Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Introducing One Source


 
Technology moves so fast that it’s almost impossible for any one person to keep up with it all.  You hear all about smart phones, voice assistants, smart homes, streaming devices, and the list goes on and on. What can these devices do?  How do they help me in my day to day life? These are some of the questions we have been getting asked here at Mid Century.  To help our customers better understand technology and what it can do for them, Mid Century created One Source.

What is One Source?
One Source is a division of Mid Century developed with the primary goal to help our customers better understand technology that they use every day.

What do we do?
One Source holds events frequently throughout our service area giving customers an opportunity to come and see different technology being used and ask questions in person.  One Source offers one-on-one streaming demonstrations at our Fairview office, by appointment, just call 309.778.8611. 
  


Services?

Yes, One Source offers free phone consultations to help answer any questions that you may have.  We also offer paid in-home installation service for those who may need help with initial set up.




Blog

One Source will post a blog once a month on various technology topics. If you have any questions feel free to contact us at 778.8611, by email at OneSource@midcentury.com, or follow us on Facebook @OneSource.  

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.

Reliability
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.

Bandwidth
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.