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  1. How long of a run of Cat 6 cable will you need? Without an in-line signal booster, the farthest you can send a digital signal with no signal loss is about 100m at 20 °C. However, that loss increases as temperature increases at a fairly significant rate. However, since I assume you're running this in your home, you won't have a total run of more than 300 ft. One thing you do need to think about is if you're transmitting to multiple receivers, you will need to split that run distance max for each split in your run. Again, this likely isn't an issue due to it being an indoor run of cable (I assume). However, one thing to keep in mind is RF interference from other signals, so you will want to make sure that your Cat 6 wire is properly shielded and your connectors are installed correctly as RF interference can wreck havoc with digital signal transmission.
  2. If you're going the VPN route, it will also depend on your Gateway IP address. Not sure if you have Comcast as your ISP, but most VPNs don't like the default comcast IP addresses that start with 10.0.0.1, ect. You are able to change that on your gateway, but will need to log into the gateway as admin and go into Network settings and change the default IP to something with the 192.168 scheme. I assumed Comcast service based on your gateway of Cisco DPC3848V
  3. Are you sure it's not referencing an issue where the ingoing/outgoing port settings aren't setup correctly for your email acct that Outlook is trying to access. I do see some very similar errors to what you're saying when that's the case.
  4. Also, what's your setup? is it a gateway (modem/router combo) or do you have a separate modem? Make and model of everything? Ethernet card in your system? Also it could be due to what they're doing when they're online. Are they streaming video? That will eat up your bandwidth like crazy, especially if multpile people are streaming simultaneously. What is your internet plan Upload/Download speeds? I used to have this problem with Century Link all the time, especially since they can't guarantee their speeds.
  5. I used to work in Tier 3 repair/support and on the engineering side of Comcast for a few years recently, so this is first-hand knowledge from having to trouble-shoot and support this tool from it's initial release until about 15 months ago. Comcast does have their own app that tracks usage. It's called the xFI app so you can download it on your android or iphone. It's also available when you log into your acct online via their website. Alternatively, here's the sign-in for xFi online, https://login.xfinity.com/ Going through that tool, go to Network > Advanced Settings > Data Usage and it'll give you a breakdown of the current month's usage as-well-as the previous 3 months of usage. It only gives the total # of GB used. However, using the percentages it gives for each device, combined with the current month's total, you can do the math and see how much data each device is using. I know when it was first released you could get a breakdown by GB of use for each device but that was changed last year with some update so I don't believe it's still available without doing the math yourself. One nice thing is you can create profiles for everyone in the house and use their devices MAC addresses to add that particular device to their profile. This allows you to track if someone is using all your data (dang teenagers LOL). You can track the use for today or an average use over the last 30 days. You can track it for every device that connects to your network too. One nice feature is that you can also use this app/site to setup a bedtime for the kids where it won't allow them to connect via wifi during specific hours. You can also designate younger kids on the app and it will implement some website blocking on their devices for "innapropriate" sites. Just remember that their phones are probably setup by default to use the phone's data and access even if you disconnect them from the wifi, so you may need to disable that setting if you have a kid who is eating up all your cell data and monthly data with Comcast. Remember that the limit for usage is 1TB/mo. That's 1024 GB per month, which is a pretty large amount of data. Also, you get 2 freebies of going over that limit per year before Comcast will charge you. IIRC it's something like $10 for each 50GB of data over the plan you go. There's an unlimited data plan but it's $50/mo, so is only worth it if you're using more than 250GB per month or more above that 1024GB limit. 1274GB/mo is your break-even point where it's probably just worth it to get the unlimited data plan. Anything over that and you're definitely gonna want that unlimited data plan. EDIT I forgot to mention that this app/site only works correctly if you're using the Comcast supplied gateway and it has to be a newer one that was released in the last couple years. If it has a dual-band wifi router built-in, then it's compatible.
