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Saturday, 04 March 2017 16:36

This Week in Tech

 

 

Amazon shuts down the Internet

Many people are not aware of the fact that Amazon provides cloud web services for many of our favorite companies, and many of us would have continued to live without knowing this info if they had not been the one responsible for the massive internet outage that took place on Tuesday. How exactly did this happen? Amazon released a rather lengthy statement explaining the entire debacle, though the explanation can be summed up in a single word: Typo.

As explained in Amazon’s statement:

  “We’d like to give you some additional information about the service disruption that occurred in the Northern Virginia (US-EAST-1) Region on the morning of February 28th. The Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) team was debugging an issue causing the S3 billing system to progress more slowly than expected. At 9:37AM PST, an   authorized S3 team member using an established playbook executed a command which was intended to remove a small number of servers for one of the S3 subsystems that is used by the S3 billing process. Unfortunately, one of the inputs to the command was entered incorrectly and a larger set of servers was removed than intended. The servers that were inadvertently removed supported two other S3 subsystems.”

This mistype reportedly cost Amazon nearly $150 million. The outage mainly affected America’s East coast and was recovered by around 2pm PST, however it served as  a reminder that the Internet is not a constantly flowing service and can have issues, whether caused by technical or human error, that can leave us in the dark. Many big names like Google have been racing to build similar web services to Amazon’s to prevent major outages like this, and this occurrence only had to the urgency in which they do so.

If you’re having internet issues at your home or office that aren’t caused by company outages such as this one was, there is a chance that you may just need to have your home or floor rewired. PRO offers networking services to ensure that you are able to access your internet no matter where you are in your building, which is especially important with wireless connections. Contact us today for info on how we can keep you connected.



 

Phone News Galore!

LOTS of phone news was revealed in the last week, so here is a quick recap of it all:

    • Samsung is back with its new Galaxy phone despite many reports on them dropping the Galaxy series entirely after last year’s series of misfortune. BGR blew the lid on the release of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, check out their in-depth article on it! . If you’re not a fan of spoilers, the official Samsung launch event will be taking place in late March

    • The iPhone 8 is getting more coverage than ever before, especially with Apple plans to sell it in both a  LCD and OLED model. Plans to switch the charging port from the Lightning port to the more common USB-C port have been debunked, but it is likely that the Charging port itself may see a redesign.

    • The LG G6 has been making waves with its dust and water resistant phone with an absolutely stunning display capabilities  and nice camera.

    • Blackberry refuses to be forgotten with its new designs, one with a physical keyboard and one without.

    • Sony Xperia XA1 and XA Ultra are catching the attention of consumers who do not want spend the nearly $700 standard for new high profile phones, though official prices have yet to be announced.

    • 5G is becoming more and more of a reality rather than a concept for the US, and it’s about time! This is excellent news not just for phones but for connections worldwide in all future devices 


 PRO Build Spotlight




 

Another white custom build that made for a happy customer! Check out the specs below and if this is something that you might be interested in, let us know!

 

Specs List

 

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.4Ghz

CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 AIO Liquid Cooler

MB: Asus Z170-E ATX Board

RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4

Storage: [CLIENT SUPPLIED] Samsung EVO SSD + 1TB HDD

GPU: Asus GeForce GTX 1070 8GB OC Dual Fan Video Card

Case: NZXT H440 Quiet Edition White Mid Tower

PSU: EVGA 600W ATX Modular Power Supply

OS: Windows 10 Home 64-bit


 

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 00:38

What is YODA?

Bringing YODA Back

No, no no. Before you Star Wars fans get too excited, this has nothing to do with you (you can check out this story instead). 

