Internet

Why does my internet access die out when I'm streaming?

Brian from Indiana

Episode 1200

Brian has trouble watching streaming video: the internet "cuts out" on him. Leo says it sounds like an overheating router. The router is just a cheap, dumb computer and if it's running a lot of streaming, chances are his router is overheating. If it is, then it may be time to get a new one. Same thing with the modem. He should also try unplugging the router, waiting ten seconds, and plug it back in. If it comes back, then he'll know he needs a new router.

Is "domain investing" a good idea?

Aiden from Hobbes, NM

Episode 1198

Aiden wants to know if investing in domain names is a good idea. Leo says that domain investing is just a fancy term for domain squatting. Leo doesn't think this is a legit practice. It's also risky as the ICANN can award trademarked domains to the trademark owner for free, leaving him out in the cold. Generic terms can be a risk, but he'd only need one to pay off for it to succeed.

How can I stop my video from buffering?

Jim from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1196

Jim is frustrated because he'll be watching a video on his phone and it'll buffer. Leo says that's a speed/bandwidth issue. Streaming will buffer about 30 seconds of video before starting to get ahead. Then if the packets come out of order or slow down, the buffer is there. If it happens a lot, the buffer will just run out and rebuffer. So it has to do with connection, bandwidth, and the ability of your system to keep up. Faster internet will solve the problem, as will a lower resolution stream.

How can I use multiple devices on a single paid internet connection access point?

Episode 1192

Mike from Diluth, MN
D-Link AC750 Travel Router

Mike is taking his family to the Baltics for the summer and has already unlocked his mobile phones. He's thinking about buying the unlimited data plans on the cruise ship. Leo says not to. It's woefully slow. They use a marine satellite and it has very little bandwidth. He'd end up getting up at 3 in the morning to use the Internet and download his email. Not worth $30 a day, especially since only one person can be signed on at a time.

How can I hack my router?

Ken from Dominican Republic

Episode 1187

Ken's ISP in the Dominican Republic locks down his router so he can't make any changes at all. Leo says as long as he can change the password and give it encryption, he'll be OK with everything else. But Ken says it causes his cell phone to lose connection when he's using VOIP on his SIP phone. Leo says he'll need a QOS feature that will prioritize internet telephones.

How can I transmit Wi-Fi from a long distance?

Logan from Knoxville, TX

Episode 1182

Logan has to create a long range wireless access point that will enable him to have broadband from up to 10 miles away. Leo says that's a long way for Wi-Fi, even for line of sight, which will help a lot.

Leo suggests checking out RadioLabs.com, they make long range Wi-Fi antennas. He'll need a highly directional antenna, and maybe even microwave antennas, because Wi-Fi may not be the best idea for such a long distance.

How can I create a network in an RV?

Episode 1176

Jeff from Burbank, CA
Apple Airport Express

Jeff has a client who's going to be doing a great American roadtrip with RVs and they want to bring all their tech. They need to sync it all, and Jeff wants to know how they can do that while on the road? Leo says that the Airport Express is a Wi-Fi access spot and it will be a router if he plugs it into the internet primarily. Jeff can create an Ad-Hoc network without Internet access as well.

How can we get pictures taken off the internet?

Jan from Placerville, CA

Episode 1172

Jan has a friend who is a model and she's had some embarrassing private photos appear on the net. Leo says that could fall under the revenge porn law, and it could allow her to prosecute them. Most reliable places will take the images down if they had been contacted. If she's having trouble getting them taken down, the sites may be outside the US and it's hard to prosecute across international borders. But in time, that will change.

Should I worry about my internet getting shut off due to piracy?

Ben from Stanford, NC

Episode 1170

Ben got an email about a notice of copyright infringement for illegally downloading a song. Leo says that the way that it works these days -- ISPs don't give out his information, but they will send a letter and warn you not to download music illegally. They work on a six strike rule and after that, his account could get cancelled.