The Home Security Series: Ring

  • Posted on: 22 October 2021
  • By: djoyce

In this 5-part series, we'll be checking out the best home security systems on sale today.

Blacksburg, Virginia, 10/22/2021

Ring Doorbell Camera

Home security products on WideOpen's symmetrical fiber service have never worked more reliably and quickly. From cameras and locks, to fire alarms and smart lights, you can be sure these devices operate at their maximum potential. And because WideOpen's network doesn't experience slowdowns in peak usage hours, you can be sure your residence is protected - whether you're at home or away.

The first brand we’ll go over in this series is Ring. You most likely know this brand from seeing their small doorbell cameras on houses around your neighborhood - or maybe you even have one yourself. But did you know they offer a full suite of security products? They’ve even got their own security subscription with 24/7 protection for your home, and an app called Neighbors by Ring, which enables you and those in your area to keep up to date on important information, like missing pets and package thieves. Find out more about the app here.

Ring has a multitude of security devices including smart lighting to make it look like you’re home when you aren’t, and motion detected flood lights with built-in cameras. Their most popular product is, of course, their doorbell security camera. They currently have 7 separate doorbell cameras to choose from all with different features, wireless or wired, motion detecting enabled or not, and unique designs to match the look of your home. You can see all the doorbells available by visiting their site here.

Ring has recently announced a new security system called Alarm Pro, which features a built-in eero Wi-Fi 6 router to protect your whole home and your network – which of course will work flawlessly on WideOpen’s network. The new Alarm Pro features 24/7 monitoring, whole home motion detection, and a DIY set-up. You can pre-order this system now at this link.

Stay tuned for our next post.

- The WideOpen Team

A New Contender Joins the Streaming Game: Paramount+

  • Posted on: 19 October 2021
  • By: djoyce

Paramount+ combines shows, movies, and live TV programs on their new app.

Blacksburg, Virginia, 10/19/2021

Copyright 2021 ViacomCBS

Are you wondering where your Star Trek Series disappeared to? ViacomCBS is calling many of their popular series home to their new Paramount+ Streaming network. Paramount+ is the home service for Nickelodeon, CBS, CBS Sports, Comedy Central, Paramount Network, MTV, VHI Showtime, and BET.

Originally launched as CBS All Access in October of 2014, the service added a more diverse selection of content and rebranded as Paramount+ in March of this year. Their rebranding efforts included adding much more content; sports channels including CBS Sports, original series like 60 Minutes, and additional content for kids.

Last month they announced that they would be launching a new streaming bundle for both the ad-supported and premium tiers that include Showtime. They are competing head to head now with the mainline HDTV streaming service by adding the extended content from Showtime, on top of what’s already available on Paramount+.

Are you enrolled in an accredited university? Current students get 25% off their monthly subscription by filling out the form at this link. www.paramountplus.com/account/edu

To view everything available on the new service, visit their site.
If you like what you see, click here to try it out free for a week.

Enjoy the Fall season!

- The WideOpen Team

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

  • Posted on: 12 October 2021
  • By: djoyce

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) shares it's most important tips for staying secure online.

Blacksburg, Virginia, 10/12/2021

Keep your internet secure

It's 2021, and our online presence and personal devices have never been more important to us. From banking to social networking, working remotely, and even using cell phones as car keys and credit cards, there's no doubt that we rely on these tools more than we think. That is why it's so important that we keep them safe and secure, and what better time to update and review your preventative measures than Cybersecurity Awareness Month?

According to CISA.gov here are a few tips you can implement today:

Let’s start with the basics of “cyber hygiene,” easy and common-sense ways to protect yourself online.

  • Implement multi-factor authentication on your accounts and make it 99% less likely you’ll get hacked.
  • Update your software. In fact, turn on automatic updates.
  • Think before you click. More than 90% of successful cyber-attacks start with a phishing email.
  • Use strong passwords, and ideally a password manager to generate and store unique passwords.

    If you would like more information regarding staying safe online, check out the links below:

    National Cybersecurity Alliance

    Center for Internet Security

    Stay safe and have a great Holiday season!


    - The WideOpen Team

  • 2.4 GHz vs 5 GHz – How Do They Differ?

    • Posted on: 11 October 2021
    • By: djoyce

    Choosing the right router frequency can affect your upload and download speeds more than you think.

    Blacksburg, Virginia, 10/11/2021

    Your router uses radio frequencies to transmit internet to your devices. The difference between 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WiFi comes down to two factors: bandwidth (speed) and range. The speeds you receive over WiFi also depend on which service you are signed up for.

    2.4 GHz wireless networks cover a larger range than 5 GHz networks. Signals of 5 GHz frequencies do not penetrate solid objects as well as 2.4 GHz signals, and this limits the reach of 5 GHz frequencies inside homes. So, is 5 GHz useful? Absolutely! If the router is near you (in the same room) you can take advantage of the faster speeds and less congestion.

    With a dual-band router, you can set it to transmit at both frequencies at the same time. In this case, you’ll have two networks that appear in your network list, with identical names, except for a "5G" or "2.4G" at the end. You can then connect each of your individual devices to either one of the networks. Check your specific model of router for compatibility and frequency capabilities.

    Your neighborhood can be next to get fiber! Community interest, signups and survey responses determine which neighborhoods will be connected next.

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