Networking

Wi-Fi routers, home servers, virtual private networks, and more.

Why can't I update Windows 10?

Episode 1427

Kyle from San Pedro, CA
Windows 10 Creator's Update

Kyle is having trouble updating Windows 10 to the Spring Creator's Edition on his HP PC. HP has had problems with the Spring Creator's Update and Leo has a hunch the fall update will have similar issues. Leo says not to force the update. Microsoft will only offer the update when the machine is ready to receive it. It locks up after about 35%. Leo says to get it as a stand alone update and update it that way. He should download it directly as a file and install from a thumb drive. If that doesn't work, he can try the latest update from Microsoft with the media creation tool.

Why is my router dropping out?

Episode 1427

Perry from Ocean Beach, CA
ARRIS SURFboard SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

Perry has a NetGear C6900 modem/router and it just drops out for several seconds from time to time. Leo says that routers and cable modems do wear out over time, and if he gets a lot of drop outs, it could be time to replace it. But Perry's router is only six months old, so that shouldn't be happening. Leo says he could try updating the firmware. PadreSJ says that the NetGear Combo units start having memory issues that cause server busy errors. Perry should go into his settings to find the logs and see if he is getting errors like that.

What NAS should I get?

Episode 1422

Eric from Hutchinson, KS
DiskStation DS416

Eric is looking to get a new NAS and wants to know whether he should get a Drobo or Synology? He wants everything on RAID that can be swappable. Leo says that Drobo is USB and is essentially a very large, fast USB external drive system. But for network attached storage, Leo prefers Synology. It's a computer with massive storage on his network.So it really comes down to what he'll want to use it for.

What's the best mesh router?

Episode 1417

Cindy from Santa Ana, CA
Eero

Cindy wants to know what the best mesh router is. Leo says there's a bunch of them, including Plume, Eero, and the Netgear Orbi. They're all very good for people struggling with dead zones in their own home, or if there's a lot of WiFi congestion in the area. Mesh routers work by having a base unit along with extenders positioned all over the house to pass the signal around (much like a "mesh").

Are there cameras using buttons and knobs these days?

Episode 1416

Dale from Santa Monica, CA
Fuji X-T2

Dale says that the Fuji X-T2 and he says that most adjustments can be made without the menu settings. They have dials and buttons like the old days. Leo says that seems to be the trend now, going back to physical dials to make changes while shooting, and you can even reassign and program buttons for your most often used settings. It's mostly in higher end cameras, though. Leo says that they look like the old retro style film cameras and he loves that.

Why won't my Lenovo Yoga connect to WiFi?

Episode 1411

Carrie from Hermosa Beach, CA
Lenovo Yoga 2

Carrie has a Lenovo Yoga 2 convertible and it won't connect to the internet. It's asking for an adapter. Leo says that the Yoga is wireless, so it shouldn't need an adapter. Leo advises going into the Device Manager by pressing Windows Key and typing "device," then pressing Return. This will show her a list of all her hardware. That will show her if there's a problem with the networking device. She can delete it and then restart the machine. Windows will then reinstall the device driver. There's also a WiFi on/off switch.

How can I get details on the signal strength of my wireless network?

Episode 1411

Keith from Phoenix, AZ
WiFi Explorer

Keith wants to know how strong his WiFi network is. Leo recommends WiFi Analyzer. For the Mac, there's WiFi Explorer. It will give him a line graph with signal strength according to channel. It's $20.

He can find other WiFi analyzer apps at netspotapp.com. It may be that all he needs to do is reset his WiFi settings.