Frank from Pego asks:
Hi Aunty. Many places are offering Android TV boxes and claiming that an internet speed of minimum 2Mbps is required for them to work. Tutorials on sites like YouTube often review these boxes and in almost all cases it seems a minimum internet speed of 50 to 100Mbps is the norm. Even at these speeds, buffering occurs, especially on live TV channels. Do you know of any location in our part of Spain that provides internet speeds which are higher than the maximum 6.5 to 10Mbps? I feel that many people are purchasing Android IPTV boxes expecting to receive the thousands of channels that are advertised, and are disappointed when the promise does not materialise. Your advice is always appreciated, and this item could help many potential purchasers to decide if the outlay is worth it.
Hi Frank. Most of these new wave of cheapo Android TV boxes will be setup to use Kodi and Mobdro which I find works 90% OK on 8Mbps, but even with a supposedly 8Mb connection your internet speed may drift up and down and this will cause the dreaded “buffering” problem. Even with a fast and stable internet connection you can sometimes experience a poor quality stream if the source of the stream is overloaded i.e. too many people are trying to watch stuff sent from the same source. The legality of watching subscription channels via IPTV is still a very dark grey area, and we may or may not be breaching all kinds of copyright infringements, but it is a well known fact that the likes of Sky and Premier League are doing their best to “disrupt” these illegal services which I translate into them deliberately hacking and overloading the servers. Fiber optics is slowly appearing around the towns so keep an eye in the local papers to see who is offering what. In the meantime I would suggest running www.speedtest.net a few times a day over a few days and if you’re getting a reasonably steady 8Mbps then try an IPTV android box and take it on the chin if it doesn’t work.
Denise via email asks:
Hello Aunty. A couple of months ago my hubby treated me to a new Dell laptop but recently I’ve had a constant notification that my trial version of McAfee Security has expired but I don’t remember ever signing up for a free trial and I certainly don’t want to pay for something I haven’t requested. Would you consider it a good product and would it be safe to pay for it over the internet? I am a bit green with computers so please explain in a simple language.
Hi Denise. The free trial of MacAfee could have been pre-installed on your laptop or it could have sneaked its way onto your computer when you install or update your Adobe Reader app. I’ve always been a big fan of Microsoft’s Defender which comes pre-bundled with Windows 8.1 and 10 and it is free so no need to purchase anything over the Internet. You will first need to uninstall McAfee using the “Apps & Features” function (start icon and type APPS into the search box) and Windows Defender should then take over as your antivirus program. You should also install the free Malwarebytes or Superantispyware.
Well that’s all for this week folks, email you questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will see what I can do.