Audience Questions

Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch Matt from San Diego, CA Comments

Matt wants to know if there's a Bluetooth wireless printer and what's the best one? Leo says that most of the ones that promise Bluetooth connectivity use the Cloud to print. So that's not going to work. It's possible that a sole Bluetooth connection may not be possible due to the bandwidth of transmitting data.  Brother makes a laser printer. The HP4650 is a portable Bluetooth printer. 

Rachel calls from Illinois to say that she uses an old Serial to Parallel Bluetooth converter for her printer that makes its Bluetooth capable. So, today, you could possibly to it with a USB to Bluetooth adapter or a Bluetooth print server. The HP BT500 is one such model. 

Watch Rick from San Diego, CA Comments

Rick wants to get a 77" LG OLED TV for his home theatre. His problem is that he needs a soundbar system that supports Dolby Atmos at home, and must have wireless speakers. Scott says there are a variety of soundbars that will do what Rick needs, including one he's reviewing right now from LG (the SL8YG).  You can also buy a separate surround speaker package. But it's not cheap. Cost is $850 plus $200 for the wireless surround package. Vizio also makes a wireless soundbar system with up-firing Atmos speakers: Model SB46514.

 

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Phil from Arvada, CO Comments

Phil has heard about something called a "WiFi blast range extender" which promises to solve bandwidth throttling. Is it legit? Leo says NO. The article that Phil came across was a sponsored article, disguised as legitimate content.  They make plenty of promises, but not really deliver. In this case, bandwidth throttling isn't done at the router level, it's done at the ISP level. When ISPs put a bandwidth cap on you, you can work around it, you just have to either deal with the slowdown or pay for more bandwidth. 

Are powerline adapters worth the money? Leo says that they are. In the early days, they weren't very good, but the latest models are better. Leo recommends TPLink. 

Watch Corey from Murrietta, CA Comments

Corey bought an ORBI MESH router and enjoyed 350MBps downloads, until recently. It's now down to about 10MBps. He tried another Linksys mesh router and the same issue happened. Leo says that it sounds like the problem isn't at the router level. Leo suspects that Corey may get full speed from a wired router. If so, then there's a congestion or interference issue. It could be a "WiFi hostile" environment that is causing interference. Maybe a lot of devices are clogging up the wireless spectrum where he is. Check out the wifi testing app called Insider

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Rich from Tuscon, AZ Comments

Rich is an audiobook narrator, and he records huge files on his Mac Mini. Should he record to an external hard drive, rather than the internal drive? Leo says that is just silly.  The SSD has wear levelling that keeps it in a safe condition and the reliability isn't an issue. They also have error correction built in. So it will be just as fine to record to the internal drive than an external drive. Thunderbolt 3 is also just as fast as the internal drive, so either one will work. And professional grade professional software will ensure no errors happen. He may want to record to two sources for backup purposes.

Watch Andy from North Hollywood, CA Comments

Andy is having issues with his AirPort router.  Every day he has to reboot both the router and the modem.  What gives? Leo says the airport eventually will wear out and it's probably time to get a new router. Apple doesn't even update them anymore, nor do they make new ones. Leo recommends ASUS routers that run DD-WRT. New routers will also better handle how internet traffic is running these days. 

Watch Kevin from Bellflower, CA Comments

Kevin just returned from an Alaska Cruise and downloaded all the photos and videos, but his Time Machine backup will not complete it due to insufficient free space. Leo says it sounds like his hard drive has run out of room. Even with 20GB of free space, Time Machine may be taking a snapshot of the drive locally, before backing it up. Choices: Free up space on the internal drive or buy a larger one. 

The chatroom says that if the external drive can't be seen, Time Machine will make the backup locally. So make sure it can see the external drive. 

Leo also recommends not solely relying on Time Machine for backup. Get an external drive about 4TB and use a program like SuperDuper to make a bootable external backup, which Kevin can boot to in case something happens. 

Watch Gloria from North Hollywood, CA Comments

Gloria wants to know how can she buy a phone without a plan. She heard of a new phone plan called "Visible" for $40 a month. Leo says that Verizon's Visible plan is very interesting and she can buy an unlocked phone anywhere, including Amazon. She just has to be sure she gets a phone that supports Verizon. Here's a page that shows which phones are compatible - https://www.visible.com/compatibility

 Leo likes the Motorola Moto G7. Price is between $200-300.