 

YODA in this case instead refers to the You Own Devices Act, and more interestingly, the resurfacing of it. Earlier this month, members of Congress made an effort to reintroduce YODA for consideration after an initial attempt had failed in 2014. If passed, YODA would provide leverage for consumers in their ability to do whatever they want with the devices that they buy. This concept is one that a vast majority of consumers have assumed to be the norm already, but from the perspective of many major corporations, the only people who are allowed to use their products are those who have purchased them directly. Even then, with the current state of ownership for many devices, you still aren’t allowed to do a lot of things with it; For example: Let’s say you’ve upgraded to a new phone or computer and you agree to pass your used phone or laptop along to a friend or family member. You are legally about to give away or sell the technology itself, but you’re technically not allowed to give away any of the software on said devices because of the copyrights and terms of service associated with whatever was included on the machine. This partial ownership of what consumers buy mostly serves as a way to keep companies from missing out of profits from potential buyers who now have the option of purchasing the exact same item from someone else for a smaller amount, and because of this, many are not in favor of YODA being passed.

The passing of YODA goes hand in hand with the Right to Repair act, which says that owners of broken or defective devices have to right to get the item fixed in ways other than through the original manufacturer. This would also gives repair shop the right to access to schematics and parts that will aid in the repair of said items. In other words, this act will allow PRO to continue fixing your devices in the best way possible!

Thus far, all attempts of putting these on the path to being voted on have been shut down, but it is clear that many are not satisfied with YODA or the Right to Repair act being put down.

Hear from others in the tech repair industry on how this affects both themselves and you!

Monday, 13 February 2017 19:45

Quiet White Gaming Custom Build

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In this edition of custom builds by PRO, we have worked closely with a client on their goal of replacing an older custom build with a great performing one at a concise budget range. Hard to achieve you think, not for PRO! We migrated the storage drives from the clients' old build into this new one that is focused on quiet performance in a clean, sleek design. Color preference from the client was white, so we used parts that had a sleek white finish. No flashy LED's in this build so there's no disco party going on while the client is getting their gaming on, therefore the build is focused on quiet airflow and really good performance. Check it out below and let us know if you would like a computer designed specifically around your needs!

Specs List:

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.4Ghz

CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 AIO Liquid Cooler

MB: Asus Z170-E ATX Board

RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4

Storage: [CLIENT SUPPLIED] Samsung EVO SSD + 1TB HDD

GPU: Asus GeForce GTX 1070 8GB OC Dual Fan Video Card

Case: NZXT H440 Quiet Edition White Mid Tower

PSU: EVGA 600W ATX Modular Power Supply

OS: Windows 10 Home 64-bit

 

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Monday, 13 February 2017 17:30

3D Modeling Custom Build Workstation

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We were hired to assemble another build, but instead of the common usage for high-end gaming, this client need it to MAKE video games! This client was getting very frustrated with running Parallels on their MacBook to use Windows for working in Autodesk Maya and the Unreal Gaming Engine, so they wanted something that allows them to run all their art programs at ease. The PRO that assembled this build studied 3D art for gaming as well, so they knew just what the client needed. The end result was a build that gave more performance than the client was looking for, at a lower cost than what they were willing to spend. A win-win!!! Plus we hooked them up with dual-monitors for multitasking, a big step up from working on one MacBook screen. We even themed it with the new Corsair LED RAM, combined with the AURA lighting from the ASUS motherboard and GPU, the build has a neat black/red color scheme! Check out the specs and the pictures below, and if you're interested in PRO building a desktop for work or play or both, feel free to contact us to get started!

Specs List:

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz

CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 Liquid Cooler

MB: ASUS Maximus VIII Hero ATX

RAM: Corsair Vengeance LED 32GB DDR4-2666

Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD

- Seagate Barracuda 2TB HDD

GPU: Asus GeForce GTX 1060 6GB STRIX Video Card

Case: NZXT S340 Black/Red Mid Tower

PSU: EVGA 650W Semi-Modular Power Supply

OS: Windows 10 Home 64-bit

 

Monitors: 2 x AOC 23" 1080P Frameless IPS Monitor

 

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Monday, 13 February 2017 17:11

Cost Effective Gaming Build

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This week’s PRO spotlight goes to another sweet custom gaming rig. Nowadays, even with a more limited budget, PRO can build a rig that gives you the performance you're looking for at the price that suits your wallet! Check out the specs and let if this is something that you would be interested in owning one as well!

