Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Next-Level Business: Fiber Technology

If you’re a business owner, big or small, you have to ask yourself: what do you value in your company? Hard workers? Reliability? Adaptability? Communication? At Mid Century Fiber, those things matter to us too. That’s why we make sure that we provide the best service possible, with these qualities in mind, to entrepreneurs like yourself.

Fiber Business

Speed & Strength
No, fiber technology is no Superman, but it’s pretty darn close. Fiber-optic internet has super fast connection speeds, with options available that range from 5 Mbps to 100 Gbps. This is the kind of internet that you need to support the fast happenings within your business. The connection with fiber technology is strong, making for quality work time without the hassle of wanting to throw your computer at the wall.

Because the connection is so fast and strong, it means that you can also rely on fiber-optic technology to be there when you need it most. It comes down to fiber being a stronger element than copper, while also being prone to weather conditions interrupting its connection. The connection cannot be interfered with unless the fibers are physically cut. Fiber technology may sound like the reliability that you look for in a partner, but we guarantee that it’s even better than you imagined.

Internet bandwidth is a roadblock that many businesses run into, because of the high need for data transmission. If you invest in fiber-optic internet, the bandwidth availability is higher, and the speed doesn’t suffer from the amount of data that is being used or transferred. File sharing, streaming videos, and conference calls are just a few examples of activities that can put high demands on your internet connection. Thankfully, with fiber technology, you or your customers don’t have to worry about your internet speed suffering.

When you put it all together, fiber technology is a great investment for your business that has a high pay-off, and will keep you happier in the long run. Trust us to help you succeed in all aspects of your business. For more information on our services, you can visit our website or give us a call today at (309)-778-8611!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Can Items in Your Home Interfere with Your Wifi?

Wifi interference
If you’re experiencing spotty wifi connection in your home, and notice slower performance or disconnection from wifi, there may be some ways you can easily minimize it. The first thing you need to do is recognize the interference. If you notice one of the following, you should check for interference:
  • Low signal strength in the wifi menu
  • A slower connection to the internet when using your wifi connection
  • Slower file transfers between computers over wifi
  • Inability to pair a bluetooth device like a Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad or Apple Wireless Keyboard
  • Erratic or “jumpy” pointer movement when using at Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad
  • Intermittent “connection lost” messages when using a bluetooth device

While dealing with poor wifi connection is annoying, there are things that are commonly found in your home that can interfere with your wifi networks and bluetooth devices if they are nearby. You can check for the following items:

  • Microwave Ovens: using your microwave oven near your computer, bluetooth device, or wifi base station may cause interference
  • Direct Satellite Service (DSS): The coax cable and connectors used with some types of satellite dishes can cause interference. Check the cabling for damage that could cause radio frequency interference. If you suspect interference, you can try replacing the cables.
  • Power Sources: Certain external electrical sources like power lines, electrical railroad tracks, and power stations can cause interference. To avoid this, don’t locate your AirPort Base Station, AirPort Time Capsule, or wifi router near power lines in a wall, or near a breaker box.
  • Wireless Speakers or RF Video: Wireless audio or video transmitters that operate in the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz bandwidth can cause interference with other wireless devices or networks.
  • Poorly Shielded Cabling: External hard drives or other devices with poorly shielded cabling can interfere with your wireless devices. If disconnecting or turning off the device appears to help, try replacing the cable that connects the device to your computer.
  • Other Wireless Devices: Other wireless devices that operate in the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz bandwidth, such as microwave transmitters, wireless cameras, baby monitors, or a neighbor’s wireless device, can cause interference with your wifi or bluetooth connections.
If you’re looking for new, reliable, and fast internet service, Mid Century Fiber is coming to keep you connected with today’s technology. If you’d like to learn more about how you can get faster, more reliable internet, give us a call today at 309-778-8611, or visit our website to learn more.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Keep Your Internet Speed Fast with Hardware Housekeeping

Picture it now: hitting the keys hard on your keyboard as you wait impatiently for your internet to perform like you were promised. But here it is slow as ever, and you’re one step closer to throwing your laptop at the wall. Before you make any irrational decisions, it may not be your broadband connection. Check these hardware hacks to see if there is something else slowing down your computer.

Internet Hardware

Run an Online Speed Test
Before you do anything, run an online speed test to confirm where the problem is coming from. If the speed turns out what it’s supposed to be, that means that something on your computer’s hard drive could be the problem. If something isn’t looking right, call your internet provider and investigate further.

