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3 HUGE Benefits of Owning vs Renting a Router

3 HUGE Benefits of Owning vs Renting a Router

The Internet has become as important as food and water in today’s society. Students depend on it for their studies, travelers count on it to find their way, business owners need it to be successful and children love to play online games.

Whether we accept it or not, the internet has become an inseparable part of our lives. When we as a society become dependent on a service, it is expected that the majority of us will be spending money on a monthly plan and maintenance of the hardware devices.

Here are three ways to save on those expenses, while adding performance to the network. When it comes to maintenance, there are a few things that a user, will most likely be concerned with – the router, modem, connection speeds and security.

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1) Putting money back in your pockets!

One of the biggest questions consumers have is, whether it is best to buy them or rent them? While renting the Internet Service Providers (ISP) device may sound like the easiest and quickest option, consider the following points and the benefits of buying before making a decision.

In the last three years (before buying my own modem/router combo), I’ve used two different ISP’s. In both cases, I rented the company’s router which had the modem/router combo package. The first company charged me eight dollars per month for the router while the second charged me fifteen dollars because I needed the higher performing device to support my home network. After paying on my new plan for a year, I realized that if I had bought the modem/router combo myself in the beginning of my contract, I would have paid significantly less than what I paid in rent, ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY dollars to be exact!

With simple math, consider monthly or even yearly costs and calculate how much will renting a device will cost. Next, do a quick search on websites like Amazon, eBay, Walmart or Best Buy, and search for the router approved list that is compatible to the ISP being used. I recommend doing research and finding the modem/router combo that best suits one’s desired use. Also, since the router will be owned outright, it will be able to work in any location (as long as it’s the same ISP).

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At this point, it would be a smart idea to invest in a 5 GHz router vs the typical 2.4 GHz. The 2.4 GHz band is overcrowded and if located in a high usage area such as on a college campus or in a building with many WAPs (Wireless Access Points) networks, it is likely to see 90% of them are on the 2.4 GHz band. To bring this point to reality, download a Wifi Analyzer and search the access points nearby. The best piece of advice I can provide is to invest into a 5 GHz modem/router because the band is almost untouched/free of users, but it won’t last for long as more and more people find out about this little secret.

2) Freedom to customize

Owning a router will give the consumer the option and freedom to customize it to work to one’s advantage. This allows users to flash open wwrt or other firmware for all kinds of great features like: choosing tunneling protocols, encryption algorithms, custom key lengths, Wake On LAN, and dynamic DNS.

Additionally, since there is full control over the network, it has the ability be more protected from hacking attempts and other security threats. To see a full list of router firmware customization click here.

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3) No more ISP throttling

Finally, the ISP will not have full control over the home network and will not be limited in its performance. This means the ISP will not be able to throttle the connection speeds or bandwidth when it is convenient to them.

With just a few firmware updates and/or modifications, the connection will actually function to the speed of which the consumer is paying for. To test this, perform a simple check on a speed test app or websites to compare the paid speed versus the actual speed.

In all, buying your own modem/router combo will not only put money back in the bank, it will allow customization and several extra security benefits.

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Last Updated on November 5, 2020

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. A rut can manifest as a productivity vacuum and be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. Is it possible to learn how to get out of a rut?

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, or a student, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on Small Tasks

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks that have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate positive momentum, which I bring forward to my work.

If you have a large long-term goal you can’t wait to get started on, break it down into smaller objectives first. This will help each piece feel manageable and help you feel like you’re moving closer to your goal.

You can learn more about goals vs objectives here.

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2. Take a Break From Your Work Desk

When you want to learn how to get out of a rut, get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the bathroom, walk around the office, or go out and get a snack. According to research, your productivity is best when you work for 50 minutes to an hour and then take a 15-20 minute break[1].

Your mind may be too bogged down and will need some airing. By walking away from your computer, you may create extra space for new ideas that were hiding behind high stress levels.

3. Upgrade Yourself

Take the down time to upgrade your knowledge and skills. Go to a seminar, read up on a subject of interest, or start learning a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college[2]. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a Friend

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while. Relying on a support system is a great way to work on self-care when you’re learning how to get out of a rut.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget About Trying to Be Perfect

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies. Perfectionism can lead you to fear failure, which can ultimate hinder you even more if you’re trying to find motivation to work on something new.

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If you allow your perfectionism to fade, soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come, and then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

Learn more about How Not to Let Perfectionism Secretly Screw You Up.

6. Paint a Vision to Work Towards

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the ultimate goal or vision you have for your life?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action. You can use the power of visualization or even create a vision board if you like to have something to physically remind you of your goals.

7. Read a Book (or Blog)

The things we read are like food for our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great material.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. You can also stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs and follow writers who inspire and motivate you. Find something that interests you and start reading.

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8. Have a Quick Nap

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep[3].

Try a nap if you want to get out of a rut

    One Harvard study found that “whether they took long naps or short naps, participants showed significant improvement on three of the four tests in the study’s cognitive-assessment battery”[4].

    9. Remember Why You Are Doing This

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall your inspiration, and perhaps even journal about it to make it feel more tangible.

    10. Find Some Competition

    When we are learning how to get out of a rut, there’s nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, and networking conventions can all inspire you to get a move on. However, don’t let this throw you back into your perfectionist tendencies or low self-esteem.

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    11. Go Exercise

    Since you are not making headway at work, you might as well spend the time getting into shape and increasing dopamine levels. Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, or whatever type of exercise helps you start to feel better.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

    If you need ideas for a quick workout, check out the video below:

    12. Take a Few Vacation Days

    If you are stuck in a rut, it’s usually a sign that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange one or two days to take off from work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax, do your favorite activities, and spend time with family members. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest.

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