Internet and Web

Your internet connection, web sites and services.

Can I use my own router for my WISP internet service?

Brainstorm Internet

Episode 1625

Tim from Oxford, CO

Tim's internet is terrible because he lives in a rural area. His router managed to give him decent speed, but it went bad. So his wireless ISP gave him another one and it's terrible. Leo says that Brainstorm is a WISP, or wireless internet service provider, and you're most likely required to use their dedicated hardware. But you may be able to use your own router. But Leo suspects the problem is on their end. Routers to look at are TPLINK. Asus. NetGear. Check out  thewirecutter.com for their recommendations.

Johnny Jet .... here's a story

Johnny Jet

Episode 1624

Johnny Jet was recently at LAX, and there's a terminal that houses an In and Out Burger, and it's become a prime spot to eat lunch and watch the planes land. Johnny also got a private tour of the Brady Bunch house in Studio City, which has been remodeled by HGTV to look like the set from the sitcom. The outdoor house looked nothing on the inside like the set, so HGTV created it. There's a picture of Johnny on the stairs in the house here - B2HCHSpFytI

What is a VPN and do I need to use it?

VPN

Episode 1621

Rene from Vancouver, British Columbia

Rene wants to know if she can use a VPN to keep herself safe and still log into sites like Facebook. Leo says that a VPN is an encrypted tunnel for your traffic that masks your data as you use it. You should be able to still log in, but some sites don't support it. How about using an airport WiFi with a VPN. Leo says that's a very good place to use a VPN, but he generally doesn't use public wifi, especially in an airport. And you NEVER want to do banking or eCommerce on one.

Johnny Jet ... three weeks early

Johnny Jet

Episode 1620

Johnny Jet's second child came this week. Her name is Olivia Grace, and she came three weeks early. Johnny was in Las Vegas, at the time, but was able to get to the airport via an Uber and fly out within minutes. He made it in time for the delivery as well. Very exciting times. It was like a movie, with the Uber driver picking him up and weaving in and out of traffic to get to the airport, and he flew out within the hour. 

Why can't I navigate to my own IP in my VPN?

ExpressVPN

Episode 1620

Brett from Fort Worth, Texas

Brett has moved to ExpressVPN, but he's having issues surfing to his own IP. It worked fine with his old VPN, but not ExpressVPN (who is a sponsor of the TWiT Network). What can he do? Leo says to check your router settings. It may be that in your devices, there could be a security issue that's blocking it. Leo does that with his network for his NAS. Leo also says that Brett's problem may be due to his previous VPN being less secure. 

Is VPN City a good alternative?

VPN City

Episode 1619

Myron from Minneapolis, MN

Myron would like to know about VPN City. Leo says he's never heard of it. Tech Radar says that their speed is pretty good. However, Leo's take on VPNs is that they need to be secure, not spy on you, or insert ads into your feed to make money. It's also based in China and it uses Soft Ether protocol which Leo isn't a fan of. 

There are better choices out there like ExpressVPN, who is a sponsor of the TWiT network.