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The Benefits of a Wireless Network in your Home

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These days, most families have some form of Internet access in the homes. A decade ago, there may have been just one member of the average family that spent time online… if anyone at all. In today’s average family, every family member wants to have access to the Internet. This is true not only for the adults but for the youngest child as well. Social networking web sites and gaming sites have peaked the interest of children.

For most people, the current trend is to watch TV and to browse the Internet at the same time interactively, visiting the web sites that are promoted during television programs. A lot of TV programs now refer viewers to their web sites during programming. These web sites are filled with promotions, resources and more information on what they have been watching on television. To add to this, children’s television now also promotes the games that they provide. They even have an element of social networking on these sites for their young viewers.

With such a strong need for every family member to have access to the Internet, it is a good idea to set up a wireless network within your home. Without a network, whether wired or wireless, your only option is to share a single outlet for access to the Internet. This will quickly lead to arguments as family members struggle to prioritize their important work on the Internet over another’s entertainment on the Internet.

If you have a wired network in your home, you will have to run cables throughout the house to give family members access. There are many limitations with this type of set up and Internet access can start to become very complicated for everyone in the house. When a household has a wireless network, all family members can be online at the same time anywhere in the house. This solves a whole host of potential problems.

The great thing about a wireless network is that the signal is usually strong enough for the Internet to be available to everyone in the house regardless as to what room they are in. In general, a wireless signal will cover the complete area of an average-sized house. Users in rooms further away from where the router is located will have a weaker signal than those closer. This will result in slower download times but they will still be able to access the Internet.

If you need assistance setting up a network in your home, call Geeks2U on 1300 433 572 and one of our friendly and reliable technicians will help you.


Internet Shopping Pros and Cons

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The Internet is a relatively young technology. Today, after close to 15 years of popular use, we see the Internet being used for everything imaginable, especially shopping! Just sixteen years ago, no-one would have understood the concept of shopping online. Yet, the Internet has opened up new ways of doing things that at the time most of us were born would have been beyond the imagination.

Internet shopping offers many advantages. Shopping is truly made easy when you can do it in the comfort of your own home. When you shop at home, you don’t have to dress up to go shopping and you don’t have to brave the cold or hot weather or travel for miles if you live in a remote region. No matter what type of shopping you want to do, the Internet allows you to shop, browse and check things out in the luxury and convenience of your own home. High-quality photos of products taken at varying angles help you get a clear idea of exactly what it is you are buying.

Without a doubt internet shopping gives us huge convenience. Depending on where you live, some internet shopping web sites can deliver your order to your front door in just 1 or 2 days!

Although this is amazing, unfortunately, there are some down sides to shopping on the Internet. “Cyber crime” seems to always be on the rise. Therefore, it is important for consumers to know how to shop.

Problems with Internet security are probably the scariest thing about shopping online. Therefore, you should be aware of a few basic things from the outset. It is important to check that the web site you are buying from uses secure socket layer (SSL) technology. In a nutshell, SSL encrypts the information you send via the web and ensures that hackers and thieves are not able to intercept and steal sensitive information when it is in transit.

A secure website will have the following features:

  • the web address in the browser bar should start with “https://….” (the “s” indicates that it is a secure website)
  • a padlock should appear at the bottom or the top of your browser window depending on which browser you are using

Be sure to shop at reputable web sites. Often, the smaller the company the higher the risk of having problems. Always buy online with your credit card (not debit card), therefore if the vendor does not honor his or her agreement, you have the security of Visa or MasterCard refunding your money.


What is Skype and what do I need to use it?

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Skype is an excellent and revolutionary service that allows people to speak to one another just like they do on the telephone, only through the computer and the Internet.

Skype is very simple to use. It is free to download from the Skype web site (https://www.skype.com) and it is free to use with anyone else in the world that also has Skype on their computer. The great news does not stop there! Skype can also be used to make calls to regular business and house phone numbers as well as cell phones too. The price that Skype charges for these calls is absolutely rock bottom! International calls can be made to many countries for just 2 cents (Euros)! This was unheard of before Skype!

