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nrf24l01+ using 3 ATtiny85 pins
Monday, 17 February 2014 12:01

attiny85_nrf_2

[Ralph] wasn’t satisfied with the required 5 control pins to drive his nrf24l01+ transceiver module, so he used this circuit needing just 3 pin using an ATtiny85.

One of the key components was to effectively drive the chip select (CSN) line from the clock (SCK) line. The nrf24l01+ needs the CSN line to transition from high to low on the beginning of a communication.  [Ralph] put the SCK line behind a diode, put a capacitor in parallel with the CSN line and altered the arduino-nrf24l01 library to encode extra delays for the clock line.  This allowed the CSN line … Read the rest

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Virgin Media sales flat: Firm bags fewer winter sign-ups than last year
Saturday, 15 February 2014 01:40

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Virgin Media watched subscriptions to its broadband service plummet during its final quarter, compared with the same three-month period a year earlier.

The telco, which is owned by US cable giant Liberty Global, crumbled up against strong competition from rivals BT and BSkyB.

It pulled in just over 39,000 broadband customers in its fourth quarter ended 31 December - down from 62,700 subscribers who signed up to the service in 2012.

Virgin Media reported flat annual revenue of £4.1bn to the City this morning. The company's growth in sales stood at a lean

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Google will boost fiber network to 10Gbps for home and office
Saturday, 15 February 2014 10:13

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Google Fiber is the fastest broadband internet provider in the US, but according to the Chocolate Factory's CFO Patrick Pichette, its 1Gbps connection speeds are going to increase ten-fold.

Pichette told the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference that the firm is actively developing the equipment to pump 10Gbps of data into homes and offices on its network and will deploy it faster than people expect.

"That's where the world is going. It's going to happen," Pichette said, USA Today reports . Originally, the plan had been to roll this out in a

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Router Robot a Promising Playground for Young Hacker
Sunday, 09 February 2014 00:01

router-robot-project

[Stephen Downward] has put together a very impressive Internet controlled robot. There are so many things about his video presentation (also embedded below) which we find delightful. Notably, it’s obvious that he knows what he’s talking about when discussing everything from the electronics chosen for the project, the mechanical assembly and the issues with its current state, as well as the software backend that gives him control of the rover.

The bulk of the rover is the Linksys WRT-54G router which he picked up at a thrift shop. This has been a popular model for building rovers for quite … Read the rest

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Virgin Media's flaky broadband network turns Bolton off
Thursday, 06 February 2014 23:39

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Virgin Media customers in Bolton have been moaning about the telco's network since late last year, with some subscribers in the area claiming that the firm's techies have ignored the complaints or blamed the connection problems on individual routers.

But – for once, perhaps – the SuperHub, which has been cheekily dubbed the SuperFail by Register readers, is not the source of the close to three-month-long VM wobbles in the Greater Manchester town.

We've heard about multiple outage spasms lasting up to 15 minutes at a time kicking Bolton folk offline in postcodes

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BT scratches its head over MYSTERY Home Hub disconnections
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 01:04

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BT has been left puzzled after some Infinity customers complained about being abruptly disconnected from the fibre broadband network when using the telco's Home Hub 5 wireless router.

The Register heard from one reader who told us that the mysterious disruptions to BT's Infinity service had apparently begun to surface after subscribers received a firmware update for the kit, which the company has boasted carries the UK's fastest Wi-Fi signal for compatible AC devices.

Complaints are piling up on BT's community forum , but the firm is nonplussed by

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