At his job, Justin has gotten into IT work and now he wants to get some formal education. Leo says that since Justin has worked in it for the last 5 years, he's got to be pretty accomplished. But he doesn't have a certification. Leo says that certs are for guys just starting out, not for experienced people. Leo says if he really wants his certifications, he should check out IT Pro.TV, which has an online monthly video subscription that will take him through everything he needs to know. Justin could go to a local Junior College as well.
Jordan has a 6 TB RAID array that stores all his video footage for his company. He's having a difficult time keeping track of all the video that has to be distributed online, though. PadreSJ in the chatroom says that there's a program called Digital Fountain that does real time data transport. That's an enterprise solution. There's also BrightCove Video Cloud.
Dave has a home office in his garage and he wants to get Wi-Fi out there, rather than having the wired connection. Leo says that he should be able to get Wi-Fi for at least 150 feet. If he has a lot of wiring in the walls, then he could end up with slower Wi-Fi, or even a dropped signal. The easiest thing to do is to find a repeater that's the same brand as his Wi-Fi router. They're essentially routers that are in "bridge" mode.
Jay wants a router that can access the fastest DNS on the net. Leo says that would be a great feature. Steve Gibson has a program that can find them, but Leo doesn't know of any routers that have that built in.
Larry is an angel investor and wants to know what Leo thinks the future holds for networking with people using technology. Leo says there's a conference in Hawaii called Lobbycon. David Hornik started this did it because he realized the best parts of the computer or business conferences he went to were the conversations in the lobby.
Pat wants to know if he can use an AppleTV without an Internet connection. Leo says that if he doesn't need to stream anything from the internet, he could still use it in Airplay Mode, or connect it to his network and stream content from there. He may run into some error messages with the Apple TV trying to connect to the internet, though. If he selects any of the internet enabled apps, they obviously wouldn't work. It should work fine within his own network, though.
Steven has to install Office on about 30 PCs. Leo says it's called a deployed install. Microsoft has a program called PSExec from SysInterals. He'll have to put the installer on first. Windows IT Pro has an article on how to do it.
SysInternals has tons of great tools that any budding IT guy should have in his quiver.
Bill used to have a trial version of Network Magic, but since learned that it's been discontinued. He was wondering if there was a similar program he could get that would do the same thing. Leo says that Network Magic was needed when networking was newer, and setting up these networks was much more complex. The truth is, programs like these aren't really needed anymore, because routers are easier to set up now. Leo recommends just following the instructions that come with the router, and leaving it at that.
JD has a FIOS connection, but his computer keeps auto joining his neighbor's Wi-Fi. Leo says it auto joins because JD probably joined it once manually. JD should go into the Wi-Fi settings > Network preferences, highlight the connections, select Wi-Fi, and then under "Advanced", select "forget". He can also order the connections according to his preferences.