Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Should I use CCleaner to keep my computer healthy?

CCleaner

Episode 1716

Bart from West LA, CA

Bart uses Piriform CCleaner. Leo says that there's a new warning out to avoid CCleaner. Leo says that Microsoft Defender is flagging CCleaner has unwanted software because it includes other apps as part of the download. None of which Leo recommends. It's always best to avoid software that comes with a separate installer that ads other apps you don't want. CCleaner has addressed that issue to make sure it's no longer flagged.

How can I cut the cable and get over the air TV?

Silicondust HDHomeRun

Episode 1716

Jay from Temecula, CA

Jay was thinking of dropping his cable connection and getting a SilconDust HDHomeRun Premium. Leo is waiting for it, but it's been delayed. And cable is ridiculously expensive. How can he get channels with an antenna without a receiver? Leo says that the Home Run Duo or Quatro have multiple tuners to watch one show and record another. Midnight Commander is another good one. The Amazon FireTV ReCast is a new one. Tableau (they want a fee though). You can even use PLEX on your network.

Why is my Chromebook dropping out during a Zoom call?

Duet Chromebook

Episode 1716

Pente from Thousand Oaks, CA

Pente's Chromebook has an issue of stalling during a Zoom meeting. Leo says that the Chromebook could be underpowered for video conferencing and as such, have problems keeping up. But it could also be an issue with the Chromebook's radio or network card. You get what you pay for and if the Chromebook is a budget model, it may not be able to handle the bandwidth. You can help by making sure there's no other tab or extension running. 

A higher-priced Chromebook will have a faster processor, more memory, and better quality parts. 

Is there a security camera that doens't charge for storage?

Wyze Cam

Episode 1716

Kenny from Springfield, MO

Kenny wants to know if there's a security camera that supports iCloud or DropBox for storage of their security video. Leo says that probably the best bet is the Wyze Cam. It's under $30 and doesn't include any cost for storage. The trick is, it doesn't always record, just when it detects motion or noise. But that's kinda what you want. And you can't beat the price. And now, they have an outdoor version.

How can I build my own router?

Raspberry Pi 4

Episode 1716

Roger from Bowling Green, FL

Roger has decided to build his own router as a project using an older computer. What would be the best operating system for it and how should he configure the LAN? Leo says that's a project that Leo has wanted to do for a while now. Steve Gibson has also talked about the DIY router project and uses PF Sense and the NetGate SG1100 with an ARM chip to run it. He likes it a lot and it's open source. It's the way to go. You could also use a Raspberry Pi.

Why do my Philips Hue lights disconnect from WiFi?

Philips Hue Lights

Episode 1716

Jonathan from Scottsdale, AZ

Jonathan has a Philips Hue lights and uses the Wiz App to control them. But they keep disconnecting. Leo says that's a common problem, and he says that using the Home Hub will make WiFi connection to the lights more consistent. But Leo also thinks that the smart lights are more of a gimmick these days and really more hassle than they are worth. And they are expensive too. 

In general, smart home IoT as a technology still has a long way to go. 

Sam Abuelsamid ... towed

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1716

Sam joins Leo to talk about what truck you should buy if you want to not only tow something but do it in a high tech fashion. Sam says the latest technology in towing, offers trailer sway control and trailer backup assist. 

Trailer sway control prevents the trailer from moving side to side in windy conditions. The TSC recovers all by itself through a series of braking maneuvers on each wheel and adjusting the torque of the engine until the trailer is going straight again. All automatically. 

Why Isn't My Surface Pro PC Being Updated?

Surface Pro 7

Episode 1715

Jose from Modesto, CA

Jose has a Windows Surface Pro PC that hasn't been updated to the latest Windows 10 yet. What gives? Leo says that those are "feature updates" and Microsoft is updating the Surface Pro hardware last. Don't try and force it. It'll come sooner or later. And really, there's nothing in it Jose really needs right now. Security updates through "Patch Tuesday," and other critical updates will come separately and those are more important.