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.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Smartphones & Homes: Where to Next?

Mid Century Fiber - Smart Homes

Hollywood has been making films for decades predicting what the future will look like in regards to our relationship with technology. Whether it’s having robots as maids, a smart home that wants to become part of the family, or a computer system that takes over the world, there’s usually a negative connotation in regards to the growing power of what technology can do. However, the year 2017 may be the year that it all changes. Home automation, which is the ability to control items around the house with a push of a button or voice command, is in the future - it’s a matter of educating society on how we can benefit from all the technological advances.

Save Time
Currently, there are a plethora of products on the market that, if installed into your home, could make life ten times easier for you and your family. From security systems to controlling your heating and cooling system, we now hold the capability of controlling our home in the palm of our hand - quite literally. Having everything connected in one place, such as your smartphone, can turn your home into a smart house. You can check on your puppy during the workday or even start dinner on your way home with the push of a button. There is now ways for us to have control over technology to help us, saving us time and giving us peace of mind.

Save Money
Time isn’t the only thing you’ll save on when you begin to invest in automating your home. Sure, these appliances cost money, but the investment is well worth it. You can turn off lights or turn down the heat from your phone when you realize you forgot to before you left for work this morning. Or you can invest in sprinkler system that will get the job done while being able to control when it goes on and off from your phone. The possibilities are endless when it comes to automating your home, and how much money it could save you and your family.

Invest in Fiber Technology
At Mid Century Fiber, we’re committed to providing you with fast, strong connections that won’t fail you as you being to automate your home. With so much of these appliances depending on a strong Wifi connection, trusting a company like ours will give you the means to sync up your home with reassurance that everything will work correctly. For more information on how you can get fiber technology into your neighborhood, you can visit our website or give us a call today at (309)-778-8611.

Monday, June 19, 2017

How To Get Fiber Into Your Neighborhood

Road to Fiberhood
Fiber technology is one of the best ways to experience watching your favorite shows and movies, listening to your music, and downloading documents at a pace that keeps up with your busy schedule. It’s the next big up-and-coming resource that is going to take the world by storm. So, how do you get it? How do you implement fiber technology into your neighborhood? 
Mid Century Fiber is here to help. 

  1. Gather Interest
In order to begin our work, Mid Century Fiber takes time to connect with different communities in the area to gather interest. A certain amount of people must express an interest in being a part of a fiberhood before any steps are taken. Our goal is to have at least 35% of your neighborhood expressing interest. 

    2. Sign-Up
Once we hit our interest goal, we then begin the sign-up phase. That same 35% of the neighborhood, and hopefully more, must then officially sign-up to be a part of the fiberhood. The more people we have sign up, the more successful the project will be!

    3. Construction
Once we reach our sign-up goal, we begin the building phase. There is a lot of planning that must go into this, including underground investigation to figure out where the existing underground utilities lie, in order to ensure the productivity and safety of the project. Private property access rights must also be required and utility poles must be examined - all part of our safety regulations to assure the general public’s well-being.
    4. Schedule Install
Once all the construction is completed, we schedule the installation of the fiber technology so that the community will have access to the services. We do this house by house, and can take weeks to months to complete.

    5. Fiberhood
Wahla! You are now part of an official fiberhood! Our goal is to have our projects completed approximately 60 days from the start of the build. It is the beginning of an awesome Internet experience.
If you and your neighbors are interested in becoming a fiberhood, you can fill the interest form out on our website today to help reach the goal. For more information on who we are, and what our services entail, you can visit our website or give us a call today at (309)-778-8611.

Monday, May 8, 2017

3 Ways Fiber Technology Can Help You Grow Your Small Business

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When it comes to the internet, everything is all about fast, stress-free connection. If you’re a small business owner, having a reliable internet connection can be crucial for running your business successfully. Fortunately, with fiber technology that goes up to 1 gig internet speed, there are several benefits that help with a running a small business.

