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Will increasing my bandwidth make Netflix streaming better?

Fiber optics

Episode 1455

Art from Los Angeles, CA

Art is wondering if he should expand his internet speeds to 100Mbps to watch Netflix. Leo says that 50Mbps down is fine for watching Netflix, but the more devices he has on his network, the more bandwidth he'll need. The more mobile devices, internet of things boxes, and simple computer access, 100Mbps+ is more realistic.

Why is my old iPad dropping off the internet while streaming?

Apple iPad

Episode 1447

Jack from Reseda, CA

Jack is having issues with his iPad internet connection dropping out with streaming video. Leo says that his tablet may be older than his phone, so his phone is just getting a better, faster stream. Although it's working perfectly well for everything else, it may be time to get a new iPad for streaming. One thing he can try before he gets a new one is to reset the iPad. He should erase everything and reset it. Then update the OS. Then install Netflix and see how it goes.

What camera should I buy for live streaming?

Joby GorillaPod

Episode 1441

Bruce from Hisperia, CA

Bruce's daughter plays D&D and her group would like to stream their games online. They need a mic for the group. Leo says that the best option for them is Mevo. It has a wide-angle array mic and it has a camera built in that can be controlled via an iPad. It's 4K that streams over 1080p. It can even follow subjects around, and because it's 4K, Bruce's daughter could use the resolution to create a second camera up close. It's a great option. It's $400. There's also a $100 Black Friday deal going on right now.

Why can't I stream YouTube through Firefox?

Firefox logo

Episode 1439

JP from Belgium

JP just bought a new computer workstation, but Firefox no longer streams live via YouTube. Leo says that it could be that there isn't support for HTML 5 because there's no standard for streaming video. The browser gets to decide what codec to use and Firefox might not support that codec since it may be proprietary. Leo recommends trying Google Chrome.

The chatroom says that JP may have IGPU enabled in his BIOS. Disabling it should free it up. Here's a video on YouTube about it.

Should I turn off my phone's background refresh and location services to save battery life?

iOS Privacy Settings

Episode 1437

Mike from Maine

Mike just upgraded to iOS 11.1 and he's wondering if turning off Background App Refresh and Location Services will save battery life. Does it make a difference? Leo says that he would do that for privacy issues rather than battery life. It's a good idea to change it to use his location only when the app is working. Apple would let him decide both by app. Leo does recommend leaving it on for his maps app, though. Apple does a very good job of managing battery life, and in most cases, turning off all those services is a finesse he doesn't need to really hassle with.