Monday Productivity Pointers
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Setting up dual band speed on your router


Monday Productivity Pointers

with Jess Stratton

Video: Setting up dual band speed on your router

Welcome to Monday productivity pointers, I'm Jess Stratton. This week, we're still talking about getting you the fastest possible wireless connection you can get. In the last video, I showed you how to identify your weakest link, so you can fix it and get the speeds you should be getting. Now, I'm going to show you how you can get those promised 300 megabits per second transmit rates that are promised to you when you buy a wireless N speed router. I'm also going to explain to you the differences between frequency rates you can connect to.
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  1. 10h 57m
    1. Welcome to the series
      1m 13s
    2. Running a group meeting with coworkers
      7m 19s
    3. Recording and marketing chat on air
      8m 30s
    4. Creating a quick presentation
      5m 37s
    5. Presenting from an iPad or computer
      3m 36s
    6. Migrating your accounts to
      9m 55s
    7. Setting budgets and goals
      7m 4s
    8. Collaborating on team documents
      5m 53s
    9. Creating an online photo gallery
      4m 58s
    10. Kickstarter: Setting up your project
      10m 41s
    11. Driving traffic to your project
      5m 48s
    12. Conducting a voice call with a virtual team
      6m 40s
    13. Adding video and chat notifications
      4m 7s
    14. Accepting a payment with Square
      4m 35s
    15. Using the Square Wallet
      2m 32s
    16. Setting up shop on Etsy
      6m 31s
    17. Tracking your Etsy sales with Shop Stats
      4m 9s
    18. Raising your Klout score
      7m 3s
    19. Earning Klout perks
      4m 55s
    20. Skydrive: Collaborating on team documents
      4m 56s
    21. Skydrive: Accessing files on the go
      2m 57s
    22. Setting up Google alerts to track your data
      5m 5s
    23. Removing a page from the Google search index
      4m 42s
    24. Browsing privately in public
      4m 38s
    25. Cleaning up your session before logging out
      5m 8s
    26. Troubleshooting a remote computer with TeamViewer
      3m 42s
    27. Taking screenshots from a PC
      4m 12s
    28. Taking screenshots from a Mac
      3m 36s
    29. Setting up Find My iPhone
      3m 36s
    30. Using iCloud to find an iPhone
      3m 49s
    31. Sampling color from the screen
      5m 27s
    32. Using for inspiration
      3m 22s
    33. Get an audio clip onto YouTube using iPhoto
      5m 49s
    34. Creating playlists and customizing your YouTube channel
      5m 41s
    35. Record your screen using QuickTime
      3m 14s
    36. Record your screen using CamStudio
      2m 34s
    37. Using Tempo Smart Calendar when you are going to be late
      3m 9s
    38. Using Twist to let your customers know where you are
      3m 38s
    39. Using Wunderlist to track multiple projects
      9m 0s
    40. Use the Wunderlist browser extension to create tasks on the web
      5m 46s
    41. Using Smart Mailboxes with Mac Mail
      6m 52s
    42. Customizing the Mac Mail View
      7m 13s
    43. What's a firewall?
      7m 36s
    44. What is the Cloud?
      4m 42s
    45. Creating your own recipe with IFTTT
      7m 19s
    46. Browsing existing recipes with IFTTT
      5m 7s
    47. Installing the Feedly browser extension
      6m 34s
    48. Customizing Feedly
      6m 53s
    49. Understanding the basics of Twitter
      9m 9s
    50. Using Tweetdeck to handle multiple accounts
      9m 14s
    51. Working with URL Shorteners
      5m 45s
    52. Using
      8m 31s
    53. Creating Quick Parts to re-use text
      6m 19s
    54. Moving your Autotext to a new computer
      6m 7s
    55. Shutting off access to social networks
      6m 18s
    56. Hiding taskbars
      2m 36s
    57. Exploring the iOS 7 Update
      10m 7s
    58. Running a productive online meeting
      3m 44s
    59. Getting meeting minutes faster
      6m 47s
    60. TextExpander for Mac
      7m 6s
    61. Breevy for Windows
      3m 44s
    62. Using Smart Folders on a Mac
      5m 52s
    63. Using Windows Libraries
      4m 25s
    64. Finding large attachments in your email apps
      5m 13s
    65. Use Ninite to install all your PC apps at once
      3m 30s
    66. Use Get Mac Apps to install your Mac apps at once
      2m 56s
    67. Creating a disposable email address with Guerrilla mail
      4m 7s
    68. Creating an email address that lasts only 10 minutes
      3m 16s
    69. Finding and adding local vendors to enhance your iOS reminders
      3m 45s
    70. Adding geofencing to Find My Friends
      3m 20s
    71. Turning a Word document contract into a PDF
      4m 1s
    72. Turning a PowerPoint presentation into a PDF
      4m 10s
    73. Resetting browser site passwords
      7m 11s
    74. Disabling toolbars, resizing screens, and accidentally closed tabs
      7m 42s
    75. Identifying your wifi's weakest link
      7m 59s
    76. Setting up dual band speed on your router
      7m 36s
    77. Add your social media activity to your website
      8m 54s
    78. Using WordPress mobile to update on the go
      4m 48s
    79. Matching the header row on your spreadsheet files
      8m 20s
    80. Using a formula to merge first and last name columns
      5m 58s
    81. Using JoliDrive to browse cloud app data
      5m 11s
    82. Using JoliDrive on an iPad
      4m 31s
    83. Finding deals on eBay using misspelled listings
      4m 18s
    84. Searching for promotional and coupon codes online
      5m 52s
    85. Sending real postcards from your computer with Postagram
      4m 25s
    86. Using Postagram to send a real postcard from your smartphone
      3m 55s
    87. Getting to Inbox Zero
      11m 4s
    88. Using existing GMail labels with Mailbox
      3m 19s
    89. Adding 2-step authentication
      3m 39s
    90. Enabling in-app PIN codes
      3m 31s
    91. Accessing your digital movies
      5m 20s
    92. Copying movies onto a device
      3m 25s
    93. Using Genius Scan to scan your documents
      3m 34s
    94. Sending your scans
      2m 41s
    95. Using Acrobat to ink sign a PDF
      4m 49s
    96. Writing a letter of recommendation
      7m 49s
    97. Constructing a successful press release
      4m 48s
    98. Troubleshooting wireless security
      4m 48s
    99. Writing a claim letter
      5m 22s
    100. The best reasons to try online chat customer service
      5m 9s
    101. How to do a firmware update
      6m 34s
    102. Siri, your iPhone assistant
      4m 48s
    103. Writing an email that gets read
      4m 51s
    104. Writing an email that requires action
      2m 54s
    105. Your Blu-ray questions answered
      3m 50s
    106. Using LittleBit to photograph your goal progress
      3m 9s
    107. Exporting WordPress blog entries
      3m 28s
    108. Understanding how Office 365 works
      5m 9s
    109. Using Waze for crowdsourced GPS
      2m 58s
    110. Downloading your Facebook timeline
      3m 10s
    111. Scheduling email with Boomerang
      4m 24s
    112. Google Labs for Calendar
      2m 58s
    113. Finding missing songs in iTunes on your iPhone
      2m 10s
    114. Requesting your Twitter archive
      2m 59s
    115. Using Doodle for easy group scheduling
      4m 59s
    116. Easily remote to another computer with
      3m 47s
    117. Keyboard shortcuts for YouTube
      2m 58s
    118. Easily annotate images with Skitch
      6m 4s
    119. Get your Google Calendar schedule by email every morning
      3m 3s
    120. Blurring photos for posting on social networks
      6m 41s
    121. Migrating to Google Apps
      9m 31s
    122. Using supplemental To Do apps
      3m 43s
    123. Getting alerts for Amazon price drops
      2m 36s
    124. Four tips to teach kids about websites
      8m 19s
    125. Caring for family members from afar
      4m 39s
    126. Using Google Sheets to make templates
      4m 35s

