Internet and Web

Your internet connection, web sites and services.

How can I add LTE to my tablet?

Cellular tower

Episode 1540

David from Florida

David has a tablet that he wants to add LTE internet access to. Can he do that? Leo says that it supports Wi-Fi, so he can use it with a MiFi card and connect that way. He can also hotspot with his mobile phone, depending on whether or not his carrier supports it. But he'll probably have to pay extra for that privilege. Leo also uses a Google Fi card with his tablet. They work in a lot of different devices.

What is LiFi?

Lamp post

Episode 1539

Richard from Los Angeles, CA

Richard read an article about students in San Jose, who are hanging out under light poles because of something called LiFi? You can get over 225GB doing so, but it's limited to where the light can transmit. Leo says that LiFi has potential since light poles can double as access point stations for public Wi-Fi. But with LiFi, it uses light to transmit internet bandwidth.

What's a good utility for compiling code?

Code

Episode 1538

John from Vernon, FL

John is a web developer and his compiling software isn't working as he needs it to. Leo says that there are different toolsets for different projects. He should check out HomeBrew. It manages to compile really well. Digital Ocean is great as well, because he can have five different tools at once. And it's cheap too.

(Disclaimer: Digital Ocean is a sponsor)

Should I get a mesh router?

Netgear Orbi

Episode 1538

Bianca from Wisconsin

Bianca is thinking about getting a mesh router because her Wi-Fi is slow and unreliable. Leo says that a mesh router will definitely do the job, and they're better than a Wi-Fi extender because the extender is only half as fast. But mesh routers aren't cheap. Mesh routers also have a great quality of service with bandwidth shaping, and also parental blocking features. NetGear's Orbi is good, as is the Eero.

"Drug King Fred" Starts Blog for the Blind

Book and glasses

Episode 1538

Drug King Fred from California

Fred called last week about helping out people who are blind or have low vision, and he got so many emails from people, he's decided to start a blog to continue his help. His email is drugkingfred@gmail.com (he's a retired pharmacist). Leo says a blog is a great idea because it will be a valuable resource that people will find searching on Google.

What's a good alternative to my current hosting provider?

Mouse, keyboard, and monitor

Episode 1537

LaRayce from Santa Ynez, CA

LaRayce got her invoice for web hosting, and they've cut her three-year deal to a two-year deal. So she's looking for an alternative. Leo says it's easy to move, as web hosting is a commodity product now. Coding in HTML is pretty old-fashioned. Most websites don't run that way anymore. They use a content management system, which separates the site design from the content. That makes it a lot easier to update her content. WordPress and Squarespace are good examples.

How can I stream live?

Mevo Plus

Episode 1536

David from Burbank, CA

David has been asked if he can help do live streaming. Does he need Wi-Fi for that? Leo says not really, but he does need a cable long enough to go from where he's filming to a computer in order to stream it. If he uses multiple cameras, then he'll need a switcher to control them. It's always best to start with one camera and then expand as he needs to.

Video capture software to do the streaming depends on where he wants to stream. Facebook and YouTube both offer streaming for free. They also offer software to download.