We’ve provided primers on streaming boxes and live TV streaming services, and there’s a wealth of info here on RT about which movies are the hot ones to rent online or through FandangoNow, but there’s one very important thing you need to know to get the most out of your digital life. It’s the one thing potentially bottlenecking your whole experience, and it’s probably one of the most boring things you can talk about that is absolutely necessary to get right: your modem.
Part of the problem is that you may be so used to what you’re getting that you don’t realize there is an issue to begin with. Videos buffering; Netflix streams or YouTube videos pausing multiple times while you’re trying to get your binge on; things slowing to a crawl if you have multiple people in your home online at the same time — sound familiar? You even went out and bought a new router, which helped somewhat. But the single most important factor in the speeds you’re getting today is the appliance through which the internet actually enters your home. The following are three things you can do right now to increase your speeds and the quality of your throughput.
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