Monthly Archives: February 2018

Products We Love: eero Wireless

We love our Apple products because they “just work”. Nothing takes away that feeling faster than bad Wi-Fi. The eero Wi-Fi system helps keep our devices working great, even in more challenging home and apartment layouts.

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MTS Best Practices: Upgrading to macOS High Sierra

Apple seems to really want me to upgrade to High Sierra. My Mac asks me every few days if I want to upgrade. I almost want to upgrade just to get it to stop bugging me. But should I?

There are several things to think about before you push that all-too-convenient Install Now button.

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MTS Best Practices: Upgrading to macOS High Sierra

Apple seems to really want me to upgrade to High Sierra. My Mac asks me every few days if I want to upgrade. I almost want to upgrade just to get it to stop bugging me. But should I?

There are several things to think about before you push that all-too-convenient Install Now button.

Features

First, do I need any of the new features. Most people don’t know what the features are but if you know you need something, then it’s probably worth upgrading. In the case of the newest macOS, High Sierra, most of the changes are under the hood changes, like a new file format, i.e. things most users can’t see and don’t care about. The biggest changes that users can see are in Photos and Safari. Apple’s full shpiel is here: https://www.apple.com/macos/high-sierra/

Age of my Mac

If your Mac is more than 5 years old, don’t upgrade. New software + old hardware = sadness. New software including operating systems are designed for the newest hardware. When you put them on old hardware, they make the computer feel so slow. Your new best friend becomes the spinning color wheel. It may even force you to go and buy more RAM from, oh I don’t know, Mike’s Tech Shop. If your Mac is more than 5 years old, no more software upgrades. Just ride it out until you get a new Mac.

Make sure you have a backup

The most important thing before you do any upgrade is to make sure that you have a good backup before you begin the upgrade. High Sierra requires a new format for your hard drive. It’s invisible, you’ll never notice the difference, but in order to reformat your drive, when you upgrade to High Sierra, it writes to your hard drive a lot. So if you’re hard drive is a little shaky or has some problems you’re not noticing yet, upgrading will bring your hard drive down. We have had many people come in with Macs that no longer work because they tried to upgrade to High Sierra.

Bottom Line

If you have a relatively new Mac and a backup, I’d upgrade. If your Mac is more than 5 years old, don’t upgrade. If you’re somewhere in between, see if you need or want any of these features Apple brags about in High Sierra and decide from there. No matter what, always have a good backup of your data before doing anything.

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Products We Love: eero Wireless

We love our Apple products because they “just work”. Nothing takes away that feeling faster than bad Wi-Fi. The eero Wi-Fi system helps keep our devices working great, even in more challenging home and apartment layouts. Eero is a custom designed mesh system, with all the latest protocols, where your iPhone app is your network admin.

Finally a home wifi system worth recommending, enthusiastically. A beautifully packaged eero simply plugs into your current modem, and you begin configuring your network with a free app on your smartphone. There are a few configurations, the most common of which is the eero with two beacons. The beacon simply plugs into to your electrical outlet (à la the original Airport Express) and wirelessly connects to the main unit (the app guides you on optimum placement). The beacons even have a nightlight feature, which comes in handy when placed in bedrooms and hallways. And depending on the size and layout of your home you can reduce or increase the number of beacons until you’re covered (even in that pesky back room, or on the other side of that elevator), or get the Pro series, where you use multiple eero units instead of beacons for really intense coverage.

So, if you want Wi-Fi that just works, without the more complicated setups we would recommend and install in a business or enterprise environment, eero is for you. In a world where Apple stopped updating its Airport line, this swooped in and did it right, with a dash of Apple’s classic white design, and polished looks. In a world without updated Airports, we love eero.

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