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10h 57m Appropriate for all Mar 25, 2013 Updated Oct 20, 2014

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In this series on productivity, author Jess Stratton takes you through the latest tools that will help you run your business and life more efficiently. Each installment covers a particular feature or technique in a different online tool, such as Google Apps, Skype, YouTube,, Etsy, and more. Learn about topics ranging from recording and publishing video chats to managing your finances online.

Note: Monday Productivity Pointers is currently on a break, but stay tuned for new tutorials!

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Setting up dual band speed on your router

Welcome to Monday productivity pointers, I'm Jess Stratton. This week, we're still talking about getting you the fastest possible wireless connection you can get. In the last video, I showed you how to identify your weakest link, so you can fix it and get the speeds you should be getting. Now, I'm going to show you how you can get those promised 300 megabits per second transmit rates that are promised to you when you buy a wireless N speed router. I'm also going to explain to you the differences between frequency rates you can connect to.

So the first thing that you need to do is make sure that you have what's called a door band router which will allow you to choose what frequency to connect to. The choices are 2.4 gigahertz and five gigahertz. Most routers transmit wireless data over a 2.4 gigahertz frequency. In the last video, I talked to you little bit about wifi standards. Remember 802.11a and b, they came out at the same time. The standard of 802.11a used a different frequency, a five gigahertz frequency.

