Computer fans are the kind of people who can’t resist the idea of getting the latest gadget online.
We know how it feels to spend days trying to figure out which buttons and sensors to connect to our new toy.
And if you’re like me, you’re also worried that all the devices you own will soon be connected to your phone and other devices that might have to work together to provide you with the latest news, entertainment and news-related apps.
But while we’re at it, what if you had a computer in your home and you wanted to stream all the videos you’ve watched on Netflix?
How would you do that?
How about streaming all the content you own to all of your friends, relatives and family?
We asked computer and gaming enthusiast Brian, and he shared a lot of advice about the tech.
“If you are a computer geek,” he wrote, “I’d suggest you look into getting a computer with built-in internet connectivity.
If you don’t, you can connect your laptop, desktop, TV or other device to the router to share content.”
So what exactly does that mean?
Well, it all depends on your network settings.
“Your router is probably set up to automatically configure your internet connection,” Brian explained.
“So if you’ve never connected your router to the Internet, you’ll probably have to do it for the first time when you plug in your new device.”
So, how do you set up your router?
Brian’s router has two main options: either a wireless or wired connection.
When he first got his router, he found that it was set up for 802.11n wireless, which allows wireless data to travel through the router and through the internet.
But with the introduction of 802.17n, Brian found that the router was no longer able to work with that wireless configuration.
So he turned to a different method.
“I decided to switch to a wired connection,” he said.
“That way, when I have a video streaming device in my house, I can use the router’s internet connection to send and receive video from that device.”
That’s why, when Brian first started using his router for video streaming, it worked perfectly, but it took him a little while to get used to the setup process.
But Brian is now using his new router to stream the latest episodes of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video to his laptop and other electronic devices.
The only downside to the wired setup is that it’s not as secure as the wireless connection.
“For the most part, the internet is still controlled by the router,” Brian said.
But there are some security issues to be aware of.
The first is that if you have access to your router’s DHCP address, you will be able to access it by connecting your router directly to your computer.
If that happens, you might not be able access your router.
“In the future, we’re going to be able connect your router wirelessly to any computer, so you can be able watch all the things you want to watch on the internet,” Brian told us.
“We’re just not sure how secure this is yet.”
Another issue is that, as Brian explained, if you want your home to be an online sanctuary for your family, you may need to change the settings in your router configuration.
“It’s not really a good idea to be having all the video on one computer, since it’s going to take a while to connect everything to the server,” he explained.
Brian is planning on using the Wi-Fi on his router as a backup network to the computer that is also connected to the home network.
“The computer will have to be configured to share with all the other computers that are in the house,” he added.
So, you should be able stream video on the computer you have running on a shared network.
And, while Brian is confident that his setup will work with most modern routers, he said that his router is not yet set up with a feature that allows for streaming content over an Ethernet connection.
If Brian has any questions about his router setup, he should contact the manufacturer.
“You can always check out the website of your router manufacturer to see what features it supports,” Brian advised.
Brian has also found that, when it comes to video streaming over the Internet to a computer, it can be a little tricky to determine what’s in the video stream.
“Most people don’t have any clue about how to determine if a video stream is a video or audio stream,” he told us, “so when you watch a video on your PC, you could end up getting a weird sort of fuzzy sound or some other strange effects.”
The good news, though, is that Brian has found a way to fix his router problems.
“With my router setup,” he noted, “when I’m using my computer as my internet connection, the router will automatically switch over to the Wi+NAP service so that it can receive video streams and connect to my computer.”