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David is moving to a three-story house and he's looking to get an ASUS Mesh router and wants to know how it is. Leo says he's used most of the Mesh routers out there, but not ASUS. They do make good wifi extenders though. Mesh Routers are better though because it doesn't slow down like an extender does since it spends half its time talking to the router. Mesh has a backchannel for router communication. The eero Mesh router has an automatic quality of service that does a better job managing bandwidth as it's needed, and it gets smarter as time goes by. It also has parental control features.
Dave wants to know how to find out how much bandwidth he uses every month. Leo says that if your router supports DD-WRT firmware, you can. But your router may already keep track. So look in your router settings to find out. If not, and your router supports it, you can install DD-WRT firmware. Check out dd-wrt.com. But understand, that flashing the firmware on your router could void the warranty. If you need a new one, get the ASUS router, it uses a flavor of DD-WRT already out of the box.
Ed is worried that his passwords can be read when he logs into a website. Leo says that's largely why Google is now requiring all websites to be updated with encryption via https. What about apps that use TouchID? Leo says that they are likely supporting encryption too. Leo says that with https everywhere, we are far safer than ever.
Johnny Jet's website blew up this week after a CNN Travel report that referenced his tips on how to best disembark from an airplane. Johnny says you should always get up and have your bag ready when the door opens. Think about what you're going to need, and what you don't. And make sure your carryon is packed before you land. That way you can grab it and go.
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Tom has four iMacs and each one is getting an error when connecting to ethernet, and can't connect to the Internet because of a "self-assigned address." But he can connect via WiFi. Leo says to go to the Network system preference pane and make sure that Ethernet is dragged to the top. Also, make sure it's using DHCP in the settings. One thing that may be causing the error is that the computer doesn't see the ethernet cable when booting up, and then gives the self-assigned address. It could also be the router itself.
Jason lives in a building and is stuck with AT&T UVerse for internet access because it has a deal with the building. Leo says that they made an exclusivity deal that honestly, is unethical. But it isn't illegal and is probably mentioned in your signed lease agreement. Leo suggests going to the California Public Utilities Commission and complain. You may also want to contact the City of Newport Beach.
One way around it is to use your mobile device in hotspot mode and avoid it altogether.
Tom came across an old MAVICA digital camera that would record on a floppy disc. He's told it's worth $200 atm. His main question is, can he live stream with it? Leo says no, it's way too old. You can with your iPhone though. Is it legal? Leo says you have the first amendment right to do so, but you're taking your chances recording police officers without their consent. And you certainly don't want to interfere with their law enforcement duties. But if you're in earnest, another option is to get a GoPro and connect it to your mobile phone.
Pat wants to watch Fox News on Roku, and he hates that he has to jump through hoops to unlock it by entering a password. It's a pain. Leo says that many are using activation codes that they can navigate on from a mobile device. But if he's truly cut the cable, he may be out of luck. The true problem, though, is this guilty-until-proven-innocent attitude on the part of the content providers. This kind of protection doesn't stop pirates at all. Just people who do the right thing.
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Johnny Jet says that as we move into the fall, prices will drop on "leisure class," while business class goes up. But if you have elite status on your airline account, you can usually get a free upgrade.
Johnny Jet joins Leo to talk about Leo losing his luggage on Alaska recently. Johnny Jet says that using the Airline's app when you travel. Most have a baggage tracking feature that has the advantage of being notified when your bag gets every step through the process. So if it gets lost, you can usually get it back within 24 hours. But if it's missing for 30 days, the airlines usually sell the bags that go unclaimed. That's why it's important to immediately file a claim when you're at the airport.