5 Tips to Host a Successful Video Call

In this era of social distancing, more people are using video not just for remote work but to stay in touch with friends and family. However, those unfamiliar with video conferencing and video chat apps may have issues with everything from slow internet speed to spotty audio when using a wireless internet connection.

How can you present yourself as a professional during a video conference — or even just minimize stress during a virtual family chat? Read more...

Wednesday, May 20, 2020/Author: Kirstin Toms - MarCom/Number of views (4319)/Comments (0)/
Categories: Home Internet

6 Easy Ways to Speed Up Your Computer

Our country’s broadband Internet bandwidth is being stretched to its limit, often leading to slower-than-expected Internet speed. There are many ways you can strengthen your wireless internet connection for a speed boost, including moving your router or turning off appliances that may interfere with Internet speed.

But if you’re running a slow PC or laptop, that’s probably not helping your efforts, either. Satisfy your need for speed by following these six steps to speed up your Windows-based computer.  Read more...

Wednesday, April 29, 2020/Author: Kirstin Toms - MarCom/Number of views (3408)/Comments (0)/
Categories: Home Internet

Best Games You Can Play Remotely with Far-Flung Family and Friends

During the pandemic and resulting quarantine or self-isolation measures, many families have been able to enjoy the luxury of family game night. It’s great to break out the Monopoly board or challenge each other to a Jenga tournament. But sometimes, we need a break from our immediate family.

Playing online games helps you connect with distant friends and family members, whether they live next door or across the country. For many of us, contact with people outside our homes is exactly what we crave right now.

What are the best games you can play using nothing but your Consolidated Communications Wifi connection and a computer or mobile device of your choice?  Read more...

Tuesday, April 7, 2020/Author: Kirstin Toms - MarCom/Number of views (12858)/Comments (0)/
Categories: Home Internet

Are These Common Home Appliances Slowing Down Your Internet Speed?

“It feels like the whole country is using the Internet right now!” Have you uttered those words recently?

You’re trying to host a video conference, but you are competing for bandwidth on your wireless Internet connection with your daughter doing distance learning, your son playing Xbox, and your spouse streaming the latest binge-worthy series.

Bandwidth issues and slow Internet speed may be infuriating for those who suddenly find themselves working remotely, homeschooling, and trying to make life feel as normal as possible amidst the threats of COVID-19.

In normal times, your wireless Internet connection was lightning fast and more than enough to deliver a seamless experience, whether you were playing video games, watching movies, or just surfing the Web. It was once hard to tell the difference in Internet speed between your wired Internet connection from Consolidated Communications and your wireless connection.  Read more...

Monday, April 6, 2020/Author: Kirstin Toms - MarCom/Number of views (12201)/Comments (0)/
Categories: Home Internet

5 Tricks for Creating a Password You Will Actually Remember

By now, most of us understand the rules for creating strong internet passwords: Use a mix of upper- and lower-case letters. Include numbers and special characters. Make it easy for you to remember, but hard for others to guess.

That last part — creating a password you will actually remember — can get tricky. Follow these five tricks to create a collection of passwords for all your important accounts.

Monday, March 9, 2020/Author: Kirstin Toms - MarCom/Number of views (10092)/Comments (0)/
Categories: Home Internet