Is Cell Phone Insurance Worth the Cost?

Is cell phone insurance worth the cost?  Maybe not. First a story.  The winter of 2014/2015 was a brutal one here in New Jersey.  It stuck with us until mid April.  Seemed like it wouldn’t end.  My driveway was a sheet of ice most of the winter.  Here in the northeast, we all are familiar with a term called black ice.  This is a condition where a thin transparent layer of ice covers your driveway or the roadway.  You aren’t aware of it since its invisible.  You only become aware of it when you walk or drive over it.  A clear … Read more

Garmin Car Chargers

Garmin has made many different GPS units over the years.  While you might think that one charger fits them all, that’s not even close to being the case.  Most older GPS units used 1AMP cables.  As the technology progressed, Garmin introduced high definition screens and along with that improvement came the 2AMP chargers.  But wait, there’s more.  None of the regular everyday chargers have traffic capability because Garmin decided to integrate the traffic receiver into the power cable.  Confused?  Don’t be.  This article will hopefully clear up any confusion. The most basic cable that Garmin makes is the 2AMP car … Read more

Car Sun Visor Mounts

A car sun visor can be a good place to mount a device such as a phone or radar detector.  The location is somewhat near your point of vision to the road and relatively easy to reach.  Car sun visor mounts are funny.  Some love it and others hate it.  It all depends upon the individual.  Most sun visor mount manufacturers recommend attaching it to the passenger’s visor so if you are located in North America and most of Europe (except the UK), that would equate to the right visor and it would be attached to the left side of … Read more

Car Laptop Mounts

The size of laptops sure has shrunk over the past five years.  I remember a short while ago, lugging a seven pound monster back and forth between my home and office.  Battery life was a few hours and you used a telephone modem to connect to the internet.  Today, if you are using a laptop, they weigh less than a few pounds and many don’t even have an Ethernet connection, simply using the wireless adapter to connect.  Depending upon the manufacturer and capability, the laptop may not even have any USB ports. There are a lot of choices for mounting … Read more

Adding an External GPS Antenna to a Verizon Wireless Network Extender

While Verizon has some of the best coverage in the country, there are places where it’s not that great.  This is especially true when inside a brick building or deep within an office building.  It’s also the case in areas where building codes are stringent to minimize damage from earthquakes and hurricanes (Florida for example).  Verizon came up with a solution by offering a wireless network extender.  These extenders are made by Samsung.  These work real well in that they act as a repeater taking in the cell signal then re-transmitting within your building.  The issue is that the deeper … Read more

Extending your AT&T Cisco 3G MicroCell

Have lousy AT&T reception in your home or office?  Get an AT&T Microcell Wireless Cell Signal Booster Tower Antenna.  Want even better reception?  Add an external antenna. These work real well in that they act as a repeater taking in the cell signal then re-transmitting within your building.  The issue is that the deeper within your building you place this extender, the further it is from your window and less likely it is to receive a GPS signal.  In order to receive a GPS signal, the GPS antenna must be able to see the sky where the satellites are present.  No sky, … Read more