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How often do you have guests at your home ask for your WiFi password? Many of us think nothing of giving the password to our friends and family, or our kids’ friends. But you may not realize that you’re putting your own network security at risk. How? Guests could unknowingly download malware or connect to your network with already-infected devices, which could then infect everything else within the network. But that’s not the only reason to use a guest network.

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Set up a guest network using the CommandIQ app and your GigaSpire BLAST router.

It’s easy to create a guest network! In fact it’s so easy, you can set up a network for a specific event, like when you have family visiting. Or for when your children have friends over. To get started, open your CommandIQ app and select "Guest Network" from the main menu. You can “Add a Guest Network” by selecting the plus sign.

In the Setup a Guest Network screen, do the following:

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Many of us have used a website to test our Internet speed. And you may have noticed that the results of these speed tests vary and often do not match what you see on your bill. Why is this? It comes down to the difference between bandwidth and speed. (Yes there’s a difference!)

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How to test your bandwidth

The CommandIQ app has many features to give you ease of control over your WiFi network and the devices that connect to it. Another useful feature is the Bandwidth Test. Located conveniently on the Main Menu, the test allows you to measure the bandwidth connection coming into your router from DUO Broadband.

What exactly is bandwidth and why do I want to measure it?

IMG 8274Johnna Popplewell (left) and Rhonda Wilkerson (right) celebrate their retirement. 

We recently celebrated the careers of two long-term DUO Broadband employees. We wish Johnna Popplewell and Rhonda Wilkerson all the best in their retirement! Thank you Johnna for 28 years of service. And thank you Rhonda for 27 years! Here are some photos from the celebration:

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A router is what allows the Internet cable connected to your home communicate with your Internet devices, like your computer, or security cameras, or smart appliances. 

Today, most routers are wireless, broadcasting a WiFi signal a short distance inside —or outside— your home or business. This allows phones, smart TVs, and other devices to access the Internet at very high speed.

Beyond that, a router provides a level of security to your home or business network.

Lower quality routers can be a bottleneck for really fast Internet, as a network can only be as good as its weakest link.

To assure the absolute best connectivity with your Internet, DUO Broadband carries the Calix GigaSpire BLAST router and matching extenders to send your signal even further.  

Want to add a GigaSpire BLAST router or sign up for DUO Broadband Internet? Just complete our service request form today!

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