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Home Sharing on Apple TV lets you access music and photos from other devices. For instance, you can play songs from your iPhone music library or view photos from your Windows computer.

We’ll start by showing you how to turn on Home Sharing on Apple TV. You’ll then learn how to enable the feature on your other devices so that you can use Home Sharing on the big screen.

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Turn on Home Sharing on Apple TV

Turning on Home Sharing on Apple TV takes only a few steps. Once you do so, you can move to the additional sections to set up the feature on your other devices.

    Open the


    app on your Apple TV Home screen.


    Users and Accounts



      Home Sharing

      to turn it on, and enter your Apple ID and password. Be sure to use the same Apple ID as the device you’re sharing from.

      You’ll see your Apple ID next to the Home Sharing option in the Apple TV Settings.

      Turn on Home Sharing on Other Devices

      Enabling Home Sharing on Apple TV is fine, but you’ll want to set up Home Sharing on other devices too. Otherwise, there won’t be anything to share (wink).

      Here’s how to enable the feature on your other Apple devices as well as sharing from Windows. Again, be sure to use the same Apple ID as that for your Apple TV.

      Home Sharing on iPhone and iPad

      If you plan to share items from your iPhone or iPad, you can turn on Home Sharing easily.



        and select either




        . Signing in on one app will sign you in on both.


        Sign In


        Home Sharing

        near the bottom.

          Enter your Apple ID and password, and tap

          Sign In


          Like on Apple TV, you’ll see your Apple ID next to the Home Sharing option in the Settings.

          Home Sharing on Mac

          You can enable Home Sharing on Mac in just a handful of steps.


            System Settings

            using the Apple icon in the menu bar or icon in your Dock.



            on the left and


            on the right.

              Turn on the toggle for

              Media Sharing

              and select the


              icon (small letter “i”) on the right.

                Check the box for

                Home Sharing

                and enter your Apple ID and password.

                  Optionally, you can check the boxes for devices update and share photos. If you opt to share photos, you can select the


                  button to select the photos and albums.



                  and close the System Settings using the


                  on the top left.

                  Home Sharing on Older Versions of macOS

                  On other versions of macOS, earlier than Ventura, including Catalina, Big Sur, and Monterey, open System Preferences and pick Sharing.

                  Then, mark the checkbox for Media Sharing, select Home Sharing, and enter your Apple ID and password.

                  On macOS Mojave or earlier, you’ll need to use iTunes. Follow the steps below to enable the Home Sharing feature in that application, which is the same process as on Windows.

                  Home Sharing on Windows

                  You can turn on Home Sharing on your Windows PC using iTunes.


                    Turn On Home Sharing


                      When prompted, enter your Apple ID and password and select

                      Turn On Home Sharing


                        You’ll see a confirmation message that you’ve enabled the feature. Select


                        to acknowledge the message.

                        Use Home Sharing on Apple TV

                        Once you enable Home Sharing on Apple TV along with another device or two, you can use it easily.

                        Open the Computers app on the Apple TV Home screen.

                        You’ll see the shared libraries for Music and Photos that you can pick from or use the Now Playing or Search features.

                        Sharing songs and pictures from your other devices on Apple TV gives you one more place to enjoy the music and photos you love. For more, look at how to use iCloud Family Sharing.

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                        How To Use Apple Airplay On Android Tv

                        If there’s anything that sets apart Apple devices from the rest is its seamless inter-connectivity across platforms and how easy it is for the end-user to get content from one Apple product to another. You might have heard a ton about how good Apple’s ecosystem is and rightly so. Its ecosystem is so tightly woven that you can view and share content between your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV with ease using a bunch of native tools, one of which is AirPlay. 

                        For those who are unfamiliar, AirPlay is Apple’s way of sharing and streaming content from one device to another. If you own an iPhone and any other Apple device, you can use AirPlay to share what you’re viewing including photos, videos, music, and any other supported content from your iPhone onto the other device wirelessly. The devices you can share can be anything from an iPhone, iPad, Mac to an Apple TV, or any other supported gadget. 

                        Since you’re here reading this post, chances are that you’re wondering whether or not you can use AirPlay to stream content from an Apple device to an Android TV. The answer to that isn’t simple as there are multiple ways you can use AirPlay on Android TVs but choosing one depends on the TV you have and the content you want to stream. Listed below are different methods you can follow to use AirPlay on an Android TV. 

