Life of a Cord Cutter

Follow along as we cut the cable and document our experience on what’s easy, what’s difficult, and what’s rewarding when you say goodbye to cable television and embrace the stream.

Understanding WiFi

It’s hard to beat the mobility and convenience of WiFi. But WiFi is not perfect. WiFi operates in two unlicensed wireless frequency bands, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. The two WiFi frequency bands have pros and cons, and it’s important to understand how and when to use each band. If you have a newer “AC”

Getting the Internet to Every Corner of My Home

I wish my big ISP would focus on how well the internet worked within my house, not just the link from their data center to my modem. For better or worse, the home network has become a DIY activity for most households. Whether I like it or not, I’ve become the local IT department for

Demystifying Data Caps

Internet speed test

My service provider has a data cap buried in the fine print of my bill. For the big internet service providers, the cap is typically in the 250 to 300 GB range. But what does this really mean? How do I translate this data cap into something meaningful, like hours of video streamed? Until we

Over-the-air DVR: A Useful Interim Product

Tivo 2

Now that I am receiving “free” over-the-air (OTA) crystal clear HDTV at home, I’m trying to decide if I want to record the live broadcasts. With a few exceptions, most national broadcast TV is now available from streaming services like Hulu with a one-day delay. So if I’m not going to watch it live, then

Over-the-air HDTV: Great Picture Quality

Most of the prime time shows are available through inexpensive streaming services, such as Hulu, but I still sometimes want to watch my local broadcast stations for things like news and live local sports. In most cases, the local feeds are currently unavailable from streaming services. First, I had to educate (really re-educate) myself about

Dumping My Pay TV Package

After looking at our $111 Pay TV bill for the past few months, I finally became disgusted enough to unleash myself from our mid-tier TV bundle (two TV’s, a DVR and no premium channels). The most irritating part for me is that we only watched a handful of the 200+ channels in the package, but

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