Use your own router with FiOS Internet

You can use your own wireless router instead of FiOS equipment. Unlike cable such as Comcast, no modem is necessary. However, you must connect to FiOS using Ethernet (high speed), not coax (low speed). Also, if you have FiOS TV using TV Guide and Video on Demand (“VOD”) on FiOS remote, then you also need MoCA box (MoCA = multimedia over coax).

Smart[er] TV

Smart TV has a) built-in apps, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, and b) streams shows via Internet connection, either Ethernet or Wi-Fi.

Dumb TV has neither built-in apps nor Internet connection.

Streaming player, such as Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV, have apps and Internet connection.

dumb TV + streaming player = smart[er] TV

Streaming players keep up to date, work better than smart TV apps, usually better Internet connection, and easier to replace than entire TV if/when necessary.

Roku Ultra solves all streaming problems. Three of note:
1. Netflix stopped working on older smart TV. Installed Roku Ultra instead of replacing TV.
2. Amazon Fire TV would not stream certain Amazon Prime Video shows. (I know, right?!) Installed Roku and updated Amazon app.
3. Apple TV did not have Amazon Prime Video app until recently. Roku has always had it.

Dumb TV has same audio and video as smart TV so you can connect cable TV, streaming player, Sonos, DVD player, even surround sound with audio video receiver for full movie experience.

Dumb TV evolved from security camera monitor so has not caught up with the latest smart TV picture technology such as OLED or curved screen. You can use streaming player with smart TV effectively ignoring its apps.

Laptop go bag

Laptop road warriors often forget to pack an item because they use them on their desk and on the go. Every laptop user should have the following separate items in their laptop go bag a.k.a. travel case:

  • Power cord a.k.a. AC adapter
  • Ethernet cable
  • Ethernet dongle if laptop does not have Ethernet jack
  • USB cable
  • External mouse (if you use regularly use it)
  • USB type C adapter
  • USB stick a.k.a. jump drive

Browser games

Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox browsers have built-in games. Edge and Chrome are easy to access while Firefox takes a few steps. From How to unlock hidden browser games:

  • Edge: In address/search bar, type (no spaces) edge://surf and press Enter.
  • Chrome: In address/search bar, type (no spaces) chrome://dino and press Enter.
  • Firefox:
  1. Click on + to open new tab
  2. Right click on your toolbar
  3. Click left on Customize toolbar…
  4. Click and drag every icon except Flexible space to your Overflow Menu on right side
  5. Click on unicorn icon which now appears on the bottom row
  6. Use left and right arrow keys to move your Pong paddle “Flexible space” along top for bouncing unicorn

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