                        Related: How To Mirror iPhone To Samsung TV

                        Method 1: If your Android TV supports Airplay or you have an Apple TV box

                        Contrary to what you may think, there are some Android TVs in the market that officially offer AirPlay support out of the box. You can stream content directly on these TVs using AirPlay like you would on any other Apple device like an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV. Android TVs that support AirPlay will work similarly to that of Apple TVs in terms of media sharing using Airplay as the functionality has no limitations. 

                        All TVs that are marked as “Works with Apple AirPlay” can be used to stream and cast content from an iPhone or Mac. At the time of writing, most modern Sony TVs that run on Android support AirPlay and you can check out this support page to see if the TV you own has the AirPlay feature in-built. 

                        Besides Sony, there are TVs and streaming devices from other brands like LG, Samsung, Vizio, and Roku that offer support for Apple AirPlay natively on them. You can check if your TV supports AirPlay officially by going to this Apple page. In all of these devices, you can use the AirPlay option on the iPhone or Mac to stream content directly like you would if it was an Apple TV. 

                        If you have an existing Apple TV console like Apple TV HD (available for under $150) or an Apple TV 4K (available for under $180) lying around, then you can connect it directly to your Android TV unit using an HDMI cable. Regardless of what you opt for, the steps to use Airplay to stream content are the same in either case. 

                        If your Android TV supports AirPlay or you have connected an Apple TV console to your Android TV, you can start using it by first connecting both the TV and your iPhone to the same Wi-Fi network.

                        Once that’s done, select the video or content you want to play using AirPlay and then tap on the AirPlay option (a TV-like icon that’s indicated by a square resting on a triangle).

                        If the content you’re trying to stream is audio, then you’ll see a different Airplay icon on the audio app and this icon will be marked by concentric circles resting on a triangle.

                        For some apps, you can access the AirPlay option by tapping on the Share icon first.

                        When the AirPlay overflow menu appears, select the Android TV you want to stream content to.

                        The shared content will now start streaming directly on the TV and you should see a blue-colored AirPlay button at the top left corner. You’ll also see a banner at the top of the iPhone and if the app supports automatic Airplay, all future content will start getting cast on the TV. 

                        AirPlay can also be used to trigger screen mirroring from your iPhone to the TV. To mirror your iPhone’s screen, launch the Control Center, and tap on the Screen Mirroring icon.

                        In the overflow window that appears, select your TV from the list.

                        Your iPhone’s screen should now appear on the TV and any eligible content will be cast from your iPhone to the TV. You can also do this to AirPlay from other Apple devices you may own.

                        You can continue to use your iPhone for other purposes or go back to the streaming app to control playback.

                        Related: How To Cast Phone to PC: 5 Ways Explained

                        Method 2: If your Android TV supports Chromecast

                        Most apps on iOS come with a built-in Chromecast feature that lets you stream content directly from your iPhone onto the TV. This is not to be mistaken with ‘Screen Mirroring’ as the content is streamed directly onto the TV as Chromecast lets you use your iPhone for other things at the same time, even for controlling the content that’s being played. 

                        Since most modern Android TVs and even non-Android ones come enabled with Chromecast, you will be able to use the feature directly from a compatible app on your iPhone. Among the popular apps that you can use Chromecast with are Google Photos, Youtube, Netflix, Twitch, Discovery+, Google Home, HBO Now, Plex, and Stadia. You can check out this page for a complete list of apps that support Chromecast on iOS devices. 

                        In order to start using Chromecast, you need to connect both your Android TV and iPhone to the same Wi-Fi network. 

                        If your Android TV supports Chromecast, you can start streaming content from your iPhone by opening the Chromecast-enabled app and tapping on the Cast icon (the icon will be marked by a rectangle with a Wi-Fi-like sign at its bottom left). 

                        If it’s the first time you’re using Chromecast with this app, you will be asked to give the app access to find and connect to devices on your local network. In the prompt that appears, tap on Ok to give access to your local network. 

                        The app will now be able to scan for other devices that are connected to the same Wi-Fi network that your iPhone is connected to. After scanning for devices, you should see the name of your Android TV appear in the list of supported devices. Select the TV that you want to Chromecast content to. 

