New Wifi Standards – Should You Turn Off Your PC: AS HEARD ON: WTAG: [10-23-18]
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Are you ready for Wi-Fi 6? What are the huge improvements coming to Wi-Fi? Does turning your PC off every night make it last longer?
Craig discusses these topics with Jim Polito today on the Jim Polito Show on WTAG.
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Airing date: 10/23/2018
New Wifi Standards – Should You Turn Off Your PC
Craig Peterson: [00:00:00] Hey, good morning everybody. Craig Peterson here. And this morning I spoke with Jim Polito. Have you wondered about your Wi-Fi, what the next generation is going to be? How can you keep it straight? Do you even know if you have the latest Wi-Fi? What are the benefits to upgrading? Well, that’s one of the topics I talked about this morning with Mr. Jim Pulido, who recently just upgraded his Wi-Fi and his router in order to get around this whole problem that’s been happening where people’s home routers small business routers are being taken over. So here we go with Jim Polito
here he is the man the myth, the legend, our tech talk guru. Craig Peterson. Good morning, sir.
Hey, good morning. What a show this morning. We got a lot going
on. And I’ve got some callers waiting. We’re going to get to them before the end of the show. Just about plastic bags. policy. Irene Oh, my. I can’t. Am I gonna get out anyway,
you know, my local stuff the way they’re asking now if we’d like to use if we’d like to have one-time use fake. So they’re trying to shame you into. And I and my response was one time use. We keep them. We use them for all kinds. Yes, we have that chicken egg. The number kids. Yeah, one time you
it’s not a one time use my Dad,
please. It’s just the idiocy. But hey, I’ve got a question for you. So there’s a new generation of y fi coming out. I have two questions. Is Netflix. Going to load quicker? And do I have to get a new router? A new router?
You just upgraded? Yeah. Outer. Yeah, a lot of people have no problem. Because they just their pride. We just had that huge vulnerability that’s still going on. In so many routers, yeah. Well, over the years, Wi-Fi has evolved. We started with 802, 11 a.
And then we went to it’ll do let them be. And then we had I’m trying to member now G and and and a see you know, and it’s all frankly rather confusing to everybody. And when it comes to our cell phones, remember, you’ve got 4g before that we had three G, right. And that’s simpler to figure out. So there’s a new standard out there that’s coming that’s hitting us really quick quickly now, but should be implemented next year. And what they’ve done is they’ve decided, Okay, we’re just going to make everything ever so much simpler for everybody. And the current 802 11
AC is going to become law, I’m fine. Fine. And then the ones who that is going to be 4321. Okay, as you go through all of these. So they are going to make a change to the naming. And and on your phone. What you’re going to see is you know how you have that little kind of a pipe symbol with those three, three lines, right? Yes. So he has Wi-Fi. So it’s going to change it’s going to happen number in there. So say it’ll have a five and bear Oh, is really kind of cool. Yeah,
no, I’m on that.
Yeah, exactly. Now, you asked about Do I need to replace my router? Yeah. And the answer is, it kind of depends, but not for at least two or three more years. So basically, the expected like over your router. Because Wi-Fi 6 is coming. And this is going to be crazy fast, just like the new cellular standards are going to be crazy fast. And it’s designed to be able to handle in your whole 8K TV at full speed. Oh, yeah. Yeah. So it’s going to be absolutely crazy how fast this stuff’s going to be. It has some major security fixes as well. Because we know about problems with Wi-Fi that we have out there. But it’s going to be fast, it’s going to be reliable. And it’s you probably won’t be able to upgrade to it, you’re probably going to have to buy new equipment. But like for instance, what you have is is an 802 11 ac, which is going to be called Wi-Fi 5. Okay. Frankly, unless you are getting one of these crazy, Super duper high definition right now, these TVs cost you $10,000 more, don’t worry about it.
Okay. So So and by the way, folks are talking with Craig Peterson. And we’ll give you a number at the end of this segment to be able to get this information and more. So the 4k TVs are pretty much the price on 4k TVs have stabilized. You can get a decent 4k TV, which is a really nice picture
the eight k which is still very, very expensive. But I guess Craig, like everything else, the price is going to come down at some point.
It is absolutely is. Yeah. And you talk to you have Netflix at home. Yeah, yeah, a lot of people do. And it’s really very cool. It’s very nice.
