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How Fast is your internet?
One thing we are lacking here in the rural areas of Lewis County is fast and reliable internet connections. Depending on where you live you may have access to broadband service, DSL service through the phone company or satellite internet.
After signing up we just assume we are getting the speeds that we pay for, yet there are times when the internet just seems to crawl along and mind-numbing slowness.
There is an app you can download from the Microsoft Store for free that allows you to test your internet speed. Go to the MS Store which is little shopping bag icon on your task bar at the bottom of your screen. Search for “speed test”. Multiple apps are available. The one that I use is Speed Test by Ookla. Alternately, you can open a web browser and type in www.speedtest.net to use the web- based version. Click on the big word “GO” to start your speed test. The download and upload speeds will be tested. The speed will vary depending on whether you are on Wi-Fi or directly connected to your router with an ethernet cable.
These numbers will give you an indication of what your internet speed is. Run your test several times at different times of the day as speeds can lag at peak usage times. If you are paying for 100 megabits-per-second (mbps) and you are getting 60 or 70 then that is an acceptable speed. If you are consistently getting 15 for download, then there could be a problem. Upload speeds are always going to be slower.
To find out what speed you should be getting you, look on your billing statement, or you can call your provider to find out.
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I’ve lived in the Randle area for the past 20 years, moving here from Kent in 1999 to get out of the city life and never looked back. I have three children, my oldest daughter lives in Seattle and the younger daughter and son live in Randle. I’m blessed with three beautiful grandkids.
I started working with computers in the early 80’s when I worked at the Air Traffic Control Center (FAA) in Auburn, WA. I worked there for 12 years and eventually ended up in the computer lab overseeing new Air Traffic Control students doing their required computer training. From there, I took a job with Boeing in their Computer Based Training department developing the computer training materials that airplane customers receive when they buy Boeing’s planes. Except for a few Boeing layoffs and re-hires, I worked there until 2015 when our department was disolved and the work moved elsewhere to save money.
Since leaving Boeing I have worked at a variety of jobs in the valley. While working at Fischer’s Market I met Robert. After he learned of my computer background he told me he was wanting to retire at some point and was looking for someone to work with him and possibly pass the torch to. For the past 6 months or so I’ve been working as his assistant and learning his business. On March 31, I officially purchased ComputerFAQ from him and am very excited to continue his work.
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