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This small adjustment that the new Movistar router hides is the key to having a WiFi network that works better

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Movistar is already offering its customers, yes, upon payment, the new router with WiFi that we already heard about months ago. After a trial period, the Movistar Smart WiFi 6 and little by little we are learning some of its secrets while we wait for confirmation on whether we will see a pro model.

And if recently we saw how you could improve WiFi coverage at home with the Smart WiFi function by combining the 2.4 GHz band and the 5 GHZ band, now we are going to see how to increase performance by changing a small parameter in your settings.

Enhance the potential of the router


Compared to how out-of-the-box other models come, Movistar’s Smart WiFi 6 has a certain freedom of action to “play” with its settings and this one that we are going to see allows you to reduce interference, increase bandwidth and maximize real wireless speed.

In this way the key is in the so-called “beacon interval”. A parameter that we can change to reduce management traffic and take better advantage of WiFi capabilities.

Beacon… but don’t think about food

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And before continuing, clarify what the “beacon” is. By this term we mean a technology based on the use of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Thus, the router continuously emits a signal that can be received and interpreted by other devices to devices that are not far away. In these communications, it emits the SSID name of the Wi-Fi network and the features it supports, the strength of the signal it offers or if it is WiFi 5 or WiFi 6, for example, and thus know what features it has before connecting.

How they count in Broadband, where they have done the test, these signals “are emitted by default 10 times every second” and they do it at the minimum possible speed so that even the most remote devices can receive them without errors. A signal that can require about 3.5 ms of the channel that subtract ability to send other types of data.

Therefore it is interesting to look for a channel in which there are not too many Wi-Fi networks connectedbecause in this case only the beacons will occupy almost 20% of the available bit rate.

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To reduce channel congestion, in the Movistar Smart WiFi 6 router you can change the “beacon interval”. By default, the established value is 100 ms, but in the tests they have changed it to 300, so that only 3 beacons are emitted per second so that without harming the devices that want to connect, less bandwidth is used.

Beacon Interval

To modify the beacon interval in the Movistar Smart WiFi 6 router, these are the steps you must follow:

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  • Accessing the router interface in the way we already know this is entering the address https://192.168.1.1 in the navigation bar and then typing our access password.

  • Select “Advanced configuration” in the main menu and click on “OK”.

  • Search the section “Network Settings” and then the subsections “Wireless 2.4GHz” and within it, click on the tab “Advanced”.

  • One of the fields is “Beacon Interval” and appears locked with the value 100. What you should do is change its value to 300.

  • Click “Apply” and wait for the changes to be applied.

In addition, and taking into account the problems that can appear with older devices or with those of the connected home, you can modify the compatibility of the network on the way by passing from “802.11 Mode” to “802.11ax(auto)”which will activate WiFi 6 in this band.

And it is that in the tests, they even disable the compatibility with b/g networks, so that the basic rate will become 6 Mbps. The problem here is that all the old devices as well as many of the connected home can be affected , since usually make use of the 2.4 GHz band.

Is about activate WiFi 6 by default in the 2.4 GHz band which is disabled by default so that devices that use this frequency band can benefit.

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LG’s technology that mixed plasma and LED

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From 1997 to a good part of the first decade of the 2000s, plasma televisions conquered the high end for a long time. It was the most coveted technology when the user wanted to opt for a panel with the best image quality during that time. However, as we already mentioned in our article about these televisions, the LCD was little by little eating the toastsince its technology was evolving by leaps and bounds.

One of the most noticeable advantages of the LCD was also its lower electrical consumption, thus generating less heat and increasing its useful life. LG wanted to continue betting heavily on plasma televisions, although the manufacturer had to solve the problem of consumption and other aspects if they did not want to abandon the technology. This is how PLED panels were born in 2012.

PLED, an exclusive LG plasma vitamin

PLED comes from the acronym in English Pixel Light Emitting Display. According to the company, this technology brought the best of plasma and the best of LED televisionscombining both Technologys to try to offer a higher image quality, also drastically reducing power consumption at LCD panel values ​​at the time.


When used, a PLED panel is like a vitaminized plasma panel. That is why it is good to remember how plasma panels work to explain their differences. And it is that the screen of a plasma television is formed by two layers of glass between which there are small cells with Xenon and Neon gas which, when excited by an electrical impulse, become plasma, causing the internal phosphor coating of the cell to glow.

What the PLED panel does compared to the plasma is reduce those cells, making each subpixel in a separate cell. This causes the gases to be at a much higher concentration. The cells also contain a denser layer of phosphor.

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This concentration means that much less electrical energy is needed to generate the plasma inside each cell. In this way the first advantages of PLED: Its electrical consumption is less than that of conventional plasma and is quite close to what LCD televisions consume.

By consuming less, it also generates less heat and its wear is less. Put at maximum power, a plasma television lasts around 50,000 hours before it starts to degrade. This figure is usually prorated with respect to what would be normal domestic consumption. The resulting figure is about 100,000 hours, which is the figure we all know.

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In the case of pledthe highest concentration of Xenon and phosphor increases its useful life up to 80,000 hours of extreme use (as in an airport panel, for example) or 160,000 in a home.

