Make the most of your internet connection

A few helpful tips on speeding up your Internet

One of the biggest annoyances of this day and age when it comes to modern technology is an Internet connection that is not being maximized to its full ability. Nothing gets us tapping our fingers out of our own impatience more than slow download times and sluggish page loads. There is hope, though! With a little inquiry, it is easy to manage your own bandwidth and use it to its full capacity (without even having to call your Internet service provider!).

One of the easiest ways to make sure your connection is running at its optimum speed is to make sure you have an up-to-date malware protection program installed on your computer. Malware eats up bandwidth and thus slows download time. Ensure that your device is protected against malware. It is also wise to avoid off-brand free-share and download sites. Always check sites that may contain unwanted add-ons (viruses) that may damage your computer or disrupt your software. Keeping current and updated anti-spyware and firewall programs on your computer is a good tactic in keeping your internet speed running at its largest capacity, but having too many programs blocking the same sites can slow down your speed as well, so it is smart to keep one comprehensive program that can perform all of those tasks at once.

The browser you use is also an important factor in the speed of your download time. A proficient tool in increasing your Internet speed is Internet Cyclone, and may be used as a browser inside of a browser that disables pages from loading with images, decreasing the time it takes to download the page. If you are using Internet Explorer or Firefox as your browser of choice, downloading Google Web Accelerator is a useful tool that is meant to speed up broadband connections, it may also slow the connection, though, so testing it on your device would be a good option to see what works best for you. If you are using Firefox specifically, the Fasterfox extension and Firetune are great accelerators for maximizing your download speed. Google Chrome has also proven itself to be an efficient browser, with quick download times and concise connections.

Among all of the tricks of the trade, making sure that you are operating with updated software is probably the best tactic you can use when optimizing your broadband connection. Having up-to-date software that is created to run at quicker speeds while taking up less space optimize your connectivity while not fully occupying your system. All in all, system maintenance and upkeep is the best bet when troubleshooting Internet connectivity.

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How do I choose the best local ISP?

When shopping around for local Internet service, it often means that a customer will compare several different companies. Initially, it is wise for the customer to decide if they want a dial-up connection or broadband services. When comparing local ISP’s, some contributing factors in a customer’s decision will likely be the connection speeds offered, price, and location. In the end, a customer will make their final choice by selecting a local ISP that offers the best type of services that they are looking for.

A customer’s first step in selecting the best local ISP is to research and learn about the options available to them. A customer may find that they may acquire DSL, dial-up service, broadband, or satellite depending on where they live. Once a customer has learned what types of services they may enlist, their preferences are then determined.

The majority of people prefer broadband service to dial-up Internet, as broadband is a constant connection. Considering that going online with broadband Internet is as simple as perhaps opening a web browser, it makes it a more desirable Internet solution. With dial-up services, customers must have a local-access number and they must allow their computer’s modem to dial into the connection—this takes a few moments, and in comparison to a broadband solution, it may seem like it even takes too long. With broadband services, a customer is also able to talk on the phone and use the Internet at the same time.

The speed of a connection is also a critical determiner for when a customer is choosing a local ISP. In general, broadband services provide the fastest Internet speeds—though speed can differ from service provider to service provider. A customer would be wise to compare the speeds between services when looking for a local ISP. This way, they are able to gauge who provides the type of service and the Internet speed that they are looking for. If a customer is only using the Internet on occasion, or if they aren’t concerned with connection speed, they may select a dial-up service that meets their needs.

Local ISP’s also differ in their pricing structures. For instance, a dial-up service will typically be cheaper than a broadband solution. For a customer to select the very best local ISP for their Internet solution, it is wise for them to research and compare companies that provide what they are looking for. Often times, local ISP’s will offer introductory benefits for new customers that make services more affordable.

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Who Really Invented the Internet?

– Al Gore did, Right?

Well, no…Al Gore did, however, quite famously, make this statement during and interview with CNN in March of 1999 “…I took the initiative in creating the Internet…” Former Vice President Gore’s poor choice in words propelled enough media “hoopla” that it still has not died out more then 15 years later, leaving some to wonder who DID invent the internet?

– So, who then?

Depending on the definition of “The Internet”, who actually invented it, could be up for debate. As early and the 1940’s the United States Government envisioned a system of data that could be stored on one main frame and could be accessible to those within that main frames network. In 1968 Bob Taylor, a computer scientist with the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), had developed a plan that generally encompassed the idea of Time-Sharing, where MIT, UC Berkley and System Development Corp had systems that also connected to the pentagon. The concept of Time-Sharing, however, was initiated in 1957 by John McCarthy.

