Internet and Web

Your internet connection, web sites and services.

What happened to my DSL Extreme internet?

Jane from Oceanside

Episode 1470

Jane had DSLExtreme and she recently lost access to it. She says that DSLExtreme wants to come into her home and install fiber. Is that a good idea? Leo says it will be a bit more expensive. One possibility is that AT&T may be up to something. THey could be cutting the copper in your neighborhood, which is a bad business practice. AT&T is cutting the copper in your neighborhood and trying to get you to sign up for uVerse, which uses fiber optics. It's just like cable, only faster.

Why can't I live stream TV?

Episode 1471

Neil from Phoenix, AZ
Ethernet cable

Neil has cable based internet with 300 Mbps down, which should be great for streaming. But when he tries to use live TV, he finds the buffering makes streaming unwatchable. It's not the same with video on demand, though. Leo says that 300 Mbps is the "ideal" rate and it's always "up to" that amount. Leo recommends running a speed test from SpeedTest.net to see what he's really getting. DSL Reports has a really accurate speed test as well.

Why doesn't my browser work?

Episode 1470

Kristi from Apple Valley, CA
Firefox logo

Kristi is having trouble with Firefox loading. Leo says it's likely a problem with an extension. She should start up Firefox without the extensions, and it's likely it'll start right up. If it does, then she'll know it's a bad extension. Would that also cause Java not to work? Leo says that no, that's a separate issue, and every browser has a "Disable Java" option. Another thing to try is resetting Firefox with this how-to at tomsguide.com.

How can I backup the Ring doorbell to my NAS?

Episode 1470

Naomi from Denver, CO
Ring

Naomi has a Ring doorbell and wants to know if she can back up the video and images to her NAS. By the time she gets the notification from it, the person who rang the doorbell is already gone. Leo says she could Live View it. Leo suspects that Naomi may have a bandwidth issue with her ISP. Ring goes to the Ring servers before contacting her, so there's probably latency in her network due to being in a rural area. Leo says a motion sensor camera could ping her faster than Ring.

(Disclaimer: Ring is a sponsor)

How can I improve internet access in the house?

Episode 1469

Jeff from Granada Hills, CA
Eero

Jeff has an older Acer AC1900 router. Now he's looking at a mesh router. Leo says mesh routers are great for larger spaces, and he can add three satellite units, which could cover 1500 square feet. It provides multiple access points because the Wi-Fi is "meshed" throughout the house. Eero even works with Echo and he could assign devices to users and then have Echo pause the internet access for them. Eero also has great parental controls. It's not cheap, though, but he can get two for about $200 though, and that should be enough.

What's the best bandwidth for HD streaming video?

Episode 1469

Scott from Woodland Hills, CA
SpeedTest

Scott wants to know what the best bandwidth is for streaming HD video. Leo says that 25MB down is ideal, but it really comes down to how much congestion he deals with as other people in the house are using bandwidth. Netflix has a page that shows recommendations, though. If there are more people he has to share with, then he should get double what he needs. Generally, cable companies offer more than enough and are consistent. But in an apartment, that bandwidth gets split off.

How can I redirect my email to Gmail?

Episode 1469

Greg from Riverside, CA
Gmail

Greg wants to know how to redirect his old email to Gmail. Leo says he'll have to talk to the web host and set up an email redirect. They have the domain name information and the MX records to redirect it. It's an easy change and it will instantly stop going to the old server and go to the new server. But all the old email will stay on that server. His web host should be able to help him set it up.