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Another of the advantages that PLED continues to maintain from plasma televisions are its self-emissive LEDs. In this way, each pixel can be turned on and off without being subjected to backlighting from a panel of LEDs on the back of the TV. This technology is similar to OLED, although they are not organic LED diodes.

This advantage makes PLED and plasma have better contrast than an LED panel. However, PLED also has an advantage over plasma: its screen is completely matte, reducing the reflection that can be generated by any point of light in the environment. And it is that by the very nature of plasma panels, its glass must always be bright. Sometimes this glare was reduced with anti-reflective coatings, but this diminished the glare emanating from the panel.

PLED also shares the advantages of LED panels

Although we are clear that PLED is like a kind of ‘super plasma’, this technology also includes characteristics of LED televisions, such as electronic image processing, this being the same as that of an LED panel. This eliminates the ‘motion blur’ sensation of plasma TVs in high-speed images, since like LED technology, PLEDs also have three image processors that interleave frames.

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Despite the reduction in consumption, PLED screens continued to consume slightly more than LCD panels. In addition, they share the same problem as plasma screens: the ‘burn’ effect when playing still images for a long time.

The OLED was peeking around the corner

Although it was a great advance over plasma panels, the technology did not fully catch on. In addition, they were presented in a context in which the OLED was taking more and more shape (although they were still very expensive to produce) and LCD-LED panels were much cheaper to produce. In addition, with these Technologys the use of elements such as phosphorus and gases was completely eliminated, depending more and more on electronic and digital processing.

In fact, if you asked LG at the time what panels were going to be the future, the company was quick to respond with OLED. And indeed, today it is the technology in which LG has bet the most in recent years.

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tricks, tips, direct streaming and furniture purchases from TV

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A couple of years ago Movistar decided to include in its Movistar Plus+ on-demand television platform a series of applications called Living Apps, which allow enjoy different services and content.

They’re available without having to download them from any application store and accessible directly from the decoder menu as long as we have a UHD or UHD Smart WiFi model.

Now the operator has decided expand your collection of Living Apps with a new one focused on decoration and style in the home, for which it has opted for IKEA as a specialist in this type of task.

An app to bring IKEA experts to your TV

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The app is already available in Movistar Plus+ and according to those responsible, it is designed to “inspire you with the best accessories and decoration fashions for this new season”

To do this, once we have accessed by first going to the main menucoming into “Apps” and subsequently looking for the “IKEA”we will be shown content related to furniture and decoration with interior design trends, tricks to give old furniture another life and varied content to prepare the home for the changes of season.

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Although for the moment the contents are not very abundant, presumably they will add more over time, there will be Live videos with brand professionalsa chat where you can ask questions and you can even buy different products directly from the decoder by scanning a QR code on the mobile.

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For example, within the IKEA Living App there are sections like “Always Something New” where it is possible to know the new products of the manufacturer for this new season, “IKEA Wellness”a space that they say is designed to enhance comfort at home and “Homes with Psychology”seven episodes dedicated to specific rooms in the house.

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There are also other sections for DIY lovers such as “Decorating Ideas and Advice”, Ready in a Pis Pas”with tips for organizing the environment or “Easy Tricks” to get the most out of the rooms.

In addition, through the section “IKEA Live”it is possible to access their shopping events broadcast live in streaming starring interior designers in their establishments that will also be available later to see them deferred whenever we want.

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so you can configure this useful help

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Although our star use is to set timers, music or ask for the time and time, you can ask Alexa for many more things, some as useful as serving as a guardian in your day-to-day life: perhaps if you have left a tap running, if it the washing machine or dishwasher has finished. If you did not know or are not very sure how to make Alexa act on beeps or water, keep reading.

A little over a year ago, Amazon added a series of most useful improvements and functionalities for the home: the audible and in-person detection capabilities. Specifically, we refer to this pair of algorithms:

  • Water Running or running water detection. Thus, by listening to the environment, it is able to find out if there is water running around the equipment, for example because we have left a tap open or because there is a leak.
  • Appliance Beeping Detection. In this case, it refers to the ability of the assistant to listen to the different beeps produced by your electrical appliances when they finish their functions, thus allowing us to act accordingly.

What happens at that moment? If you have developed the corresponding routine, you will receive a message on your mobile. In the first case, it is also possible to program a notice that warns that we are spending more water than normal brushing our teeth, for example. The second is especially useful with household appliances that do not have to be smart, such as microwaves, ovens, refrigerators. So, if you leave the fridge open, Alexa will tell you goat.

How to configure these functions

To benefit from these functions it is necessary to go to the section of the Alexa routines from the application. There you can configure the routine you want so that Alexa executes automatic actions for daily milestones, for example, that the washing machine program has finished.

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In the Amazon Alexa application, tap on Further, which you will find in the lower right corner. There select routines and click on the “+” in the upper right corner to create a new Routine.

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There are four steps. The first is to name it. After in “When” Choose “sound detection“. Within that option you will see both options beyond the beep or the water such as snoring, crying baby, coughing or barking dog that can give you new ideas, for example a lullaby sounds when your little one cries. Then choose which device and in what time range. Finally you will have to add the action you want. So, if you want it to reach your mobile, choose “Notification” (yes, you will have to have the notifications of said application activated). However, in “alexa says” You could also choose what the Amazon voice assistant’s response would be by simply typing it in “Custom”.

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