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6 Handy Tips To Set Up Your First Modem Router

6 Handy Tips To Set Up Your First Modem Router

Internet connection is an essential part of our everyday lives today. You will hardly find a place that is without internet connection. Setting up the connection is not a highly complex task but several people can make small mistakes that affect the speed of their network.

One of the most crucial elements of setting up the connection is the modem router. People often neglect the device once they have dealt with the initial configuration.

Setting up the modem router for the first time can be a hassle. Here are some useful tips that will help in making sure that your first experience at setting up the router is an easy one.

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1. Choose The Best Modem Router:

The router is the most important part of the network so it is important that you take your time in buying the best one. Make sure that the device is in the best condition. The functioning of the router should be perfect and it should support WPA2 encryption. The latest models of the routers are better at offering good speed so if the router is too old then it is better to invest in an upgrade. There are several high-quality modem router combo you can choose from to enjoy the best internet speed.

2. Get the Device Online

Once you have chosen the router you have to focus on the next step which is getting the device online. It is important to understand that the steps of getting the router online differ according to the type of internet connection that you are using.

If you are configuring the router for the automatic DHCP then you need to allow the router to handle passing out the IP addresses to all the devices that are attached.

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If you are using DSL then you will have to deal with PPoE settings. You will have to input the username and password. If you are facing any issue then you can always access the modems’ page.

3. Securing The Connection is Essential

When your router is online then it is important that you make sure that the network is secure. It is important to change the default password and username so that your connection is secure. You can also change the name of the network so that only you are able to recognize the network. There are several security modes available to secure the Wi-Fi connection. The settings that are mostly used are WPA or WPA2.

4. Check All The Connections Of The Modem Router

The connections of the router are critical in making sure that the router works perfectly. You should check all of the ports and make sure that they are connected perfectly. If all the connections are perfect then you should also pay attention to the UPnP. It should be enabled so that it can automatically take care of the port, forwarding of the whole network. If you are facing any problems then you should handle the settings manually.

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5. Check The Performance Of The Router

If all the connections of the router are secure then you should test if the router is performing at its best. There are several factors that can play an important role in ensuring that the router is performing correctly.

You should also choose the place for the router modem carefully. Put it in a place where it is not too far from the devices. Avoid placing it too close to the device because it can affect the performance of the signals. But make sure that the distance between the router and the device is manageable. If your house is large and the signals are not reaching all the areas then you can add a wireless range extender. It will improve the signals and the speed as well.

6. Always Create A Backup For The Settings

After you make sure that the modem router is working perfectly you should make sure that all of the settings have a backup. Backing up the settings is important in case you need to reboot the router and restore all the settings. Backing up the custom settings will save you a lot of trouble in the future.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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