                        Your iPhone will now connect to the selected TV and will start transferring content from the current app. 

                        You will get options on your screen to control the playback and you should also be able to see the name of the TV the content is playing on. At any time you’re done with casting the content, you can stop broadcasting the stream by tapping on the Chromecast icon on the app and choosing the option to disconnect the two devices. 

                        Related: How to use Roku without WiFi

                        Method 3: If your Android TV doesn’t support AirPlay or Chromecast

                        If you own an Android TV that supports neither Airplay nor Chromecast, then you may have to look for third-party solutions, either in the form of additional hardware or an app that lets you cast content using Airplay. Following are three solutions for when your Android TV doesn’t provide native support for AirPlay or Chromecast. 

                        Solution A: Get an AirPlay receiver or Google Chromecast

                        If you don’t want to rely on a third-party app to use AirPlay, then you can get an accessory that can add support for either AirPlay or Chromecast onto your Android TV.

                        If you can afford it, the Apple TV is your best bet if all you want is a seamless content broadcasting experience between your iPhone and TV but the device comes at a heft price of $149 for the HD model and $179 for the one that supports 4K. 

                        But if you’re looking for something that’s affordable, you can choose any of these options – EZCast Ultra and MiraScreen D7 to Airplay video content or go for Belkin SoundForm Connect or Acemax M5 for casting audio content using Airplay. 

                        Although the aforementioned devices claim Airplay support, we’d recommend that you buy a Chromecast device instead of as it’s relatively easier to use and there are a bunch of apps that offer native Chromecast support to stream content wirelessly. Google offers the latest Chromecast with Google TV for under $40 but if you simply want a device for Chromecast, you can opt for the Third Gen Google Chromecast that you can get for under $30. 

                        Once you’ve gotten a hold of an Airplay or Chromecast-supported device, you can connect it to your TV and start streaming content using the Airplay or Chromecast option on the relevant app by following instructions from either Method 1 or Method 2 respectively. 

                        Solution B: Download a third-party Android TV app that offers AirPlay support

                        Instead of spending more on additional accessories for your TV, you can use AirPlay on your Android TV with the help of a third-party app. There are a bunch of apps that offer Airplay support on Android TV – AirScreen, AirPlayMirror, and AirPin(PRO) to name a few. All these apps work in a similar fashion but for its simplicity, we recommend using the AirScreen app as it offered a good Airplay experience without any added cost. 

                        To install the app on your TV, you can go to the app’s Google Play Store link above and then select the device you want to install it on from this page. 

                        You can also install the app directly from your TV by launching the Google Play Store app and searching for the app’s name in the search bar. Once the app has been installed, select Open on the app’s loading page. 

                        When the app opens, you’ll see a QR code appear on the TV. You are required to scan this code using the Camera app on your iPhone. The camera will now read this code and prompt you to visit a webpage. Tap on the link available under the scanned portion to go to this webpage.

                        To start broadcasting content on the TV, open an AirPlay supported app on your iPhone and select content you wish to play. In our testing, we’re using the Apple Music app that offers Airplay support built-in to its app. Inside the content’s playback screen, tap on the Airplay icon.

                        Depending on the content you wish to play, you’ll see two Airplay icons – one for streaming video (marked by a rectangle resting on a triangle) and one for audio (marked by concentric circles resting on a triangle). 

                        Tapping on the Airplay option will open up an overflow menu. Select your TV from the list of devices to start playing the selected content. 

                        The AirScreen app on the Android TV will now start looking for content that you’re sharing from the iPhone. 

                        When the content starts playing, it should appear on the TV. 

                        Whenever something is being AirPlayed from your iPhone, you should see the device’s name (in this case, the TV’s name). 

                        The rest of this functionality remains similar to that of using AirPlay on Apple TVs or AirPlay-enabled smart TVs. 

                        Solution C: Go wired with a Lightning to HDMI cable

                        By now, you may have explored all the options that you could use to Airplay content wirelessly and if none of them worked in your favor, the only way to go is a wired connection. You can connect your iPhone to your Android TV using an adapter that converts video signals from your mobile device to a relevant output for the TV.