Specs List:

   CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K

   CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 Liquid Cooler

   Motherboard: Asus Z170-E

   RAM: G. Skill Ripjaws 16GB DDR4

   SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB

   HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB

   GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5

   Case: NZXT S340 (Black/Red) Mid Tower

   PSU: EVGA 500W Power Supply

   OS: Windows 10 Home 64-bit

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Monday, 13 February 2017 16:45

Polar White Video Gaming Rig

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There is truly special about owning your own custom build, but having it designed to fit your individual aesthetic in addition to your daily needs as a computer is part of the joy of owning something that is uniquely yours. Check out this Polar White build we’ve done for a recent client! Check out the images and specs sheet below to see if something like this build would be right up your alley!

 

Specs List

CPU: Intel Core i7-6800K 3.4GHz CPU

CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 CPU Liquid Cooler

MB: Asus x99-A II

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 32GB DDR4-2666 Memory

Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD + Seagate Barracuda 2TB HDD

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB SC

Case: NZXT S340 White Mid Tower

PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W Power Supply

OS: Windows 10 64-bit

Wireless: Asus PCE-AC56 PCI-E Wi-Fi Adapter

Fans: Corsair Air Series White 120mm fan x 4

View the embedded image gallery online at:
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If you have a theme or a concept build that you want a consultation for, contact us and let us know your wants, your needs, and your price range. We’ll make something special for you~

Monday, 13 February 2017 16:14

VR Gaming Custom Build

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We love bringing your custom build dreams to life! Here’s a look at a nice set up that we’ve completed. It’s an awesome black and red build that has been dubbed the Black Widow. Check out the images and specs sheet below to see if something like this build would be to your liking!


Specs List

 

CPU: Intel Core i7-6800K 3.4GHz 6-core Processor

CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i v2 Liquid Cooler

MB: Asus ROG STRIX X99 Gaming ATX Motherboard

RAM: Crucial Ballistix Elite 32GB DDR4-2666 Memory

Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 1TB SSD

GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 STRIX 8GB GDDR5 Video Card

Case: Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5 ATX Mid Tower

PSU: EVGA 650W Semi-modular Power Supply

Parts to be migrated:

Storage: 1TB HDD

Disc Drive: Internal DVD Drive

OS: Windows 10 Home 64-bit

View the embedded image gallery online at:
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If you have a theme or a concept build that you want a consultation for, contact us and let us know your wants, your needs, and your price range. We’ll make something special for you~

Saturday, 04 February 2017 22:55

This Week in Tech

Let’s Talk About Net Neutrality

 

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The fight to keep net neutrality alive has been one that has gone on for years, and for the most part has been successful. Some companies have recently felt that net neutrality is going to be  threatened by the newly appointed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman, Ajit Pai, who replaces former chairman and neutrality advocate Tom Wheeler.

The phase has been tossed around for years, but what exactly is “Net Neutrality”?

Net Neutrality is the principle that as long as you pay to use the internet through any internet service provider (or ISP), you should have unlimited access to all websites and services that the internet provides at the speed that you are paying for at all times. Whether you are using Skype to contact family and friends, playing video games online, or streaming your favorite shows on Netflix all day, you should be able to access all of this content without compromise to your internet speed. Basically, Net Neutrality means an open and accessible internet. You can watch this video for a concise 1-minute explanation.

So, why is the principle of an open internet such a hot topic? Well, ISP’s such as Comcast, AT&T, and Time Warner Cable are fighting for the ability to charge individual consumers and businesses additional fees on top of their monthly recurring bill in order to access or provide services at the highest internet speeds available. This is contrary to the principle of net neutrality, which dictates that these services are ones you should be getting at no extra charge, as access to online services are the reason that you would sign up for internet in the first place. In order to remain honest to consumers, a Net Neutrality act was set in place which demanded that companies (with the exception of some) must remain transparent regarding all regulations or services that require online communication with their clients.

The organization in charge of overseeing internet communications and services is the Federal Communications Commission, also known as the FCC. The FCC currently upholds the net neutrality principle, however the recent change in who the chair of the FCC will influence whether how long the neutrality regulations will be upheld, and who will be allowed exemption from said regulations.

