"Uptown Funk" Goes Old School
This delightful video features dance scenes from old movies that somehow
sync perfectly to the strains of the modern hit, "Uptown Funk."
A New Perspective On Hockey
Hockey's fast pace makes it exciting to watch, and it's even more so when
you see it from the on-ice perspective of NHL pro Sidney Crosby.
Question: Are there things I can do to speed up my home's Wi-Fi network?
If your Wi-Fi router is out of date or not set up correctly, it
could be slowing you down. Here are some tips to help you maximize router
performance and enjoy the Internet speed you ordered:
1. Choose the right channel. Slow Wi-Fi speeds may be the result of
interference from your neighbors' Wi-Fi networks as all the devices
compete to use the same channel. For example, if neighbors are
downloading a Netflix movie using the same Wi-Fi channel as your home's
WiFi router, you'll need to wait for their data to be downloaded before
your router can "talk."
Routers have many channels, and you can switch to a different one to
reduce the risk of congestion. Channel 6 is the default setting for most
routers, and it has a higher risk of being congested, especially in
apartment and condo buildings. We suggest you select one of the other
non-overlapping channels - 1 or 11. Your router may automatically take
care of this for you; many models have an auto setting and simply
rebooting the router causes it to find a cleaner channel.
2. Move your router to its ideal position. For the best signal and
coverage, put your router in an open space near the center of your home.
Keep it away from thick walls made of brick or concrete, and make sure
it's not around metal items which can interfere with Wi-Fi signals. It
may also help to position the router's antenna vertically rather than
3. Check for interference from a nearby cordless device. Baby monitors,
older cordless phones, microwave ovens, wireless speakers, and some
security cameras are among the common household gadgets that also use the
2.4Ghz frequency. These can interfere with the wireless signal from your
router. Deal with the conflict by moving the router away from these
4. Make sure your router is secure. Putting a password on your router or
limiting which devices can access your network will keep other people in
the neighborhood from using your network and slowing it down.
5. Buy a new router. One of the best ways to make sure your network is as
fast and reliable as possible is to use up-to-date hardware. With the
proliferation of connected home products, smartphones, smart TVs, and
other mobile computing devices, it's more important than ever to equip
your home with a wireless router that can handle the increased demand for
Wi-Fi connectivity. When choosing a new router, you should consider the
size of your coverage area, number of users, and types of devices. All of
the new 801.11ac routers are dual-band, enabling faster connections. We
suggest you get one of these routers to improve your Wi-Fi performance.
6. Get a wireless signal extender. If your home is larger than about 3,000
square feet, getting good Wi-Fi signal from one corner to another can be
a challenge. Multistory homes can also be difficult if the router isn't
plugged into the broadband line somewhere on the middle level. In these
cases, you may want to consider using a wireless extender which boosts
your Wi-Fi signal to hard-to-reach places. A typical extender uses the
A/C power line to connect a second wireless router to the main router.
There are also wireless repeaters available, which regenerate the Wi-Fi
signal. You might put a repeater halfway between your router and your
device. You can expect, however, to get about half the speed off the
repeater than what you get off the original router.
7. If you need assistance feel free to contact the MCC help desk at (503)829-5454. MCC sells and leases routers. Or if you need more Internet speed, we offer up to 1000 MBPS (GigE) on our fiber-optic network.
We hope you enjoyed this monthly eNewsletter and feel free to view it on our website as well as past issues at http://www.molalla.com/eNewsletters.html
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- Your MCC Team
Molalla Communications Company
211 Robbins Street, Molalla, Oregon 97038