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If you own a smartphone, do you take advantage of all of its features?  When you use your microwave, do you use all of the special buttons for more efficient heating?  When you watch TV, do you take advantage of the recording devices available to ensure you never miss a show without being strapped to a specific air time?  There are so many things we use on a daily basis, but often don’t realize or know how to use them to their fullest.  Are YOU missing out?

For instance, did you know that included with your Zito Internet service, you can set up an email account?  You can actually have up to 5 email addresses with webmail access!  Give customer service a call to set up login information and then head to mail.zitomedia.net.  Setting up your email through your ISP (Internet Service Provider) is a more stable solution, especially for business accounts, than web-based email hosts.  One advantage of having your email through your ISP is that it can be configured in any program like Outlook Express, Thunderbird, Windows Mail, etc. which all offer more advanced features than web-based email providers like Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail.  The biggest advantage, however, is support.  If something should go wrong, or you need assistance, your ISP will be available 24/7 for customer support.  Getting quality support from web-based email hosts may be challenging since you are working with a free service.

Zito Voice has some features you might not be aware of as well.  Now free with all voice orders, is visual voicemail!  You can have your messages transcribed and sent to you via email and text with the actual audio file attached.  If you despise listening through a list of voice messages then the option to read them in text form adds a level convenience that you might benefit from.  Are you familiar with the soft phone feature?  This allows customers to receive calls anytime, anywhere using a Wi-Fi or 4g network through your home phone, smart phone, or tablet.  Download the Zito Soft Phone App, set up your configurations and you’re good to go!  Don’t even have Zito Phone at all?  Check out the full list of features here: https://www.zitomedia.net/services-phone/

If you have a camp or summer home, then you better be taking advantage of seasonal services.  Seasonal status means your account can basically go dormant in the months you are not there so that you can keep your phone number, email addresses, and equipment.  Policies differ, so you must call a representative to get information about what would work best for your situation.  All you have to do is give a quick call to customer service (Zito Customer Service is 1-800-365-6988 or email support@zitomedia.net) to let them know the start and end dates you will need services while you’re there.

If you’re a Zito customer, there is a FAQ page on the website that will offer a wealth of information on other topics that people are often not aware of!   Learn where you can save money by buying your own equipment, or find out about Zito Wi-Fi hotspots in your area so you can take full advantage of products like WatchTVEverywhere, or TV2GO to have access to your video subscription outside your home!  The possibilities are endless when you know what’s available!

 

 

 

 

CES is the world’s gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies.  It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years — the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.  Every year, businesses and innovators from around the world meet in Las Vegas to show off their tech.  Here are just a few that caught our eye.

 

 “The Wall” TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s kick this off with something near and dear to our hearts…. TVs!  Measuring in a massive 146 inches, “The Wall” takes up some serious living room real estate.  Samsung says users can alter the size and shape of “The Wall” so that it can function as a multipurpose display.  In a demo on the showroom floor, the TV displayed what looked like a smaller TV in the center of the screen, while the surrounding area was set to blend in with the wall the TV was mounted on.  And since the TV uses MicroLED technology, it should be able to produce even deeper black tones and potentially infinite contrast.

 

Project Linda

 

 

 

 

 

 

Razer always seems to bring the intrigue.  This year was no exception, though this year’s centerpiece seems a little more practical.  Project Linda actually takes an idea that’s been previously developed, pairing a smartphone with a shell of a laptop to serve essentially as a dock.  The difference is, they are using their new, rather impressive, and critically acclaimed Android mobile device for the guts.  Not too shabby for an accessories company just a few years ago.

 

Aibo

 

 

 

 

 

Man’s best robot friend is back.  The new and improved Sony Aibo is more lovable than ever.  With advanced sensors, better AI, and a friendlier design, Aibo can recognize your family, stream video through its nose, nuzzle your hand, and learn its environment. It’s only available in Japan at the moment and costs a hefty $1,800.  Good news is it can’t pee on your carpet!

It’s all around you.  Chances are, your life is becoming filled with Wi-Fi devices, all of which are competing for your router’s attention.  If there’s not enough signal strength to go around, it can be a dreadfully frustrating situation and cause strain on your day to day activity.  There are so many factors that can play a part, so understanding what causes low signal strength and things you can do to improve it, might help you overcome many issues before ultimately picking up the phone for customer service.  So what can you do to test the signal strength in various locations in your home, and what is there to be done with the low signal areas, you ask?

Let’s start with verifying your issues are coming from your Wi-Fi.  Sluggish internet browsing, interrupted streaming, Wi-Fi signals cutting in and out, or just complete dead zone areas can wreak havoc on your life when you rely on these devices and services to complete your tasks.

Since Wi-Fi is like an umbrella encompassing your home, it goes without saying that the more obstacles that get in the way of that umbrella spanning out, the weaker the signal is going to be past those obstacles.  With this, you’ll have to expect that the rooms in your house that are farthest away from the router or have more walls or floors between them, are going to provide the weakest signal.  This also goes for rooms that have other Wi-Fi devices in them or standing between it and the router.  Some devices, especially some phones, don’t play well with others and suck up all the fun for the others.

So what can you do?  First and foremost, put your router in a central location that most directly covers the main areas you will be accessing the signal the most from in your home.  Remember the umbrella and stick the handle right in the center to cover the majority of your house.  You can also make it a habit to update your router’s firmware.  Some devices have an update button, while others require you to go online to the manufacturers website.  These updates can increase performance, give better features, and apply security updates.  If you have a dual-band router, you’ll see a 2.4 GHz and a 5 GHz option under your wireless setup options.  If you change the frequency settings to the 5 GHz it could help improve your signal because it is not as commonly used as the 2.4 GHz.  Ultimately, you might want to just update your hardware.  You can’t expect amazing things from outdated devices, so maybe it’s time for a replacement router to ensure you’re getting optimal signal strength.  Instead of replacing the entire router, you could just replace the antenna first or get a wireless range extender.  Both will help boost and spread your signal more efficiently.  The wireless extender is great if you have thick walls or many rooms that the signal has to pass through.

Side note, if you’re curious about mapping out the Wi-Fi signal strength throughout your entire house, you may be interested to know that Roomba will soon be coming out with a new version of these little vacuums that will do just that!  While it is intended to let you know which rooms it might struggle to connect in by showing the signal strength in each room, it will, nonetheless, act as a gauge to let you know how well your Wi-Fi is doing across the board!