As mentioned before, this affects all parties. On the user end, there is the issue of your ISP potentially requesting that you pay more for services that you typically have access to from Day 1. This means it is entirely up to your service provider’s discretion on deciding to charge extra for uninterrupted access for say Facebook or Netflix, and slow down the internet speed of individuals who choose not to pay or do not have the means to do so. From the perspective of the companies that rely on the internet to serve its clients, there is the issue of a conflict of interest. Many of the ISPs also have other own services that they will be able to push towards users in an effort to prioritize their own content over offers. For example: Comcast has agency over both internet and cable television, however due to the increasing popularity of streaming shows and movies online through services like Netflix or Amazon Video, cable viewership has been on a steady decline. In order to combat this, Comcast can decide to throttle internet speeds for Netflix and only make normal speeds available to users if they or Netflix themselves pay a high premium. Comcast is then in a win-win situation, either making more money based on their competitors following or diminish the client pool that their competitors have and potentially gaining back their cable viewers or generating interest for a streaming service of their own.

In between both sides of the spectrum are those who are small business owners. Small businesses are concerned that they could potentially be forced to pay a high premium to ensure that online content reaches any sort of audience. Implementation of any Net Neutrality changes without the consideration of small business owners would put ISPs and large companies at greater advantage, as they already have the means to afford paying extra to keep their site speeds in the “fast lane”. On top of this, they would also be required to include the same level of transparency as larger corporations, which some argue as being too cumbersome and unnecessary for a small, privately-owned business. Luckily this isn’t a concern that has gone unanswered; Since 2015, the FCC passed the guidelines for net neutrality in 2015, which included a small business exemption where any business with less than 100,000 customers would be exempt from the same responsibilities as larger companies. Even now, there are changes lined up that seem to favor smaller businesses.

The effect that any future alterations to the current neutrality standard is still unclear, but it is wise to keep an eye on any changes that might take place in the future. We will be sure to update you all as more news rolls out.


 

PRO Build Spotlight

We love bringing your custom build dreams to life! Here’s a look at a nice set up that we’ve completed. It’s an awesome black and red build that has been dubbed the Black Widow. Check out the images and specs sheet below to see if something like this build would be to your liking!

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Specs List

 

CPU: Intel Core i7-6800K 3.4GHz 6-core Processor

CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i v2 Liquid Cooler

MB: Asus ROG STRIX X99 Gaming ATX Motherboard

RAM: Crucial Ballistix Elite 32GB DDR4-2666 Memory

Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 1TB SSD

GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 STRIX 8GB GDDR5 Video Card

Case: Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5 ATX Mid Tower

PSU: EVGA 650W Semi-modular Power Supply

Parts to be migrated:

Storage: 1TB HDD

Disc Drive: Internal DVD Drive

OS: Windows 10 Home 64-bit

 

If you have a theme or a concept build that you want a consultation for, contact us and let us know your wants, your needs, and your price range. We’ll make something special for you~


 

How Far We’ve Come

 

While browsing through Facebook, we came across this post from SanDisk that took us down memory lane ~

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SanDisk, a well known manufacturer of memory cards and solid state drives, has been a driving force behind how data storage has advanced over the last 20 years. Plus, here’s a fun fact: Much to the confusion of some, the ‘SD’ in SD Card does not refer to “SanDisk” at all, despite them playing a large part in the creation of these memory cards. Instead it stands for “Secure Digital”, and serves as the answer and upgrade to the Multi Media Card (more prominently known as MMC) card storage system from SanDisk and Siemens AG in 1997. The SD card gained rapid popularity as it helped combat the MMC’s limited storage capacity and ease of data compromisation. Even more interesting, the SD card was introduced as a way to reduce the threat of music and media piracy!

The amount of research and science packed into these tiny squares shows just a small snippet of how far we have come in advancing data storages’ storage capacity and efficiency. Another testament to how far we’ve come with data storage comes from a recent article by Consumer Technology Association, which went in depth about how the flash memory technology behind the ever-growing popularity of solid state drives (SSDs) is only going to be better better and more affordable for everyone.

 

We’re sure that we will be able to say the same thing about what today’s standard of “cutting edge” technology in another 20 years, we can’t wait to see what we come up with next!


