Can Surfing the Web Make You a Smarter Senior?

Cognitive function improved by internet useWho knew that using the internet during your retirement years can boost your cognitive function!

Researchers examined the cognitive function of more than 2,000 retired people from across Europe and found that post-retirement internet usage is associated with substantially higher scores on tests. The Lancaster University research paper is available to read in full here: https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lums/news/using-internet-in-retirement-boosts-cognitive-function.

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Wi-Fi Jargon Buster – Part 2

We’ve already busted the jargon around Wi-Fi inside your home but sadly the jargon doesn’t stop there! Here, we explain the technical terms for Wi-Fi outside of your home:

What does ADSL mean?

Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line. The most basic broadband connection available today. It is faster than older dial-up technologies but less reliable than fibre. It operates purely over copper telephone lines and sends data along these at speeds up to 24Mbps, though often much slower.

ADSL

What is FTTC?

Fibre To The Cabinet is a technology using a combination of fast fibre-optic cables and slower copper wires. Typically, the maximum download speed is up to 80Mbps and often much less.

Fibre to the cabinet FTTC

What does Cabinet mean?

These are the green boxes sited along our streets and roads. Our internet and phone connections come from there. Data is sent along copper or wire cables before being routed to our homes.

Cabinet

What is FTTP?

Fibre To The Premises does without the copper wires used in FTTC and delivers fast fibre-optic internet speeds of up to 1Gbps directly to the modem/router in your home. However, availability is currently limited and restricted to highly populated business and residential areas.

Fibre to the premises - FTTP

What is Air Fibre?

Air Fibre uses a combination or fibre-optic and wireless technologies to deliver ultrafast internet speeds. The technology is more future proof with speeds of up to 6Gbps expected within 5 years.

Air fibre

Wi-Fi Jargon Buster

Jargon busterBaffled by technical jargon when browsing for broadband? We can help you know your bits from your bytes…

What does Bit mean?

A bit is the smallest amount of data (0 or 1) used when describing the transfer speed of data. Not to be confused with bytes!

What does Bandwidth mean?

You will usually hear this referred to in bits per second (bps), megabits per second (Mbps), or even Gigabits per second (Gbps). It refers to the maximum amount of data transmitted during a specific amount of time – one second.

What does Ethernet mean?

This connects routers and internet enabled devices by wire within your home. The connection is more reliable than Wi-Fi and often preferred by
competitive gamers.

What does Byte mean?

A byte is a unit of data that contains 8 bits. Data storage and file size is usually described in terms of bytes whereas speed of internet is described in bits.

What does Download speed mean?

Like bandwidth, this is the speed at which your connection can receive data FROM the internet. You will see these referred to in Megabits
per second (Mbps) and Gigabits per second (Gbps).

What is Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi is a wireless network technology that uses radio signals to connect internet capable devices to a router which in turn connects to the internet.

Top Tips to Keep Kids Safe Online

Keeping Kids Safe OnlineFor Kids:

  • Use trusted websites and ask a responsible adult if in any doubt.
  • Talk to an adult before sharing any personal information such as your phone number or e-mail address.

For Parents:

  • Check your parental controls to help keep kids safe.
  • Talk to your child about which apps and sites they are using, then check the relevant privacy settings.

For more tips and advice on keeping kids safe online, visit www.gov.uk and search for “child safety online for parents”

What can affect Wi-Fi signal strengths & speeds in your home?

What can affect Wi-Fi signal speed and strength

If you’ve experienced the frustration of slow or non-existent Wi-Fi in certain areas of your home, here are some of the most common causes:

Location of your router: How close you are to the router will determine how strong the signal to your device is. Moving your router to a central part of your house or where Wi-Fi is most used, will help with your signal strength.

Number of devices connected: Even if you usually have a great signal but suddenly experience intermittent speeds or buffering, the cause of this can be the number of devices connected using up the bandwidth. Disconnecting devices that aren’t in use will free up bandwidth, allowing you to stream buffer-free.

Wi-Fi devices speed and signal strength

Your house: Brick walls, steel, wooden doors etc. can all cause an obstruction as ultimately, your Wi-Fi signal has to transmit through these different materials. Unfortunately, this one is out of your control

Wi-Fi devices and signal strength through materials

Top Tip: Using an ethernet cable gives you a faster, more reliable and secure connection to the internet, when compared to a wireless connection.