Which Online Activities Use the Most Bandwidth?

All but the country’s most essential employees needed on job sites have been sent home to work remotely. Students have started homeschooling programs or distance learning through their school districts. Individuals are leveraging technology — including social media and video conferencing software — like never before to stay in touch with loved ones during the pandemic.

All these online activities are putting a strain on our nation’s bandwidth that was never expected. Internet speeds may suffer, especially during the normal workday. But you may be surprised by the amount of bandwidth common online activities actually use. Read more...

Thursday, June 11, 2020/Author: Kirstin Toms - MarCom/Number of views (2426)/Comments (0)/
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10 Fun and Educational YouTube Channels for Kids

As students, teachers, and parents fall into a rhythm of homeschooling and distance learning, children may be starting to complete their assignments more quickly and with less parental guidance. This is good news, as it means they may have more free time. It might also mean you’re looking for activities to keep them busy while you work remotely or scramble to get chores done around the house.   

If you and your kids already have a handle on mandated lesson plans, you may be looking for fun and enriching videos that will get them away from video games or mindless entertainment for a little while.

Using your Consolidated Communications wireless Internet connection and any mobile device, computer, or internet-connected smart TV, your kids can tune into these fun and educational YouTube shows.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020/Author: Kirstin Toms - MarCom/Number of views (1130)/Comments (0)/
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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 (1015)/Comments (0)/
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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 (377)/Comments (0)/
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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 (1835)/Comments (0)/
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