Internet and Web

Your internet connection, web sites and services.

How can I get Wi-Fi for my laptop through my phone?

Episode 1110

Sharon from Fontana, CA
Wi-Fi

Sharon wants to create a hotspot so she can have Wi-Fi on her laptop. Leo advises using a MyFi Wi-Fi Hotspot card, which are available through her carrier. In general, she'll be charged an extra $30-50 a month. Leo says it's likely cheaper to go to an ISP and wire her home for internet. DSL Extreme has $13 a month deals for the first year.

(Disclaimer: DSL Extreme is a sponsor).

Where can I find good broadband internet service for my tablet?

Episode 1110

Shell from San Gabriel, CA
Tablet

Shell is looking for an option for internet service for her tablet. Leo says Shell's options are cable or DSL. Cable is faster, but DSL is more consistent. Leo recommends going to broadbandreports.com. It's an independent site that will tell her what service is available in her area and provides reviews on that service.

Leo recommends going to her cellphone provider and tell them you want to add a tablet. They'll add it for a small charge. And if it's T-Mobile, they'll even offer 200MB for free.

How many IP addresses are there with IPv6?

Episode 1110

Victor from Anaheim, CA
IP address

Victor is curious about how many possible addresses are available in IPv6. Leo says that there are a ton. With IPv6, we'll have 2^128th. Victor did the math and it means we'd be able to cover the entire world with a blanked of sand worth of internet addresses, and we'd have more internet addresses than stars in the universe. Leo says that's mind boggling, and the reason it's important is that we're moving towards putting everything online with its own IP address.

Notable Technology Anniversaries This Week Include First Podcast and IBM PC

Episode 1110

IBM PC

The IBM PC was released 33 years ago, and ten years ago, former MTV VJ Adam Curry premiered the first episode of the "Daily Source Code" podcast. Leo says that while there were previous recordings posted online, Curry's was the first to actually follow a set format we've come to know as podcast. He also created the moniker.

What's the best eCommerce option for selling online?

Episode 1109

Doug from Santa Ana, CA
eCommerce

Doug is developing a website for his company and will be doing eCommerce. Has Leo heard of Magento? GoDaddy also says they can do it without a dedicated server. Leo says that there a lot of ways to skin that cat. Shopify, SquareSpace, and more. Leo's not a big GoDaddy fan because they use shared service with others and if one goes down, they all go down. So he doesn't like that.

Why can't I get my VOiP service to work right?

Episode 1109

Steve from Mill Valley, CA
Skype

Steve has been using VOiP as his backup phone line and he's on the verge of just giving up on it out of frustration. Leo says that VOiP isn't really ready for prime time because the internet access Steve is using isn't consistent. If he's using a service like Comcast that has it's own competing VOiP service, then they're likely throttling it. If it doesn't really work, it probably won't ever work. Other options include Skype, Ooma, and Magic Jack, although Skype will likely be the best.

How can I backup my blog?

Episode 1109

Louis from Peterborough, ON, Canada
Backup

Louis has a Wordpress blog and wants to know what the best option is for backing it up. Leo says that if his ISP or blog service doesn't offer a backup, then he's on his own. There are Wordpress plugins that do this and Leo uses them as a second line of defense. It essentially backs up the Blog database and customization. It would let him know by email when it backs up and when it fails.

What internet connection could I get for my solar power system?

Episode 1109

Betty from Menifee, CA
Solar panels

Betty is looking for a solar service that offers monitoring through her router. Leo says that it's common that services require a landline or internet access to monitor. Betty doesn't want an ISP because she uses 3G wireless for internet. Leo says that's the choice. Of course, she could get the cheapest possible internet service if she absolutely has to have it.