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04/01/2019

Top 5 Quick Wifi Troubleshooting Tips

  1. Place Wireless Router on a higher surface. Don't place wireless router on the bottom shelf of a cabinet, desk, table, etc.
  2. If your router has dual band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks) capability utilize it. If your wireless router doesn't have this function please upgrade! Personally I have my devices that don't require a large amount of data transfer back and forth on the 2.4Ghz band and the other device like your streaming devices on the 5Ghz.
  3. Avoid placing your wireless router near electrical appliances that operate with the same frequency range of the wireless router such as microwaves, Bluetooth devices, cordless phones, baby monitors. Etc.
  4. Be sure to check that your wireless router has the newest firmware which resolves many issues that you might not be aware of such as packet loss, intermittent connectivity and many more.
  5. Remember that WiFi is a radio wave and dense building material can reduce your wireless signal significantly. I like to picture WiFi signal similar to our voice, if we are speaking to each other with no barrier we can communicate with each other effectively, if there is a brick wall between us we would have a difficult time communicating.

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05/01/2019

Cutting the Cord? 5 OTA tips and tricks!

  1. Based on location, sometimes its best to place your antenna as high as possible (attic if accessible) or in the window for optimal signal strength.
  2. If your signal strength is strong enough you possibly could split the feed from a single antenna to multiple TVs within your home.
  3. If you plan on running extra cabling be sure to place the connector on correctly. Incorrectly placed connectors create noise issues and high impedance connections resulting in errors with digital signals.
  4. If possible do not run cabling parallel to power as this is a source for potential noise interference.
  5. After setting up your antenna allow your TV to a complete channel scan to ensure you receive all your channels that the antenna receives. Enjoy!

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06/01/2019

4 Easy Steps: Installing RG6 (Coax) Connectors

Step 1: Use coax strippers to prep the cable. Depending on the sharpness of blade couple of turns is probably all you need.( Be careful not to score the center conductor)

Step 2: Pull coax stripper off the cable exposing the center conductor, shielding, and dielectric. If you have residual dielectric wrap around the center conductor remove it. (fingernails work pretty well).

Step 3: Fan out the braided shielding and place around dielectric and foil shield (if present) and between braided shielding. Push connector down cable until dielectric is flush the inside ring of the connector. This process should be somewhat smooth with some resistance, if your have major resistance start over and retry.

Step 4: Crimp the connector of the cable and be sure to apply pressure evenly throughout the crimping process. Now you have completed the process of placing a coax connectors on correctly.

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07/01/2019

WiFi irrigation. Can it help? Is it worth it? Do I need one?

I recently upgraded my WiFi irrigation control unit from a standard turn knob timer style unit to add to my home automation project. I will tell you that I haven't found any cons so far which has been almost a year and a half. Below I will list all the benefits and how it has been helpful for our family.

  • Save Time - Before the integration we had to change manually to different schedules (A,B & C) based on the time of the year (More water, Less water schedule). Now all I have to do is schedule the unit for future permanent changes.
  • Saves Money - One of my major priorities is to save money and resources. Most WiFi units will have access to local weather conditions via the internet and will automatically schedule a rain delay for the entire day.
  • Remote Access - Most WiFi units have the ability to be controlled via an app thru your phone or tablet. This is a great feature when servicing your unit or control the sprinkler if you are away from home.

I have listed a few of the top benefits but there are many other features available based on which unit you select.

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08/01/2019

Dumb Devices, Lets Make Them Smart!

In the time where every device is getting the title of smart added to them what about our devices that are not as fortunate. Instead of getting rid of or trading-in our old devices such as our TVs, garage door openers, light switches, ceiling fans, and many more let’s just add a device to enable a new skill. It’s like teaching an old dog new tricks! Just like there is a market for new devices with “smart” skills, there’s a market for our older devices to have smart skills. I am going to give a couple examples of what I have done and with a little research there might be an option for what you're looking for.

Some Examples

  • Instead of buying smart WiFi bulbs you may purchase smart plugs or smart wall switches
  • Instead of replacing your garage door opener with a WiFi enabled one, myQ chamberlain sells a device that can status, open and close your old non WiFi opener
  • A simple, affordable and effective way to make many TVs smart is by adding any streaming media player (Roku, Fire stick, Apple TV, etc). If it's about budget $25 beats any other price for a new smart TV.
  • Would you like the option to control your ceiling fans with your voice or phone app? Then this idea is for you! There is a device called a bond device by Olibra which is currently a ceiling fan control hub that allows you to control up to 5 fans. Eventually, the company states it will be upgrading the capabilities to controlling your garage door opener, window air conditioners and motorized window shades.

Well that is all for now, there are many other devices and ideas out there maybe too many to talk about in one blog. But if you have an idea or need some help coming up with one simply contact me!

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