Speed Up Your Verizon FiOS WiFI For Free!

Speed Up WiFi for Free

After many hours of trying to figure out how to use my own Wireless Router for WiFi and keep my Verizon FiOS supplied router to enjoy the benefits of the Set Top Box (STB); I came to a realization that a simple setting change may be all I needed to get my WiFi Speeds closer to what I pay for.

Before Speeding Up Your WiFi:

I am using the Actiontec MI424WR that was provided by Verizon; if you do not have this exact router and are confident in poking around in the router settings I am sure there will be a very similar setup.

We will be changing the standard to a “newer” standard; so if you change the setting and you find some of your older devices are not able to connect this is why. If this does happen to you follow the steps below again and change to either “Legacy Mode” or “Compatibility Mode”. Unfortunately, your speeds may suffer but at least you’ll be able to connect your wireless devices.

Steps to Boosting Your WiFi for Free:

  • Log into your Verizon FiOS router.
    1. Plug a computer directly into your Verizon router using an Ethernet cable.
    2. Open a web browser
    3. Type “” into the address bar
    4. Enter the username and password (on back of router if you have not changed it)
  • Click “Wireless Settings”
  • Click “Advanced Security Settings” on the left side naviagtion bar
  • Click “802.11b/g/n Mode”
  • Select “Performance Mode” from the drop down
  • Click “Apply”
  • That’s it!
    1. You may have to update your password if you are using one
    2. Run a speed test after to check

Check out the step by step video on YouTube:

21. February 2015 by Jaron
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Pebble Smart Watch – A Review After Intense Research

Company: Pebble Technology Corp.
Category: Technology
Rating: 9.9/10
Price: $99

Pebble Smart Watch ReviewDisclaimer: I know this is not a new product at the time of writing this, but now there are many competitors to the Pebble Smart Watch and that could leave a buy feeling a bit overwhelmed.

After using the Pebble Smart Watch for over a month I am glad to say that I picked the right smart watch for me. Not only does it look ‘geeky’ (right up my alley) but it also functions flawlessly. From game alerts to phone calls it’s all right there on my wrist to view.

You may be thinking; why would I want all my notifications to alert me via wrist watch? I had the same thought when considering whether or not I wanted to drop the money on one of these new gadgets. After browsing around I found a lot of people talking about how convenient it is to have the ability to glance at a notification and not take out our mobile (I refuse to call them “phones” anymore).

So I decided to look around for which smart watch would work best for me and it came to the Pebble. Without ever touching a single smart watch in my life I looked at the pros and cons of the newer Android Wear devices and the Pebble Smart Watch. What sold me on the Pebble was the ability to see the screen in broad daylight, ‘long’ battery life, and the fact that it is water proof. All of those things no Android Wear device could say at the time of my research.

Pebble Pros:

  • Fast Charging
    • The first time I charged this device I was asleep and did not see how fast this little guy charged.
    • On the second charge, I was at work and saw this trooper charge from about 15% to 90% in about one hour.
  • Long battery life
    • They Pebble is advertised to last five to seven days on a single charge. I have had much better results.
    • Since I turn off Bluetooth when I am at home I have been getting close to fourteen days of batter life. Which is great for any modern day mobile electronic.
  • Easy to read
    • The screen is black and white, similar to the Kindle’s display which makes it super easy to see in bright areas or in direct sunlight.
    • There is also a back-light for those dark rooms.
  • Easy to use
    • There are only four buttons on this watch; up, down, select, and back.
    • This makes it very easy to know what button to use do do a certain task (also the fact that there are only a few actions that can be used).
  • Quick notification viewing
    • This is one of the greatest features of any smart watch (and Google Glass).
    • Being able to glance at your wrist to see if that email, text message, or snapchat is important makes a world of difference. Especially when out with friends or visiting family.
  • Still get notified even if phone is on silent
    • This comes in handy when at work; I feel really weird having my mobile on ring when I am working cause I don’t want to disrupt my coworkers.
    • Putting the mobile on silent does not effect the Pebble; my wrist will vibrates to alert me and no one hears a sound.

Pebble Cons:

  • No voice commands
    • This would make the Pebble 100% better than any other smart watch out there. However, this is a feature that I have only found on Android Wear devices.
    • I love Google Now and use it almost daily, so having that ability on my wrist would save a lot of time.
  • Proprietary charger
    • I would have liked for the Pebble to use a micro USB cable to charge since I own about ten of them already.
    • With that said the charge they supply is nice but if it gets lost we will be paying for a new one from their site.

Buy the Pebble Smart Watch on Amazon and help out the site! You pay the same price, get free shipping, and a small kick back helps keep my site up and running.

If you have any questions about the Pebble Smart Watch please leave them in the comments and I’ll be more than happy to help out.

