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How to Manually Run Your HVAC Fan Using the Nest Thermostat

If you don’t want to turn on the A/C in your house, but want to at least keep the air flowing for a bit to reduce any stuffiness, here’s how to use the Nest Thermostat to manually run the fan from your HVAC system. Most thermostats have a setting where …

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Why Is My VPN-Based Ping Faster Than a Non-VPN One?

Although it is an uncommon situation, it is possible and there could be many answers. It is likely related to the internal structure of your network provider. Internet service providers also need to pay for network access with different providers. In most cases, they are continuously trying to find the …

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How to Share Your Nest Thermostat with Other Users

If you have multiple people in your house, and want them all to have access to the Nest Thermostat from their phones, here’s how to share access to the device with other users. Granted, you may not want your kids to have access to your Nest Thermostat, but sharing access with …

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How to Permanently Disable Browser Extensions for Maximum Security

Browser extensions can be incredibly useful, but install the wrong one, and you’ll open yourself up to security risks. If you don’t use extensions (or someone you know doesn’t), here’s how to disable extensions entirely. Why You Might Want to Turn Browser Extensions Off If you use and love web browser extensions, great. …

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How to Set Up the ConnectSense Smart Outlet

If you like the idea of smart outlets, but wish you had one with more than just one receptacle on it, the ConnectSense Smart Outlet is worth looking into. Here’s how to set it up and instantly get double the fun. While ConnectSense isn’t as widely known of a brand …

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Can You Convert an Internal Wireless Adapter Into a Dongle?

If you hate seeing good electronic parts go to waste, then you likely look for ways to incorporate them into other devices or have them serve as accessories of some kind. With that in mind, today’s SuperUser Q&A post offers some helpful advice to a curious reader. Today’s Question & …

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What’s the Difference Between 1st- and 2nd-Generation Philips Hue Bulbs?

The 2nd generation of Philips Hue smart light bulbs have been out for quite a while now, but you can still buy 1st-generation Hue products at some stores. Here’s what you need to know about the 1st- and 2nd-generation Philips Hue hubs and bulbs, and the big differences between the …

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How to Enable (and Troubleshoot) Remote Access to Your Plex Media Server

Plex Media Server’s remote access function is usually so smooth to set up that it’s practically magic. But if you’re having trouble accessing your movies from afar, we’re here to help. If you primarily use Plex Media Server for watching content on your local network (like streaming your favorite shows to your HDTV …

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How to Control Your Amazon Echo from Anywhere

If your Amazon Echo can’t hear you from the other room, or if you just want to control it when you’re away from home altogether, you can do so with a handy third-party app. The Echo’s far-field voice recognition technology is one of the device’s most touted features, and it allows it …

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How to Manually Upgrade Your Nexus Device with ADB Sideload

Nexus OTA updates are a bit of an enigma—they come straight from Google, but they also depend on carrier approval before they can be sent to devices on certain networks. Getting the latest OTA update meant either waiting a few weeks, or manually flashing a full factory image, which can be a bit janky. …

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