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Introducing Aerēz

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  • 30 Sep, 2016

The Internet Watchdog

Hi there. My name is Aerēz, I’m an internet watchdog. I’m super smart, playful and totally devoted to my family (you’ll meet them later). My job is to help you learn some new tricks—even you old, non-geek dogs—about internet safety, how to use new Aerēz features and all kinds of Über cool stuff.

What is Aerēz to us?

Aerēz - The Watchdog - personifies what Aerēz - the software service we sell - does.  It can be explained many ways, but one of our favorite is like this: Just like a pet dog that isn't supervised, trained, or kenneled can run amok and destroy your home and your important belongings, so too can Internet of Things (IoT) devices take over your home network and ruin your Internet experience - not to mention vulnerabilities to being hacked and exposed.

But really, there is more to it

It's not just about protecting yourself from malicious devices though. I often like to make the analogy of electricity and circuit breakers. Think about the beginning uses for electricity; there were maybe one or two light bulbs and the telegraph. That was about the extent of the common use. And this was circa 1800. At the time, you simply ran the electrical wires to the location that needed lights or the telegraph (over simplifying a little here, but you get the point).

Compare this to the internet. In the beginning, we had one PC. And we connected via a modem, then ISDN, then DSL and Cable. This all started in the late 80's.  Lets put a pin here though, and talk a bit more about electricity.

Obviously now days there are a lot more uses for electricity. I'll spare you the obvious increase in use since the 1800's. But I will ask you to take a FFWD trip in your mind from one or two 'devices' using electricity through to today. Any idea how many 'devices' you have plugged into your house? Probably not. And who cares. Right?  Besides, if you plug in too many, you know your safe because of your circuit breaker (fuse for those of us born before 1980).

The electrical utility is regulated. Each home gets allotted a certain amount of electricity that's rated by amperage. The total allotment is split between the different circuits of your home wiring. Some get more than others - your stove or dryer for example. And each of those circuits has an amperage limit they will allow.  If the total amount 'devices' you plug into your outlets on a given circuit exceed that amperage - POP! Time to reset your breaker.

OK, lets bring it back to the internet. The internet is not regulated. Period. And we don't want it to be. But that means the onus is on us to regulate our own Internet Utility.  That's right - the Internet is now a Utility.  And every time you add a 'device' to that utility, you are using it's resources. We'll call this bandwidth.  And just like electricity, the more devices you add, the more bandwidth (or amps) you drain.

...If you turned on your coffee pot and it shut off your television - that would be unacceptable. So why do we allow our internet connected devices to behave this way?

So maybe you can see the problem here. What's regulating the bandwidth? What is stopping one device from taking up all the bandwidth (what would normally trip a breaker for electricity)? How do I even know what each device is using, or is rated at? Is my gaming console the equivalent of an electric stove or is it on par with a 24 watt light bulb?

Well, the Electricity as a Utility evolved over 200 years to it's current iteration. There are countless federal, city and local regulations and code that must be adhered to. In comparison, the Internet has been on the scene for just under 40 years. And of that, one could argue less than  20 years in the main stream and only being recognized as a utility in the past few years. 

I think it's safe to say the amount of 'devices' on the internet has increased at a much higher rate over time than the 'devices' using electricity.  So where not too long ago the family gathered around the kitchen table to access the world wide web via AOL, BBS's or Compuserve on their Dial Up modem, now every member of the family has 3 devices - and the 'house' has about 16 of it's own - all sharing an unregulated broadband connection via Cable, DSL or Fiber. 

Why Aerēz is better than your router and why you need it.

Companies that build routers today are focused on one thing: Extending the signal. They ad more an more antennas and talk about how far the signal can reach. Their goal is to ensure you get full bars on your device wherever you are in your home. Some are making the casing more appeasing to the eye so you are not inclined to "hide the router" behind a stack of books or in the closet - thus reducing the range of it's signal. 

That's important stuff, but is the equivalent of plugging an extension cord into an outlet (back to the electricity analogy :) While it may appear awesome to have every device with a great connection to the routers WiFi, it does nothing for how much each device will draw from your router. 

Enter Aerēz. Aerēz cares about what is on your network, how much overall bandwidth you have, and who owns which device. Our patent pending algorithms take all of these things into consideration and allocates the proper amount of bandwidth based on the user and type of device.   So what does this mean to you?

Well, it means you can watch Netflix at 4k UHD while your kid plays on the X-box with 5 friends online while your partner holds a Facetime session with their parent while the connected devices in your home send and receive their data and so on and so on... all without any one user or device having to wait for buffering or suffering a degradation of quality on their respective device.

It means any user you allow access to your guest network will not be able to harm any devices on your network - whether malicious or not.

It means you will be notified when your child attempts to go to a potentially bad website, and allow you to enter a dialogue with them on the subject. 

Aerēz is a tool to help you manage your network / parent / enjoy your internet experience.

It means you'll know when a new device has joined the network, and you can decide if it should remain isolated or have access.

It means you will have total visibility and control of your network and the devices on it. You will pause the internet for any person, device or the whole network at once with just the tap of a button on your smartphone!

At the end of the day, Aerēz is designed to be a tool to help you manage your network. To help you parent. To help you enjoy your internet experience. Do it with ease, Aerēz :)
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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. 
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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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