GTPCC MEETING MINUTES
June 19, 2011
Today’s meeting of the GTPCC was held in the Community Room of Howell Furniture, 6095 Folsom in Beaumont, Texas
Attendance: 19 members and 5 guests.
0 New Members and 0 Renewals
Guest Speaker Presentation: Networking by Dr. Sam Giglio.
1:30 p.m.: Dr. Sam opened meeting with Questions & Answers. Topics discussed:
IE9 vs. Google Chrome
Ira’s article (from The Examiner) on more free utils on our website with graphics
Note: Ira’s articles posted on our website after midnight on the Friday after Examiner release.
Note: Hold down Control button while using wheel on mouse to enlarge or minimize page.
Touch screen controls on laptop models
CrashPlan – New backup program. More on this at upcoming meetings.
Gaming conference held by Lake Charles computer club
1st or 2nd generation chips in Laptops
External hard drives – Essential and should be portable
Note: Clone existing drive before installing new software updates.
2:30 p.m.: Main presentation by guest speaker Dr.Sam Giglio on New Networking Technology
Wired and wireless network systems: Need external drives and other hardware items – routers, modems, cables,.etc. and an ISP.
Note: If interference with cordless phones, check filters on phones and home alarm systems.
Dr. Sam showed us wireless routers (suggests N over G) including the Dual Band N Router, wireless adapters (with PCI & USB), and wireless access points to enhance signal distance.
Internet services: Time Warner, AT&T DSL, and Satellite.
Wireless security: 128 bit minimum encryption, requires some monitoring, need pass phrase for router and can set up to require MAC address for each computer.
Note: Don’t set up a network until you secure it.
Wireless connection problems: Weak signals: Move router or adapter or tweak router
Wireless Manager - Base of most problems: Let windows manage.
Powerline Ethernet adapter – for “dead” spots, plugs directly into wall (not into power strip), has built in security
Make sure plenty of air can get around router – can get hot and burn up
Run speed test periodically on your ISP
Match equipment by using same brand name
Dr. Sam also informed us on Network printers, Network sharing and “green” external drives
Wireless hotspots: Verizon MiFi & cell phones with hotspots- connects 5 devices (for a fee)
Wireless tablet – Nook Color Tablet - $249
Note: Purse magnet closures, etc. will not affect these.
Look for “guest” mode on routers – uses different pass word for visitors with laptops
3:30 p.m.: Our President thanked Dr. Sam for his presentation.
Announcements were made: Next month: Group discussion on computer security.
Our treasurer held drawing for door prizes. Winners were a follows:
Break The Bottle Puzzle donated by Barnes & Noble won by John Lauve
Meeting adjourned at 4:00.
Gwen Jones, GTPCC Secretary