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Are you ready to cut the cord?

By | June 26th, 2017|Fiber Internet, Team Fiber, Tech Talk|

An increasing number of people are walking away from satellite and cable service and choosing streaming content. It’s a phenomenon called cord cutting. With the right equipment, you can bring your choice of content right to your television. Let’s highlight a few of the popular streaming options. The Apple TV is a device that connects [...]

UPS Systems: Surge Protection with Battery Backups

By | May 18th, 2017|Fiber Internet, Team Fiber, Tech Talk, Uncategorized|

Here’s a painful scenario we’ve all experienced. You’re totally engrossed in a major project on your desktop computer and neglect to save your work when the power flickers. The computer screen goes dark and the computer reboots, and your heart sinks as you realize your hard work is lost. If you’re using a computer or [...]

Welcome to the World of Live Streams

By | February 28th, 2017|Fiber Internet, Tech Talk|

Remember the days when your internet experience started with a series of noises and beeps and gave you a 56Kbps connection? We’ve come a long way as many of today’s smartphones provide a 12Mbps connection! Ever-changing technology opens up all kinds of possibilities, and one of the exciting new trends is live streaming. A live [...]

New Year’s Resolution – Health & Fitness

By | January 30th, 2017|Tech Talk|

Welcome to January – the time of year when many of us commit to better health and wellness. This month we’ll look at a few of the great tools to help you stay organized and on track! Smart watches and health trackers like Fitbit Blaze and Apple Watch Series 2 are popular trends right now. [...]

Streaming Services Brings Content to Your Fingertips

By | December 19th, 2016|Tech Talk|

  Want to tune in to a current or classic television series, or curl up with a great movie? With your fiber-speed internet, huge libraries of content are just a few clicks away. Binge watching, or the practice of watching multiple episodes of a television program in rapid succession, typically by means of DVDs or [...]

Welcome to the Future

By | November 29th, 2016|Tech Talk|

  Iron Man fans will be familiar with J.A.R.V.I.S., Tony Stark’s artificially intelligent home computer that answers his inquiries and manages everything in his home. The technology seems a little futuristic, but the future is now. Amazon Echo is a personal digital assistant that offers great benefits for its user; it’s our own J.A.R.V.I.S. and [...]

Passwords 101

By | October 19th, 2016|Tech Talk|

Are You Protecting Your Computer?

By | September 30th, 2016|Tech Talk|

Many of us work hard to keep our bodies healthy and virus-free. From vitamins and supplements to flu shots, we use preventative measures to ward off illness. Your computer needs a similar level of preventative care and concern. With today's technology, many computers are always-on and connected, and therefore need to be protected from the [...]

Which Cloud Service is Right for You?

By | August 25th, 2016|Tech Talk|

A few months ago we shared a post called “The Relevance of Clouds” where we basically defined the cloud as a server that can hold your personal files. It’s a way to keep your phone and tablet clear of clutter while keeping all of your digital files easily accessible and secure. Once you’ve decided to [...]

Tablet vs. Laptop: Portable Showdown

By | July 28th, 2016|Tech Talk|

First we had desktop computers, then laptops, and now a myriad of tablets and other mobile devices to satisfy our need for information and communication. Companies like Apple and Samsung are pushing the boundaries of portable computing, giving us great alternatives while overwhelming us with options! This month I want to provide some pointers to [...]

Tools for Parental Controls

By | April 25th, 2016|Tech Talk|

Whether you are trying to protect your children from internet dangers, or just trying to reclaim some face-to-face family time, many parents are looking for ways to manage their home internet access. If you use the Midwest-provided 844 router, there are some simple ways to limit access and block service. Let’s start with the basics. [...]

Become a Wi-Fi Detective

By | March 18th, 2016|Tech Talk|

Believe it or not, everything from your 2.4GHz home phone to your microwave oven to your neighbor's Wi-Fi can impact your Wi-Fi signal strength and Internet speed. While no two experiences are the same, most throttling issues typically involve cordless phones, microwaves, and other products using the 2.4GHz band. Bluetooth devices, which are growing in [...]

Take the Legal Route with Online Media

By | February 16th, 2016|Tech Talk|

High-speed internet opens up all kinds of great new opportunities, and with those come some serious levels of personal responsibility as it relates to copyrighted materials. Internet service providers, including TeamFiber, have Acceptable Use Policies that clearly define what users can and cannot do. It’s a good document to be familiar with before getting into [...]

Speed Tests

By | January 19th, 2016|Tech Talk|

Prior to having fiber internet, most customers never bothered running internet speed tests. What’s the point on dial-up or satellite? Now a speed test will be your broadband badge of honor, giving you bragging rights about the amazing speeds you experience through your Midwest Connections fiber service. Running a speed test is a quick and [...]

A New Spin for Holiday Shopping

By | December 10th, 2015|Tech Talk|

Have you found yourself fumbling around your wallet or purse looking for your credit card? New technology is allowing you to ditch the credit cards all together and make mobile payments on your smart phone. Near Field Communication (NFC) allows two local, chip-enabled devices to share small bits of data. It's been used in various [...]

The Relevance of Clouds

By | October 7th, 2015|Tech Talk|

Remember the good old days when the most complicated thing about the cloud was finding cool shapes? While the clouds of our childhood memories are still around, today’s cloud reference is a more technical and complicated subject matter. This month we’re breaking down “the cloud.” In the simplest of definitions, the cloud is the internet, [...]

Wireless Connectivity

By | September 10th, 2015|Tech Talk|

It’s been a great first month working with TeamFiber. I’ve enjoyed talking with our customers and helping with your tech needs! This month we launch Tech Talk, where I’ll feature a common question or issue and try to offer a little help and support. Our September issue: wireless connectivity. TeamFiber offers a wireless router for [...]