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Monthly Archives: September 2017

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Choose the Best Wireless Router

One thing is for sure, if you are not very technically minded, some of the can seem like an impenetrable fog. So, for those that are not technical whizzes, but still want to find the best wireless router for under $100, here is a basic guide to choosing the best budget wireless router for your home.

Do you need one at all?

Before you even start to worry about the price and what all the jargon means, the first question you should ask is; do you need one at all? If you only have one computer that you want to connect to the internet, and you always use it in the same room, don’t forget that you could just connect via a cable.

Decide what you need it for

Wireless routers can vary considerably price, so don’t get bamboozled by a sales person and end up buying something that you don’t really need. Work out what it is you will be using your internet connection for before you start looking around. If you are only going to be browsing the web a few times a day and reading your emails, you will only need a very basic model. On the other hand, if you have one person in the home who likes to watch movies, another who will want to play online games, and you will still want to be able to read your emails, you would need a more expensive model to cope with all that traffic.

Speed ratings

This is not the article to get too much into the technical jargon side of things, but speed ratings are something that you need to consider. The speed of a wireless router is shown in megabits per second (Mbps). To give you an idea of what that means; early models were in the region of 11Mbps, a mid-range model would be in the range of 150 Mbps to 600 Mbps, and a top of the range product would offer a theoretical speed of over 1,000Mbps. There is no need to buy the best all-in-one wireless router you can find if your internet usage is going to be light.

Range

If you want to get a wireless signal anywhere in the home, then the range will be something that you should check. Be aware, though, that the range specified in the manufacturers specifications will be the maximum possible range, and there are a lot of things that can disrupt or weaken a wireless signal.

Check the warranties

If you are looking at budget wireless routers and wireless routers for less than $200, then make sure that you check what kind of warranty is offered with the product. If a manufacturer is not prepared to support its products with a decent warranty, it may be an indication that the quality of the product is not as good as it should be.

Shop around and read reviews

One of the ways to discover if what you are buying is really as good as the manufacturer claims it to be, is to read customer reviews. Although some reviews may not be genuine, you can still usually spot the trend in reviews and work out of the product is worth adding to your short list of wireless routers.

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Save Your Laptop Battery

Once your laptop battery’s lifespan is over, you need to replace it with a new one. This means you will have to make an investment. That is why all laptop owners take the best care of their laptop batteries to prolong the lifespan of the batteries. Yes, my friend, you have read it right. You can prolong the lifespan of your laptop battery.

In today’s post, I am going to share with you four proven methods to save your laptop battery.

Without further ado, let us dive in:

Unplug devices from your laptop

Whether it is a USB device or a second monitor through VGA, any device that is plugged into your laptop eats battery because the device will require CPU to work in order to access the device. There are certain USB devices that consume a great deal of power, meaning they will drain the battery quickly. So, my friend, you should unplug the device you are not using. Never keep it plugged into the laptop. This will surprisingly save your battery.

Shutdown or activate sleep mode when not in use

You are working on your laptop. Suddenly, you have to go on an errand. If the charger is not connected, you should shut down your laptop or activate the sleep mode. This saves the battery. When you activate the sleep mode, your laptop will resume from the point you have left it before. On the other hand, if you shut down the laptop, it will go through the bootup sequence, which may consume a bit of power. So sleeping mode is the best option.

Activate power saver button

When you activate the power saver button on your laptop, the operating system of your machine adjusts software and hardware behavior to use less power from your machine. The power saver option has an ability to change the behavior of hard drive or CPU in such a way that it will be active only when it is required to perform certain functions. If not required, the hardware will remain inactive to conserve energy. My friend, activate power save option to save the battery of your laptop.

Turn off wireless and Bluetooth

Your laptop will always try to search for Bluetooth and wireless connections if you leave these functions active. So, if you do not need these connections, it is always better to disable these features. Doing so will certainly save your laptop battery.

Also, turning down the volume when playing a movie and lowering brightness save battery.

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Choose a Gaming Processor

There are, in fact, many different options to choose from, from the top gaming CPUs, though to the much cheaper options, and they all have different speeds and other specs that can sound very confusing if you are not very familiar with all the technical terms.

