Wifi Too Slow? Don’t blame your provider!

You pay for a pricey Internet connection for your home. You expect your devices to blast through websites, games, movies and music… until you find that your speeds are not what your provider said they would be.

Your Router could be the culprit.

Routers are the devices that take your connection and shares it to everything in your home. The problem with some routers is their use of a spectrum that is identical to everyone else’s router. This traffic on a single spectrum wavelength is difficult for devices to parse. If your neighbors all have cheap routers (and chances are they do), you are all broadcasting and receiving to and from each router within your router’s range. Many routers have different channels within the spectrum, and if the neighbors know what they are doing (chances are they don’t – which means they are using the default channel), they will choose a less trafficked channel to help avoid this type of issue.

The better routers also have dual bands, so your devices don’t all have to connect using the same band/channel. Your own devices will perform better if you are using multiple bands and connect using the best one for that device. At my home, I have a router that broadcasts two different bands and I can name each band a different router name, so that I can tell which devices can see the other band. Not all devices receive both bands (although newer ones are coming out with that capability).

Need to see some good routers? Check out the ones below that have dual bands and allow you to program them for optimal speed.

NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1750 Smart Dual Band WiFi Router (R6700)

Google Wifi system (set of 3) – Router replacement for whole home coverage.

NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (R7000) with Open Source Support. Compatible with Amazon Echo/Alexa

NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit WiFi Router (R8000) Compatible with Amazon Echo/Alexa

Securifi Almond – (3 Minute Setup) Touchscreen WiFi Wireless Router / Range Extender / Access Point / Wireless Bridge – Works with Amazon Alexa

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Serious Video Making Requires This Type Of Commitment!

I just finished writing a post on Online Video Workshop about how serious videos can be commercials, too. In it, I mentioned that you have to capture the attention of your audience from the first second of your video. Nothing grabs eyeballs like footage from a great camera.

If you try to pass off serious content with 720 P or lower resolution, you are asking too much of your audience. Credibility is earned through the quality of your footage. Now, I am not saying that you absolutely need to buy the best cameras and go to the best locations to shoot your videos… but it sure helps! This is especially true if you have a smaller budget for things like actors and such.

If you can’t afford $100,000+ a minute for some grade AAA talent, then make up for it with great shots from exotic locations! This Panasonic HC-X1000 4K Ultra HD 60p/50p Professional Camcorder could make the difference between getting your video seen by thousands or overlooked by millions.

Panasonic HC-X1000 4K Ultra HD 60p/50p Professional Camcorder

First of all, when you choose a camera for your videos, you should be avoiding anything with “digital zoom!” Why? Because if you are using the digital zoom feature (which is using the camera’s image sensor chip to bring your subject closer by reducing the number of dots per inch – DPI – of the recorded footage), the quality of your shot is compromised because you are using less of the image sensor’s actual DPI captured and instead using an algorithm to make the smaller area bigger. (You are using less of the image sensor). If you want quality video closeups, you need optical zoom! Optical zoom uses a lens to change the size of the image that the image sensors see instead of making the chip use less of its surface by digitally zooming.

Optical Zoom Uses More Sensor

It is all about the dots per inch. Imagine a magazine image. Heck, if you are near a magazine, go get it and then get a magnifying glass (or use the magnifying glass app on your phone) to zoom in on any image in the magazine. Each image is screen printed on a page using dots of ink. Only 4 colors are used too create the images on a magazine page in most instances. When you zoom in, you can see the individual dot patterns that make up the image. That is a crude example of what the camera image sensors see. The more sensor dots that can be used to take the picture, the better the quality of the image. Optical zoom is like the magnifying glass, except that instead of showing a grainier image by revealing the dots on a smaller section of an image, it takes the image and expands the number of dots that the smaller area is being recorded with.

That is why if you have a 20 Megapixel digital camera, when you use digital zoom when taking the picture, you are actually reducing the number of Megapixels that your final image will be. It is using the image sensor to zoom in on the section of the image, not increasing the size of the image on the image sensor.

Anyway, the Panasonic HC-X1000 has upp to 20x optical zoom to let you use your entire image sensor to record closeups up to 20x what you would see without the zoom. That means 20x better picture quality than digital zoom!

Panasonic HC-X1000 4K Ultra HD 60p/50p Professional Camcorder
This baby records in 4k Ultra High Definition with 20x Optical Zoom!

Read more about the Panasonic HC-X1000 4K Ultra HD 60p/50p Professional Camcorder here!

