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One big thing I want to drive home with you is in regards to wireless technology versus wired technology. I can’t tell you how many times a week I hear somebody say oh I’ll just put it on the wireless network. And to that I will always say if you can hardwire a device you most definitely should. Hardwired will always be out wireless technology in speed and reliability. If you are trying to stream videos you must hardwire your devices. Streaming music can often times be handled through wireless means because it requires less data than video. So as a general rule of thumb if you can hardwire a device do so. The less devices you have utilizing a wireless network be more reliable your wireless strength and speed will be.

“My Internet Stopped Working”: What do I do?

Most Internet failure issues are directly related to a communication break down between the Modem and the Router. This comes about in a variety of ways such as brief loss of power or loss of service from your ISP. Regardless of how it happens the solution is very simple. Follow these easy steps to resolving 95% of your issues.

First understand which is the modem and which is the router. The modem is normally provided to you by your service provider is frequently a Motorola or Arris branded device. It will always have 3 wires coming off of it (power, a cable line, an Ethernet line to the router). The router is the next device in line and can be branded Luxul, Cisco, Netgear, Asus, Linksys. Routers can have anywhere between 2-6 wires coming off of them.

Unplug only the power cords from both the modem and the router for 60 seconds. Then reconnect power to the modem and wait 2 minutes while it boots up. Next reconnect power to the router and wait 2 minutes. Grab a mobile device and test the network.

If you have other network reliant devices like a security camera system or a home automation system, you may want to unplug power to them after the network is back up, wait 60 seconds and restore power.

What you should consider when mounting a TV?

There are three types of TV Mounting systems. Each serving a particular purpose. The Flat mount holds the TV close to the wall and once installed does not move in any direction. This is great when you want to get a TV tight against a wall. The Tilt mount is similar to the Flat but it holds the TV off the wall 2 inches and allows the TV to tilt downward. Articulating mounts hold the TV off the wall a few inches in the collapsed state but what makes them attractive is their ability to pull away from the wall 20″ and angle toward another part of the room. They also tilt and are great for applications where mounting a TV in the corner is the best solution.

Remember that you will also have to get power and A/V wiring to the TV. Does that need to go in the wall? Can it be surface mounted? Is there an outlet already where the TV goes? If you don’t have the wire runs in place already it is best to run the power and A/V wires after you know exactly where the TV will be mounted. Put the outlets within 3 inches of the top of the TV for best results.