                        There are a bunch of Lightning to HDMI adapters that you can buy to connect your iPhone to an Android TV but if you’re looking for the official way to get this done, you should check out Apple’s own Lightning Digital AV Adapter that you can purchase for under $50.

                        The Lightning Digital AV Adapter plugs into the Lightning port on your iPhone and you can use an existing HDMI cable to connect the other end of this adapter to that of your TV. Additionally, you have the option to charge your iPhone at the time of casting through the Lightning port that’s available on the adapter itself. 

                        Besides going the official route, you can also buy third-party Apple MFi-certified Lightning-to-HDMI adapters (1,2,3,4) to establish a connection between your iPhone and TV for screencasting.

                        After you connect both your TV and iPhone with a cable/adapter, switch to the specific HDMI input on your TV and allow screen access for the TV on your iPhone when prompted. Once that’s done, all the contents of your screen should be mirrored right back on the TV. 

                        That’s all you need to know about using AirPlay on your Android TV. 


                        How To Set Up And Use Agent Gpt

                        Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools and chatbots have become increasingly popular in 2023, revolutionizing the way we work and communicate. With ChatGPT, Infinity AI, JasperChat, and Dall-E leading the pack, users have been amazed by their impressive features and user-friendly interfaces. However, despite their success, these tools still require a significant amount of human input to achieve the desired results.

                        Enter Agent GPT, a groundbreaking AI agent that can work autonomously, even without continuous input from its human operator. With Agent GPT, you can set up and deploy an AI agent to complete tasks and achieve goals without needing to intervene at every step of the process.

                        See Also: Auto-GPT vs AgentGPT: Understanding the Differences

                        AI tools and chatbots have been on the rise since the beginning of this year. As companies continue to embrace digital transformation, the need for automation has become more critical than ever before. AI-powered tools can help companies automate tedious and repetitive tasks, freeing up their employees to focus on more strategic initiatives.

                        Chatbots, in particular, have become incredibly popular for customer service applications. They can handle customer inquiries and support requests around the clock, reducing the need for human intervention. However, while chatbots can be incredibly useful, they still require significant human input to function correctly.

                        Agent GPT is poised to change this. This autonomous AI agent is designed to automate tasks without any specific prompts or inputs. By feeding Agent GPT its desired name and goals, the AI will take care of the rest, chaining together different LLMs (or “Agents”) to research and produce the desired outcomes.

                        In this article, we’ll explore what Agent GPT is, how it works, and how you can set it up to streamline your workflow and achieve better results.

                        Also Useful: How to create your own AutoGPT AI Agent without any coding

                        As we mentioned earlier, Agent GPT is an autonomous AI agent designed to automate tasks. What sets Agent GPT apart from other AI-powered tools is its ability to learn from its own experiences. By chaining together different LLMs, Agent GPT can plan and execute tasks to achieve set goals. It then scrutinizes the results and thinks of new and better ways to achieve them.

                        This approach helps Agent GPT produce better and more accurate results over time. With its ability to learn from its own experiences, Agent GPT is poised to revolutionize the way we automate tasks and achieve our goals.

                        Agent GPT is an AI platform that empowers users to create and deploy independent AI agents for accomplishing various tasks. Auto-GPT is an AI agent that can receive a natural language goal and strive to accomplish it by breaking it into sub-tasks and utilizing internet and other resources. Auto-GPT operates by taking a set of keywords or phrases as input and generating a coherent and pertinent text output that includes the given information. It is a self-prompting AI agent that eliminates the need for creative and detailed prompts and can generate new prompts if it encounters difficulty in completing a task. Both Agent GPT and GodMode are highly user-friendly applications for utilizing AI agents.

                        Here is a step-by-step guide on how to set up and use Agent GPT:

                        Log in to your OpenAI account using your preferred method.

                        Copy the API key and save it in a convenient location.

                        Paste the API key beside the Key text field.

                        Choose your preferred language from the drop-down menu for Lang.

                        Choose your preferred GPT model from the drop-down menu for Model.

                        Note: It is recommended to keep your account topped up with credits before using GPT 4 as it uses a lot of tokens.

                        Type in your preferred name for the AI Agent beside “Name” at the bottom.

                        Type your preferred goal beside “Goal” at the bottom.

                        You can track the AI’s progress in real-time and observe it creating its own tasks to achieve the defined goal.

