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Tom would like to set up a home network and he's pretty confused on how to do it. Where can he go to get some insider tips? Leo says that a great source is PracticallyNetworked.com. They not only have product reviews, but also tutorials that explain nomenclature and how to go about setting up a network. They keep it up to date, too. Start with "Backgrounders," to learn the basics. Then he can move on to how to set one up.
Sonya updated to Windows 10, and now she can't print from Yahoo Mail. Leo says that there seems to be a disconnect with the web browser. It could be that the Yahoo print manager doesn't support the Edge browser. Microsoft shipped Windows 10 with two browsers -- Edge and Internet Explorer. The Blue 'E' is actually Edge now, and Leo says it was shipped prematurely to grab the back to school market for search.
Les thinks that website advertising is coming to an end. Google is taking more of the pie and ad revenue isn't really there anymore because AdSense has changed. He isn't really sure how that is changing, but he needs alternatives to raise more revenue from his website. Leo says one of the reasons that ad revenue is dropping is because usage of AdBlockers is exploding. People don't want ads on their surfing experience because they believe they're being tracked and they don't like the fact that it slows down loading times. It also goes against mobile bandwidth caps.
This week, Johnny talks about something that American Airlines is doing. If you fly American, be aware that AA tries to sell you a "preferred seat," which only gets you closer to the plane entrance. So it's kinda of a rip off. What you really want to pay for is Main Cabin Extra, which gives you extra leg room. Johnny recommends going to SeatGuru.com to find the seats you want. Also check out Skytrax AirlineQuality.com, it's like Trip Advisor for airlines.
Wayne has been using Apple Music and it seems to use a lot of data. Leo says that T-Mobile has a great gig going on where they allow users to stream for free, and it doesn't count against user bandwidth caps. But AT&T doesn't offer that.
Josh wants to set up Family Sharing so that his son can access purchased content without having access to everything else. He went to create a separate Apple ID for his child, but Apple said it requires a credit card to verify that Josh is an adult. Apple says he could use a credit card to confirm it, and then remove the payment information afterwards. But Josh doesn't have a credit card, and Apple doesn't seem to have any way around that. Leo says Apple is really missing the boat here by not offering some sort of backup verification option. Leo suggests writing to Tim Cook.
Ron can watch TWiT on Internet Explorer with no problem. But when he gets on Firefox, he has trouble with popups of surveys. Leo says that's not his site, that's for sure. Leo suspects that it's an issue with Flash. Internet Explorer has Flash built in, as does Chrome. So it sounds like maybe there's an issue with no Flash being installed, and Firefox might have a browser hijacker object that's popping up.
Elliot wants to clean up his email box. Leo suggests unroll.me. Leo says it's a free service that goes through your inbox and unsubscribes you from mailing lists. Elliot will have to give it access to his email, and unfortunately, it only works with a limited number of providers. Leo says that one thing he can do is create a maildrop email, one place that he will only use for signing up for stuff like newsletters. That way if they sell that email address, it doesn't matter.
Google announced a new router called OnHub, but it's not cheap at $200. It has 13 antennas in it to guard against congestion. It looks at each of 11 bands periodically and switches to the best, uncongested band for best performance. It also has "Quality of Service" so users can prioritize web traffic. And you can control it via your Android or iOS device. It runs on 126.96.36.199 and Leo has a hunch it's for home automation.
Find out more at on.google.com/hub.
Brant has an issue that when he's gaming online, and someone else starts streaming Netflix, suddenly he gets a lot of latency. Leo says that's just because his bandwidth goes down because there's so much being used. One thing Brent can try is QOS (quality of service) where he can set his router to prioritize bandwidth traffic through the ports that gaming and streaming apps use.