custom image. We have not set a specific resolution or size that you must have for these images, but we have found that using a square aspect ratio around 100px works pretty well.  Other aspect ratios may distort the image and give you the carnival funny mirror look ;)

Another neat trick is the user image will display next to the device that is associated with that user. So when you are looking at the device list, you will see an icon of sister next to sisters laptop. Cool eh? 

To update yours, go to the  Settings  tab and tap  Account .  You'll see the  Profile Image  button on the left.  Select your picture and click upload. Done.

See below for an animation on how it looks in action and how to set it up:
And here is the flow for the User Image.   Click on any user,  on the left there is the  Edit User  button.  Tap that button and you will be able choose your image as well as enter the name, email and phone number of that user.  Here is how it looks:

Graphical Enhancements

We have tweaked the user interface a bit. Notably, as mentioned above, once you associate a device with a user, that device listing will have the user image attached to it, if a custom user image has been uploaded.  We have also made changes to the default user image, login screen and various other formatting throughout the web-app. 

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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