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I must send out a Massive thank you to Chris Lambert for being my super hero!! He managed to unlock my Mobile phone today!! He really is a lovely chap and a great whiz with all our computer issues in the office, and has surpassed himself today by rescuing my phone and I still have all my contacts and more importantly my photos! Yay!

Big thanks to Chris Lambert at Blue Sky Computer Solutions Ltd for getting the Party Linen HQ back up and running at full speed today….. top banana….top service

Chris Lambert has saved my virtual bacon with a remote tweak and two runs of the Malware thingy! He solved weeks of frustration in an hour. All my friends use him for everything technical. From now on I will too! Thanks Chris, you’re a star!

A big thank you to Chris Lambert for unlocking Michelle Nunn phone, our little boy had locked it by accident on holiday and we thought Michelle might lose all her precious family snaps on her phone. Chris has saved the day!!

Huge thank you to the wonderful Chris of Blue Sky Computer Solutions who has saved the life of The Coaching Garden’s pensioner-age laptop. Fast, amazingly efficient and pain-free. Even the dog thought he was great!

Chris Lambert, thanks or fixing my laptop so quickly. Working perfectly now. For anyone thinking of using Chris’s services…. highly recommended

Chris Lambert made sure our printer is visible to all machines. I have pressed print this morning and it did! No more games of ‘on/off’ where we pray, swear at and cajole the printer to become visible…. thank you! Great to receive an ethical service (the previous company advised us to spend a fortune on a new printer).. Thanks guys – highly recommended!

Really friendly and professional Service. Thanks for coming out at such short notice!

You are the best computer man ever. Thank you

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Nov 5, 2016

Powerline Networking – a home-based user’s experience

It sounds a somewhat sophisticated thing, doesn’t it? Powerline networking. Something that the big boys would use, and possibly a medium sized business. But not an SME. And certainly not a home-based micro business that has a side-line desire to get BT Sport working on their son’s TV…

But let’s try to see past the term itself.

Powerline networking is most definitely something that anybody can make use of, particularly:

  • If they need to connect a device to the internet, but it’s not Wi-Fi enabled; or
  • If they need to stretch their Wi-Fi beyond the thick walls of their downstairs office

Gone are the days of glitchy dongles and dodgy router signals. If your electrical wiring is half decent, you’ll be able to make use of powerline networking in your home.

A Typical Home User Powerline Networking Experience

We recently had a call from a lady who runs a small business from home. She had just moved house and urgently needed to achieve two things.

  1. Have Wi-Fi working reliably and speedily throughout her three storey town house so she could keep working whilst she juggled the day job and unpacked
  2. Keep her son happy by getting BT Sport on his TV… so she could keep working whilst she juggled the day job and unpacked

A great little project for Blue Sky Computer Services. So first things first, we took some time to understand what the problems were that she was experiencing.

What were the issues she had to overcome?

As often is the case when moving into a new property, there were structural aspects to the layout of the building that she hadn’t considered until she actually got the keys. These were:

  1. Her BT router needed to stay on the bottom floor where the master telephone socket was sited
  2. The Wi-Fi was a little patchy on the top floor
  3. She had no TV aerial, so couldn’t make use of BT’s TV offering direct
  4. Her son’s TV was not Wi-Fi enabled

What did Blue Sky Computer Services recommend?

We swiftly established that the BT fibre optic broadband she had contracted was suitable for both her business and domestic needs. So, rather than change the broadband provider, it was just a matter of getting that working across the whole property for her.

Blue Sky’s Powerline Networking Solution

To our mind, the solution was both simple and affordable. We suggested she install a powerline networking adaptor downstairs with her router, via a plug socket and an Ethernet cable (ie. there was a wired connection between the two). She could then pair that with another adaptor plugged in on the top floor in her son’s study. An Ethernet cable could then connect the adapter to the BT TV hub (hardware provided by BT, which they state requires an aerial connection – however that’s only for terrestrial TV, not the internet). The BT TV hub could then be connected via an HDMI cable to her her son’s TV. Hey presto! Her son instantly had BT Sport on his TV. And she instantly had boosted Wi-Fi on her top floor.

So if you are in a similar situation and need some help to get your Wi-Fi working smoothly across your house, give us a call. It gives us great pleasure to see small businesses working with big business style solutions… for a fraction of the cost.

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