Helping people with computers... one answer at a time.
Questions and answers related specifically to connecting to the Internet.
Everyone wants a faster internet connection. I'm frequently asked if it's possible to combine two or more connections for speed. The answer is yes ... but.
Opening your machine to the public is a path fraught with peril and something to be avoided at almost any cost!
It's tempting to consider using your mobile broadband or cellular internet for all your connectivity needs. Unfortunately there are issues.
ISPs can take action based on the types of things you do on your internet connection. Turning off the modem might be possible, but unlikely.
Several things can slow a browsing session. Wi-Fi is one of them, but I certainly wouldn't limit my investigations to just the Wi-Fi.
Whenever somebody tells me that they gave control of their computer to an online tech support company, I get nervous... although there are reputable companies out there.
If your new faster internet connection doesn't perform as expected there are several things to look at, but the age of your machine probably isn't one.
Browsers are often configured to automatically detect settings as a convenience for networks that use proxy servers. Most of us don't need this.
Most ISPs and data centers take care to use a high degree of equipment redundancy to transparently handle almost any failure. Almost. Usually.
Upload and download speeds quoted by your ISP aren't as directly related as you might imagine. It's easier to think of them as two separate things.
There are many options for connecting while traveling, but for connectivity while literally on the road there's only one practical solution.
Your computer can automatically dial the internet for two reasons: it's configured to, or you have spyware. Both should be checked.
Look for an ethernet cord socket on the computer. Finding one will be good news.
ISPs control bandwidth with very extensive routers. The equipment owned by the ISP keeps track of exactly what data is being sent to and from your internet connection.
With so many alternatives, it's easy to get confused. I'll present an overview of the many ways you can connect to the internet.
While it's common that they are, your phone company need not be your ISP. I'll look at how they relate and what happens when you change.
Bandwidth is a vague term that has at least two different definitions. I'll look at those as well as how uploading and downloading relate to bandwidth.
Mobile broadband is a popular way to connect to the Internet while traveling and occasionally, a viable alternative at home. But how secure is it?
When traveling, your options to connect to the internet are plenty these days. I'll review some of the more common ones.
Too much bandwidth seems like a misnomer, but if you are not using it, why pay for it?
It's tempting to think that having a wired connection to your computer would make the internet faster. It might, but typically, it doesn't.
Remote assistance is a very appealing feature to allow someone to remotely fix your machine. The risks, however, are significant.
Internet connectivity can get expensive. Unfortunately, low-cost or free alternatives are few or have strings attached.
How quickly a download takes depends on many things including the size of the file and the speed of your connection, among other things.
As internet usage grows ISPs are faced with problems meeting the demand for bandwidth. The result may be a bandwidth cap or limit placed on your usage.
Slow Domain Name System (DNS) lookups can affect your apparent internet speed. Your ISP should provide fast DNS, but there are also alternatives.
A number of steps have increased the internet speeds of an older computer; we look at a few more tweaks to get it in top shape.
https uses certificates to validate the site you're connecting to, as well as encrypt the data. Certificate errors are worth paying attention to.
Data transfer limits are becoming more common. I'll look at what that really means in terms of how you use the internet.
Short on speed? Exactly what effect that has will depend on the technology being used by the various streaming services you're talking about.
It's hard to say, on a global basis, which is better: Cable or DSL. There are going to be differences related to the number of users on the line and distance from your ISP's equipment.
Sometimes, the icon tray is not completely reliable. This could be indicating nothing more than a driver bug.
Many browsers don't install the full set of root certificates when you install a browser. That can result in these errors.
The three top culprits to look for are: connection overload, toolbar applications, and inadequate memory and/or caching.
The technology used to connect to the internet - DSL, Cable or something else - actually plays less of a role in setup complexity than you might think.
Your download speed might not be the culprit that is slowing down your internet connection. We'll take a look at several possibilities.
There are many reasons your internet experience might slow down. We'll look at some that might not involve your machine, but rather your ISP.
With some ISPs devaluing dialup in favor of broadband, there are many reasons dialup might start to get slightly more problematic over time.
A new computer's internet access can be slowed down by the internet connection itself or by trying to run too much software. There are a few places to look.