The internet is amazing. It provides us with unlimited entertainment options, from streaming TV shows and movies to gaming and beyond. It connects us to people who live far away, letting us video chat as if they were in the room with you. It’s also helping us automate our lives – like controlling the thermostat or lights from a smartphone app, starting the robot vacuum from work or preheating the oven when you leave the store.
Today’s world is full of the Internet of Things – and it’s only growing as more devices that connect wirelessly to the internet come into our homes. Here’s why you should care about who and what uses your Wi-Fi.
Manage What’s Connected
Whether it’s your kids’ friends, neighbors at your barbecue or visiting relatives who want Wi-Fi access, it’s important to check who is connected to your Wi-Fi.
- Too many devices can slow down everyone’s speeds. The more devices you have connected, the more you have to fight over your Wi-Fi’s available bandwidth.
- Older devices can’t always get top speeds – and could slow down your connection on all devices (even brand-new phones and laptops).
- Unauthorized users make you vulnerable to ID theft and malware. They could also be conducting illegal activities – and these activities could be traced to your IP address, leaving you liable.
In today’s connected world, it’s important that you can see which devices are using your network – so you can block unwanted devices from your Wi-Fi. What’s more, having an easy way to set up a guest Wi-Fi network you can turn on and off will keep your main Wi-Fi password secure.
Control Who Can Connect
Wi-Fi has improved our lives in so many ways, but it also poses new challenges – especially when it comes to kids. Laptops, gaming devices, tablets and many toys connect to Wi-Fi today.
Everyone loves their connected devices, and oftentimes, they can be educational and useful. Sometimes, though, they can be distracting or lead to standoffs and battles of will between parents and children.
Parents want to make sure children complete their homework and chores, get a good night’s sleep and spend time away from a screen. From manually pausing devices at dinnertime to setting up Wi-Fi pause schedules to ensure good bedtime habits, Wi-Fi parental controls can help make life a little easier.
Use a Wi-Fi App
If you have Midco internet, we have an easy way to do all of the above.
The Midco Wi-Fi app lets you manage your Wi-Fi connections directly from your Apple® or Android™ phone.1 See all your connected devices and pause or block devices as you need. Easily see your Wi-Fi username and password, and create a guest Wi-Fi network when you have visitors. Even more, you can troubleshoot your Wi-Fi and test your internet speeds on your device – all within the app.
It’s only available with Midco FreestyleSM Wi-Fi, giving you the freedom to connect on any device, in any room in your home.2 And if you have any questions about ways to optimize your Wi-Fi, contact us. We’d be happy to help.
1 Apple and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Android, Google Play, and the Google Play logo are trademarks of Google Inc.
2 Midco Freestyle Wi-Fi monthly price of $9.95 includes leased modem, extenders (if needed) and app access. Professional installation is required. Customer must have Midco Internet 50 or higher. The app will only work when connected to a customer’s home network.