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How to Make Sure You're Getting the Internet Speeds You're Paying For How to Make Sure You're Getting the Internet Speeds You're Paying For

It’s probably been a while since you signed up for internet service, but you should have an idea of how fast your plan is. If not, give your ISP a call. Write down your plan’s maximum download and upload speeds. You can then use these speed-testing websites to see just your wifi’s actual performance stacks up to what…

Should I Ditch My ISP and Just Share My Phone's Data Connection? Should I Ditch My ISP and Just Share My Phone's Data Connection?

Nobody likes paying a ton of money for internet service (especially if you’re spending a small fortune each month for crappy speeds, like a spotty DSL connection). And while a crafty idea might pop into your head from time to time about how you can reduce or eliminate your monthly fee—including asking your neighbor to…

Why You Should Regularly Check Your Internet Speeds Why You Should Regularly Check Your Internet Speeds

Little is sexier than telling a friend or loved one, “Hey, can you give me a minute? I have to finish testing my download speeds, then we can head out to the party.” But if you aren’t checking your Internet speeds on a weekly basis, you might not know when there’s a problem. You aren’t likely to notice a difference…

Top 10 Ways to Deal With a Slow Internet Connection Top 10 Ways to Deal With a Slow Internet Connection

Sometimes, slow internet is the universe’s way of telling you to go play outside. Other times, it’s the universe’s cruel joke to destroy your productivity. Here are 10 ways to troubleshoot, fix, or just survive a slow internet connection.

Speedster Is a Native App for Testing Internet Speeds on Mac Speedster Is a Native App for Testing Internet Speeds on Mac

Mac: There are plenty of browser tools out there for testing your internet speed, but they’re usually filled with obnoxious ads. If you’d prefer a native app, Speedster is free and does its job well.

How to File a Complaint Against Your ISP and Finally Solve Your Problems How to File a Complaint Against Your ISP and Finally Solve Your Problems

Nearly everyone hates their internet provider. If you have a problem with your ISP and calling customer service fails, you now have another option: filing a complaint with the FCC. Now, more than ever, this can be an effective way to get your problem resolved. Here’s how to do it.

Get HBO With Minimal Cable by Ordering From Your ISP's  "Secret" Menu Get HBO With Minimal Cable by Ordering From Your ISP's "Secret" Menu

HBO shows are hugely popular. Cable, less so. It's been a dream to get HBO without a cable subscription for a long time. While that reality still isn't fully realized, you can still get HBO GO with almost no bundled TV packages. If you know what to ask for, that is.

D.C. Appeals Court Says FCC Can't Enforce Net Neutrality Rules D.C. Appeals Court Says FCC Can't Enforce Net Neutrality Rules

A D.C. appeals court has ruled that the FCC does not have the authority to enforce its Open Internet rules, which prevent landline ISPs from discriminating internet traffic.

Do I Ever Need to Upgrade My Cable Modem? Do I Ever Need to Upgrade My Cable Modem?

Dear Lifehacker, I haven't moved in several years, and I'm still using the cable modem that I purchased and installed when I moved in here. It's pretty old and busted, but it works. Still, I wonder: should I upgrade it? Are there any benefits to newer modems that older modems don't have? Will it make my connection…

BillCutterz Calls Your Providers and Saves You Money On Bills So You Don't Have To BillCutterz Calls Your Providers and Saves You Money On Bills So You Don't Have To

One of the easiest ways to save money on your monthly bills is to make a few phone calls to your providers. With a little bit of work, you can usually cut down your bills quite a bit. If you don't have the time to wait on hold yourself, BillCutterz is a service that does the leg work for you for a small fee.

The Copyright Alert System: How the New "Six Strikes" Anti-Piracy Program Works The Copyright Alert System: How the New "Six Strikes" Anti-Piracy Program Works

This week marks the rollout of the long delayed "Copyright Alert System" aka the six strike anti-piracy program. It's a bit confusing at a glance, but it's not nearly as powerful as you'd think. Here's how the system works, how it'll affect you, and everything else you need to know.

Why Does My Modem Blink Even When I'm Not Using The Internet? Why Does My Modem Blink Even When I'm Not Using The Internet?

Dear Lifehacker, My cable modem and router just keep flashing all night, even when I'm not doing anything on the internet. I know my power light is supposed to be on, but should the send/receive light is blinking even when all my computers are turned off? Am I using up data at all times? Help!

The Motorola SB6141 Is the Best Modem to Ditch Those Rental Fees, Futureproof Your Internet The Motorola SB6141 Is the Best Modem to Ditch Those Rental Fees, Futureproof Your Internet

Renting a modem from your ISP can be expensive, and it's usually a much better idea to buy one for yourself. If you're looking for a modem that will last you well into the future, the Motorola SB6141 is the best option.

Subscribe to Cable Internet? Cable Providers Are Teaming Up to Give You Free Wi-Fi All Over Town Subscribe to Cable Internet? Cable Providers Are Teaming Up to Give You Free Wi-Fi All Over Town

If you're always on the hunt for free Wi-Fi, rejoice: five of the big cable internet providers (Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications, and Time Warner Cable) have banded together to provide each other's Wi-Fi hotspots to their customers for free in certain cities around the US. That means, if…

How a Regularly Scheduled Phone Call and a Little Research Can Reduce Your Monthly Bills Twice a Year How a Regularly Scheduled Phone Call and a Little Research Can Reduce Your Monthly Bills Twice a Year

This past weekend I called up my cable internet provider and received a discount of $15 off my monthly bill. On top of that, they nearly doubled the speed of my connection. I received this discount and upgrade by simple asking for it, just like I have about every six months. All it takes is a regularly scheduled phone…

Is Your ISP Doing One of These Five Evil Things? Is Your ISP Doing One of These Five Evil Things?

Dane Jasper, the CEO of my ISP Sonic.net, made a recent blog posting outlining five evil deeds that ISPs do. Some of these deeds (or misdeeds) hurt you indirectly, like giving your information to advertisers, while others hurt you in a very tangible way, like giving your information to whoever asks.

Netflix Adds Video Quality Preferences to Help You Avoid Hitting Your Data Caps Netflix Adds Video Quality Preferences to Help You Avoid Hitting Your Data Caps

If you watch a ton of Netflix, you probably get pretty close to reaching your internet provider's bandwidth caps—especially if your provider has especially low limits. If you're regularly straddling that line, you can now head into Netflix's Account Settings and change the quality of your video to lessen the amount of…

How Do You Deal With Internet Data Usage Caps? How Do You Deal With Internet Data Usage Caps?

While it's not news for many other countries, the Comcast and AT&T are pioneering data usage caps for broadband connections all across the United States. Whether you consider the caps reasonable or not, if they're imposed on you then you may need to figure out a few new strategies to avoid overages and keep your data…

Why You Might Want to Stick With Your ISP's DNS Server After All Why You Might Want to Stick With Your ISP's DNS Server After All

Many of us use public DNS servers like Google Public DNS and Open DNS for faster web browsing and other benefits. But in some cases your ISP's DNS server is much faster. Weblog Digital Inspiration illustrates why and when this might be.

BitMate Speeds Up BitTorrent Downloads on Slow Connections BitMate Speeds Up BitTorrent Downloads on Slow Connections

Windows/Mac/Linux: BitTorrent has always been a great way to share large files quickly, but if you're on a slow connection, it's pretty tough to use. BitMate is a new BitTorrent client that seriously boosts your download speed on slow connections.

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