                        Auto-GPT is an autonomous AI agent that can function without human input, whereas AgentGPT requires human agents to operate. This means that Auto-GPT can perform tasks on its own, while AgentGPT needs a human operator to create and deploy AI agents.

                        Auto-GPT is primarily designed for data analysis, while AgentGPT is more suitable for creating, configuring, and deploying autonomous AI agents. This means that Auto-GPT is more focused on analyzing data, while AgentGPT is more focused on automating tasks.

                        AgentGPT allows unlimited free tries, but only four tasks can be executed by the bot per free try. This means that users can try out AgentGPT as many times as they want, but only a limited number of tasks can be executed in each try. In contrast, Auto-GPT can generate code for tasks like deploying an e-commerce website, making it more versatile than AgentGPT.

                        Both AgentGPT and Auto-GPT are built on GPT-4, but they have different use cases and features. For instance, AgentGPT allows users to create and deploy autonomous AI agents, while Auto-GPT can generate code for various tasks. The features of each tool make them suited for different use cases.

                        In summary, while AgentGPT and Auto-GPT are both AI agents built on GPT-4, they have different use cases and features. Auto-GPT is more focused on data analysis, while AgentGPT is more focused on creating and deploying autonomous AI agents. Additionally, AgentGPT requires human agents to operate, while Auto-GPT is an autonomous agent that can function on its own.

                        AgentGPT allows unlimited free tries, but only four tasks can be executed by the bot per free try.

                        AgentGPT is primarily designed to work with human agents to complete tasks and may not be suitable for tasks that require complete automation.

                        Like any AI tool, AgentGPT may have limitations in terms of accuracy and reliability, depending on the specific use case and data input.

                        In conclusion, the rise of AI tools and chatbots has transformed the way we work and communicate, and Agent GPT is poised to revolutionize the way we automate tasks and achieve our goals. With its ability to learn from its own experiences, Agent GPT can help users streamline their workflow and achieve better results with minimal human input. Setting up and using Agent GPT is relatively straightforward, and its autonomous nature allows it to function without continuous input from its human operator. While other AI-powered tools like ChatGPT, Infinity AI, JasperChat, and Dall-E have been successful, they still require significant human input to function correctly. In contrast, Agent GPT can operate independently, making it a game-changer for businesses looking to automate tedious and repetitive tasks.

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                        How To Set Up And Use Google Nest Speakers

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                        How to set up Google Nest speakers

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                        Here: The best Google Assistant commands

                        How to control the volume on your Google Nest speaker

                        Lily Katz / Android Authority

                        Some surfaces on the Nest Mini and Nest Audio are touch-sensitive, providing physical controls for volume and playing and pausing music. You can, of course, use voice commands (more on this in a moment), but sometimes touch is simpler or less disruptive.

                        On a Nest Mini, tap the left side of its face to reduce volume, and the right side to increase it ― these directions assume your power cord is facing away from you. Tap the center of the grill to play or pause.

                        The Nest Audio has these sensors on the very top of the speaker. Tap on the left corner to lower the volume, or the right to increase it. Tap in between to play or pause.

                        Meanwhile, the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max have volume rockers located behind their displays on the right-hand side. To play or pause content, just tap the appropriate onscreen icon.

                        Voice commands for volume are extremely intuitive ― if you can think of one, it’ll probably work. Here are a few examples:

                        “Hey Google, set the volume to 5.”

                        “OK Google, increase volume.”

                        “Hey Google, lower volume.”

                        “OK Google, change the volume to 30 percent.”

                        How to mute your Google Nest

                        Read more: The smart home privacy policies of Amazon, Apple, and Google

                        How to reboot your Google Nest

                        Tap and hold on a device’s home screen tile.

                        Select the gear icon, then the triple-dot menu.

                        Tap Reboot.

                        Read next: Here’s how to fix Google Assistant

                        How to enable Guest Mode on Google Nest speakers

                        Lily Katz / Android Authority

                        If you’re hosting a social gathering and want to give others access to your Google Nest speakers without risking personal data, the solution is Guest Mode. You can enable it by saying, “Hey Google, turn on Guest Mode,” and — perhaps unfortunately — disable it with the opposite command. Google seems to assume you’ll be around to keep an eye on guests, or that visitors may not know about Guest Mode in the first place.