Check for Spyware and Viruses
These pesky problems are the worst, but not impossible to get rid of. Spyware are invisible programs that can take resources away on your computer. They can be removed to free up your resources. You could also have some viruses lurking on your hard drive, which can decrease computer capabilities to the point of your hard drive crashing. Always have your virus protection software on and up-to-date.

Full Disk Space
A common problem with an easy fix. Depending on how long you’ve had your computer, you’ve most likely accumulated a lot of music, files, and pictures on your hard drive. There comes a time when your disk drive becomes full, which can drastically reduce the speed of your computer. We suggest investing in an external hard drive for extra storage, and to delete some files off your computer. This usually shows results quickly!

At Mid Century Fiber, we want our customers to have the best experience possible when it comes to their internet. We provide fast speeds and connections, making for more searching and enjoyment on the world wide web! For more information on how to get connected with fiber technology, you can visit our website or give us a call at (309)-778-8611 today!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Are Your Devices Fiber-Ready?

Fiber-Ready Devices

You’ve finally done it- fiber technology has been installed in your home, and you’re ready to have a great experience surfing the web. And yet, you may still be experiencing slow speeds. Before you throw your computer out the window, your devices might not be fiber-ready, which can be an easy fix.

Run a Speed Test
The first thing you should do is run a speed test with a provider that can utilize your connection. Currently, there are few speed test servers capable of testing gigabit speeds. Thankfully, you can use ours by using the link here or search online for others. A key piece of information is to make sure no other devices are downloading or streaming during the test. Remember, if you’re testing using a wi-fi device, your speed is automatically decreased.

Verify Your Network Adapter
If you’re still not seeing gigabit speeds, you should verify that your network adapter is connected at 1 Gbps:
1. Find your network connection in the lower right screen next to the clock and volume control (it may be necessary to click the triangle button to display all icons).
2. Right-click on the network connection and left-click “Open Network and Sharing Center”
3. Click on blue link “Change adapter settings”
4. Locate your Ethernet Connection (hint: it won’t have a red X on it). Right-click on it and left-click on “Status”.
5. In the speed field, you should see “1.0 Gbps”. If “100 Mbps” is displayed, your devices network adapter does not support gigabit.

Check Your Computer
One other thing to consider is that the device you are using is not up-to-date with fiber technology. There could be a problem with your computer’s wi-fi adapter, or you may be using the incorrect USB port. Other programs or users could also be using your network, which can significantly slow down your network.

At Mid Century Fiber, we want to give everyone the opportunity to experience fast internet with uninterrupted connections. Here are some more helpful links on how to check your ethernet speeds on your PC or Mac should you be experiencing slower internet speeds. For more information on our services, you can visit our website, or give us a call at (309)-778-8611 today!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Keeping Your Equipment And Software Current

Mid Century Fiber Software
If there’s one thing that everyone can agree on, it’s that the world of technology is fast-paced, ever-changing, and sometimes hard to keep up with. At Mid Century Fiber, we believe in the power of technology and its use for good, which is why we believe it’s important for everyone to implement some sort of technology software into their personal or professional life. But how do you stay up-to-date with the latest equipment and software? How do you know what you need? We have three tips to point you in the right direction!

  1. Address Your Needs & Do Your Research
We get it- it’s extremely intimidating going on the internet not knowing what to look for. First and foremost, ask yourself what your needs are, what is in your price range, and what your ultimate end goal is. With the all resources out there, it can be a challenge to find what you’re looking for between all the ads, links, and images. We find that starting basic research on trusted resources like Flipboard is a great way to stay up-to-date and get trusted reviews on equipment and software you may be looking into.

  1. Keep It Simple
Sometimes, technology can make our brains feel like short-circuiting with the overload of information we receive. Whether it’s a new software that helps with finances or a new social media channel and strategy in place, start out small and build from there. You don’t have to sign up or buy every new piece of technology that comes your way. We suggest implementing or updating new resources one at a time so you see if it’s truly the best fit for you.