Here’s the trick. A lot of people don’t know about the new 4k TVs that are out there right now. And this is important to remember when you’re thinking about maybe upgrading your TV. Yeah, the 4k TVs have some extreme computing power in them. That allows them to do what’s called an op sample. So for instance, they’ll take a regular high def video signal, yes, coming from Netflix or from wherever, and they will turn into a much more beautiful 4k picture. So in other words, if you were to going to take that video stream coming in from that, but you ran it on your old TV, and you took the exact same stream and ran into brand new 4k TV sitting right next to it where data rates the same everything’s the same that 4k TV will look stunning. Because of the logic it has some you might even call it artificial intelligence with overstatement. Okay, but it’s it is very smart. And it is amazing. Some people might not be aware of it. But you might have a 4k TV in your home right now. And because of your internet bandwidth, that TV might only be getting a 720 p signal at bath. And yet it looks stunning at that’s not an optical illusion. It’s not your checkbook talking saying you paid for better TVs, you’ve got a better picture. It really is about better picture without having to have more bandwidth. So from that standpoint, you know, the 4k TVs look amazing. I don’t have one. You know, maybe it’s just because I’m an old guy. And I don’t care, right? Yeah, the but the gamers love them. Because the again, the resolution and the 8k is going to be even better. Again, saving new bandwidth. So you know this slide five six is coming out. You can wait on for quite a while unless you learn to someone who has to be on the bleeding edge.
All right. Well, that’s good now. Danny’s all excited. Because Danny, you’re a gamer. And you want 4k Yeah. And even with the TV I have now the 4k TV and already lot of the games are in 4k coming in 4k. So it’s nice that it will look at him. Hmm. We’re talking with our good friend Craig Peterson Tech Talk crew. And at the end of the segment, we’re going to give you a number you can text My name to and standard data in tax rates apply. Craig will get you all of this information and not just that other stuff. When things go wrong. She’s there to tell you what to do. All right. Here’s the other question. And people still have PCs. I mean, people have laptops and people start PCs. PC typically sits there on the table. It’s on all day long. It’s on all night long. I just never think about it. Should you turn it off? Does that extend its life? Should I turn it off?
That’s the that’s the question. Right? We’ve had forever. The answer in general is kind of it depends. Because you’re PCs using power us not to city that they’re going to build your for that and most expensive power, right. Yeah, you know, what’s the cost of the power versus breaking the PC, turning it off and on is going to break it right. And that’s the tradeoff as they were trying to figure out. So I for four decades now, I have recommended that people just leave them on as the most stressful thing you can do to a computer is turned it on. Because now all of us think of that little teeny tiny wires, if you will, by the chips. So inside the chat. Even though it’s a piece of silicone, it has a little wires that go from the silicone to the ends of the chip, and then connect to the board. So what happens when you run electricity through a wire ever, ever felt an extension or flogging, you feel it’s
warm, it’s warm,
that’s what happens when a wire starts having like to see going through, it gets a little bit warmer. And when things get warm, they expand when they get cold, they contract, right. So So the idea is, if you’re turning it on, first of all, you have a surge of power to some of the devices, devices, components, like the power supply, and others. But secondarily, now you’re causing some stress, a mental fatigue on some of the components. So that’s been my position for decades. And there’s a great article that I snuck up on my website for mandatory.com, they reached out to other I guess it was about 10 different companies out there, including a who’s and crucial. Crucial is one of the top memory makers and they Seuss makes great computers. But in ask them their tech support. I turn it off, so I’m not turn it off. Now. In every case, the tech support varied a little bit in their answer. Yeah, but most of them are saying, Yeah, just don’t have any turn it off at night. But some of them said, you know, yeah, he might cause a little bit more aware. But we’re not sure that really makes that much of a difference. However, all of these guys sell computers and maybe they have an ulterior motive. Maybe. Maybe they want you to buy computers. Yeah,
yeah, turn it off. But you’re nowadays you’ve also got security worry about right. Right.
Because of its own right. It’s more susceptible. I get it.
you might be better turning them off. All right. My new mantra.
All right. Well, it’s good enough. Look, folks, you’ve heard it, and you can get more of it. And it’s free. And he’s not going to try to sell you stuff. He’s spreading the good word to those of us who don’t understand the tech world. And for those of us who do understand the tech world, he’ll understand it better. So text My name to this number
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