Posts Categorized: The Internet of Things

FTTP: Are your devices affecting your Internet speed?

Most rural providers have extensive DSL infrastructure and are gradually building FTTP infrastructure as finances permit; OTELCO is among them. As we continually expand our Lightwave zone, we want to share some information to help our subscribers who are in those areas to make the most of their service. DSL vs FTTP DSL and Fiber to the Premise (FTTP) are 2 mechanisms for the delivery of Internet access. DSL uses copper telephone lines to deliver… Read more »

New Smart TV? 4 steps to streaming TV online

Is your New Year’s resolution to cut the cord on cable and make the most of that new Smart TV you got for the holidays? After years of cable TV, the switch might seem like a daunting one, but we’ll walk you through a few easy steps to have you embracing your new devices in no time. Step 1. Determine your TV needs. To get started, consider your TV habits. Is network television something you’re… Read more »

Do You Have the Bandwidth for Your Smart Devices?

Now that we’ve given you some tips on how to secure the IoT smart devices that you may give or receive during the holiday season, let’s make sure you have the Internet bandwidth you need to keep them operating at their best. Every device in your home that is powered on and connected to your network uses bandwidth – even when idle. This is an approximation of what the various devices and activities use at… Read more »

IoT Gifts Tips: What you need to know before you give a Smart Device as a Gift

Whether you’re giving or receiving, you need to see this. So-called smart speakers and activity trackers have become extremely accessible as this year’s holiday shopping season got off to a tremendous start between Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Thanks to the crazy sales, Internet of Things, or IoT gifts like the Google Mini could be purchased for as little as $10, and activity trackers like Fitbit were offered for as little as… Read more »

Avoid a Raw Deal: 5 Tips for Online Shopping Security

Man holding credit card in hand and entering security code using smart phone on laptop keyboard, online shopping concept.Cropped image of man inputting card information and key on phone or laptop while shopping online.

Updated Fall 2019 Trying to get the best gift on Black Friday used to require getting up at the crack of dawn, racing to the nearest mall and struggling through a crowd of desperate deal seekers, only to leave with an incomplete shopping list and a serious lack of holiday cheer. Now, thanks to online shopping, gone are the days of risking life and limb to make sure that your little one gets their Turbo… Read more »