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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 March 13, 2019

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. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well 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. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

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, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which 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 a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up 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. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

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.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

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.

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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 end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

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

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

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.

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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 why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

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, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

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

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. 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. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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