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A Love Story: Your Tech & You
All love stories have strife.
Harry and Sally took 12 years after their first meeting to fall in love. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy had to overcome their initial biases to end up together – unlearning their pride and prejudice. And, star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet risked it all despite some major family grievances.
This magical feeling doesn’t just happen at first sight. It takes a little extra effort to set the conditions for stoking heartfelt fondness and gushy goodness.
Perhaps the same can be said for inanimate objects – like your devices! Keep the sweet stream of love flowing with a fully optimized Wi-Fi network for your technology equipment.
7 Ways to Fall in Love with Your Connected Life
Stream love your way – starting with your devices! Live happily ever after with your home technology. Here’s our advice.
Break up with old devices.
Outdated devices cannot reach the same internet speed as newer technology. Plus, having old technology connected to Wi-Fi slows down your speeds on all devices – including newer laptops and phones. Cut ties with devices of the past. A good rule of thumb is to update your tech every three to four years.1
Release the past and delete unused apps.
There’s a pretty good chance you have far more apps than you need. Deleting unused apps makes your phone – or connected TV – perform better, navigate more easily and improves reliability overall. Old apps that no longer update can bear serious security flaws. Say ‘so long’ to apps taking up too much unnecessary storage and mental space.
Give your equipment room to breathe.
We all need space from time to time. Clear out the area surrounding your modem, optical network unit, or fixed wireless adapter in your home to optimize the delivery of your internet connection. If your modem is hidden behind a television or stuffed in a drawer, move it to a central location in the home. However, if the center of your home is in or near the kitchen, avoid this area since some appliances interfere with the signal.2 Try to keep it off the floor and make sure it’s level, too.
Reset with a reboot.
Every now and then, we need to rest and renew our hearts and minds to achieve inner peace. Devices like computers, smartphones and gaming systems could use an occasional reset, too. While there isn’t a set rule, rebooting your internet gateway, modem or router regularly (i.e., once a month) works wonders for improving your Wi-Fi signal. At the same time, restarting your devices overall will help tremendously.
Don’t split the bandwidth between too many devices.
More connected gadgets mean more competition for bandwidth – limiting the internet speed of each individual device. Devices will continue to download and upload information even while not in use, like a mobile device downloading app updates. So, turn off the Wi-Fi connection on older devices. Or check in with the manufacturer of your device to determine speed capabilities.
Put your internet speed to the test.
Are you aware of how fast your internet is? If not, you can test your online speed to measure the swiftness of the connection between a device and the Wi-Fi.3 This can help you get a clearer idea of your download speed (data sent from the internet to device) and upload speed (data going from the device to the internet).
Make an upgrade to your internet plan.
There’s plenty of love to go around for all your gadgets. The more devices you have, the more speed you need. Our internet plans come with multiple tiers of download and upload speeds for any number of devices needing to connect. To upgrade, check your address for serviceability.
We support your love story.
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1 ZDNet: Office Depot Reveals Habits of US Tech Device Users Q12020
2 How-To Geek: Where to Place Your Router for the Best Wi-Fi Speeds Q32019
3 Actual internet speeds may vary depending on your computer or mobile device’s capacity, the number of devices accessing the internet at once, web traffic and whether you’re using Wi-Fi or Ethernet. Speeds may also be impacted by third-party equipment (such as your computer or router).