                        While Guest Mode is on, a speaker won’t share personal data linked to your Google account, such as Google Calendar events. It also automatically deletes any Assistant activity records or voice recordings, even if you’ve opted into them.

                        Google warns that speakers may save activity linked to various Google or third-party services. If someone asks your Nest Audio to play a YouTube video on your Chromecast, for example, it’s going to affect your video history and recommendations.

                        Next: These are the best third-party Google Assistant speakers

                        Frequently asked questions

                        Without getting too technical, Wi-Fi 6 and 6E are not only faster than Wi-Fi 5, but allow for more simultaneous connections. Wi-Fi 5 can be acceptable — but many people are layering smart home accessories on top of phones, tablets, PCs, media streamers, and wearables, which can be too much to handle. Once a router is saturated, it has to temporarily drop older connections to support new ones.

                        Wi-Fi 6E adds a 6GHz band to the 2.4 and 5GHz bands found on other routers. Most devices don’t support 6GHz yet, but it offers even faster speeds and can further alleviate saturation.

                        Mesh systems improve the coverage of your Wi-Fi, eliminating dead zones and boosting speed and reliability where signal was previously weak.

                        Potentially. While the Nest Audio sounds great for its price, you can get even better bass, fidelity, and volume if you’re willing to spend on something like the Sonos One or Beosound Balance.

                        Google also lacks portable speakers and soundbars. In fact, if you’re looking for living room audio, it might be best to go with Sonos’ Beam or Arc soundbars, since you can switch between TV and music streaming on the fly, killing two birds with one stone.

                        How To Set Up And Use A Ram Drive In Windows

                        A RAM drive or a RAM disk is a hard drive made up of your computer’s RAM. It can’t save data permanently, but it’s incredibly fast. If you want to try it out, you can create a RAM drive with free software and without a single computer upgrade. This article will walk through how you can set up and use a RAM drive on Windows 10 and Windows 11.

                        Using ImDisk Toolkit

                        ImDisk Toolkit is an application for managing virtual drives. It also includes a utility that allows the creation of RAM drives.

                        Download ImDisk from

                        Install the application. Be sure to include all the components during the installation.

                        Windows 11

                        Creating a RAM disk with Windows 11 is way faster than with Windows 10, as you get an “installation finished” message as soon as you initiate the ImDisk setup.

                        Windows 10

                        If you’re on Windows 10 continue with the following steps to finish the RAM disk installation and then restart the system once.

                        Adjust the disk size in the box at the top of the window. We recommend at least 4GB of storage to get a feel for how the disk works.

                        Then unlock the settings pane with your administrator password.

                        Fast Startup speeds up the process of turning on your computer by saving a system state between completely off and hibernation to your hard drive. This happens when the computer writes the contents of your RAM to a stable hard drive. As you may guess, this could mess with your RAM drive’s ability to preserve and track its data. With Fast Startup off, boots may take slightly longer, but it’s doubtful that you’ll notice much.

                        Disabling fast startup will satisfy the warning window, but let’s consider why. This will also allow ImDisk to save your RAM drive’s data to an image file when you shut down your computer. If you don’t, the contents of your RAM drive will be erased completely every time, with no saved image storage. It would also disable the RAM drive’s ability to load the previous content. Basically, the drive would act much more like RAM and much less like a disk. Depending on your use case, that may be disappointing or unusable.

                        Using Your RAM Drive

                        You can access and use it just like any normal hard drive. It shows up in Windows File Explorer just like any other drive.

                        However, a RAM drive is exponentially faster than traditional types of storage. And we mean exponentially. You can verify it yourself using Anvil’s Storage Utilities, a raw speed comparison tool. In the following test, my Windows device C drive registered an overall score of 77.63 Mbps with average read and write speeds of 40.44 and 37.20 Mbps respectively.

                        In comparison, the values for ImDisk RAM drive were off the charts with an overall score of 29675.8 Mbps, along with average read and write scores of 21615 and 8080 Mbps respectively.

                        In most cases, it isn’t feasible to buy more RAM simply to have a bigger RAM disk. However, with between 8GB and 32GB of RAM, you can do some useful things. These include:

                        Video and photo editing: these processes can be resource-intensive, and more traditional means of storage can create a bottleneck slowing them down.

