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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 January 14, 2019

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

1. Take the scenic route.

Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

2. Distract yourself.

No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

3. Listen to music or podcasts.

There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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4. Bring a friend.

Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

5. Accessorize.

There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

6. Compete.

A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

7. Relax.

The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

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