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DSL Users Should Disable Windows 10’s Update Delivery Optimization

DSL users may find that their Internet connection seems much slower once they have upgraded a computer to Windows 10, or purchased a new computer with Windows 10. This may be due to Windows 10’s default settings for Windows Updates using what Microsoft calls Windows Update Delivery Optimization.

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[Resolved] Dial-up Issues (Updated 12/19/2016)

Note: The most recent updates on the issues, described below, will be added to the bottom of this post.

There is, as of 12/9/2016, a known issue affecting some Dial-up Internet access users. This issue only affects Dial-up users. All other services, including Broadband DSL, are unaffected. Our dial-up carrier partner has provided the following update:

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Today is the Last Day to Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free

As you may already be aware, Microsoft has been offering free upgrades to the latest version of Windows (Windows 10) to users of Windows 7 and 8.1. That free upgrade offer ends after today, Friday, July 29, 2016.

For a home user, Windows 10 is considered, by many experts, to be the most secure Windows version, so far. As a result, you may want to consider upgrading before the end of the free upgrade period, that ends today.

If you have not already upgraded, here is some information to help you decide if you want to keep your current version of Windows, or upgrade to Windows 10…
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Reminder to Widomaker DSL Internet Subscribers

We have been informed that some Widomaker DSL subscribers have recently been contacted by Verizon and have been asked to switch their telephone service from the traditional telephone service (POTS) they have now to new fiber based service.

Switching your telephone service from traditional service to fiber based service will (among other things) prevent your Widomaker DSL service from working, and reduce the choices you have regarding Internet service providers.

We want to remind all Widomaker DSL subscribers that making ANY changes to their telephone service may cause a temporary, or permanent (depending on the type of change), interruption to their DSL Internet service.

If you are considering making any changes to your telephone service, we suggest that you contact us first to discuss it, so we can determine if it is likely to cause an interruption in your Widomaker DSL Internet service.

Watch TV & Movies Online with Amazon Prime Free Trial

For Widomaker customers, an Amazon Prime membership is a great addition to your Widomaker “Standard” or “Premium” DSL package*. Using Amazon Prime over your Widomaker DSL, or other “unlimited” broadband Internet connection, provides you with the following benefits…

  • Instantly watch over 40,000 movies and TV episodes with titles for everyone
  • Borrow books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library
  • Get unlimited FREE two-day shipping with no minimum order size

Sign up for an Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial

* “Basic” DSL customers may contact Widomaker to upgrade their DSL package to “Standard” or “Premium” DSL for faster connection speeds that will work best with Video streaming services like Amazon Prime.

Advantages of upgrading to the Premium DSL package

DSL customers who contact us to upgrade their Basic or Standard DSL package to the Premium DSL package can enjoy faster speeds and other premium Internet services that work better with the faster DSL speed. The following services benefit from the faster Premium DSL speed. Many of these services offer a free trial period for new customers…

Call (757-253-7621) or e-mail our office to inquire about upgrading your DSL speed to the Premium DSL package!

NEW! Wido-Sat Xtreme

Wido-Sat Xtreme offers high speed internet satellite technology to download data at broadband speed to all contiguous 48 states. Wido-Sat Xtreme systems can be installed in a matter of hours.

We believe our hybrid technology provides a better experience to internet users because of the simplicity of our system. Whereas others in the satellite business rely on complex and expensive two-way transmission equipment, we believe that utilizing your telephone line as a request path to the internet affords us these advantages:

Our exclusive modem/router combo utilizes the 2nd generation DVB-S2 satellite modulation standard, providing 30% more efficiency than earlier modems or quirky PCI cards. Click here for more information.

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