routers

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.

Should I get a DOCSIS III modem?

Episode 1193

Michael from Newport Beach, CA
Asus Router

Michael would like to get a DOCSIS III modem and Leo says to be sure this his cable company enables it on their end when he does. He's also going to want to have a router that can support it, and Leo likes the Asus line. These are DDWRT compatible, and will protect him from the router bug that has hit lately. He should definitely get a good router. It'll be more expensive, but it's worth it.

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 use my own router with FIOS?

Steve from Hermosa Beach, CA

Episode 1190

Steve has FiOS and the Wi-Fi seems to be slow. How can he speed it up? He'd like to bypass the Verizon router and use his own. Leo says that he'll have to use the Verizon device to connect to FiOS, but he can disable the router part and use his own router instead. He'll need to connect them with ethernet to make it work. The router is also built into the modem and is using network addressing. Steve should put the router part in "bridge mode" to just hand it off to the router.

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.

Why is my download speed so slow sometimes?

Bob from San Diego, CA

Episode 1187

Bob is having trouble with his download speeds. They just aren't consistent from computer to computer. Leo says it's important to understand that he's paying for *up to* the maximum download speed. It can vary wildly. But Bob says sometimes is slows down to a crawl on one of his computers. Leo says he can experiment by rebooting the computer and see if it goes back up to max download speeds. If so, that means there's a program running. That's called a "memory leak" and the computer is using up bandwidth by that program.

Will LastPass protect me from a hacked router?

John from Biddeford, ME

Episode 1186

John's router from the ISP is very easy to get into, and there's no way to change the password. Will LastPass protect him from a brute force attack? Leo says LastPass will only help him if he's able to change the password on the router. Then he could use LastPass to generate a secure password and store it for him. Leo says if he can turn off WLAN Administration, then he should at least do that. Even if an outsider were to log into his router, they only could really change the settings. But this still isn't a great solution.

Why does my VPN connection drop out?

Rob from Valley Center, CA

Episode 1185

Rob just moved and has a new cable provider. He works from home and has issues losing connectivity to his work using VPN. Leo says that the provider probably provides the modem. He should ask for DOCSIS III service. That will be more reliable and faster. Buying his own DOCSIS III modem will be newer and will save him money. Rob should ask them what DOCSIS III modems they support and buy his own. Another issue could be his router. Rebooting the router can clear out any bad issues. Routers do need to be replaced from time to time.