Four Quick Ways to Improve Bandwidth for Streaming Movies

Whether you’re a cordcutter without a subscription to cable or satellite TV, or you want the convenience of streaming content using DirecTV Everywhere or HBO Go, bandwidth remains a vital part of your video-on-demand experience. Trying to enjoy streaming video on a slow Internet service leads to buffering and ultimately a poor experience. With that […]

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Fiber Optic Internet Options from Google, Verizon and AT&T

Fiber optic Internet service offers the ultimate in speed and bandwidth for the home user. Unfortunately, its availability tends to be limited; the high cost of installing fiber optic cable being a primary reason. Still, where it is available, it generally leads to healthy competition between the country’s top Internet providers. With that in mind, […]

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Using Your Mobile Phone as a Personal Internet Hotspot

One of the best features of the modern smartphone is their ability to work as a mobile Internet hotspot when necessary. Essentially, you are able to easily create your own private wireless network, which comes in handy when traveling or if your regular ISP goes offline for whatever reason. When using a smartphone as a […]

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Perform a DSL Speed Test at Different Times of the Day

No matter what type of Internet connection you use, — fiber, cable, or DSL — performing a speed test at different times during the day gives you the best idea of your bandwidth quality. Since its overall speed is affected by network traffic based on the time of the day, running a DSL speed test at […]

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How to Setup a Wireless Stereo System at Home

One of the nice features provided by Bluetooth technology is its ability to stream music wirelessly to speakers, headphones and earbuds. While the sound quality suffers compared to a high-end stereo system playing vinyl or an advanced audio format like SACD or DVD-Audio, it works well enough with compressed formats like MP3 or AAC. The […]

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Building a Home WiFi Network with High Speed Internet

Considering the proliferation of devices able to access a home WiFi network — tablets, smartphones, Internet radios, video game systems, and more — building a fast network able to handle copious amounts of bandwidth is a must. Other than your Internet Service Provider, your home wireless router plays the biggest role in ensuring every device […]

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How your Internet Browser affects your broadband speed test

The Broadband Speed Test: Does Your Internet Browser Matter? Browser Wars. In the late 1990s, the term referred to Explorer’s triumph over Navigator as the de-facto Internet browsing standard, but since 2003 it has applied to the battle between offerings like Mozilla’s Firefox, Google’s Chrome, Apple’s Safari and yes, Internet Explorer. Each browser has its […]

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How Does a Website Server Affect Your Bandwidth Test?

If your Internet connection isn’t living up to expectations, a bandwidth test is your first step to fixing the problem. This test calculates the maximum download and upload speed of a connection in megabytes per second  (Mbps) along with its ‘ping’, or the time it takes for your computer to transmit data and have a […]

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How your WiFi Router affects your Internet Speed

When struggling with poor Internet performance at your house, maybe your ISP isn’t always the issue? Your WiFi router is another critical component that plays an important role in ensuring your Internet connection remains fast and reliable. Routers are now required to work Harder With smartphones, tablet computers, Internet-enabled appliances, and more all competing for […]

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AT&T and DirecTV Merger creates Media and Internet Giant

The recent news of AT&T’s planned acquisition of the satellite TV company, DirecTV, remains the talk of the tech world. What will this merger mean for the average homeowner hoping for fast Internet access and the ability to stream movies and other content without any issues? Are monthly subscriber fees expected to increase? Let’s take […]

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