This technology has been a long time in the making. For many years, attempts were made to make phone calls through the Internet. The problem at that time was that there was not enough bandwidth so conversations would be dropped or reception was gargled. Paired with increasing amounts of bandwidth, Skype upped the standard and offered us a product that for the first time, made Internet phone calls feasible.

If your computer comes with built-in speakers and a built-in microphone, then you have everything that you need to use Skype. If not, don’t worry, you can still use Skype. You would need to purchase a headset with a microphone combined.

If you have family members overseas, Skype is a true opportunity to stay in touch and save money. Phone calls have never been so cheap! The thing to remember is that even if your family or friends overseas do not have Skype or a computer, you can still call them at extremely reduced prices by opening your own account with Skype and calling them.


How to Choose a Good ISP

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An Internet Service Provider (ISP) is a company that brings internet access into your home or office. You can think of this very much like the company that brings phone service or cable TV into your home. As a consumer, you should expect an ISP to give you very little interruption of your service as possible. When their service is working, it’s called “up time”. When the system is down for any reason, it is called “down time”.

You won’t see a lot of what your ISP does, but you will feel the results. An ISP, among other things, will monitor their service for outages and maintain their equipment so that you get the service you hard earned cash has paid for. Some of the things your ISP will do for you is route emails to you (if you are using an email address that they provided you) and perhaps store your emails on their servers. Therefore, it is important to work with a company that you trust. Friends can give you a good idea of what ISPs have worked well for them.

When it comes to ensuring that you are satisfied with your ISP, you must find a company that has good “up time” coupled with excellent customer service. If you need to speak to them for any reason, you want a company that values you as a customer and that has a helpful attitude. In many cases, you can get a very good sense of how your company values customer service by your very first contact with them.

The questions to ask yourself when dealing with an ISP the first time are: How quickly did they answer the phone? Were they able to clearly and competently answer ALL of your questions? If a person understands the technology they are working with, they will be able to answer your questions. Did they rush you off the phone? This can sometimes be an indicator that they are understaffed and have other ringing lines that they have to get to.

Customer service reflects the level to which a company is willing to take responsibility for what happens with their service. If their service crashes, will they be ready to rectify it quickly, and will that be a priority? Will they monitor their service with diligence?

You can have a local ISP which will most likely be a small, local business. There are also some ISPs that are huge, International corporations. They can often offer you more for less however the whole process is very impersonal and can be quite frustrating and limiting for the novice.


Facebook/Social Networking sites why are they so popular

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Facebook is what is known as a social networking web site. Believe it or not, computer users are able to have an extensive social life without ever leaving the house! Facebook is just one social networking web site that makes this type of cyber-socializing possible.

Facebook and other social networks allow users to open personal accounts where they create a profile that represents who they are. Users basically have their own space that they can decorate how they want and turn into something that reflects them and their interests – kind of like having your own room in a house.

Social networking sites like Facebook are in a constant state of evolution. Many people use them to stay in touch with friends or family that are far away. Through uploading recent photos, making regular status updates that reflect their mood or what they are currently doing, friends can feel a connection to one another even though they are not necessarily in the same country… or continent!

Social Networking sites have grown in popularity in ways that we could never have been predicted or imaged. Facebook is probably the most popular of them all. It features a myriad of great tools that allow users to send public messages to people or private messages to each other. People can upload photos, videos and written notes to express themselves.

On Facebook every user has a Friends List that shows the world how many friends that user has on Facebook. Among the younger generation, there is an unspoken competition to see who has the most friends. Friends can also be introduced to one another, which opens up the door for online dating and cyber-friendships.

There is a lot of entertainment that can be had on social networking web sites. Programmers put together all types of games that groups of people can play and they even do fun stuff like give virtual gifts to other members of the site.

Facebook is one web site that has managed to put together some of the best features of social networking in one, single web site. It continues to grow in popularity throughout the world because it makes use of the most recent Internet technology and to the fullest extent.


Recent News

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