Faster Downloads
Whether you’re a one-man show working out of your home or part of a small team, having access to reliable, quality internet is a huge factor when it comes it comes to running a successful business. With the majority of banking, processing, ordering, and communication happening via Internet, you need internet that can keep up with the fast-paced environment of a small business. Having the ability have faster downloads and uploads keeps you on track and is one less thing for you to worry about. 

Cheaper Prices
We understand that as a small business owner, being smart with your money is vital. Nowadays, the internet bill can burn a major hole in your pocket. Mid Century Fiber’s hope is that we can offer great service at an affordable price for our community. With fiber technology, you save bundles of money instead of paying for cable and internet services, making it a savvy business investment that is sure to pay off in the long run.

Better Connections
Not only does a reliable internet service offer faster speeds for downloading and uploads files, it makes for better connections all around. You’re able to get your work done without the frustration of the internet timing out, all while building your brand and connecting with new people everyday! When you have a service working well for you, it helps you feel more confident in what you’re selling, ultimately helping you thrive with your business.

At Mid Century Fiber, we are committed to giving you the best service possible when it comes to fiber technology. For more information on getting fiber technology into your neighborhood, you can visit our website or give us a call at (309)-778-8611.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Fiber Technology: Making Life Easier For You

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As the technology world progresses, it’s important that you are given the tools to keep up with the times and take advantage of all the benefits that the internet has to offer. With ability to find out any information with the click of a button, watch any movie or you wish, and even begin to dive into the world of virtual reality, wouldn’t you like to have the most reliable and dependable streaming network? That’s where fiber technology comes in: a way for you to work, learn, and play all with a fast and dependable Internet connection with speeds up to 1 Gig.

For Business
In today’s modern world, no matter what type of business you run, you need an internet plan that works as hard as you and your employees do. If you were to switch over to using fiber technology, your business would be able to keep up with the growing demands of large files, cloud services, and other business applications. Mid Century Fiber offers business internet plans along with local customer support to help you along every step of the way.

For Education
When it comes to any kind of education, whether it be your children's or your own, you want the best resources to help with the learning process. Nobody wants spotty internet that is going to interrupt their time dedicated to their studies. Watching videos, participating in a live forum discussion, or submitting a paper with minutes to spare could all be in jeopardy if you have unreliable internet.  

For Recreational Activities
If you come home from a long day at the office, the last thing you want to deal with is slow internet that keeps you from streaming your favorite movies and shows. With fiber technology, because it is able to provide a higher bandwidth to consumers, this enables for a more robust internet connection and telephone service. So while the kids play video games and you binge watch your favorite show, you never have to worry about compromising the connections in your house. 

If you’re interested in learning more information about our services, you can give us a call at (309)-778-8611 to set up a personal appointment to review and compare our plan options with your current services, or you can visit our website to learn how you can bring fiber technology to your neighborhood.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Four Things You Can Do Better With Fiber Technology

In 2016, there were over 3 billion Internet users online at any given time. As that number has increased year after year, so has the demand for fast, reliable internet. Fiber technology is a new and improved way to enjoy the knowledge and fun the internet has to offer. Here the are top four things you can do better with Fiber Technology:

Are you an avid Netflix user? Or maybe it’s Amazon Prime, Hulu, or HBO Now. If you have any subscriptions to the these companies, fiber technology can help you save money and keep your favorite shows and movies going nonstop with minimal interruptions.

Are you sick of glitchy internet that keeps you from winning your games? With fiber technology, our different speed and bandwidth options provide you with services that can make a gamer’s dream come true. With a better internet connection comes better communication with fellow players and ultimately a greater gaming experience.

It’s the worst when your internet doesn’t work when you need it the most. Schoolwork is a top priority for students, and when you have unreliable internet, it can cause unneeded stress and anxiety. If you switch over to fiber technology, you’ll have a stronger and more reliable connection that you can depend on to help you succeed in your schoolwork.

