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MiMi recently bought a RING Video Doorbell 2, but no internet at home. How does she use it? Leo says you have to have internet access at home. It has to have WiFi to connect. You could use a cellphone in hotspot mode, but that would be as expensive, or more than just having a home internet connection. You could talk to your neighbors to see if you can borrow a cup of WiFi to connect your doorbell with it. Another option is to use a MiFi card. That would enable you to connect up to five devices to, including your doorbell.
Johnny Jet just returned from a working vacation to Hawaii. He says that a good way to handle business trips is to extend your trip by a few days and bring the family. The term is called "Bleisure."
How can you get into the great airport lounges? Johnny says if you have a good credit card, it'll get you in. But the app Lounge Buddy is an app that will tell you what lounges will allow you to access them on a day pass basis.
Sam has to get a new modem and he's going to buy one, rather than rent it. Leo says you want a DOCSIS 3.1 modem and you want to get one that is recommended by your ISP. NetGear makes a good one, the ARRIS Surfboard is a popular one. The WireCutter likes the NetGear CM500.
David is having issues streaming Playstation Vue with Cox Cable. He got an email about suspicious activity and when he called Cox, they tried to sell him a protection service package. Leo says that could be anti competitive behavior, or it could be a spoofed email scam designed to get you to install something. But it doesn't make sense that your streaming website would be blocked by a spammer. But it could also be the Playstation Vue account that got corrupted. BUt since he can access it on his phone, that points right back to Cox and Leo is sure they're blocking something.
Art bought an Amazon Fire TV and wants to know if he can hardwire it for security. Leo says that a standard Fire TV is Wi-Fi only. The Fire TV Cube offers an adapter dongle for it. And if his Fire TV has an ethernet port, he can do it. But if it doesn't, then he can't.
Brian is blind and wants to know what he can do to access the TV easier. Leo says that the Amazon Fire TV Cube is a good option, but the Echo can sometimes misunderstand. It's a good idea to keep it away from TV speakers. He can connect it to his home theater and control everything with his voice. That's a great feature.
Paul is concerned about internet of things and security. He wants to know if Plume would be a good, secure mesh router that can protect his network from the outside hacking his IoT. Leo says that Plume requires a yearly subscription to keep it up to date. Leo says it's somewhat justified because it can keep his network more secure. He's paying for security on his network, but his IoT devices may not be getting updated, so they're not secure. And his internet is only as secure as his weakest device.
Greg has noticed that free streaming of Ustream is coming to an end. Leo says that IBM bought Ustream and has ended the free practice so they can see a result from their investment. Leo feared it would happen. Meanwhile, Leo will continue to stream TWiT live on YouTube, Twitch, and Microsoft Mixer.
Eric has noticed that when he's recording U-verse on AT&T, his internet bandwidth drops dramatically. Leo says that's because U-verse DSL shares his internet with the TV. U-verse fiber optic is the other way. Leo says it's a crime that we can't get decent internet in the country that invented it all.
Ed can't figure out why he's being notified that he's using 150GB of data every month. He doesn't stream or download things. Leo says it's very easy to burn through 150GB a month. Windows updates are in the GBs now. He can go into his network and internet settings of his computer and see how much data he's using on each computer. His router may be able to tell him as well. He can navigate to his router's address in a browser window and it can tell him. If it doesn't, he can get a new router that can.