So, the big dude in the red suit risked life and limb scurrying down your chimney to drop a new 4K Apple TV or Xbox One X in your stocking this year. Lucky you! You’ll be rewarded with some pretty spectacular video, and all manner of other great stuff, but . . .
. . . yes, there’s a "but." Come on, you knew there would be. It turns out we were wrong. No, really, it happens occasionally. We’ve blathered on about your network’s importance over the years, but it turns out we really understated its significance.
Now that virtually every TV is 4K, and many other boxes that plug in to it are too, it’s like trying to pour a river through a straw. There’s more 4k content available, with more and more arriving every day. Compounding matters, everything from baby cameras to your Tesla hogs your network’s bandwith. Then, there’s the pachyderm hanging out on your Florence Knoll . . .
2nd screening (and its even more bandwidth-intensive cousin, 3rd screening) has taken our lives by storm, and due to all the HD video, it’s worse for your network than we’ve believed. Raise your hand if no one in your family has ever watched TV, while doing Instagram, Facebook or Snapchat on their phone, simultaneously checking out YouTube or Netflix on their tablet. Come on, we’re all becoming media multi-taskers.
Attention demands aside, what’s really taxed is our home network. It’s more and more likely that your main screen is showing some form of streaming content, whether via on-board widgets, or a connection to an AppleTV, Roku, or BluRay player that delivers streaming content. There’s an excellent possibility that is in network-crippling 4k. Now, add to that, the fact that your mobile devices and laptop show only streaming content.
Ultimate Frustration Exercise
If you thought we’d forgotten video gaming—no such luck! We just hadn’t gotten around to it yet. With online gaming, it’s not so much the absolute bandwidth, but latency, that can be a real problem. In plain terms, latency is the time from when your kid pressed “fire” on their gaming controller, and then howled in frustration because they got hit, even though they fired first. Gamers call it lagging—whatever—it’s another way that your network can throw a wrench in the works if it’s not buttoned down.
You can see what’s driving the bandwidth bus that’s bringing your network to its knees. It’s simple math. More stuff on at the same time, and nearly every one of those things is demanding far more from your poor, overtaxed network than it did only a few years ago.
New Internet Connection Auto-Fixes Keep You Off Your Knees
Sometimes the problem is your Internet connection. Ever had to crawl back in the closet, or trek down to the mechanical room to unplug your modem and restart it? We can relate. Now there are ways to lessen your pain.
The latest power solutions monitor your Internet connection. When they detect a lost connection, they automatically power cycle your modem. Viola!! Internet connection restored, and you didn’t have to lift a finger.
There are ways to stop the choppy video, spinning progress bars, and interminable wait for the next page to load, and we’ve seen most of them. It may be your Internet service connection, service package, or internal network. Because of the number of variables involved, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. We need to take a look. That being said, smooth sailing is likely just around the corner.
We’ll take a quick look and let you know how to get things screamin’ along again, and make sure you are ready for whatever demands pop up in the future. Life in the Fast Lane.....
Oops! Slip-Ups That Changed our Lives
Anyone can make a mistake. Sometimes it’s impetus for the revolutionary. Here are a few mistakes that changed our lives for the better.
Dirty Dishes Save Millions of Lives
While a perpetual stack of dirty dishes may have caused roommate arguments back on college, one stack of dirty dishes revolutionized medicine and ended up saving life and limb for millions.
Back in 1928, researcher Alexander Fleming couldn’t wait to leave town for a well-deserved vacation. In his haste to hit the road, he left a stack of dirty Petri dishes. That mess, and the mold therein spawned Penicillin, and ushered in the antibiotic age.
Your microwave, that modern kitchen staple may never have been used to make your movie popcorn if not for a lucky mistake in a Raytheon Corp radar research lab. Engineer Percy Spencer had an energy boosting candy bar stuffed in his lab coat pocket while conducting experiments. He realized the bar had melted, presumably due to the lab activity. He tested the procedure on some popcorn, and a kitchen revolution was born.