Fiber technology doesn’t just help you improve your education; it also aids in social networking. Multiple family members can be online at the same time with little or no latency, which means you can be on all the social media channels you want without fear of losing a great internet connection. It’s a win win for all family members who utilize the internet quite regularly.

If any of these reasons have caught your eye, it may be time for you to switch over to fiber technology. While every family has different needs and wants, we believe that fiber technology can improve the majority of society’s lives with a simple switch. If you’re interested in learning more about fiber technology, you can visit our website, or give us a call at (309)-778-8611.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Over The Top TV Streaming

Storytelling as a form of entertainment has been around for centuries, and it’s something that will continue to evolve. From plays to photographs to film, we value the art form and how technology has made everything so accessible. Television has been around for the last few decades, but now the future is here: OTT.

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What is OTT?
You might be asking yourself: what in the world is OTT? It stands for Over The Top, and it’s one of the newest ways for you to receive your favorite shows and movies. Unlike other services like traditional cable or satellite, OTT delivers film and TV content through the internet.

What are the uses of OTT?
It may seem like a lot to take in, but many services that consumers use actually would benefit from OTT. If you are a subscriber to Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now or Amazon Prime, all of these services use streaming to bring your favorite shows and movies to you. 

Why should you switch?
Each consumer has different uses and needs when it comes to entertainment. Perhaps you still watch cable TV everyday, or you may utilize more streaming services. Whatever you like, there are more options out there than ever before, and some options can save you money! OTT can help you make the most of your services and can help cater to your needs to help you get the best bang for your buck.

Why is this important?
The technology world is constantly changing. Here at Mid Century Fiber, our goal is to bring fiber technology to as many people as possible. We want to educate our consumers on the benefits of switching over to fiber technology, where OTT is a service we can set you up with.

Mid Century Fiber offers Internet speeds of up to 1 Gig for both download and upload, along with 50/50, 100/100, and 250/250 -  all more than enough speed and bandwidth to stream video! 

If you’re interested in switching over today, visit our website or give us a call today at (309) 778-8611 to learn more about fiber technology! 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

What Smart Home Applications Require Fiber?

Over the past several years, we have seen plenty of attention given to the home of the future – or the Smart Home. What once was a crazy sci-fi fantasy has now entered the mainstream of our everyday lives. Homeowners are now able to communicate remotely with various home systems through their computer, tablet, or smartphone. 

As fiber cable providers, we are often asked what applications within the Smart Home require fiber technology. This new technology called Fiber to the Home (FTTH) provides the homeowner substantially higher bandwidth capacity and increased speed.  But why does it matter for the Smart Home? 
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Defining Smart Home TechnologyA Smart Home uses fiber technology and connectivity to monitor various home functions. They provide the homeowner with detailed information regarding what is happening inside the home. Some of these home processes might include:
  • Home automation – This technology enables the homeowner to control various appliances (i.e., washer, coffee maker) within the home even when they are away. This is done through connectivity to a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
  • Security systems – Smart Home automation provides consistent home monitoring through closed-circuit televisions, as well as detailed input on fire and smoke alarms, and door and motion sensors. All information can be accessed through smartphones, tablets, or a computer for peace-of-mind while you are away.
  • Energy – Smart technology extends to home utilities through smart thermostat devices as well as the ability to control home lighting. Use a smartphone application to turn your thermostat up or down as you are on your way home, for the perfect temperature when you walk in the door. In addition to being handy, it can also provide big energy savings. 
  • Health monitoring– As baby boomers age, eHealth monitoring allows them to lead independent lives, while giving family members peace-of-mind. If an emergency arises, the device can alert emergency personnel immediately. 
The market for Smart Home technology, while in its infancy, is growing at a feverish pace as manufacturers and developers seek to create products with advanced connectivity. This innovative technology is part of a growing trend called the Internet of Things (IoT) which enables the homeowner to communicate with objects over the internet that were once considered unconnected.  
At Midcentury Communications, we provide both business and residential fiber optic connectivity options. Our fiber options are designed to handle the technology needs of today’s busy family.