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Weekend of January 1, 2021 – Hour 2

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Tech News and Commentary

Dave and the team discuss the best mobile internet coverage in the US, devices that will no longer be supported by T-Mobile, and more.

Nick in Windsor, Ontario listens on AM800 CKLW The Information Station and asked: “My question has to do with streaming video with cameras over Wi-Fi. I’ve had less than good results with choppy video, even when set to standard definition. This happens when the cameras is right next to the router, so signal is not an issue. It’s just horrible streaming. My router is a Linksys N900, so it’s like 450/450. Do I need to upgrade my router?”

Nick, yes you should probably look into upgrading your router. The N900 series was pitched in a weird way from the start, making it sound like a gigabit router when it never really was, but it was a supposedly fast router for a cheap price.

Having said that, it should be easy to find out if your problem is the router or the cameras. Just run a speed test on your computer, or try to stream a show if you have a smart TV and see what happens.

If the router is struggling, itll probably struggle for all streaming media.

You did mention multiple cameras, so the problem is still most likely the router.

Just so you know, there is a world of difference between a $20 router and a $150 router. Usually if youre doing the bare minimum anything will do, but once you get into more data intensive applications like video streaming the cheaper devices tend to get overwhelmed pretty quickly and either slow way down or even freeze up and need to be constantly restarted.

If having access to the cameras is important to you, you may want to consider a more expensive router just for the reliability.

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Written by Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline is the founder, Host & Executive Producer of "Into Tomorrow" in addition to being President of the Advanced Media Network".

Dave is also a trusted and familiar voice on many national commercials & narrations in addition to being an authority in consumer tech since 1994. He is also a former Police Officer and an FBI Certified Instructor.

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