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We’ve been watching Elon Musk’s new satellite-based internet service with interest.  SpaceX opened it up to more people last night, and if you are working remotely and live in an area where high speed internet isn’t available to you, you might want to get signed up.  People that sign up now are supposed to receive their equipment later this year.  Speeds are up to 150mb/sec with latency in the 40ms range, which is better than old DSL lines and most cellular-based services.

It is not a mobile solution – it is not intended for use while traveling, unfortunately.  Service is locked to the general area around the address you provide when signing up.  The satellite dish automatically aims itself, so installation is relatively straightforward.  Pre-orders are $99 (refundable), the equipment is $500, service is $99/mo, and you can sign up at https://www.starlink.com/  

This is an option for people who can’t get fast service over fiber or cable – perhaps those still limited to old copper lines.  Read more...


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Legacy Edge (the first version of the Edge Browser) and Internet Explorer 11 will no longer be able to access any Microsoft online services on August 17th of this year.  Microsoft has installed tools to redirect users to the new Edge Browser.

On March 9th 2021, Legacy Edge will stop receiving security updates.  Some banks and websites are still requiring Internet explorer for compatibility with their sites.  

Everyone should be using a modern browser, such as the new Edge, Chrome, or Firefox.  If you access websites that claim to require Internet Explorer, those websites will need to be updated very soon for compatibility with modern browsers.   


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used with permission from HP Technology at Work

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These days, a notebook without an internet connection is like a bicycle without pedals. You can still use it, but you won’t get very far. That’s why it’s all the more frustrating when you lose your wireless internet connection and your IT department or helpful officemate aren’t there to provide a quick fix.

A savvy user, however, doesn’t have to be at the mercy of other people’s schedules. With a few simple troubleshooting tips—and a basic understanding of how your wireless network is set up—you can easily take care of many common issues yourself and quickly return to peak productivity. Here’s how [1].

Looking for trouble

Fixing your wireless internet connection is in large part a process of elimination. You need to check each link in the chain that takes you online and determine which link is—or is not—causing the issue. For most environments, you’ll find the problem in one of these four areas:

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SpireTech has released a new high speed internet service to businesses in the area.  Times and technology move forward at haste every day and we’ve seen the need from clients for faster connections and more data transfer while remaining within a reasonable budget. Spiretech’s Metro Area Ethernet is delivered over fiber, and builds on our previous record of dependable internet, affordable service, and friendly support you’ve come to depend on. Be sure to contact us for more information.