Jim lives in a congested area and wants to be able to pick up his wifi signal from anywhere in the neighborhood to talk to his yard sprinkler unit with his smartphone. Leo says if you can talk to the control unit, you can talk to any individual unit within WiFi distance. But that's a call to your manufacturer support.
Dave would like to send his internet connection to another building on his property, a few hundred feet away. Should he use a WiFi access point? Leo says that's limited to about 150 feet. Leo says that the longer the distance, the slower the speed. A Ubiquity device is better because it goes point to point that directs the signal to where users want it. Leo recommends visiting RadioLabs.com to learn the difference and find out how to install and configure it.
Pria has her cell service with Verizon and she is having issues connecting to WiFi in her apartment building. Leo says that in her iPhone settings, check the WiFi connection and look for the name of the network. Click on the "i" and look at the network. Make sure there's an IP address in there, starting with either 192 or 10. If it's anything else, she is not getting an internet connection. That would indicate the network is misconfigured. Try to unplug the router and plug it back in to reboot.
Micah's town is considering putting municipal wifi in the city. What are the pros and cons? Leo says that it's a path that is well-trodden and there are groups that can support him and give all the data he needs to make the transition. Google "municipal wifi" and you'll find dozens of groups who are out there to support him as he looks into it. Check out Chatanooga's public wifi project.
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Kimberly's son is deploying overseas and he has to buy Boingo internet service to get online. It's 6 months required. Leo says Boingo works, but it is kinda expensive. And those six month requirements is untenable if you get redeployed or an "Temporary Duty" which could change. Contact Boingo - https://support.boingo.com/military/s/. Check out the FAQ - https://support.boingo.com/military/s/article/What-are-the-details-of-th...
Joe's laptop won't connect to the internet. Leo says that some laptops have a function key that will set your laptop into Airplane mode. So check that out. Other than that, there may have been a corrupted WiFi driver that's preventing the internet from talking to your router/modem. But Joe erased some "unnecessary files" and Windows told him to do it. Leo says that's not the case here. But Microsoft has a tech note about this same issue.
Steve wants to know if there's a device that will give him internet without paying a monthly fee. Leo says that Freedom Pop promises internet, but understand it'll be filled with ads. There's also NetZero. Another idea is to spend time at your public library or local wifi hotspot. Some cities also offer free public wifi all around their municipality.
Christine's son has a laptop that has completely lost its Wi-Fi connectivity, but it still works when its hardwired. Leo says that laptops have an Airplane Mode with a function key that will disable the wireless connection. It may be that he accidentally disabled it. They should look in the Wi-Fi settings to see if Airplane Mode is on.
Bruce has Wi-Fi coverage in his house because it's long and narrow. He doesn't want extenders. So he's thinking of using Cat5 ethernet. Can he take an ethernet connection and convert it to Wi-Fi? Leo says that the TP-Link EAP225 access points will do the trick. He can also turn his router into bridge mode for that. But he can also use Powerline Networking, where he can use his electrical grid for networking and get internet access in every room. He can just plug in the Powerline adapters.
Clarence has issues with his laptop's Wi-Fi intermittently dropping after adding a new modem and Netgear router. Leo says to connect the laptop directly to the router and see if it drops out. If it doesn't, then he'll know the internet connection is fine, and the Wi-Fi radio in the laptop is flakey. If it keeps happening, then that would lead to his router, or even modem. Another possibility is the power-saving may be turned on in the Wi-Fi settings of his laptop. Just disable power-saving and it should be OK from there. It could even be congestion from other internet devices.