BBN Technologies won the bid to develop ARPA network in April of 1969. The BBN team, lead by Frank Heart, went on to develop the infrastructure that is the basis for todays Internet. In the 1970’s Xerox developed PARC Universal Packet or PUP which implemented the packet delivery system the Internet uses today. However in 1973 Robert Kahn and Vinton Cerf had come up with a “fundamental Reformulation” of existing protocols and TCP/IP the backbone of todays Internet was born.

– Ok…So Who Invented the Internet?

So, did the United States government invent the Internet or was it private citizens who invented it? It appears that the Internet was not “invented” by any one individual or entity, or even at all, but rather a collaboration of ideas and prototypes that fit together to “develop” the Internet over time. The most important invention on the road to the development of the modern Internet is notably TCP/IP protocol, without which today’s Internet would cease to function. One could also argue that because the majority of systems and prototypes leading to the Internet was developed under U.S. government grants, the United States Government invented the Internet. However, when all the evidence is weighed it does appear that the real answer to “Who invented the Internet?” is arguably, no one at all!

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The difference between download & upload speeds

The difference between download and upload speeds

Normally it takes more time to upload a file then to download one of the same size, and for the most part this is by design. Since most users spend much more time downloading, which includes viewing web pages, watching videos, online gaming, etc., than they do uploading, many internet service providers design their systems to give priority to downloading giving you overall better service.

Truth be told upload and download speeds will almost never match the maximum advertised speed your paying for, it’s fairly normal to only get 80-90% of the advertised maximum speed (you should always read the small print) of the service plan you are paying for. There are however reasons for this;

mainly your connection may be shared with other people in your building or neighborhood, so if the pipe is pretty full at any given moment then your going to experience slower speeds.

Also other applications that are accessing the Internet may be running on your computer, which could slow down the transfer rate for the same reasons stated above. However activities like surfing the web and answering your email simultaneously should only have a minor impact on transfer speeds

Nevertheless, if you feel you are getting slower transfer speeds than normal, you can contact your ISP or visit their website. You can also check out our speedtest here to test your speeds, from a wired connection.

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New Rules for Net Neutrality

Recently, in a highly anticipated move, the FCC voted in support of net neutrality rules. It was touted as an historic moment, but what exactly does it mean to the average consumer?

Net neutrality is not a new concept; it’s actually how the internet has been running for quite a while now. The open architecture of the net is the reason we see small startups becoming big business and nearly every small business can offer an online storefront. The “no fast lanes” argument that has dominated the conversation about net neutrality is an effort to keep things running just that way: all content loads at roughly the same speed, regardless of which providers can afford to pay the ISPs more. The FCC’s ruling bans paid prioritization, which means that some sites could make a deal with your ISP to make their content load faster than others, hoping that you would choose a faster site over a slower one.

In order to enforce net neutrality, the FCC has reclassified broadband internet service under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act. Essentially, this makes your broadband service subject to the same rules as your phone service and gives the FCC the power to prohibit any shady business practices that are unfair to the consumer. There is a potential downside, though. This new classification could be interpreted to make broadband service subject to the same fees as phone service as well, in which case all those little fees you see on your phone bill might show up on your broadband bill, too.

It’s important to remember that none of these net neutrality rules are set in stone right now. Everything is open to legal interpretation and questioning, and there are already measures being raised in Congress to challenge the FCC’s ruling. We haven’t heard the last of the net neutrality debate, by any means.

To learn more about the details and potential consequences of the FCC’s net neutrality rules, check out these links:

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month!

National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is observed in October of each year since 2004.

Following are some security tips from Ranch Wireless to help keep you safe online;

Keep your Machine UTD –

This means, always keeping your operating system, internet browsers, security software and generally all your software up to date with the latest updates and versions. This is especially important with your security and anti-virus software as well as your operating system. Keeping your automatic updates turned on can help keep your machine up to date if the option is available. The same is true for your smartphones, tablets and any other device you use to connect to the internet, including USBs and other external devices that can be plugged into your machine.

Open with Care –

Whether or not it is an email from a good friend, a tweet, a post on your Facebook timeline or an advertisement that popped up will shopping for that new pair of shoes you’ve been dreaming about, if it doesn’t look right, it’s probably not, so DON’T click on it to find out!!! Delete the email, message or post or close the pop up and move on.

When using free Wifi from your favorite coffee shop or your local McDonalds do not conduct any business online that you would not want to share with the world. In other words, things that are private, like passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive data should not be entered while using a public Wifi connection, even if the site is secure (Contains the http[s]://) if your connection to the internet is public then so might the information you are keying in! Banking and shopping are online activities better left for home!

Help Keep the Web Safe –

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