                        Gaming: if you have a lot of RAM, you can run some games from your RAM disk. Imagine how smoothly your games would run if you did this.

                        Statistical modeling: this requires access to data at high speeds. A RAM disk can provide the necessary read/write speeds.

                        Precautions and Recommendations

                        You will need to ensure that data stored on your RAM disk is backed up to an image, of course. Luckily, ImDisk pretty much takes care of this. In addition, if you aren’t using a laptop with a strong battery, you should hook up your PC or laptop to a UPS. This way, if there’s a surge or power outage, you’ll be able to shut down your computer safely without losing data.

                        Frequently Asked Questions What makes a RAM drive so fast?

                        RAM drive is fast by definition because it repurposes the computer’s random access memory (RAM) to serve as temporary file storage. In other words, it functions as the software abstraction of a hard drive.

                        How big can a RAM disk be?

                        The RAM disk size depends on the amount of RAM your computer has at the moment. Under no condition it can exceed that limit. For safety purposes, it is prudent not to assign more than 50% of your PC’s RAM to serve as a RAM disk. For example, if you have 16GB of RAM on your computer, you can allocate up to 8 GB for the RAM drive.

                        When should you use a RAM drive?

                        A RAM drive is most useful for applications where fast data writing and reading is important. It is best suited for highly technical computing tasks where high throughput is mission critical. For example, if you want your computer to perform 3D video rendering, a RAM drive will help you write data much faster than SSD due to faster encoding.

                        Can you use RAM drive as a boot drive?

                        Yes, you can use your laptop or PC RAM drive to boot up your operating system, but we don’t recommend it. The process will be very slow because of the volatile nature of this memory option. As your data is lost entirely each time you disconnect RAM drive, it will take a long time to back up your operating system. Also you need to keep your laptop or PC powered on to avoid RAM drive disconnection while booting.

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                        Sayak Boral

                        Sayak Boral is a technology writer with over eleven years of experience working in different industries including semiconductors, IoT, enterprise IT, telecommunications OSS/BSS, and network security. He has been writing for MakeTechEasier on a wide range of technical topics including Windows, Android, Internet, Hardware Guides, Browsers, Software Tools, and Product Reviews.

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                        How To Set Up And Use A Vpn: A Beginner’s Guide

                        VPN (Virtual Private Network) sounds like an intimidating term, but anyone who has used one will tell you how easy they are to set up and use. In the past, VPNs were mainly an enterprise-level phenomenon. However, privacy-cautious internet users are now relying on VPNs more than ever.

                        You can now get a VPN for a much lower price, set it up within minutes, and ensure your connection’s security and privacy. 

                        Table of Contents

                        This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about setting up and using a VPN.

                        How Does a VPN Help You?

                        VPNs can help you with the following things:

                        Stay Anonymous Online (Always Choose a VPN With a No-Logs Policy)

                        A VPN with a strict no-logs policy doesn’t collect any data when you’re connected to a VPN server. Once you disconnect, it’s almost as if you were never there. 

                        Major VPNs are usually headquartered in countries with no data retention laws, like the British Virgin Islands and Panama.

                        Encrypt Your Internet Traffic

                        A 2023 FTC report revealed that many ISPs (Internet Service Providers) can be at least as privacy-intrusive as ad platforms. Many ISPs have access to your unencrypted activity and can trace that activity back to you.

                        It’s not just your ISP that can access a user’s unencrypted traffic. For instance, when using public WiFi, your data may be vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks. If you need to transfer sensitive documents and use online banking using a public network at a cafe, you should use a VPN.

                        VPNs encrypt your traffic, so anyone who tries to access your online activity won’t be able to decrypt the data even if they get their hands on it.

                        Access Geo-Blocked Websites or Bypass Censorship

                        Say you’re going on a trip to the Maldives. You won’t have access to Netflix U.S. or HBO Max when you get there. Opening Netflix will take you to the Maldives library automatically. You can’t binge-watch your favorite Netflix U.S. show from the Maldives, unless you use a VPN.

                        You can do this by connecting to a U.S.-based VPN server. This will help you acquire a U.S. IP address. When you log into Netflix with a U.S. IP address, the website will think you’re physically located in the U.S. and let you access the U.S. library. You’ll also be able to access platforms like HBO Max that are only available in the U.S. from different countries using a VPN.

