EXPERT TECHNOLOGY RECOMMENDATIONS
My clients are always asking me for my recommendation of things like laptop computers, streaming devices (cord cutting), printers, office software, graphic or photography related software, wireless routers, cable modems (Comcast, Verizon, Mediacom), and other various technology-related products or services. So I thought it would be a lot easier if I posted the most common answers here on my website. Please note, I only recommend products or services that I use or have direct experience with.
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= Cable Modems and Wireless Networking =
Ideal for extending WiFi to Amazon Echo/Alexa devices, WeMo & TP-Link Smart Plugs, TP-Link Smart Bulbs, and just throughout the rest of the house or office. Works with any standard router or gateway, High Speed Mode allows for the most ideal HD streaming & gaming experience. Smart signal Indicator can help to find the best location for optimal WiFi coverage. Compatible with 802.11 b/g/n and 802.11ac Wi-Fi devices. Easy setup and flexible placement allows movement of the range extender to any outlet after initial setup.
This Netgear Cable Modem is compatible with Xfinity/Comcast and Mediacom Internet service only (no telephone service) and provides a connection to high-speed cable Internet with speeds up to 6 Gbps. Working with both DOCSIS 3.0 and DOCSIS 3.1 cable Internet service providers, it is the ultra-high speed cable modem ready for today’s service plans and future upgrades. Save money each year by eliminating Internet service provider rental fees. Ideal for Internet service plan 100Mbps and above. Certified with Comcast XFINITY, COX and Mediacom. This modem does not have telephone ports, so if you have telephone service through Comcast/XFinity it won’t work.
Buy this Netgear Wireless Router if you are also buying the Netgear Cable Modem mentioned above. Built with streaming and mobile devices in mind, this gigabit WiFi router supports simultaneous streaming and delivers extreme speed so you enjoy less lag and less buffering. This Netgear Wireless Router actively safeguards your network from cyber threats, such as viruses, spyware, hackers, spam, malware, and more, by blocking known malicious sites and applications.With next generation WiFi, Beamforming+, and built-in high powered amplifiers and external antennas, get ready for extreme performance!
= VARIOUS ITEMS =
WD makes great portable hard drives that are trusted to store the massive amounts of photos, videos and music you love. Available in an array of vibrant, fun colors, the sleek style fits comfortably in the palm of your hand so you can easily take your treasured content everywhere you go.
Boost your cell coverage and get superior connectivity at your home or office with the Connect 4G Cellular Signal Booster! Bid farewell to dropped calls and lay the foundations for a more productive workspace or a happier home. This premier device enhances 4G LTE and 3G signals in buildings of up to 5,000 square feet and works with all carriers in the United States and Canada: AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, Straight Talk, and U.S. Cellular.
This is a product I personally use as well as many of my clients. The Belkin 12-Outlet Pivot-Plug Power Strip Surge Protector has 12 (in total) surge-protected outlets — 8 rotating and 4 stationary — that provide convenience and flexibility and there is room for large block space outlets. You also get a 1-in, 2-out RJ11 telephone/fax surge protection and coaxial protection. The unit has a 4320-Joule energy rating that provides maximum protection for all your sensitive electronic devices.
The space-saving design of this power block is ideal for any home, small office or dorm room. Measuring only 5.7 inchs tall, this power block offers 1500 Joules of surge protection for your laptop, router, printer, modems, speakers and other valuable technology appliances in its 8-outlets. In addition, you have 6 smart USB charging ports for those devices that charge using a USB port. Safety Guarantee:ETL Listed,built-in surge protection,short circuit protection, overload protection,over temperature protection, over current protection. I personally use this and love it! 🙂
Whether you use it for yourself or you share it with your friends, its huge 22000mAh capacity will take care of any power need you throw at it: fully charge an iPhone 6s up to 9 times, a Galaxy S7 up to 5 times, or an iPad Mini more than 2 times. When the power bank is finally empty, charge it back up in just 10-11 hours. A must for every traveler!
= STREAMING DEVICES (cord cutting) =
Start watching your favorite shows and movies quickly and enjoy a smooth streaming experience with the advanced wireless receiver that gives you 4 times the range and a stronger signal for streaming. Stream in brilliant 4K, HDR, and HD. Experience the visual rush of 4K and vibrant HDR picture quality with the new powerful and portable streaming Roku Stick Plus. The new voice remote with buttons for TV Power and volume control makes it easy to control both your TV and the Roku Stick Plus. Enjoy 500,000 movies and TV episodes across thousands of free or paid channels. You can even search by voice across top channels by actor, show name and more.
Just plug Fire TV Stick into your HDTV and start streaming in minutes. Use the included Alexa Voice Remote to find the best way to watch across more than 200 channels and apps with universal search. With the fastest Wi-Fi and most accurate voice search of any streaming media stick, shows and movies start faster and stream smoother than ever. With access to Netflix, Hulu, HBO NOW, Prime Video, and more—there are over 500,000 TV episodes and movies ready to stream. Watch live TV (including sports and news) as it happens. Directly access millions of websites such as YouTube, Facebook, and Reddit with browsers like Silk and Firefox. Subscription fees may apply.
= SOFTWARE =
Luminar is photo-editor for everyone who loves photography – be it a professional, amateur or beginner. Thanks to an easy-to-use interface and all-powerful intelligent tools, editing with Luminar is smooth and allows for getting striking photos effortlessly. Luminar offers professional photo editing in less time with 45 intelligent filters to produce masterpieces with ease, 67 smart presets for quick editing and result comparisons, easy workflow switch from Adobe to Luminar, and — with Luminar you pay once and enjoy forever!
CleanMyMac X is all-in-one package to clean megatons of junk and makes your computer run faster. It replaces dozens of optimization tools for Mac. It can be anything you tell it to be: a macOS cleaner, performance monitor, and a malware remover! This app is a life-saver for any Mac owner.
The Computer Guy (Eric Montgomery) demonstrates an understanding of the computers and peripherals we use. He is a patient advisor on how to use the technology effectively for our individual purposes.
I don’t hesitate to recommend his services to anyone.