Internet

Try This Tool to Visualize Nearby WiFi

Sometimes, you and your neighbors will have intersecting and overlapping WiFi networks in the surrounding area. Normally, these impacting factors are quite hidden from sight, but the tool "inSSIDer" allows you to see the details. With the software, you can assess channel, channel width, signal strength, WiFi generation, maximum data rate, and security. You can download a Windows version or a Mac OS version for your computer, and use what you learn to improve your speed!

Improve Your WiFi Placement With This Article & Video

While working from home, we'll all need better WiFi if we want to move our laptops around from desk to couch and back. For improving your WiFi reception, try moving the router higher up to a shelf/wall so that people (bags of water) do not impede the signals while they're sitting or walking around. Also, try a mesh router to extend the WiFi out with a fast backchannel. While ethernet is often the best option to connect, there are indeed ways to plan your device/router placements in a more optimal way. Check out this article by Leo's friend Jim Salter:

Lower Your Youtube Viewing Resolution

In these tough times, everyone is using the internet to watch videos online since there is often nothing better to do. However, if you do not need to watch a video in the highest resolution available, try to tolerate a slightly lower clarity in order to save some bandwidth for others. Videos like podcast discussions, news shows, and vlogs can arguably be viewed just fine in 480p or 720p. 

Are Apartment Deals on Cable/Internet a Good Deal?

Spectrum

Episode 1665

Mike from Reno, NV

Mike says a lot of apartment complexes are making deals with cable TV to provide deals on cable TV in bulk. He got free cable because it's included in his rent. Leo says that many apartment buildings are doing that with the internet as well! Leo says it may seem like he's getting it for free, but watch out though, the rent will likely go up next year. And all too often, he can't get out of it and go with another company.

Is Being Constantly Connected Worth Losing Privacy?

IP Address

Episode 1665

Andy from Pine River, Minnesota

Andy wants to know really, what are the pluses and minuses to being so connected to the internet. Leo says there is a trade-off. The bonus is, we have access to just about every piece of data we need. The downside is, we sacrifice privacy as online services know everything about us. But just how invasive is that? They don't know everything about us, just activity. So while the privacy angle is complex, it's also overrated. Targeted ads aren't bad if they're useful

Use YoutubeTV for Cable News After Cutting the Cord

You may have thought about cutting the cord in order to save some money, but you might miss out on your favorite cable news channels like CNN, NBC, etc. Youtube actually has a service called YoutubeTV that features Live TV from over 70 channels, including familiar brands like ESPN, Fox, and ABC. And it costs about $50 per month. Be wary, however, since trying to subscribe to too many internet streaming services like Disney+, Peacock, HBO Max, and Netflix, along with fast internet speeds, will end up costing about as much (or more) as the old cord life!

How can I have 100% reliable internet access?

Skyroam Solis X

Episode 1655

Chris from Miami, FL

Chris had an issue where the power went out and wants to know how he can have an always-on WiFi thing no matter what. Leo says that the only real solution is redundancy. Leo has three different ISPs for the studio, so if something goes out, they can switch over. So if you have an iPad with LTE, you have a backup. And you can always hotspot through it. Another option is a pay as you go access point with day passes. That way, you can turn it one when you need it. Try SkyRoam. 

NY Times Thinks the Internet Didn't Turn Out as We Had Hoped

New York Times

Episode 1645

This week's NY Times Magazine cover story talks about how the Internet didn't only not turn out as we had hoped, but it may have even made our lives worse. Leo says that part of the anxiety comes from not being able to do anything about how much power internet companies like Google and Facebook wield in our lives. But we're also getting a lot of benefit from it. So don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

What's the best option for internet in a rural area?

Exede

Episode 1596

John from San Bernardino, CA

John is moving to a rural area of Pennsylvania, and the only internet available is via satellite. What are his options? Leo recommends first visiting BroadbandReports.com and see if there are any wireless ISPs there. If so, that's certainly going to be a better option than Satellite. But if you have to have a satellite, then the best option is Exede by Wild Blue. It's not cheap and you certainly won't be streaming with it.

Is there a month to month option for overseas internet?

Episode 1561

Kimberly from Detroit, MI

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...