                        You can also use VPNs to bypass government censorship. For instance, if you’re traveling to China but need to access Facebook, you’ll need to bypass China’s Great Firewall using a VPN.

                        However, not all VPNs can bypass geoblocks or bypass censorship. You’ll need a VPN that can hide the fact that your IP comes from a VPN server.

                        How to Set Up a VPN

                        Setting up a VPN is an easy three-step process and doesn’t require technical skills. If you need help choosing a VPN, we discuss that in the next section. We’ll use ExpressVPN to illustrate the setup process.

                        Sign up for ExpressVPN from its website.

                        Download the ExpressVPN app for your device and install it. It’s available for all major operating systems, including Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. If you’re on an iPhone/iPad or Android device, you can download the VPN app from the Play Store or the App Store.

                        Launch ExpressVPN and press the power button to connect to a server. It will automatically connect with the best server location, but you can also choose one yourself from the list.

                        Network Lock: ExpressVPN calls its kill switch Network Lock. You’d want to keep this enabled so the app can stop all internet traffic if the VPN connection drops abruptly. This will ensure you never access the internet with an unencrypted connection unexpectedly.

                        Split tunneling: This feature lets you use a VPN connection for specific apps while other apps continue using the unencrypted connection. ExpressVPN lets you create an allowlist (apps that can use the VPN connection) or a blocklist (apps that can’t use the VPN connection).

                        Once you’ve configured the VPN, you can connect to a VPN server and access websites without worrying about security and privacy.

                        3 Best VPNs (Free Alternative Included)

                        There are countless VPN providers, but you’ll want to choose a reliable service to ensure your online security and privacy. We’ve picked the three best VPN services. Two of them were selected based on their feature portfolio and popularity. The third option is a free VPN for those who aren’t looking to spend on a VPN just yet. All listed VPNs have a no-logs policy (they don’t track your activity).

                        ExpressVPN is currently the best VPN available. It offers top-notch security through VPN protocols like OpenVPN, and its proprietary Lightway protocol, combined with AES-256 encryption. 

                        It bypasses geoblocks on almost all streaming services, including Netflix. Since ExpressVPN offers unlimited bandwidth and excellent connection speeds, you can enjoy buffer-free streaming on your favorite streaming platforms. 

                        Note that a VPN connection will slow down your speeds at least marginally in most cases because your traffic will need to travel through an intermediary server (the VPN server). VPNs may improve your speed in some cases where the ISP has been throttling speeds. You can test speeds using the built-in speed test on ExpressVPN.

                        ExpressVPN checks all the boxes—it’s fast, secure, and reliable. The only downside is that it’s expensive. If you’re open to spending extra for a premium service, ExpressVPN might be the right VPN for you. There’s no trial, but you can use the 30-day money-back guarantee to claim a full refund if you don’t like ExpressVPN after using it for a few days.

                        NordVPN comes very close to ExpressVPN in several aspects. It’s almost as fast, secures your internet connection, and offers all the bells and whistles you’ll find on ExpressVPN, like split tunneling.

                        The VPN works on all major operating systems and allows six simultaneous connections (compared to five on ExpressVPN). However, you can install both VPNs on a router. This allows using the VPN for any number of devices as long as they’re connected to that router.

                        The best part? NordVPN costs half of ExpressVPN and offers a 30-day money-back guarantee too. 

                        If you’re looking for an even cheaper alternative, consider Surfshark or CyberGhost. Don’t want a paid VPN? Check the next provider. 

                        The best VPN services are the paid ones. While there are tons of free VPN services, most of them are unreliable and insecure, except a few like Windscribe and Tunnelbear.

                        Windscribe secures your connection just as well as paid VPNs. If you want a free VPN to secure your connection from hackers when using a public WiFi network or hotspots, Windscribe will do that for free.

                        You can install Windscribe on your computer or a mobile device. It also has a browser extension for all popular browsers, including Chrome. 

                        Windscribe is quite easily the best free VPN available, but the free version comes with limitations. The free version has a 10GB monthly data cap. Plus, the speeds are mediocre at best, and you’ll experience occasional buffering when streaming in HD.

                        Ready to Use a VPN?

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