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iHome iSP5 SmartPlug

Avoid the iSP5 SmartPlug if you're an Android user. For iOS, it's worth considering given the HomeKit compatibility and relatively low cost, but if you want to start building a larger smart home, I'd wait for a more robust HomeKit option as at least two will hit retailers by the end of 2015.

By August 25, 2015

3 stars Editors' rating August 25, 2015

Russian Internet watchdog orders ISPs to block Wikipedia

The country's Roskomnadzor federal agency has instructed Internet providers to block a page about a kind of cannabis, but most can only block the entire site.

By August 25, 2015


Netflix says it 'should have avoided' unmetered deals with Australian ISPs

After partnering with Australian service providers to offer unlimited streaming, Netflix has reaffirmed its support for net neutrality and admitted the deals were a mistake that won't be repeated.

By April 15, 2015


Singapore ISP ViewQwest to start user trials of 2Gbps fiber network

The launch of the residential 2Gbps fiber network in Singapore is the second in the world, after Japan.

By November 12, 2014


New Zealand ISP's 'Global Mode' gives users access to Netflix and more

New Zealand service provider Slingshot is making it easier than ever for its users to circumvent the geoblocking on services such as Netflix and Hulu.

By July 7, 2014


FCC: What's up with those Netflix-ISP 'peering' deals?

Chairman Tom Wheeler says the agency needs a better handle on broadband provider hookups to make sure the ISPs aren't abusing their power.

By June 13, 2014


Consumers give thumbs-down to ISPs, cable TV providers

Both industries receive even lower ratings than last year in a new report from the American Customer Satisfaction Index.

By May 20, 2014


EU high court says ISPs could block piracy sites

The Court of Justice says blocking access to piracy sites is a fine way to safeguard copyright owners. EU nations, now it's up to you.

By March 28, 2014


Does your ISP throttle BitTorrent traffic? Find out

An app developed by the Max Planck Institute can be used for free to detect meddling in the use of BitTorrent, eMule, and Gnutella.

By January 24, 2014


UK broadband speeds up, Netflix says, Virgin is fastest ISP

Britain's broadband is faster than ever, according to the movie-streaming service, with Virgin the most rapid ISP.

By December 10, 2013