Wireless or Wired Internet: Which is Better for Your Home?

Some people think of WiFi and the Internet in their home as one and the same, but they actually provide separate functions. WiFi keeps our mobile devices wirelessly connected to the Internet, but a wired Internet connection can work in tandem with WiFi service to allow users to get the best performance from multiple devices that connect to the Internet through the “Internet of Things” (IoT).

Whether you have a fully integrated smart home or just a few mobile devices, TVs, and maybe a Google Home™ or Amazon Alexa™ smart speaker, or a home security system, Consolidated Communications (CCI) Internet and high-speed WiFi is the core of your home’s connectivity. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019/Comments (0)/
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How to Back up Your Data

Anyone who's worked with important files has experienced data loss at some point. Often, you’ll be able to recover the files immediately through automatic software backups. But sometimes, you’re not that lucky.

That’s just one reason data backup is so important.

We also want to protect our investments in music and movies and preserve our family photos and other important files we store on our computer hard drives and smartphones. Yet, 30 percent of people don’t back up their data, according to statistics from WorldDayData.

Today’s technology makes it easier than ever to back up important files, both locally and to the cloud, so no matter what happens to your device, you can access your important data. A strong, fast Wi-Fi connection through Consolidated Communications can help make cloud-based backups faster and easier than ever.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019/Comments (0)/
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Automation Makes Your Home Energy Efficient

Annual energy efficiency spending is expected to reach nearly $11.3 billion by 2028, according to a new report from Navigant Research, a market research and advisory team.

And it’s not just businesses and electric companies that are focused on reducing energy consumption. American homeowners purchase 20 million CFL and LED downlights every year, and these lightbulbs are just one way to increase energy efficiency and save money.

The hottest trend in energy-saving technology — with the side effect of also saving you time and money — are home automation devices.

Gartner Research states the average home could have as many as 500 internet-connected, or “smart,” devices by 2022. While this number includes smartphones, PCs, TVs, and gaming systems — virtually anything hooked up to your Consolidated Communications Wi-Fi network — it also encompasses smart appliances and home automation devices.

These devices not only make life more comfortable and convenient, but they can dramatically reduce your energy use to save you money.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019/Comments (0)/
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How You Can Turn Device Screens Into Screens of Serenity

3 Ways to Turn Your Device Screens Into Serenity

Even when it’s running at its fastest speeds, many people view their internet connection — or, more accurately, the devices that rely on it — as a source of stress. Work emails. Bills. Junk mail. World news. We get it all online, and it usually means adding yet another task to our over-piled plates.

But on the flip side, have you considered that your home’s Wi-Fi, combined with your favorite devices, has all you need to help you relax? With Consolidated Communications’ rock-solid connection, you won’t experience the frustrations of lag or buffering that can spoil your newfound sense of serenity.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019/Comments (0)/
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What Is a Smart Home Hub and Do You Need One?

If you've recently embraced smart home technology to simplify your life, you may still be a bit confused about certain aspects.

You may know that products like smart light bulbs and smart outlets can operate independently through an app on your mobile device. But if you have multiple devices from different manufacturers, you’ll have to switch between multiple apps. That’s a hassle that doesn’t save you time and can complicate your smart home experience.

What’s more, some smart devices can’t be controlled directly through an app and require something called a smart home “hub” to communicate with your mobile device. Read further to learn more about a smart home hub and if you need one...

Wednesday, January 2, 2019/Comments (0)/
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