 

Saturday, 21 January 2017 19:39

This Week in Tech

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PRO’s Wicker Park location is Closing

 

After years of dedicated service to the Wicker Park/ Bucktown area, PRO on 1913 N. Milwaukee has made the difficult decision to close its doors. We would like to thank everyone who has given us their patronage and support and hope that you will continue to rely on PRO for your technology needs either at one of our other locations or remotely. The last day our Bucktown shop will be taking orders in is Friday, January 27th. All order that are left at Wicker Park by this date will be transferred and available for to one of our other two PRO locations. For those who are interested in taking their business to one of our other locations, we have locations in:

Andersonville (5152 N. Clark St)

 

Jefferson Park (5019 W. Lawrence Ave)

Or you can contact us for more info!


 

The Future Return of Flip Phones

Do you recall the good old days when phones served only one purpose - to make phone calls? You won’t be able to go back to those simpler times (sorry), but you may be able to experience the same level of ease and convenience in a different way. The flip phone is definitely making a comeback, but perhaps not in the way that you had imagined.

The rise in 2-in-1 laptops is one that cannot go unnoticed. They have proven to be a staple in the market and provide a new level of portability for students and businesspersons alike. On the opposite side of the spectrum, we have the phablet. This plus-sized phone has also made its mark, and sacrifices being pocket -sized in a trade-off for the processing power. Tech pioneers such as Microsoft and Samsung have been providing the most competitive devices for both sides of this tech hybrid spectrum, and intend to take that innovation to another level with devices that are currently in the works.Based on some patents are have been made public, there may soon be a bridge between 2-in-1 phones and laptops. Many are referring to this new design as ‘Foldable’ and ‘Fold-out’ phones, which so far seems to be a flip phone that folds like a book rather than the traditional top down style that we grew familiar with.

Microsoft patented a foldable design back in 2014 and are making more headway with the design which is catching everyone’s attention. Several other companies have hopped on board with similar designs of their own while others are more focused on a different type of flexibility. Phone with bendable display have been rising in presence at tech trade shows for the last year as well such as the flexy prototypes released by lenovo not too long ago. 

 Samsung was the most recent to hop on board having been awarded numerous patents just a few weeks ago. One such patent includes plans for a flexible display with rumors of being made with a more pliant material that may be introduced to phone designs in the coming years.

What do you think about these new phone designs? Would you rather stick with a current smartphone or an old school flip phone? Do you think companies are putting too much emphasis on looks rather than functionality, or that a devices appearance is just as important and serves its own function in a phone’s design?


 

Are Apps Asking for Too Much?

 If you are hip to the ever changing rotation of the most popular apps, then you may have heard about Meitu recently. Many people are now downloading a photo editing app called Meitu, a relatively harmless app which adds filters and themes to your photos giving them a cute appearance that is very popular in Asian culture. The app itself has been very popular China for several years, but has just now gone viral globally and is catching fire among people in the US.

Many have had growing concerns about the app due to the extensive list of permissions required to even use it. The usual things such as permission to access your camera and photo gallery are to be expected and can be allowed without issue. The concern arrives over how the app asks for permission to be able to view and even make phone calls, allow for your location tracking to be turned on while the app is running, and even checking whether your phone has been jailbroken (applicable to iPhone only) and reporting its findings to the company that created the app.

 

So, should we be concerned? The answer is it depends. One thing to remember is that this app was made specifically by and for these Chinese market and thus must adhere to app permissions and laws that are necessary for that region. China’s laws regarding app usage, permissions, and phone status for its citizens are somewhat strict and the Meitu app complies with these laws as they should, so if you or someone you know is accessing this app in that area, then no. The issue lies in the fact that the company did not anticipate any foreign interest in the app, and thus did not alter their analytics and region requirements accordingly. To a foreign audience, these permissions are seen as very intrusive as most applications that we use from day to day do not require most of them. The rising popularity in Meitu means an increase in data and information gathered by Meitu, Inc which they can technically use as they see fit since those who have downloaded the app have given them permission to access it. Mietu privacy statement regarding the permissions may ease ease its new found audience a bit:

