Networking

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

Why's My Streaming So Slow on the TV?

Verizon

Episode 1675

Gordon from Columbus, OH

Gordon cut the cord in favor of streaming through Verizon. After he did that, his streaming speeds plummetted. But it doesn't with his computer. Leo suspects that the issue is due to the WiFi connection to the TV. Most TVs have terrible WiFi radios in them. Leo recommends having a wired connection to television. Use a streaming box, like a ROKU to handle the WiFi and then connect wired to the TV. Another option is to get a MESH Router.

Is my wifi secure?

WiFi Signal

Episode 1674

Mike from Yakama, WA

Mike is worried that his WiFi network is compromised since his encryption was bypassed. Leo said that WEP was hacked, and routers went to WPA. And then WPA2. But the latest news is that "Krack attacks" have gotten into WPA2. Leo says it's largely sensationalized headlines and that it's very hard to do and requires a lot of time being on the network itself. Also, by now, most routers have been patched against Krack. So it's not really anything to fret over. And WPA3 is on the horizon, with new routers turning it on with a software upgrade.

Here are some things you can do:

Why doesn't WiFi work with my Linux Distro?

popOS

Episode 1668

Dave from Twin Falls, Idaho

Dave installed Ubuntu Linux on the HP Stream and now he's having issues with WiFi. Leo says that HP probably didn't make drivers available for Linux, and so the community needs to figure that out. So chances are, there isn't a specific driver for the particular WiFi chip that his Stream uses. Leo recommends trying another version of Linux called POPOS by System 76. It's very similar to Ubuntu, but it has far more drivers available.

Why did my Synology folder disappear from Windows?

Synology DiskStation DS718+

Episode 1664

Tony from West Palm Beach, FL

Tony has a Synology NAS, but the public folder disappeared from his Windows PC. And Windows won't let him browse to it. Leo says SMB has to be enabled for the folder to be discovered. It's the networking protocol that Windows uses. It will also give you a password challenge. But once you input the password, Windows should remember it. 

How Can I Have More Consistent and Fast WiFi?

Eero

Episode 1663

Chris from Miami, FL

Chris has everyone set up with WiFi through UVerse DSL, but he wants to move away from it because it keeps going down. Leo says that UVerse DSL really isn't' all that great. It's not like UVerse Fiber. He would like a hardwired system to his Eero. Leo says Eero has beacons to cover the space. Two would be enough (one base, one beacon). The benefit is that Mesh routers have a second back channel to talk between the MESH devices. That makes WIFI much faster.