To add to the confusion, new gaming CPUS are released onto the market on a regular basis by both of the major manufactures, AMD and Intel. So, here are a few tips on what to consider when you are looking for the best gaming CPU for your computer.

It’s not all about getting the latest CPU

Don’t be taken in by all the sales hype, the very latest processor may not necessarily be the best gaming CPU for you. Look at the performance requirements of the games that you want to play and base your selection of processor on that, rather than what is the latest big thing to hit the market.

Save some of your money for the other important components

You will naturally want to get the best gaming CPU that you can afford, but don’t spend so much money on it that you have to go too cheap on the other components. Very often, once you reach a certain standard of processor, you don’t gain a lot more by going up to the next level, so just get a CPU that will meet your requirements, and then you can save your money to buy other high quality components.

Which manufacturer?

The main two manufacturers to consider are the two that currently dominate the market; AMD and Intel. Both of them produce very high quality and extremely reliable gaming CPUs, so the best way to choose between them is on a case-by-case basis, rather than having a preference one or the other of the manufacturers. In other words, make the comparison of different gaming CPUs based on the relative specifications of each one, rather than the brand name.

Future proofing

It is best to buy a gaming CPU that will see you through the next five years, which is the average lifespan of a gaming computer. If you buy a processor with some margin in it, it will save you struggling with performance issues in a few years’ time.

Coolers

For most people who will be using a PC for general purposes and for standard game playing, the stock fans will be sufficient to stop the CPU overheating. The only reason you would need to upgrade the cooling system is if you plan on over-clocking the CPU. Over-clocking will usually only gain you a maximum of a 20% increase in performance, though, so when you take into account the cost of an upgraded cooling system as well, so for most gamers, it is not usually worth doing.

Choosing the best CPU for gaming is not easy, because there are so many different models with different specs available. If you are unsure about what it is that you need, it is advisable to ask an expert or visit a computer components review website, or you may end up paying a lot more money than you really need to.

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Edge Data Centers Cut Costs and Enhance

That same concept continues to gain traction in the data center space. “Edge” data centers are cropping up in Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets across the U.S. – cities such as Cleveland, OH, NN, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, PA. and St. Louis, Mo. – bringing dynamic content and cloud services physically closer to customers. Data can be cached locally so that it travels a shorter distance, resulting in improved performance.

Traditionally, operators of large data centers have located their facilities in major metropolitan areas such as New York, L.A. and Dallas. However, insatiable demand for streaming video, online gaming and cloud-based applications is forcing service providers to look beyond these markets. When data is delivered to customers in Minneapolis from Chicago, latency can degrade the performance of real-time applications.

Edge data centers help ensure that consumers get the dynamic content they crave by expanding the “edge” of the Internet. They also enable service providers to cut transport costs dramatically by reducing the amount of data that has to travel across the Internet backbone.

But while location is a key feature, it isn’t the only one. It’s necessary that the facility must reach at least half of the customers in the market, and serve up at least three-quarters of the dynamic content those customers consume. Otherwise, it’s just a center in a smaller city that hasn’t moved the Internet edge.

Reaching that critical mass isn’t as difficult as it might sound – YouTube, Netflix and Akamai (the world’s largest content delivery network) account for almost 75 percent of Internet traffic. Although Google operates more than 70 points of presence in 33 countries, it can deliver some services more cost-effectively using this. And those facilities that are able to attract the major content providers will also be able to attract all of the Internet service providers in the area.

In addition to large service providers, edge data centers serve local businesses needing high quality co-location facilities. Increasingly, they are also being used to connect building automation systems, smart cars and other Internet of things (IoT) devices. This enables organizations to process IoT data closer to the device, reducing costs and latency and supporting real-time analytics.

It must be thoughtfully architected to deliver the levels of efficiency their customers demand. Because they are much smaller than the mega facilities in major metro areas, they need a power-dense design that allows for continued capacity expansion. They also need racks and cabinets that support high port density – ideally more than 100 ports perrack unit. It’s important to help the operators to design and build out the facilities that meet these requirements.