How to Setup & Get the Most Out of a Smart Speaker

Smart assistants are all the rage these days, with everyone from Amazon to Apple to Google getting in on the action. But what are they, really?

In a nutshell, smart speakers are voice-controlled assistants that can perform tasks, answer questions, play music, and control smart devices in your home. But, before you can start issuing commands to your new device, you need to set it up.

This can seem like a daunting task, but we’re here to help. In this article, we’ll walk you through the process of setting up and configuring your new smart speaker, as well as some tips on how to get the most out of it.

You’re about to enter a world of hands-free convenience and voice-activated fun.

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Don’t overbuy: How to save money on your internet service

Updated July 2022 to update new faster base speeds and the addition of T-Mobile Wireless Home Internet:

Internet service is sold and priced at the speed of the internet connection you can expect at your Internet Service Provider’s (ISP) modem/gateway.

As of July 2022 in Reno, Charter’s Spectrum service offers download speeds of 300 Megabits per second (Mbps), 500 Mbps and 1000 Mbps (1 Gbps or often referred 1 Gig). AT&T’s xDSL Internet service offers slower download speeds ranging from less than 1 Mbps to 100 Mbps, and speeds up to 5000 Mbps (5 Gbps) on their fiber-to-the-home service. Lastly, T-Mobile began offering wireless home internet service this year with download speeds advertised at 33-182 Mbps – which is fast enough to stream UHD/4K video quality.

Of course, the higher speeds will cost more money. Count on spending at least $50/month for reliable internet service, but anything above $95/month is probably unnecessary.

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