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Rick lives in a rural area and all he has is DSL. He gets power outages and he has to reboot his cameras. And his download speed is very slow. What are his options for maximizing his bandwidth? Leo says that he can connect to his modem with a cable and that'll give him his best speed. But the problem is that DSL gets slower the father he is from the central switch.
Alan is trying to cut the cord on his internet. He wants to know if he can use Bluetooth with his music service. Leo says no, Bluetooth only works up to 30 feet away. He could cut the cable, but he'll still need to pay for internet access somehow. He could rely on his phone's internet access and stream his music from there. He could also put his phone in "hotspot" mode and run the laptop through that.
Manny wants to know if there's an advantage to having a paid email service vs. a free service like Gmail. Leo says that if he's not paying for it, they're making money off him somehow. That's what pays the bills. He can pay for Google's business email service, called GSuite. That would give him support. Free email is paid for by ads put on the page, and it mines data from email electronically, to focus those ads to what he spends the most time on.
Michelle has finally cut the cable and wants to know how to stream her movies and TV shows from the internet. Does she need special equipment? Leo says maybe. If she has a smartTV, then she might not. But Leo recommends getting a streaming device anyway and he recommends the Roku. Streaming services include Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu. But there's also new services coming from Disney and many others. How does she pay for them? Leo says she would have to give them a credit card.
Chris' internet company offers 400 Mbps. Is that a noticeably better speed than 100 Mbps for everyday use? Leo says it probably isn't for the money he's paying. The real key is the upload speed, because if it still takes him an hour to upload something, and he's paying for download speed that he isn't really using, then what good is it?
Bobby wants to know how he can get his Eero mesh router to work with his Comcast modem/router. Leo says that's called Double NAT and it's problematic. Leo recommends getting his own modem and using that. Comcast has a list of modems that are supported and they cost under $100. He'll want one that supports DOCSIS III or better. The added benefit is that he'll save on the rental of the modem.
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Dennis is an audiophile and he's having issues playing music from smartphone using Google Chromecast. It wants him to upload all his music to the cloud first. Leo says that his casting app may be corrupted. He should try another one, like AllCast. From the chatroom - Google requires you to upload your music to the cloud before casting with Google Play. That's what it's designed for: to play from the phone at home using the Google Home App.
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.
Websites of the Week - LAX Traffic Alerts. Here's a tip to save time getting into LAX. If someone is dropping you off (not Lyft or Uber), ask them to drop them off at the Arrivals level. Another option is to be picked up at Terminal 7, no matter what terminal your airplane arrives at. Just walk over there.
SWIMPLY. A pool sharing site where you can rent a swimming pool, by the hour or day. You can also list your pool for rent.
Chip has trouble texting to radio stations using Google Voice. It keeps getting bounced back. Leo says it's likely because the service that the radio stations use doesn't support it. Until they do, there's not much he can do.