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Virtual Assistants (VAs) are artificial intelligent software agents that perform services or tasks based on voice commands. VAs can work through computers, smartphones, car dashboards, or stand-alone devices like Amazon’s Echo.

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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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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!)

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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So what exactly is streaming? …and why stream?

Streaming is watching TV through the Internet — a growing trend that could very well be the future of all TV.

The advantage of streaming is you can pause, save, resume, and skip when viewing. You can even binge watch an entire TV series at one sitting. You have almost unlimited options from TV shows, Movies, Music, and more — at any time.

Most streaming is provided through subscriptions with companies like Netflix, Disney, ESPN, and others. They offer ever increasing selections, and some allow you to “rent” the newest movie releases.

To stream you need fast, reliable Internet service and either a newer “smart” TV or an external device like a Roku Box, or Apple TV device. Most gaming platforms, like Microsoft’s X-box provide streaming capabilities.

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