  6. I love everything @SoloRev posted. It was great, but I figured I'd give a bit of advice as well. I used to game semi-competively in my local region back in the day (Halo 3, Reach, COD MW2, BO1, BO2, BO3, Battlefield, ect). Here is some other things that I thought of that helped me get "over the hump" a bit. To begin with, your gaming setup is crucial. Anymore, you've gotta have a decent display with good refresh. I use a 27 in Benq gaming monitor with 144hz refresh on 2560 x 1440 with 16:9 display. Also try to calibrate your display if possible. At least google a calibration for it. There are so many sites for this. I recommend https://www.tomshardware.com/ as they have a lot of good reviews and calibrations for most every gaming monitor. Go through a few to see which one works best for you. Make sure you go into your display properties and have the RGB full-range enabled or YCbCr depending on your setup. It definitely makes a noticeable difference...especially being able to differentiate between different black levels. Some monitors display all black levels the same, but using the full RGB range, or YCbCr combined with dynamic contrast and some type of extended black range, you can differentiate those darker shades and it really can help to spot an enemy who is being really cheap or a sniper camping in a dark corner of the room in top window. As for the skills part of it, I'd say a lot of it is memorizing the spray patterns of the various weapons. That's what the pro gamers do. Practice the spray patterns at mid and close distances over and over and over till you have it down to muscle memory. Get used to the ranges and being able to identify which range the enemy is at quickly so you know what pattern to use or if it's better to go semi/small burst of 2-3 rounds rather than an auto-spray. However, since you said your aim is pretty good, the next step is map familiarization and studying the enemy tactics. I honestly went through a period in my FPS gaming when I read Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" and tried to apply that logic to my strategies. Thinking "What does the enemy expect me to do in this situation"?, and deciding if I want to do the expected or do something else. "Make them think you're weak where you're strong and vise versa" Another one was to "Know yourself and your enemy." I found a great way to do this was to record or streaming matches and re-watch your matches, being extremely critical of yourself. Ask yourself at each stage, what was I thinking the enemy was doing at this point in time? What evidence did I have to support this? What evidence did I have against this? Is there anything I missed? I found that re-analyzing my matches and being extremely critical of myself allowed me to see some flaws in my thinking in me handling certain scenarios. Specifically instances when I would be a bit reckless when pushing to take an objective when I could have actually drawn the enemy out and stayed much safer. In time, you will begin to really "see" the battlefield and be able to assess the unfolding situations and react more appropriately. Also, having specific "situational" load-outs. i.e. objective taking under smoke cover loadout, support sniper loadout, mid defense loadout, objective defense loadout. I'm not sure if this applies so much in CS-GO though. This was more from when I was almost exclusively playing COD. You can only control so much yourself. If you have a headset, try to communicate with your team with enemy positions as much as necessary. Communication is really key to winning objective-based matches. Familiarize yourself with the common names of the areas of each map so your callouts can be as precise as possible in as short of a time as possible. A callout that takes 8 seconds to relay a position is almost worthless. Work with your teammates to develop some overall beginning strategy for each round if possible. If they're not communicating or using a good strategy, at least let them know what you're doing and what your thoughts are, but don't become abusive about it. Anymore, online gaming has become super toxic, especially with the large skill gaps between some players. However, if you see someone being overly aggressive in their playstyle, let them know they can hang back a bit, or offer to take that advanded position from them if they keep rushing out and getting killed within the first 45 seconds of every match. Stupid or noob teammates can definitely make things extra difficult for the rest of the team so take into account for them if you notice it and adjust your strat if needed. Find a position where you can cover your chokepoint and possibly provide a bit of vision or cover-fire for them too. Your lines of sight are crucial but you don't want to expose yourself. Make sure to present as little of a target to the enemy as possible. Use cover and wall hugging whenever possible. Be careful when peeking from cover and don't become predictable with your popshots when peeking. Also try to vary it up with where you're peeking from if possible. Don't keep popping up from the same spot on the headglitch or the same corner of the box everytime. This also can depend on what weapon the enemy has, especially AWP or rifles. Also, don't be afraid to change it up often. Don't keep going to that same box or headglitch in the corner even if you've been owning the enemy team from it. The same goes for pushing strats when on offensive. Don't keep rushing through the same choke everytime. Try faking a push using smoke to get the enemy team to lean towards that area, then jump down or go around through a different path to get on their flank or just rush the other objective site instead. Just switch it up often and don't get stuck on one strat on either end even if it's been working okay. Keep working on your buying so you can buy on the fly if needed and get into the fight quickly. Setup a macro for some buys if you can. (I haven't played CS-GO in a few years so IDK if macros are allowed) Sometimes you just need a break from it. I've taken a few days or a couple weeks off of FPS gaming at times to just get a break. Often you'll come back with a different perspective on something or at the minimum, you'll come back refreshed and ready for battle!! Don't forget to practice, practice, practice, practice, and practice some more!! It's definitely true in competitive gaming that it takes 10000 hours of practice to fully master a skill. Hope this combined with SoloRev's info above help you start fragging like crazy!!
  7. Hello everyone. Been checking out bits and pieces of OC info on various Nvidia cards on this board for a couple years now. Used some instructions to OC an old 680GTX card I had and have loved the guides. Not sure why I didn't join sooner as there's definitely a ton of helpful info on these forums!! Been in the IT industry for almost 10 yrs now even though my degree is in Biochem...don't ask me how that happened. I'm still still not sure how I'm in this industry but is all good because I have learned so much and definitely love implementing what I've learned. Needed a modded bios for the GTX 880M that's in my old MSI GT70 rig. Been into gaming forever, but have recently gone from more of a console gamer to almost exclusively PC gaming in the last few years. It's time to crank this old rig up!! See if I can melt the GPU or something and give me an excuse to build a crazy tower with a GTX 1660ti or something. Still waiting on the new RTX cards to get through some initial growing pains before I'm ready to invest. Anyways, HMU if you need any general IT help or networking issues as I have a decent amount of experience in that field.
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