Neil Cumins

A user’s guide to Powerline adaptors

A user’s guide to Powerline adaptors

On: Wednesday, 14 November, 2018
Apart from telling people to Turn It Off And Turn It On Again, tech support teams are notorious for asking whether a computer is hardwired to the broadband router. It’s often the first question you’ll be asked when phoning your broadban...
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Tips for managing online passwords

Tips for managing online passwords

On: Monday, 12 November, 2018
It’s fair to say passwords have become something of a hindrance to online browsing these days. Cybercrime has driven website administrators to impose increasingly draconian requirements for identifying ourselves as legitimate account hold...
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Why top level domains matter on websites

Why top level domains matter on websites

On: Friday, 9 November, 2018
Contrary to popular opinion, the internet predates the World Wide Web’s unveiling by Sir Tim Berners-Lee in 1991. The very first websites were launched in 1985, by American computing companies including IBM and Symbolics. Despite adopting...
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Preparing to swap broadband providers

Preparing to swap broadband providers

On: Thursday, 1 November, 2018
The greatest sanction any consumer can impose against a service provider is to withdraw their custom. Given our reliance on broadband nowadays, that’s a big statement of dissatisfaction. Nonetheless, millions of people throughout the UK m...
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How to share broadband in student flats

How to share broadband in student flats

On: Tuesday, 30 October, 2018
Historically, two of the biggest sources of conflict in student flats involved whose turn it was to do the washing up, and who got to use the phone line. In today’s smartphone age, common sources of conflict tend to be whose turn it is to...
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How to claim broadband vouchers and free gifts

How to claim broadband vouchers and free gifts

On: Friday, 26 October, 2018
The broadband market has never been so competitive, and that’s great news for consumers. To entice new subscribers and sweeten the deal, many broadband firms offer a variety of incentives. These include cashback, ecards, vouchers, free gi...
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Coping with a temporary broadband outage

Coping with a temporary broadband outage

On: Wednesday, 24 October, 2018
Regrettably, temporary broadband outages are a fact of modern life. Until 5G is rolled out nationwide, there will be occasions when we find ourselves stranded on the information hard shoulder. When this happens, it’s tempting to panic and...
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What's quad play content?

What’s quad play content?

On: Tuesday, 23 October, 2018
It’s not uncommon to get our domestic communication and entertainment services supplied by several different companies. For instance, we might have Sky television, a BT landline and broadband, and a Tesco Mobile phone contract. Things get...
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On trial: Is Virgin Media broadband any good?

On trial: Is Virgin Media broadband any good?

On: Wednesday, 17 October, 2018
Historically, there have only been two ways to get broadband internet at home in the UK. One involves a phone line connection from former BT offshoot Openreach, while the other relies on Virgin Media. Virgin broadband uses an expanded and u...
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