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Steve is going to be streaming video and playing video games online. How fast does his internet connection need to be? Leo says that Netflix has an ISP Speed Index to let you know what you need and where you can get it. They also offer recommendations about speed here. 10 MBPS should be sufficient. 25MBPS better yet. You can even use that to Skype your parents. And always remember that published limits are best speed. Not average speed.
Logan has to create a long range wireless access point that will enable him to have broadband from up to 10 miles away. Leo says that's a long way for WiFi, even for line of sight, which will help a lot. Check out RadioLabs.com, they make long range WiFi antennas. You'll need a highly directional antenna, and maybe even microwave antennas, because WiFi may not be the best idea for such a long distance. The chatroom says UBNT.com, AirFiber, Yagi Antennas.
Chris has been to Nepal several times for his Everest photo trips and with the most recent earthquake, he's concerned about friends he's made. Fortunately, Facebook has a special page called SafetyCheck that allows people to check in and let everyone knows they are OK. Leo says that Google does as well called PersonFinder. If you want to see some of his images from Nepal, check out tfttf.com/peopleofnepal.
Rick has several iMacs and wants to be able to work between them, and he's concerned with multiple logins and iCloud accounts. Leo says it's a mess that Apple has created because they don't know how to merge iCloud accounts. You can share it with family sharing, but then you can't keep your own data separately. The answer is to have an iCloud account that is associated with your iCloud login and yours alone. That makes the data isolated and safe.
Rene wants to cancel her wireless service and just use WiFi to make phone calls. She also wants to just buy a data plan and use VOIP to make calls, But she can't seem to do that. Leo says one way is with Skype. You can Skype out/In. You even get a regular phone number. Tango, Viber and Line can also do it.
Johnny Jet has been traveling in Europe and he's been using local SIMs and his MiFi. But his MiFi hasn't been working too well. He got his from CellularAbroad.com. They use local cell phone data and Johnny says it's worked in all but two countries. $24.95 a day for unlimited data.
Jerry is going to Australia and wants to know if he can FaceTime without breaking the bank. Leo says to use only Wi-Fi and disable data roaming. He can use it all over the world so much as he has a good, solid Wi-Fi connection.
Rick is having trouble getting his iCloud Drive to sync. It just keeps searching. Leo says that Apple historically has had issues with its network and with sync, and nobody really knows why. That's a good reason to not only rely on it for backup. That's why Leo has third party solutions like the File Transporter.
Steve us trying to automate his house, but everything seems to have to go to a server online. How can he just control everything locally via Wi-Fi? Leo says it's a good idea. You shouldn't have to go through the internet in order to make changes to your home automation. Philips lights would allow him to do it.