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Solar Eclipse and Mobile Technology!

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

If you are one of the millions of people that are planning on watching the Solar Eclipse which is scheduled to take place on Monday August 21st, 2017, then you may want to read much further in this article as you could be one of the many people that will experience loss in service or slow speeds when trying to access certain networks while the eclipse is taking place.

To give some history about the Solar Eclipse which is taking place, a solar eclipse takes place anywhere from 2-5 times per year. However, a solar eclipse being visible on mainland is very rare. It is rare to the point that the last time there was a Solar Eclipse visible in the United States was 38 years ago on March 1979.

 

 

After this solar eclipse taking place on Monday, August 21st, 2017, the next time that a full eclipse will be visible by mainland will be April 2024 and it will not be as visible to as many US locations as this one scheduled for 2017.  A Solar Eclipse takes on average, about 375 years to recur again in the same location.

Due to this eclipse being not only rare, but also getting lots of media attention, many are gathering in locations which are shown to have the most coverage for the Solar Eclipse. For a full view of the path of the Solar Eclipse and times, you can refer to the picture that was provided by NASA. Many are planning on travelling to these locations to get the full experience of the total Solar Eclipse in its entirety. These locations will be prime for data lagging, heavy cell phone tower usage, and the phone carrier systems getting overloaded by the massive amounts of people on the network in that area at the time.

Just like firefighters engaging into a fire, cell phone carriers have decided to use more conventional methods to deal with this heavy data and voice traffic which is anticipated for that period of time. Carriers such as At&t, Verizon, and Sprint are going to have mobile trucks designed to boost cell phone traffic in these specified locations.  One of the key locations which will experience the eclipse in its totality will be Hopkinsville, Kentucky. This location is to have the eclipse last an entire 2 minute and 40 second duration.

 

Fortunately the team here at IT GURUS OF ATLANTA has some tips for people which may have difficult accessing the network which can help to still capture the moment and communicate with people that are not in your immediate vicinity. Bare in mind that these are steps to be taken in sequence if one or more of the other steps do not work.

One of the first steps is to text instead of taking the call. Texting uses ups the least amount of cell phone traffic and can be sent in a manner of seconds as opposed to waiting for a voice call to connect on both ends to have a conversation.

Another nifty trick is to disable application updates which can come at any given point in time during the day from various application providers which can use up background data causing lag in not only your service but the service of anyone else in the area.

Taking a fully charged phone is always the best scenario. The last thing that could break the experience for anyone involved would be to have the one mode of communication go dead during the Solar Eclipse and no communication being done during this memorable occasion. Its always a good idea to have a backup battery if using Android or if using Apple, to have a mobile pack which does cell phone charging.

Depending on your budget, if you have access to another cell phone or hotspot on another network, then that may very well be the answer to lagging service on your current carrier during the event.

The most sustainable way to ensure that your moment is covered during the event is to record the video, take the picture, and save it on your device for upload at a later point in time. When streaming during events such as these, it is a sure way to clog up the network and assure that not only your experience is interrupted but also that of others in the vicinity as well. Streaming during the event by doing a Facebook Live or Instagram Live video while in the trajectory areas for the total Solar Eclipse will assure that if there wasn’t a possibility of network shutdown, that there is one now.

This total Solar Eclipse is geared to be a very momentous event as the last time there was a coast to coast event of this magnitude for this event was in 1918. IT GURUS OF ATLANTA is geared up to provide tips, tricks, and advice on technology effects during this moment in history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Microsoft Breaking Barriers – Internet Without Wifi – Greater Distance and same High Speed!

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

 

Many people these days don’t go running towards Wifi unless they are still using regular phone plans to where they have a limited amount of data and have to connect to Wifi. With cell phone plans now going with “Unlimited” data, cable providers giving greater data usage to their customers, and “free” hotspots popping up in most public places, it is clear the data usage war is going to Unlimited access.  Most carriers are offering greater service areas and even more service quality as the ways to capture and keep customers. Outside of using your cell phone’s unlimited access which slows down after a certain amount of data is consumed, the “home”, “work”, or “public” wifi is the next best option to get work done on your computer and stay connected.

Most people when disconnecting from their wifi tend to try to get as much done and downloaded as possible in order to rely lightly on the cell phone data usage.  This is typical due to the lack of range for wifi signals inbetween locations such as work to home, home to public places, etc. In between location A and location B, there is a limitation of range for the wifi signal to travel. Most people are thinking that cell phone signals with their hotspots can make up for the disadvantage. Well even in that aspect, there are cell phone towers which are either not close enough or are not in existence that allow cell phone coverage to be choppy in certain areas or slow in connection speed.  Its always a rule of thumb that people in the city get more coverage with both their wifi signal and their cell phone signal. Rural areas tend to suffer are subject to satellite wifi or cell phone hotspots as coverage is limited outside cities.

Well Microsoft has an answer which could change the way how people receive their data stream by increasing coverage while maintaining speed. Microsoft has been testing the usage of tv signals in order to spread wifi signals. This plan would get rid of cables and introduce a truly wireless network that would travel to the farthest reaches of the continent without building extra towers or harnessing an overload on current towers. This plan uses what is called “white space” television bandwidth. In case you are wondering what is “white space”, well we have you covered.  White space are what tv networks had created years ago which operate below 700 Mhz. These white spaces serve as a buffer between the high traffic channels to give them the extra bandwidth to communicate on.  To expound upon the reach, these bands can stretch over 6 miles away and are not altered or disrupted by buildings or vegetation.

Microsoft has been promoting this technology for years and conducting tests in the Philippines, England, Colombia, and Kenya. By 2018 Microsoft is driving to have the project launched within 12 states. The end goal of the project is to extend this feature in 12 states across the US and connect over 2 million Americans in rural areas by July 4th, 2022.  Microsoft estimates that the project will take between 10-15 billion in order to extend the reach to all of rural America.

 

Even though the project deems to show endless possibilities, there are sceptics that believe the interference of  the “white air” will affect television networks from broadcasting by clogging their network.  Surprisingly enough Microsoft asked the FCC to use this spectrum back in 2010, but have not pressed forward with advancing the space or technology until now. Microsoft has beefed up its campaigns by now advertising in rural parts of Virginia and allowing them to connect via white space internet in 1,000 homes. This technology is proving to be cutting edge and will clearly blur the lines of “digital divide” and change the way how people use and interact with the internet by giving more access. Stay tuned as this white space internet will be expanding and coming to a location near you!

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