Might be worth mentioning
Been using it since last night and im surprised at how much more you can see going on in the market. Free to use. bit of a learning curve but the ability to pin windows on top and put them where you like saves so much hassle swapping windows.
also take a look at Betfair rapid if you want something simpler.
See/post here for Betfair standalone apps, TT is pretty cool though yes!
Originally Posted by zenmaster
As a follow on to my previous posts regarding homeplugs, I took delivery of three Solwise PASS-PL-200AV Piggys a couple of hours ago.
Basically all I had to do was plug one in near the router, press a switch on it for 2 seconds and then plug the others in (which I did in the same room for ease) and do the same. They then create a connection between themselves. I then unplugged the two for the comps and took them to their location, plugged in the ethernet and off I went. The PC I use which was the problem PC - modem readings say 16mb down speed and I was getting 0.62mb with my wireless! Anyway, this has jumped to 11.54mbps and at the moment this is through a surge protector which isn't supposed to be the best way but I need to buy a longer ethernet to be able to go directly to the mains socket. A laptop through the mains is running over 14mbps downstairs so all in all, these look to have solved the problem big time.
Thanks for all the input and to Butty who put the link to them. If it's of any use, I used a company called Faculty-X as they tended to have better reviews than Broadbandbuyer on the sites I read up on (obvioulsy no connection with either yada yada!)
Hello to all,great thread.I have a question about these plug ins and whether they would help me or not,im not the best when it comes to computer stuff.The problem i seem to have most of the time is im only getting about 3 bar when i hover over my connection screen bottom right hand side of computer,this sometimes goes to 4 bar but never 5.I have changed the channels but it dosnt seem to get any better.If thats understandable any help would be great.Cheers.
Hello, welcome to the site
Originally Posted by rogsmith
I'm also not the best when it comes to computer stuff either so I'm sure someone will jump in if I've missed anything or got anything wrong but I think there there can be various reasons why the connection strength isn't great, a few being:
Distance between router and PC
Obstacles between the two (ie walls and floors which may weaken signal)
Interference from things on the same frequency (cordless phones, maybe neighbours and their wireless networks)
If you can do anything at all with any of those it may help a little but I've found the reality is your router and PC are where they are for a reason, you can't be knocking down your walls to see if it helps your wireless connectivity and you can't get rid of your neighbours... no matter how hard you try. You'll also probably not want to start buying different cordless phones on a higher frequency just to test out if it helps.
If your router and PC adapter/dongle are set up correctly and you've changed channels etc to no avail then the only other things I can think of if keeping with the wireless is to check the router settings - for example, if your PC adapter/dongle supports a 'g' connection and your router is set to 'b' but can be changed to 'g' then change it to 'g' as this could help. I think the three levels are 'b', 'g', and 'n' with 'b' being the slowest. Also, dongles work at different speeds, some being 108Mbps, some being 54Mbps, some may be different than that. Also, if you're on an older PC and you're using a dongle through the USB port, the current USB port are USB 2 which are quicker than the older USB1 versions so if you have a USB2 dongle going through a USB1 port then I don't think you'll be getting the best from the adapter. I do not know quite the level of effect this might have on the connection between your PC and the router though. A lot of the time, these technologies look very impressive on paper but the reality is there's no real way you'll ever achieve the speeds they suggest are possible.
As for the homeplugs, I've really noticed the improvement and certainly the ones I have should be able to be used by anyone with or without much computer experience so long as you have a port on your PC for an ethernet cable (cable came provided per plug) and your router should definitely have at least one ethernet cable port I assume.
I ran a speed test on speedtest.net prior to getting them. As my router actually displays in kilobits per second, this is the effect it's had:
Router to exchange downspeed connection = 16383kbps
Speed I had on wireless (G dongle and G router) = 634kbps
Speed I have today using the homeplug = 14356kbps
I personally don't see how I could achieve this difference just by trying to improve the wireless signal really considering my location in the house compared with the router and all the other factors which made for a poor signal strength.
Great stuff mate,thanks for the reply and welcome.
Have been looking for some 'shrink to fit browser' type software, but know one knows of any?
Basically the same as if you use 2 media players on the same desktop ,you could fit them side by side without losing the aspect ratio. I just want to do the same with 2 web browsers for side by side comparisons. Dont have space for 2 monitors.
Anyone know of anything?
Also worth keeing an old modem somewhere and the number of a PAYG dial up account. Imagine you just placed a £100 back but no lay yet, then the internet went down!
Can't you just minimize all windows (r-click taskbar, show desktop (might be 'minimize all' on xp?)), click each window you want side by side in the taskbar and then tile those windows vertically (r-click taskbar, select 'tile vertically' or similar).
Originally Posted by triplea
On Windows 7 you can just hit 'win+left' to align a window to the left side of screen, do same for the other window with 'win+right' and you get the same result.
Yup, on XP you can just right click the taskbar and select tile vertically and then the two browsers match in size and form a perfect screen. If you're then unable to see the contents of each site fully, you could go to the bottom right of the screen where the magnifying glass is probably set to 100%, left click the arrow and select custom... maybe change to 90% and see if you then can still read fine but also have the contents in without any use of horizontal scrolling. Then again is that classed as losing the aspect ratio which is probably not answering your question on the shrink to fit if it's not then fitting in.
My tip of the day (kind of obvious with hindsight, but isn't everthing?) make sure you keep a back-up of your records! My hard drive failed yesterday with the only recent copy of my MB record spreadsheet on it. Gutted. On the upside, it was my work laptop so I won't have to waste time removing all non-work-related downloads and files when I hand it back
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