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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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Buying a tablet? Consider this…

 When purchasing a computer tablet for mobile computer, you should weigh the pros and cons of functionality versus cost. I’ve made this list of some things to consider when buying a tablet;

First question to ask: What will you use it for? Is the tablet for business, to show spreadsheets, presentations, or graphics? Is this for personal work or school? What do you imagine you’ll be using the tablet with programs?

Cost Prices will vary on dependability, name brand, and available functions, but consider how much you’re willing to pay for what you need the tablet to do, and what comes with the tablet. Some cost as low as $200, like Acer Iconia A3, while the

Pre-installed Software and Compatibility. Tablets vary with the type of operating system they run, as well as apps. Operating systems include Android, Fire, Windows 8, and IOS 7. Not all apps and programs work well with the other, so ask when purchasing. Also consider what program you’ll need, and what you need the program for. An example would be having spreadsheets you can email or include the ability to sign documents.

Size and weight. Size varies with the tablets. They can come in 7 inch, 8 inch, 10 inch and 11 inch sizes. Some are thin, lightweight, and offer the personal workspace, while choosing a wider, heavier tablet provides compatibility to show off your work to groups. Don’t be shy in picking the tablets up to check weight and see how they feel in your hands. If you’ll be using it in your hands rather than set on a desk, you can find weight will be important to consider. Screen size also matter to some consumer depending on their purpose.

Screen Display. This is important if you hope to use as a presenting tablet, but remember if you have the available port, you can often plug in a projector, if need be. Depending on what you’ll be using the tablet for, ask yourself if you need the screen size and quality for your needs. You often need a HDMI port for VGA monitors

USB ports. I’m still not sure why some tablets offer no USB port whatsoever being they are incredibly useful in transferring data, adding cameras, keyboards, mouse, or even printer. Some depend on wireless capability. If you do end up purchasing a tablet with no USB, sign up with cloud drive. This is how you can share files between computers. You will need wireless. Many printers are also now include wireless function.

Keyboard. Many tablets include a touchscreen keyboard while others expand to a removable keyboard. Even keyboards will vary from a touch pad style to the clickable keys similar to laptop keyboards. I often plug in a full keyboard and mouse via a USB hub when I need to do a lot of typing on the tablet. I can then pull out the hub and plug into the laptop.

Camera. Many tablets include a camera either forward facing (for video conferencing) or rear cameras to take pictures as you travel. Some models include both. Many also include photo but also video capability. Is this something you need? Will you talk on Skype or Google+ Hangout? Ask about quality of the picture/video, and can you edit on the tablet?

Microphone and speakers. Many tablets include a built in microphone so you can chat online, and speakers to hear sound. This also allows to record meetings, or record your voice for presentations, or listen to music. I prefer the ability to use a headset, however. Not all come with a headset port, so ask if this is something you want.

Don’t be shy about asking about the specifications, and telling the sales person what you want to do with the tablet. Its important to also ask about return policies, warrantees, and upgrades. Also ask about repairs. Some places like Best Buy and other computer shops might be able to repair them at their location, otherwise, you’ll need to ship the tablet back to the manufacturer for repairs.

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