Posts Categorized: The Internet of Things

Gigabit Internet:
What is it? Do I need it?

Some of you may be familiar with the term Broadband or Bandwidth Envy; it’s simply anxiety caused by not having the fastest Internet speed available.  (It’s like the feeling you get when you realize that Apple has released a newer iPhone than the one you just bought.) Anyway, the current buzz in Internet speed is Gigabit Internet service.  Gigabit Internet service transmits data up to 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) — or 1,000 megabits per… Read more »

Most vulnerable rooms in your smart home: How hackers can sneak a peek on you and your family

This week’s blog on smart home security is a collaboration with The Zebra, the nation’s leading insurance comparison site. By Guest Blogger: Taylor Covington (Author Bio at the bottom). All infographics are from The Zebra.  While the Internet of Things (IoT) has offered plenty of convenience for homeowners through Smart Home devices, they’re also more susceptible to hackers. Vendors may manufacture these devices without knowledge of how to connect them to the internet securely, or… Read more »

The Streaming Services to Watch this Summer

It is time to update our 2019 Summer Streaming Series with some exciting new streaming services to watch in 2020! We have a lot to cover, so let’s jump right in! Disney+ Apple TV+ HBO Max Make Sure You Have the Speed You Need to Binge All this New Content, With OTELCO’s Free Bandwidth Calculator Disney+ Disney’s long-awaited streaming service was released in November of 2019. It emerged with a ton of great Disney content,… Read more »

Internet 101: Understanding the Internet

Internet Service Providers, or ISPs, use a lot of terms that the everyday customer might not recognize. This simple guide and helpful video can help you decode our lingo and better understand your connection. Types of Internet Broadband: Broadband refers to “bandwidth data transmission” and is interchangeable with the term Internet. When we talk about broadband, we are talking about the Internet. Coaxial (Cable): Coaxial or cable connections use cable networks to transport data. It… Read more »

How the Internet has Changed our Homes: Smart Home Technology

From Alexa to Google Home and Ring, smart home technology is much more accessible than we once thought possible. In fact, smart homes are on the rise and forecasted to surpass 300 million by 2023. We’re all spending a lot of time at home these days, something made easier by these varied technologies that are available at our fingertips. You Don’t Have to be a Millionaire It wasn’t that long ago that Bill Gates spent… Read more »