 

Meitu collects user information to improve product performance and user experience. In order to achieve such an aim, Meitu will use the user information for the following purposes:

(I) To improve product functionality and upgrade user experience, thereby offering better services for the user;

(II) For identity verification, security control and customer services, so as to ensure the normal use and security of Meitu;

(III) To enable Meitu to better understand the interests of the user to help Meitu to respond to user’s individual demands;

(IV) Meitu may use the user’s personal information to prevent, find and investigate the practices of fraud, endangering of security, illegal actions or other conduct violating the agreement, policy or rules between the user and Meitu or its associated parties, so as to protect the legitimate rights and interests of Meitu or its associated parties;

(V) To enable the user to participate in the surveys of Meitu’s relevant products and services.

 

While this is just one of the most recent examples, apps asking for personal information that is not necessarily needs for the app to run is no new development. Many apps today ask for this info in an attempt to track users typically phone activity to fine tune marketing efforts in the future, which many people do not like. Analytics like these can be seen as invasive to many and thus are not taken lightly by consumers, especially in light of recent data breaches at major companies like Yahoo. At this time, the best way to avoid any unsolicited use of your information by companies is to not use the applications that are created by them, however it can be noted that the people are given less and less agency to decide who get what personal information.

What are your thoughts on data mining and consumer analytics being included in apps that are meant to be harmless fun?





Are you paying for a high-speed internet connection, but your Wi-Fi feels slower than a slug? Is your phone or laptop dropping connection as soon as you walk into another room? Feel like you have no control over your own home network?

Wi-Fi is one of the most useful and important parts of using a computer, and yet it’s also one of the most frustrating. If you’re plagued by slow speeds, bad reception, and other Wi-Fi issues, here are 5 ways you can power up the Wi-Fi in your home or office.

1. Finding the perfect spot for your router

Location, location, location

Some routers may be ugly, but that doesn’t mean you should hide them behind the TV cabinet. If you want the best signal, you’ll need it out in the open, free of any walls and obstructions. Place it as close to the center of your household as you can, with any antennas it may have pointed outwards towards the different ends of the house (like arms opening wide for a hug), and have it elevated as much as you can (having it on the floor is not ideal for many reasons).

2. Use the Latest Wi-Fi Technologies (N or AC)

SPEED!

One of the best ways to make sure your network is as fast and reliable as possible is to use up-to-date hardware. The main thing you need to know: Wireless A, B, and G connection types are old and slow, and wireless N (and the even newer wireless AC) will give you the fastest speeds around. Connection speed is a two-way deal: even if you have a new laptop with the fastest connection, it'll only go as fast as the connection your router gives (you'll need wireless N on both to gain that speed).

3. Get rid of Interference from Other appliances

Interference

Other routers aren’t the only thing that can cause interference. Cordless phones, microwaves, and other appliances can muck with your signal as well. Buying a dual band router can help with this, but you can also buy cordless phones on other bands too. If you don’t want to buy new hardware, you can always try moving your router further away from interfering appliances, too. 

4. Thwart Wi-Fi Thieves with Better Security

Your password is weak

Even if your router has a password, it can be really easy to hack. There are easy ways to find out if someone is stealing your Wi-Fi, but the best thing to do is just lock them out with better security. Using a unique network name, along with a password that is alphanumeric (contains letters and numbers), has uppercase and lowercase letters, and at least one symbol(!, @, $, among others) helps exponentially in keeping your network secure from freeloaders.

5. Control Bandwidth-Hogging Applications

Streaming is Hogging

If someone in your house regularly video chats, plays online games, torrents files, or uses services like Netflix, they may be hogging bandwidth and making the internet slower for everyone else. Try and plan out schedules and keep in communication on who is using an application that uses a lot of bandwidth and find balance, like 4 roommates sharing one bathroom. If someone is not using an app that eats up bandwidth, simply close it to save the speeds for others.

Tried out these tips along with a few others and your Wi-Fi still giving you the blues? Contact us and let us put our expertise at work so you can get all the great Wi-Fi coverage you deserve!

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