Tip of the Week: Disable Wi-Fi Calling on Your Android Device

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As mentioned in the title, this article is for Android users and Wi-Fi calling. As an Android user, you probably noticed the Wi-Fi calling option you get when you make or receive a call while connected to a network. This can be a great tool to use if you ever find yourself without cell service. On the other hand, there are situations where you might not want Wi-Fi calling enabled. 

Why Would You Disable Wi-Fi Calling?

Of course, there are times where you may want to utilize Wi-Fi calling, such as if you’re loading a long video or downloading something that is quite large. Other times, a slow Wi-Fi connection can mean choppy and interrupted phone calls. Also, the connection might not be secure if it is done over your Wi-Fi. Sometimes, it is just better to use your mobile data over Wi-Fi. 

Continue reading to learn how you can disable Wi-Fi calling on your Android device. Some of these settings may vary, depending on your operating system, but they should typically be very similar.

How to Disable Your Wi-Fi Calling

To disable your Wi-Fi, you can do this by going to your Settings app and finding your Wi-Fi & Network options. You would then select SIM & Network. From there, select SIM Card, turn off your Wi-Fi Calling, and then slide the slider to the Off position. This will disable your Wi-Fi calling on your Android smartphone. 

If you ever need to disable your Wi-Fi quickly, you can do this easily from the call menu by clicking the Wi-Fi calling button straight from the menu. This should ensure that the quality of your call is good throughout. 

For any additional information or for help with your technology and its connections, contact our professionals at AE Technology Group at (516) 536-5006.

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Improving Your WiFi Connection – Tip of the Day

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Most businesses today rely on high-speed Internet connection to communicate with clients, schedule orders, and run digital marketing campaigns. In this blog, we’ll offer a few tips for improving your WiFi connection without having to go out and buy a new router.

Conduct Weekly Speed Tests

Our first suggestion is to conduct a weekly speed test to take a good look at your connection. We recommend this frequency because running the test only takes a few seconds and it will help you detect any problems early on. If your connection is slow for whatever reason, you’ll want to know that immediately.

Update the Firmware

Sometimes, a slow connection is just a result of outdated firmware. You can fix this by searching your router’s manufacturer and looking for a new firmware release. These are usually free and easy to install.

Elevate Your Router

The placement of your router plays a big role in its connection. In NYC, you want to make sure you keep yours away from brick walls. This Tech World article explains how you can get a better connection by elevating your router:

“Unfortunately, the laws of physics sometimes stand in the way of proper wireless bandwidth and signal strength. The distance between your router and the wireless adapter is a more relevant factor than you might think so avoid placing it near thick brick or concrete walls. Placing the router higher up could make a difference to wireless signal.”

You can always test different router placements to see what works best in your office. The speed test is good for that.

Check the Frequency

Dual band routers provide 2.4 GHz and 5GHz frequencies. Since 2.4GHz is the much more crowded one, you should try connecting your devices to the 5GHz frequency if possible. It will have fewer signals and connections, so you’re less likely to run into any interruptions.

For more information about your WiFi connection or IT support in New York, contact us today.

Where to Find Free Wifi on Long Island

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Perhaps you’re a new business owner who wants to save money by relying on free WiFi when computing on the road. Or maybe you’ve already used up the data access limits that your phone service provider allows.

In any case, you already know that Starbucks and McDonald’s offer Internet access at no cost. But if none of these franchises exist where you’re going, here are a few more alternatives for WiFi.

Try Hotspots from Your Cable Company

If you use a cable TV service provider at home, it’s most likely that the company provides free hot spot service throughout the U.S. For example, Time Warner Cable offers over 200,000 hot spots and its impending merger with Comcast will increase that number. Sign on to the hot spot using the same user code and password for your provider’s website.

Libraries are Not Just for Reading

Public libraries provide information to their patrons whether it’s in the form of print or digital data. So most offer Internet access either through terminals or with wireless. All you have to do is go inside the branch and ask for a temporary password. You may be limited to a couple of hours of access or less. However, if attendance is sparse, which is typical for business hours, and you’re not using physical resources, you can always ask for another allotment. You can also go to another branch and get access there.

Lodging Lobbies Leak

Hotels and motels often entice people to stay using free WiFi as one of their amenities. Such broadband may not only be strong but unprotected, for the convenience of staff and guests. Try the parking lot first and you can work from your car. If that doesn’t work, step into the lobby, which is comfortable and climate-controlled, and check you web pages from there.