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Why do Kodi addons go down?

May 17, 2016 5 months ago No Comments
Kodi Addon Down

Why do Kodi addons go down? To fully understand why Kodi addons go down from time to time, we first need to learn how Kodi addons work. In simple terms a Kodi addon is a mini search engine that searches specific sites for links to video content. When you click on search and search for a title or click on a title that is shown in one of the Kodi addons sections, the addon begins scraping or searching multiple sites looking for links to that specific video content. Once the addon has scraped all of the sources that it was programmed to search, it displays the results of the search. You can now click on a link and try to connect to that piece of video content. When we say try to connect, what we mean is that the site that the addon scraped told the Kodi addon that this URL contains the specific video content. But that is not always the case. These are just computers talking to computers. If a link was removed or the websites server is serverly congested with users it may not allow you to connect. These are what are known as dead links. It is exactly the same idea as a 404 error when browsing a website using a computer. Google tells you that the link is there. You click to connect to it and the website displays a 404 error stating that the page is currently down. A question you may be asking yourself is why these websites would pay for servers so people could stream video content for free. They actually do not. If you ever visit one of these websites you will see tons of ads. You will have to click on 4 different links with each page displaying ads before you can get to the video content you are looking to watch. These websites make money by getting tons of ad views which in turn pay for their server costs. Some of these sites also have premium subscription services that you can pay to get premium access. So what causes Kodi Addons to go down? It all sounds pretty simple, the Kodi addon scrapes multiple websites, displays results and then you can click and watch video content. At a high level it sounds pretty easy. But when you dive into the dynamics of how these addons scrape the sites it gets more complicated. The developer of the addon has to code the addon to scrape each individual website. Each website is structured differently, so each one has to be individually coded in order to scrape the results properly. Sounds easy enough right? Code the Kodi addon to scrape multiple sources, release the addon and let people go to town right? Not exactly. Kodi addons direct users to the video content hosted by a website directly. This means that the Kodi users see no ads and doesn’t produce any revenue for the hosting website. Some hosting websites intentionally create additional code…

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What are Network Powerline Adapters?

May 10, 2016 5 months ago No Comments
Wi-FI Signal

What are Network Powerline Adapters? Almost everyone has a Wi-Fi router in their house these days. Wi-Fi gives you the convenience of being able to connect many wireless devices to the internet by just connecting to the router and entering the password. Due to its convenience Wi-Fi is extremely common these days. Most cable company modems come with Wi-Fi capabilities, but they normally charge the customer a monthly fee for the privilege of using the Wi-Fi. Click below if you would like to know how to save money each month on your cable bill. While Wi-Fi is great and super convenient, but it does have some downfalls that we will discuss. The first downfall that Wi-Fi has is that it loses speed over distance and through obstacles. The farther you are from your Wi-Fi router, the slower speeds you will get. The more obstacles like walls, glass and furniture the Wi-Fi signal has to go through to get to the device you are using, the slower the speeds are going to be. In the GIF below you can see how a Wi-Fi signal travels through obstacles. You can see how the signal deteriorates over distance and through obstacles. Many customers that we speak to have routers that are on a second or third story, in a basement or are on one end of the house. Most cable company techs look for the easiest place to put the Wi-Fi modem, not taking into consideration where the Wi-Fi will be used in the house. When this happens customers are left with weak Wi-Fi speeds in certain areas of the house. While slow internet speeds and spotty Wi-Fi is not as noticeable or important when casually browning social media, It becomes much more noticeable when you are streaming or gaming which require constant strong internet speeds. If you are on your phone and a website takes twice as long to load it may be annoying, but the website will eventually load. When you are streaming or gaming you need a constant stream of quality bandwidth. This is why we always recommend connecting your Skystream Android TV Box directly to your modem with an Ethernet cord. This provides the fastest and most stable internet connection for your unit. But what do you do when your internet modem is in your basement, second or third floor and your TV is on the first floor? A few years ago you would have to run an Ethernet cord through your walls or attic to bring hardwired internet to another place in your house. If you have ever run wires through your walls or attic, you know that it is not fun and takes a long time. This is where Network Powerline Adapters come into play. Network Powerline Adapters come in pairs. One unit is plugged into a power plug close to your internet Modem. Then an Ethernet cable is plugged into the Network Powerline Adapter. The other end of the Ethernet cable is plugged into the back…

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How to Navigate Kodi – VIDEO

May 10, 2016 5 months ago No Comments
How to Delete & Reinstall Kodi – Clean Install

How to navigate Kodi

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