Caleb McKee

Starlink beta test reaches 500,000 signups in race for satellite space

The Starlink beta test seeks to address the rural-urban digital divide by delivering high-speed internet to more remote locations where terrestrial infrastructure is still in the process of expanding. Since pre-orders of its Better Than Nothing beta test released in February, the service has since deployed to over 10,000 subscribers. Prospective customers have now turned in half a million orders ...

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Caleb McKee

What is QAM? 1024QAM in WiFi 6, explained.

Just like humans, computers have their own languages, but sometimes they require a translator to correspond. Thankfully, engineers have built technologies that compensate for disparities in digital communication. We explore QAM and how it turns data into receivable signals to share information. Progressing into the latest standard of WiFi 6, current QAM technology can handle more data than ever ...

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Caleb McKee

Understanding the WiFi ping test: How to reduce lag on your home network

When analyzing WiFi speed test results, the ping measurement is often overshadowed by the focus on download speeds. However, ping determines the stability of real-timeactivities like gaming and video conferencing. Similar to the way in which distance, pit stops, and unexpected obstacles can delay vehicular traffic, network traffic is also subject road blocksbetween its starting point and ...

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Caleb McKee

SpaceX’s Starlink beta test review: What subscribers have to say

" width="1024" loading="lazy" style="width: 1024px; margin: 10px 0px;"> Recent innovations by Elon Musk's company SpaceX have started raising questions about the future of the internet. Is it finally time for serious investment in outer space infrastructure?  More importantly, what do subscribers want from their network as this technology emerges? Let’s take a look at the latest coverage of the ...

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Caleb McKee

Best WiFi analyzer apps for iOS and Android

WiFi analyzer apps provide IT technicians with critical insights into network issues and conflicts, but the average user can leverage them as well. Knowledge is power when it comes to improving your WiFi signal strength; it’s important to understand how your devices are interacting. Remember the three steps to finding the best WiFi channel for your router? Analyzer apps streamline and simplify ...

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Caleb McKee

WiFi 6 vs WiFi 5 range

The new WiFi 6 standard has some key differentiators from its predecessor, most notably surrounding WiFi 6 vs WiFi 5 speed.  And when it comes to range, even more factors come into play: router placement, band choice, usability over distances, etc. For those considering the upgrade, here’s what you should know. 

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Caleb McKee

Choosing the best cable modem in 2021: Motorola deep dive

Once you know the difference between modem vs. router. vs. gateway hardware, it's time to find the cable modem with the capabilities and value you need. As a creator of innovative internet access products under the world-recognized Motorola brand, we’ve categorized the top picks from our modem portfolio and organized them by price and power. Depending on your service plan, higher prices may ...

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Caleb McKee

The best free password managers for security and convenience

It's tempting to reuse an old password, especially when the average person has 100 different accounts to secure, but it’s more dangerous than many realize. You wouldn’t make 100 copies of a skeleton key to your home, so why gamble with your network and sensitive data?  Adding a password manager to your arsenal of online tools is a great step in preventing unwanted infiltrations and keeping ...

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Caleb McKee

How to delight subscribers with a secure user experience

An exceptional user experience is more important to smart home cybersecurity than you might think; research shows that two-thirds of mobile purchases are abandoned due to poor usability and frustration with design. As Minim's CMO Nicole Zheng explained at CES’s panel on building the new home service bundle back in January, the ISPs who get it right will start delivering value-added services that ...

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Caleb McKee

OFDMA vs OFDM explained

We've mentioned before that WiFi 6 can handle more devices than any of its predecessors, but how exactly is this possible? The answer lies in OFDMA technology, a key feature that helped take device handling to a whole new level.

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