News — ISP

Why You Should Buy Your Own Router and Modem

With a little effort, you can replace your ISP’s modem or router – Comcast, AT&T, Cox, Time Warner Cable, Verizon and Charter Spectrum – and, in doing so, save money and improve your Wi-Fi signal.  What is the Difference Between a Modem and a Wi-Fi Router? A modem and a router have very distinct jobs. The modem’s job is to communicate with your ISP over the Internet line to get the data you have requested, whereas the router’s job is to create a wireless network and then make sure each of the devices in your home gets the right data.  Why Replace Your ISP...

Read more →

Apple: Concern Over Intel Modem Misses The Bigger Picture

On Friday, June 9, Bloomberg published a report that Intel's (NASDAQ:INTC) gigabit class cellular modem would not be available in time for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) next generation of iPhones. It's well known that Qualcomm's (NASDAQ:QCOM) Snapdragon X16 modem is already capable of gigabit download speeds and is incorporated into the Snapdragon 835 system on chip (SOC) used in the Samsung (OTC:SSNLF) Galaxy S8. Because Apple designs its own SOCs and doesn't have the ability to design its own cellular modems, it buys discrete modem chips. Last year, for the first time, Apple split its modem chip orders between Qualcomm and Intel. The article...

Read more →

How to Boost Your Wi-Fi Speed by Choosing the Right Channel

Wireless networks have come a long way in the past couple of decades. And if you’ve ever messed around with your Wi-Fi router’s settings, you’ve probably seen the word “channel.” Most routers have the channel set to Auto. But many of us have looked through that list of a dozen or so channels and wondered what they are, and more importantly, which of the channels are faster than the others. Well, some channels are indeed much faster — but that doesn’t mean you should go ahead and change them just yet.  Channels 1, 6, and 11 First of all, let’s talk about...

Read more →