 

 

 

 

NextBook 11.6 Tablet With Keyboard

This Christmas, I saw a lot of technology come through my inbox. A lot of sweet deals and some I thought were sweet. But we already have top of the line desktop computers that we picked up in the fall, so we weren’t going to spring for another one so soon.

But one that did catch my attention, because of the Intel processor and the 11.6 inch size was the NextBook 11.6 Ares Quad Core Tablet With Detachable Keyboard. The size was a little bigger than the 10 inch Android tablet I have been using, without rising to the laptop size that ends up weighing too much when you want something portable.

I ordered one for Yvonne and myself. They arrived a few days before Christmas and never got to see the inside of a Christmas wrapping. We had them out and charging within minutes of the delivery. They do not use a tablet standard microUSB port for charging, instead, they have a dedicated charging port so that you are forced to use the charger that comes with the unit. Not that bad, but with the number of USB charging devices out there, it was hoped that we could just plug in our USB and be charging.

nextbook-ares-11The charge on these babies is pretty good. Partly because everything is solid state, so no fans are running and no hard drives spinning, the tablet can go most of the day on one charge with intermittent use. For those times when I have the thing working its tail off (playing solitaire) for hours at a time, the battery drains within 4 to 5 hours – but the device does get hot on the left side. I find that once it gets a little warm, it is a good idea to find something a little more active to do to keep my butt from going numb and to allow the tablet time to cool off.

This tablet comes with Windows 10 right out of the box, which is another reason I wanted it. My Android tablet was nice, but I liked to use Microsoft Office 365, and could not on that device. Within a few minutes of setting this NextBook up, I logged into my Microsoft account and installed Office onto the tablet. (Microsoft Office 365 allows 5 devices to install the software for the $10 per month I pay, so I figured this would be a good idea) It works amazingly well with Word, Excel and PowerPoint! I don’t use any of the other Office programs that often, so I couldn’t tell you if those work well.

One issue that has caused me consternation, though Yvonne never complains about it (must not happen to her), is that my NextBook loses the WiFi internet at weird intervals. It is still connected to the WiFi, it just says that the WiFi connection does not have internet. Now, I have two routers that both have internet. My solution has been to switch the WiFi connection to the other router until the next time it happens. I can change the WiFi at least a few times in a day. The support site says to restore the the tablet and that should solve the problem. I have a problem with restoring my devices unless I absolutely have to.

So I came close to returning my NextBook, but the convenience of being able to work anywhere (translation: playing Solitaire in bed) is why I keep this thing around.

Something else that may irritate people (it does me, but I usually work around this) is that the keyboard comes with a touchpad in the center of the section where your hands rest. During the course of typing, my fingers (probably my thumbs) touch the pad and place the cursor at some random spot in the text I am typing so that I find myself writing a sentence within the confines of a word that I had written 10 minutes ago. This ticks me off, but I fix it and go on. (It should be possible to turn off the touchpad, but again, this is a minor irritant, so I don’t go off in search of the place where I can do that when I am in the middle of writing a blog post). It is possible to use the on screen keyboard if the keyboard gets to me, but I am of the opinion that typing on screen is something that you need to have been born into, so I just save most of my typing for my desktop, since I spent the big bucks on it.

So, while I wouldn’t spend much more than $300 on a tablet like this, the current price of the NextBook makes it very attractive. I have not yet found the perfect tablet, and I am not ready to blow $3500 to try the Apple and Microsoft top of the line tablets/portables. Maybe when I decide that my mobility is more important than my work, I will go that route. For now, I will continue to be happy with the NextBook 11.6 inch Tablet!

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Keeping Your Data Safe Online

Data Protection
Computer security is a real issue!

When you have you computer, laptop, tablet or phone connected to the Internet, you place that device in harm’s way. It is a fact that hackers can (and do on a regular basis) hack private wifi connections. And public wifi connections are even more likely to be hackable thanks to the nature of networks.

Your first line of defense needs to be a good antivirus program. But that is not all you need. A good backup program is crucial to keeping the data you would hate to lose safe (like photos, videos and your original work).

Want to know more about computer security? Read this guide: http://buyfromazon.com/security

Or, if you are responsible for the security of the computers in your business or office, Computer and Information Security Handbook, Second Edition is the real resource for keeping your environment safe from possible hacks.

We will continue to provide you with resources that will help you prevent and overcome data loss. Don’t forget to tell your friends about us!