Che just bought a new Dell XPS Desktop and it's started to slow down drastically. He does a speed test, like Leo taught, and the desktop is much slower than his laptop. What gives? Leo says to try plugging the desktop directly into the router with an ethernet cable, and see if the speed improves. If so, then you've narrowed it down to the router. Leo says it could the hardware, but you could try reinstalling the WiFi connection. There may also be conflicting WiFi drivers at work between the hardware driver and the Windows driver. That can confuse windows and slow things down.
Don just picked up the Del XPS 13 per Leo's recommendation with the touch screen and he loves it. Leo says when you buy a PC these days, it makes sense to "load it up" to future proof it and use it longer. Don bought a house a few years ago that came with a so-called "network box" that can run a computer network all around the the house via Ethernet. But the problem is, he'd like to get a new WiFi Router. But Leo says that having a WiFi router isn't necessary when you have a house that's wired up for Network access.
Tom wants to know what brand to use for powerline networking, where you use your electrical wiring as a network infrastructure for your network. Leo says he's become a convert to powerline networking. It's gotten a lot better in the last few years. He just plugs in this special kit and he's getting about 20 MB per second, which isn't too bad.
Phillip's girlfriend is having issues with her Wi-Fi. Leo says that it could be an interference issue with metal frames and dead zones in her home. Would a range extender work? Leo says that they can if she gets one from the same manufacturer as the original router. But if the main home is using a router from the carrier, then that could be a problem. It would be better to buy a new router with the extender and match them together. Another option could be powerline networking.
Jordan has a website and wants to be able to change servers without having to change his email address. Leo says that's what GMail is great for. All he has to do is go into settings and setup mail forwarding to a standard Gmail account from his domain name. That way if it changes domains, his email still goes to the same place.
Anthony is buying a newly built home and it comes with Cat5 Ethernet cable. He's wondering how the Wi-Fi performance will be. Leo says it depends on the design, but he may need to get a few access points and salt the house with them here and there. Leo recommends staying within the family of his main router.
Tom would like to set up a home network and he's pretty confused on how to do it. Where can he go to get some insider tips? Leo says that a great source is PracticallyNetworked.com. They not only have product reviews, but also tutorials that explain nomenclature and how to go about setting up a network. They keep it up to date, too. Start with "Backgrounders," to learn the basics. Then he can move on to how to set one up.
Anthony shares his internet access with a tenant who wants hardwire access to the modem. Leo says that makes it difficult to isolate, and he'll need a second router, or better yet, a third router. He should segment them on the network so that the tenant doesn't have access to Anthony's data. Leo recommends checking out PracticallyNetworked.com for how to do it.
Luis can't connect to his Wi-Fi at his house, but he can connect to other Wi-Fi networks. Leo says that the first thing to do is connect via ethernet, just to make sure he can connect wired. Then he should try and join the Wi-Fi while he's right next to the router. If he can't connect, he should try rebooting the router. Then reboot the laptop. Then try wired again. It could be a handshake issue.
Max's computer has problems accessing websites from his home, but outside of his home, he gets it. Leo says reinstalling OS X and starting over may fix it. What an odd bug. The odd thing is that it's location based. Leo has a hunch it's a network issue, perhaps with the router. He might try resetting that as well. He should also make sure his OS is up to date.