  1. Connect With Others
One of the greatest benefits of technology is the impressive expansion it has gifted us in regards to communication. If you’re interested in learning more about different equipment and softwares, we suggest asking for personal opinions of others around you. Family and friends are a great first line of defense, along with others in the same field as you. While reviews are helpful and insightful, there’s nothing like getting to have a genuine conversation with someone on how a resource has impacted their business or personal life. Another great resource to tap into is the younger generations that are immersed in the technology world. Ask them what they are using and why- they are the future of business, education, consumerism, and everything in between.

At Mid Century Fiber, we help people thrive in the business and home setting by delivering fast and reliable connections that can support any kind of work and environment. To learn about our services and how we can help you improve your technology experience, you can give us a call at (309)-778-8611 or visit our website today!

Friday, September 22, 2017

"Fall" Back into the School Groove with Fiber Technology


September marks the first full month of being back at school and diving head first into learning. While some kids have no problem making this transition, others struggle with saying goodbye to the carefree days of summertime. Luckily, teachers are now implementing more creative and innovative ways to engage their students with technology. Here are three ways they’re getting them to log in and stay engaged!

More Coursework Online

Today, with so much of our world being digitized, educators are moving farther away from lecturing and more towards finding ways to collaborate with their students in and out of the classroom. Many schools now implement online databases for students to turn in their homework, access readings for class, take online quizzes, and have forum discussions. Not only does this teach them how to efficiently use a computer, but it also teaches them responsibility, online etiquette, and to think critically before they write and publish anything to the internet.

New (And Fun Software)

There are now hundreds of websites and software for students to use that make learning fun and engaging. Teachers are now utilizing them inside the classroom and incorporating these resources as part of their homework and studying. From online note cards to creating state-of-the-art presentations, students now have the capability to learn on a whole new level.

The Use of Technology In Classrooms

We’re not talking about smart boards or projectors- we’re talking cell phones, laptops, and smart tablets. Instead of trying to ban technology from the classrooms, some teachers are embracing the fact that student’s lives are now so immersed in technology. There are now apps that allow students to interact in the classroom with the teacher, and allow for a level of interactivity that has never happened before. Some teachers believe that if they allow for technology to be used in the classroom, students will spend less time on social apps or texting and stay more engaged in the lesson.

With Mid Century Fiber, we can provide the fast internet speed and connections that are needed to keep up with schoolwork, online classes, or late night study sessions. Whether your child is in kindergarten or working their way through college, our internet speeds can support any kind of project that is being completed. The reliability will help to make their work time glitch-free and enjoyable. For more information on our services, you can visit our website or give us a call at (309)-778-8611.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Back to School: Having All The Right Tools To Succeed

Back to School right tools

The weather is cooling, the alarms are set, and the textbooks are opening. As we prepare to go back to school, the internet now offers hundreds of helpful resources for kids, teens, and college students to be successful and make the most of their learning experiences. Here are some helpful links and resources that we’ve found that are sure to help students succeed and learn online!

Today, there are hundreds of resources online that can help not only students, but also adults stay organized with their information and schedules to utilize their time efficiently. Google Calendar is the most common calendar application used, along with organizational charts from SmartDraw that are extremely helpful. Another great resource to use is called Padlet, which acts in a way for students to personalize and organize their notes in an aesthetically pleasing manner.

Infographic Creation
Because we live in the digital age, the ability to create a visual that is stimulating and eye-catching has become a necessary skill. The ability to design graphics and implement them into presentations, papers, and project will not only impress teachers, but give students the opportunity to prepare the ever-changing digital world.  Fortunately, you don’t need to be an artist or designer to create simple, yet effective graphics. Some of the best photo editor sites are Ipiccy and PicMonkey, in which you can easily edit photos and add stickers or text to the photo. Canva is a great resource, filled with free templates, text, and images to create fun and informational graphics.

Video Creation
While it is not a necessary skill, the ability to create videos could change the game when it comes to presentations and projects. WeVideo is a great resource to utilize, making video editing easy, breezy. It covers all the basics of narrations and themes to effects and transitions. Editing videos is a new, valuable skill to teach our children, as videos are now extremely popular and being utilized by businesses of all sizes. While students are creating videos to earn those good grades, they’re also teaching themselves life skills that will add to their resumes as they get older.

At Mid Century Fiber, we believe in the power of fast and effective internet speeds, and how it can positively affect you and your family. We want to see the futures generations succeed just as much as you do, and we hope to help with the expansion of fiber technology. To learn more on how to get fiber technology into your neighborhood, you can visit our website or give us a call at (309)-778-8611.