Internet running slow? Here’s some tips

Does it seem your internet is running slow? Here are some tips to help speed things up:

speedtest appCheck your Internet Speed. Download Speedtest program or you can download their app here.  This free program can scan to see what your speed of your Internet Service Provider. Once scanned, results will show your download and upload speeds in megabyte. If the number is low, consider contacting your ISP provider and see what your service includes.

Reboot your Internet Router and Wi-Fi. Depending on your setup, some folks have a router that includes the Wi-Fi feature built in it. If you have two boxes that are connected, you have one Internet Modem that bring the Internet to you  via a cable cord, while the Wi-Fi router gives a wireless signal.

To reboot, unplug the power cord or cords, unplug connections, and wait for one minutes. Now reconnect everything. It will take a few minutes to start your Internet again. You should see lights blink indicating a signal.

Reset your router (video)

How to reset your router (article)

If this doesn’t work, you will need to contact your service provider and ask if they can release/renew your IP address, or check your service to see if there are any issues. (Once I had a wasp nest outside where the wires connected to my house!).

You can also renew/release your IP via the DOS command. This can be intimidating for the computer noob, but the instructions are clear.

Release/renew your IP address. (article)

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 Some causes of slow Internet is not the Internet at all but something on your computer. This could be a browser extension, a browser toolbar, malware, virus, or the router is going bad.

Malwarebytes– can help find malware on your system

It is also possible that if your connection is not secure, someone is using your connection for themselves. Add security if you suspect this.

Make sure your Wi-Fi is secured. Click this link for instruction on how to check.

Change your Wi-Fi password. This will vary depending on the Wi-Fi router model you have. Use Google by searching the make/model of your Wi-Fi router + change password. This will give you instructions on how to access your Wi-Fi settings through a web browser.

Another tip is if you own a smart phone, check to see if your Wi-Fi router has an app. I know Linksys and Netgear have apps that enable your phone to manage the router.

If you have questions, post in comments or send your question to email@learnthepc.net.

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Free versions of software

Did you know there are many free versions of software out there that can replace costly programs? Just bear in mind that some don’t offer the same features, or in some cases are not as intuitive to learn as others. They are free, however, so download and try them out. I even use both paid versions and free versions depending on the features I like.

GetTheFreeVersion.com provides some comparisons

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Other sites to consider (and bookmark):

ninitehttp://www.ninite.com– lots of downloads to choose from, many of which are ‘must-have’ software like antivirus and security, to video/photo editors, to other useful programs.

Need a last minute Valentine card?

You can find a number of free printable Valentine’s Day cards on the Internet, but I made a design that includes a matching envelope.

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Here are some ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the one you love;

  • Take a walk in a park. Even in cold weather, you can enjoy the scenery and the presence of your loved one.
  • Dinner- Make a special dinner or go out to a restaurant. You can also start a tradition of making a favorite meal for this holiday.
  • Share a bottle of wine or sparkling cider.
  • Make love coupons to be used in the coming weeks. Here is a printable love coupon file.
  • Give/share a massage. You can also use the special scented oils, but baby oil works fine too. How to give a massage.

For those who do not have anyone to celebrate, take the day to love yourself or enjoy time with single friends to celebrate love of yourself.

  • Take a bubble bath. DIY Bath Homemade Bubble Bath.
  • Buy yourself chocolate, wine, or other gift to appreciate who you are.
  • Buy yourself flowers or a single rose to remind you that you are a lovely person.
  • Have a singles party with friends who are also single.
  • Watch a movie by yourself or with other single friends.

Have a great Valentine’s Day!

Happy Holidays from LearnThePC

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Wishing all my readers and visitors to my site/blog a very Happy Holiday, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Yule, and the very best for everyone to have a safe holiday season.

Listen to some Christmas music via YouTube:

Some fun links:

Enjoy Christmas Color Pages for Adults.

Christmas recipes from Allrecipes.com

Enjoy a Virtual Snow globe. Click and shake.

Need a new reality? Try Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality

One of the best entertainment you can get with your tablet or smart phone is the wonder that is augmented reality. This provides fun, education, and wonder to our otherwise boring reality life.

What is augmented reality? Augmented reality is supplemental reality, or things added to reality via smart phone or computer, to add enhance perception. Unlike virtual reality, which changes the entire perception, augmented adds to the reality to that we already perceive. Things are added, not replaced.

Technology needed: You will need technology to ‘see’ the augmented reality, and this includes Virtual Reality headsets, or smart phones, or tablets. You will also need the apps/programs.

iPhone/iPad

Android

Programs/apps

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You may have heard the hype with Pokémon Go! which lets you physically go into the real world and hunt Pokémon via a smart phone.  At Tom’s Guide, you can see 17 of the best augmented reality apps.

What you’ll find is not only games, but helpful information in the real world, similar to Google Glasses. The apps imposes a HUD (Heads-up Display) via your camera, adding information, links, and interactivity to the world. You can read/view/interact with your environment from ads in magazines to park monuments, to reading in foreign languages.

I’ve used SkyView app (IOS) before, which is a virtual sky you can explore day or night. This explores the night sky even if its not night, and shows you in real time where the sun, moon, satellites, planets, and stars are located using the phone’s GPS. It’s great for stargazing, and I remember once being able to watch a solar eclipse that happened on the other side of the world via this app.

Try them out and add in comments your thoughts and experiences. Ask questions if you like, and let me know if you liked this post.