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Sky Mobile allows customers to share spare data with others
by Paul Hill
Sky has announced that its mobile customers can now share their spare data with others who may need it. Sky Mobile customers only need to add a free Sky Mobile SIM to their account which they can then share with friends or family. The gift SIM can be topped up using spare Piggybank data.
With more people staying home and using their Wi-Fi connections, they’re building up more of their data than usual and accumulating an average 69GB in their Piggybank. To help customers use this data, Sky Mobile is letting them share it. The new gift SIMs will be free for 12 months but afterwards, the company will begin charging £5 per month to use them or customers can cancel.
Commenting on the offer, which is only available until February 25, Managing Director of Sky Mobile Paul Sweeney said:
To take advantage of the offer, head to sky.com/sharemysparedata and add a free SIM to your basket. When it arrives, follow the instructions on the packet to activate it. Afterward, you can use the My Sky App to add data from your Sky Piggybank to the new SIM which friends and family can take advantage of.
Having just moved house, I noticed the wifi in my study was patchy. I therefore invested in a TP Link Powerline (TL-WPA4220) to run from my router to my study.
It works perfectly on all my personal devices (Windows, Apple, Android etc) with them all getting the full wifi speeds promised by my ISP (Vodafone), both over wifi and ethernet.
The main reason I installed this, however, was for a fast reliable connection to my work computer. But whether via wifi or ethernet I'm getting much slower speeds on my work laptop than my personal devices connected to the same powerline - even slower than before I installed it when I was working at the far edge of my router's range. I'll be getting 70mbps download and 25mbps upload speeds on my personal devices and 2mbps download and 5mbps upload on my work computer.
I called my work IT, they suggested my ISP was throttling my use (when testing the connection on my work laptop we found that when I connected to my ISPs network / server the speed was as expected, but any other server was very slugglish, which led them to think this).
I contacted by ISP who insist they're not throttling my use and it must be something to do with my employer's IT policy. They did give me a static IP address suggesting this might help (but it hasn't).
Any ideas why this might be happening?My main suspicoion is that it's something to do with the VPN on my work laptop (zscaler), although when I tried installing a VPN on my own persional laptop it had no effect on speeds. How could my laptop / VPN even recognise that my internet is coming from a different source? Are there any known issues with powerlines accessing secure VPN networks?
I'm being bounced around to different people none of whom have a clue, so any advice would be gratefully received!
Hi all, as the title suggests I am getting awful internet speeds while using my powerline adapters. I have been quoted upto 500Mbps and when I do a speedtest from the router, I get around 450Mbps ish. When I use my computer which is upstairs over the powerline, I hit roughly 20-40Mbps. Wireless I get a bit better around 200ish depending on the device. The reason why I want to use wired, is because there are too many devices on wifi and I would like to use a lot more bandwidth while streaming or gaming.
My question is, what could be the cause of this? I have tried different plugs and cables but no change. Any suggestions on what else I could try? The powerline adapters that I am using are TP-link model number:TP-PA511
Android 11 Beta 2 cleans up the share menu by merging app share intents
by Rajesh Pandey
Google released the second beta of Android 11 for all compatible Pixel devices with a bunch of bug fixes and stability improvements. Among the plethora of changes, the company has also tweaked the share menu to give it a cleaner look. The move comes after Google greatly improved the speed of the share menu with the Android 10 update last year.
The company has done this by merging multiple share intents from the same app into one. So, for example, while Twitter used to show multiple share intents in the share menu -- Tweet, Direct, and Fleet -- the share menu in Android 11 beta 2 only has one Twitter share intent. To access the other intents, users will first have to tap on the Twitter button in the share menu and then select the desired intent. This is also denoted by the small drop-down arrow in the share intent of an app.
Share menu in Android 10 (left) vs Android 11 (right) This does mean that there's now an additional step for sharing content in apps with multiple share intents. However, Google is allowing users to pin specific share targets as a workaround to this problem. This can be done by long-pressing on a share intent and selecting the 'Pin' option. Pinned share options are now shown at the top of the share menu with a pin icon to highlight that they have been pinned.
Given how cluttered the share menu in Android devices tends to become due to multiple share intents from the same app, this move from Google is definitely a welcome one.
I haven't touched my network setup in a long time as it's been working with no issues for months.
Over the last week or so, I've noticed that some devices struggle to stay connected to the network. At the moment, there's a Kindle and a desktop that are struggling to stay connected.
I've no idea where to start looking into this so any pointers would be great!
I have a USG, two Unifi APs (Lite) and a D-Link switch (DGS-1100-08P).