Your Wireless Connection is Iffy
“Make sure the home computer is connected via a wired Ethernet cord for performance reasons—especially if you feel that you don’t know what you are doing. This is because wired is a closed system where variables can be controlled. Wireless is an open system and the environment (and performance) is constantly changing.”—Trevor Textor, IT infrastructure specialist
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Your Router is Cheap
“Make sure home routing/switching gear is top notch. Twenty-dollar gigabit switches are fine, but routers under $200 will likely not function well. This is because routers are essentially PCs with purpose-built software. They make them cheaper by putting in less expensive CPUs and less memory. A router above $200 will actually weigh more. This is a good sign. More CPU and memory takes more metal.”—Trevor Textor, IT infrastructure specialist. Here are free things on the Internet everyone should use.