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Posts Tagged ‘wireless internet’

Technologist Tuesday: Home Wi-fi

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

TECH TUESDAYS

Home Wifi:

Does your house have Wi-Fi?  Does it reach everywhere you want it to?  Are you happy with your Wi-fi signal? For many of us, Wi-Fi is a hassle.  Signals not strong enough, Videos buffer and get all choppy or we just can’t seem to get a good signal when we’re on the backyard deck.  Here are some ideas that can apply to just about all of you who want to have a better wireless internet signal.

Part One:  The Provider

What piper do you pay?  Do you have DSL, Cable or are you still using Dial up?  Before you try to tackle having a better signal in your home, you’ll want to ensure that the true speed of internet coming into your home is sufficient.  Many people just don’t know what that means.  Time to get the bill out and look:  What are you paying for?  How many Mbps (Megabits per second) are you signed up for?  If you have Cable you’re in the clear.  Cable internet is simply the best.  Cable customers typically receive 25 to 50Mbps.  Interested?  Contact your local cable company and find out current rates.  Switch to cable if you can.   If you have some kind of DSL service, you’re most likely getting 1Mbps, 3Mbps, 6Mbps or 12Mbps.  Contact your DSL provider and ask them if they will offer you the option to move up to 6Mbps or higher.  It may not be that much more money and there’s nothing you’ll need to do with your equipment.   If you have dial up, then see if Cable is available or if you can switch to higher speed DSL.   Most dial up users are paying more for internet than other options that may be available.  Bottom line: try to get your service at 6Mbps or higher.  Anything less is weak internet.

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Wallpaper that makes rooms quieter and more internet-secure

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Wireless internet is extremely convenient.  With the right router, you can be anywhere in your house and be on the internet on a mobile device.  the only downfall is that sometimes, the signal can be hacked into and you are spending hard earned dollars to give free internet to your neighbors, and you don’t even know it.  Researchers at France’s Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble have worked with the Centre Technique du Papier to develop Wi-Fi-blocking wallpaper.

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