This is higher and more isolated, so the connection speed is faster, at a max of 54 megabytes per second. But the problem is it had a much shorter range. It also meant that the signal had a hard time getting through obstructions, like walls. So, it is an uncommon frequency, there's less interference. But you do get more speed, because it is wider and higher. However, the range is not so good. Now, the 802.11b standard utilized the more flexible 2.4 gigahertz frequency so that the range can be much more far reaching and stable.

Even though the max speed was slower, at 11 megabytes per second. A lot of things use this 2.4 gigahertz frequency, like cordless telephones and other routers, so you're sharing that frequency with all these other devices. However, it's still a stable and far reaching connection. Then we came out with the 802.11g standard which gave us the best of both worlds. It ran at a 2.4GHz frequency, so it was stable and far-reaching, and it maxed out at the A version of 54 megabytes per second.

So we had it good. But now we have the 802.11n standard, which gives us 100 plus megabits per second. And we also have the ability to run what's called a dual-band network. This lets us configure our router to run using the frequency of five gigahertz, which is nice and empty since no other household gadgets like phones use it, but also combine that with a stable 2.4 gigahertz frequency. So as the 5GHz connection is wider, if you have a wireless adaptor that supports that 802.11n standard, you can configure your router for speeds up to 300Mb/s.

I'm going to tell you right now what you have to do, and what has to be in place to achieve that. So, to reach 300 megabits per second, the first thing that you have to do is you have to make sure that you're on a device or a computer that supports the 802.11n protocol. And I showed you how to do that in the last video, by finding out what the make and model of your wireless adapter is, and then looking it up to see if it does indeed support that. The second thing that has to be in place is you have to have a dual-band router.

Once you've got that in place and you have configured your five gigahertz connection and your 2.4 gigahertz connection, you have to make sure your connected to the five gigahertz one. There's something else. You have to be in the same room as the router. Remember how one of the cons of that five gigahertz connection is that it can't really transmit its signal through walls very well. And it's not very far reaching, so in order to get those high speeds, you have to be very, very close to the router. Now that's why in the end of the last video, I said that if you can move your router, instead of being in the office where it's pretty commonly located, to near where your television set is.

Then that's a pretty good central point for your family, and you'll always be near the router. So think about what it would take to put your router and cable modem near your TV, instead of in an office. Finally, you have to make sure you're using a wifi security protocol of WPA2 with AES encryption. I'm going to show you that. I'm going to log into my router, and I'll show you what the configuration screen looks like. So you'll know what to look for when you're trying to configure your router.

I've logged into my router. And I did that by opening the browser, and logging in to the URL that they gave me. And I used the user name and password to access it. I then went over to the wireless setting tabs. In this case, I'm connected to a NetGear M600 wireless dualband router. And here's where I configure the name, the channel, and the mode of my network. So, because this is a dual band router, I have two different wireless networks to configure. I have the 2.4 gigahertz section.

And as you'll see, it's even telling me that any card that supports the B, G or N protocol can connect to this. I give it my name, I select a channel or I can use the default channel that it gives me. And under the mode, I need to make sure that I've selected up to 300 megabytes per second. Each wireless network also gets its own security options. So this is what I was talking about before. If you get a choice of all these security options, choose WPA2 with AES encryption. If I scroll down a little bit further.

Now you can see, here's my other wireless network option, my five gigahertz, which supports the A protocol and the N protocol. Again, I give it a name, and just so that I can be very clear which network I'm connecting to when I see it in my list of available wireless networks. Because now I'm going to get a choice of two, remember, I've clearly labeled them. One is 2 GHz, and one is five GHz. It's on a different channel. And again, with the mode, I want to make sure I've selected up to 300 MB per second.

And again with the security options, WPA2 with AES encryption. So with those things in place, if I close out of this and I'm given the ability to choose a wireless connection, say, on an iPhone or an iPad, I'll see two connections pop up. I'll see the choice of mysocratesnote2GHz and mysocratesnote5GHz. If I want to get that super fast 300 megabit per second connection, I need to choose the five gigahertz connection and preferably be in that same room.

Now, I can still connect to the five gigahertz one as long as it's in range. I just may not get those connection speeds. And in fact you may notice that your getting max speeds of 130 megabits per second. Now this is fast and it should be more than enough speed not to slow you down while you get your work or streaming done. If this is the case you're most likely on the 2.4 Ghz network and maybe that's all your wireless adapter card can support, and that's fine. It's stable and it's a far-reaching connection.

However, I know thats a big source of frustration from people on why they can't reach that 300 Mbps speed when their router tells you and your adapter tells you that you're supposed to get that connection. So if you follow along with those steps, you should be good to go.

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