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David would like to expand his mesh router network to his shop outside. Leo says he can do it by putting an Orbi Satellite into his workshop, and just put his Orbi base station in the Window sill. But if his shop is 150' away, then he'll be out of range. Then he'll have to get an outdoor Orbi base station.
The FCC has approved an application from Elon Musk's SpaceX to deploy 7,000 satellites into space that would offer global broadband internet access. Elon Musk wants a total of 12,000 satellites around the earth in Low Earth Orbit to provide internet to every square inch of the planet's surface. One of the problems with satellite internet is that there's a lot of latency, but Musk says they can get it down to 25 milliseconds, which could be faster than the internet many of us have at home.
John is going to college soon and he's concerned about Wi-Fi security. Should he have a VPN? Leo says he can. He can find out how open the network is by going into iTunes to see if he can see someone else's iTunes library. If he can, then it's insecure. If he can't, then it's locked down.
Don wants to put a flat screen in his back yard, and he wants to use the internet to get content on it. That means he'll need to improve his Wi-Fi. He bought the Google Wi-Fi mesh system to do just that, and he likes it. Leo says Mesh is an improvement for every home, and it's worth the price. But Don wants to know why his speed tests are always different. How can he get a true reading on internet bandwidth speeds? Leo says his ISP will always tell him the maximum possible speeds, not a consistent bandwidth speed from day to day.
Neil got the 11" iPad Pro with gigabit internet through his ISP. But he's only getting about 850 of that down. Leo says that's normal. There's "overhead" related to using that much bandwidth, so he's not going to get all of it.
Johnny Jet is in Connecticut for his dad's 90th birthday party.
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.
Karen wants to know what free email service she should use. She has Yahoo and she keeps getting triplicate newsletters. Leo recommends Google Mail (Gmail). They don't read mail for ads, nor do they charge. Gmail is a much better solution. She could also configure Gmail to get her Yahoo Mail if she chooses.
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.
This week's travel app is HeadSpace. It's a great way to relax and meditate when you're in a stressful situation like traveling. It's $12.99 a month.
Website of the week - WindFinder.com. Also available on iOS and Android. It uses 20,000 weather stations all over the world to let you know where the wind is, should you be flying, sailing, or even windsurfing.