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Mark is moving to a new house and he's looking to get a mesh router system for it. Should he go with Google Wi-Fi or Eero? Leo says of the two, Leo recommends Eero. He's used both and he's found that Eero is the best of the two, although he also uses Plume. The Netgear Orbi is good as well. At this point, all of them are pretty good.
Johnny Jet says that the reported Marriott/Starwood hotel security breach really isn't the fault of Marriott since they bought Starwood after the security breach happened. But Johnny says that anyone who stayed at a Starwood hotel in 2014 really should be changing their passwords and monitoring their credit card activity.
Chip needs a router compatible with Verizon FIOS. He's about to get his rate raised and wants to dump his modem/router to save money. The chatroom says he'll only need to use the Verizon hardware if he is also subscribing to the TV service. So he can request a FIOS modem only, and then use his own router. Any router will work if he's just using data.
Johnny is calling in from the Celebrity Edge cruise ship, where he's previewing the new ship. And it is posh! It has something called the "Magic Carpet," which is a section of the ship that goes up and down during the cruise, so passengers can have a different experience every day. There's also a rooftop garden.
Doug likes to visit the Aviation Weather Service online, but he's been having trouble with it lately. Leo says that's because it uses Java and the Java browser plugin has probably been disabled. Doug should go into his browser settings and be sure it's installed, updated, and enabled. But it's getting harder to use Java in the browser. If he has Firefox version 52 or higher, or Chrome 42 or higher, or even Safari, the plugin would have been disabled for security reasons. So his only choice may be to use Internet Explorer for that site. He'll have to turn on scripting for Java apps.
David would like to expand his mesh router network to his shop outside. Leo says he can do it by putting an Orbi Satellite into his workshop, and just put his Orbi base station in the Window sill. But if his shop is 150' away, then he'll be out of range. Then he'll have to get an outdoor Orbi base station.
The FCC has approved an application from Elon Musk's SpaceX to deploy 7,000 satellites into space that would offer global broadband internet access. Elon Musk wants a total of 12,000 satellites around the earth in Low Earth Orbit to provide internet to every square inch of the planet's surface. One of the problems with satellite internet is that there's a lot of latency, but Musk says they can get it down to 25 milliseconds, which could be faster than the internet many of us have at home.
John is going to college soon and he's concerned about Wi-Fi security. Should he have a VPN? Leo says he can. He can find out how open the network is by going into iTunes to see if he can see someone else's iTunes library. If he can, then it's insecure. If he can't, then it's locked down.
Don wants to put a flat screen in his back yard, and he wants to use the internet to get content on it. That means he'll need to improve his Wi-Fi. He bought the Google Wi-Fi mesh system to do just that, and he likes it. Leo says Mesh is an improvement for every home, and it's worth the price. But Don wants to know why his speed tests are always different. How can he get a true reading on internet bandwidth speeds? Leo says his ISP will always tell him the maximum possible speeds, not a consistent bandwidth speed from day to day.
Neil got the 11" iPad Pro with gigabit internet through his ISP. But he's only getting about 850 of that down. Leo says that's normal. There's "overhead" related to using that much bandwidth, so he's not going to get all of it.