21. January 2015 by Jaron
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Why it’s a good thing that your website isn’t popular.

no viewsUnless if you’re already rich and famous, every aspiring platform-builder starts out at the same spot. Although it might be discouraging to get little to no attention (traffic) for your hard work, I believe that it is actually a good thing, as I see platform building as a long, gradual learning process.
  • I just started running about a month ago. I am already up to 4 miles, but can I run a marathon yet? Definitely not. If I tried running a marathon now, I would fail miserably, likely on the side of the road throwing up.
  • I just started lifting weights a month ago. Can I instantly bench press twice my body weight? Absolutely not – the weight would fall onto my chest and I’d get injured. I simply do not have the muscle required.
  • Although I know how to toss around a squishy foam football, imagine getting thrown into a NFL American football game. I would break every bone in my body, while looking pathetic.
  • For fellow gamers: If I just start playing World of Warcraft, and purchase power-leveling for people to level my character for me to the level cap, would I be able to participate in end-game dungeon raids? Nope, I would have no idea how to properly control my character, and would get kicked out of any guild I manage to cheat my way into.
Running a website isn’t any different from these scenarios. If you are new to platform-building and your website immediately started getting hundreds of thousands of unique visitors monthly, you would quickly become overwhelmed.
I was “lucky” enough to create something that gets over a million unique visitors a month. It has been featured in the press numerous times, including several newspapers, radio talk shows, national magazines, and network television in multiple countries. But guess what, I think that it totally sucks that it became this popular. I just wasn’t ready for it. My website was simply not built to handle the current popularity that it generates.
Here are some of the things that I have experienced because I haven’t established a true platform, despite owning a very popular website:
  • While trying to generate content for the site, I get bombarded with these inquires of all types, over 100 every day… media requests, users having technical troubles, people reaching out for personal advice, etc. It all becomes very overwhelming.
  • The site cost me over $14,000 out of pocket in the past year. It isn’t properly monetized to be sustainable.
  • I work on it over 40 hours a week, in addition to my 40-hour-per-week full-time career.
  • I feel somewhat controlled by my user-base. Instead of steering my ship, I seem to be caught up in the strong currents of their desires. I feel like I have lost some creative control over my website.
  • I constantly burn out. It is very stressful, having everything resting on your shoulders instead of having a proper delegation system in place.
  • I have to constantly put out fires (in a figurative sense) – this constantly disrupts my life, and I frequently have cancelled family & friend obligations to fix a crashed server or resolve another technical problem.
  • Read everything you can get your hands on about website management, delegation, and other related subject areas.
  • Get your life in order. Get on a schedule that will keep you level headed, even when an influx of responsibilities swarm in. For example, set a daily time to exercise, go to bed at the same time every day, and take some time before bed to relax.
  • Don’t neglect your health for the sake of your website. Regardless of anything that is going on, make sure you eat well, exercise, get enough sleep, and work to maintain your relationships with your friends, significant other, and family.
  • Focus on the static base-content before anything else. This includes your homepage, value proposition, about page, etc. Clearly define what your brand is and your intentions are.
  • Next focus on building a strong content base. This should be stuff that you can reference back to in future posts, when you get questions, etc.
  • Develop a strong FAQ to refer inquiring users to. Do not worry about one on one interaction. This will be the nail in your coffin. Send a nice, general response that you send to everybody (preferably linking to your FAQ), and if you see the same question coming in over and over, add it to your FAQ.
  • Once you start getting traffic, listen to what people are saying. Do a reader survey to respond to your reader’s needs. You don’t need to do exactly what they say, but don’t go against the current completely. Keep control of your ship but let the current lead you into prosperity.
  • Get a virtual assistant early and set up a good delegation system. Get this done as soon as you can afford it because it can take months to establish a seamless system.
  • Set your site up on a scaleable cloud hosting service, so you can quickly and easily increase server resources without dealing with switching the DNS settings.
  • Don’t expect any attention for at least a year. Focus on developing something worth talking about. Don’t even look at your traffic – it doesn’t matter.
  • Don’t worry about marketing, SEO, etc. Seriously, stop it all entirely. If you develop good enough content, people will come. I am 100% sure about this. I spent a month writing another really cool website and didn’t market it at all…. I noticed on Google Analytics that I got 45,000+ unique visitors in one day after one person found it, liked it, and shared it on a social networking website. Let word-of-mouth do the marketing for you, at least in the beginning stages of your website.
  • Set up a regular posting schedule early. Be really consistent, but not so often that it takes away from quality. Choose only one medium for now – no need to have a podcast, video series, and blog when you are just starting out. I would recommend committing to one article/blog post/video/whatever you do per week and sticking to it, through the thick and thin. Load up a month of content in advance, just in case something happens in your life that requires your attention.
I don’t mean to rant, I am very thankful for the dozens of volunteers that help me keep my website and web community running smoothly. Without them, I would have definitely collapsed of stress by now.
If you take anything out of this write-up, just consider scale-ability while building your platform. Think big picture – will this method of doing things still work if I had a million unique visitors per month? If not, figure out a method that will work better.
(Owner of a website that now gets over a million unique visitors a month, but is struggling to maintain it.)

10. October 2014 by Anonymous
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