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Virtual Assistants (VAs) are artificial intelligent software agents that perform services or tasks based on voice commands. VAs can work through computers, smartphones, car dashboards, or stand-alone devices like Amazon’s Echo.

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Part of the joy of having a smart home is being able to control things with just the sound of your voice. And thankfully, the GigaSpire BLAST connects with Amazon Alexa. And setting it up is a simple process.

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How often do you have guests at your home ask for your WiFi password? Many of us think nothing of giving the password to our friends and family, or our kids’ friends. But you may not realize that you’re putting your own network security at risk. How? Guests could unknowingly download malware or connect to your network with already-infected devices, which could then infect everything else within the network. But that’s not the only reason to use a guest network.

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Set up a guest network using the CommandIQ app and your GigaSpire BLAST router.

It’s easy to create a guest network! In fact it’s so easy, you can set up a network for a specific event, like when you have family visiting. Or for when your children have friends over. To get started, open your CommandIQ app and select "Guest Network" from the main menu. You can “Add a Guest Network” by selecting the plus sign.

In the Setup a Guest Network screen, do the following:

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Many of us have used a website to test our Internet speed. And you may have noticed that the results of these speed tests vary and often do not match what you see on your bill. Why is this? It comes down to the difference between bandwidth and speed. (Yes there’s a difference!)

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How to test your bandwidth

The CommandIQ app has many features to give you ease of control over your WiFi network and the devices that connect to it. Another useful feature is the Bandwidth Test. Located conveniently on the Main Menu, the test allows you to measure the bandwidth connection coming into your router from DUO Broadband.

What exactly is bandwidth and why do I want to measure it?

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