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Getting The Most From Your WiFi Device

Don Gillette



Stop Buffering On  Netflix

Do you find yourself screaming at the screen when Netflix pauses at the 85 minute mark of a 90 minute horror movie to buffer the ending?

How about watching Making a Murderer and having the video stop while the audio keeps going? Sure, in a few seconds, the video catches up, but deep down, you’ve already forgotten what just happened because the little voice inside your head said, “Shit! Am I gonna have to start this thing all over again?

It’s midnight and I’ve got the dentist at 7am tomorrow morning…”

Well, if you’re one of the unfortunate few left in the country who has dial-up or you’re not forking over enough $$$ to your ISP for a decent bandwidth, you’re pretty much screwed. The best you can do is set your Netflix viewing options to AUTO or LOW and hope for the best.
However, if you’ve got a decent internet connection and you haven’t just completely pissed off the cable or satellite gods, you may be in luck. There are plenty of things you can do to avoid the Buffer Barrier or the High Plains of Pause.

The first thing you’re going to want to do is unplug your modem and your router. Yes, yes, I know. And no, you can’t just turn them off. You’ve got unplug them and leave them unplugged for 15 seconds. When you plug them back in, there’s a specific order you’ve got to follow, too: modem first, router next. Wait for the modem to boot up before you plug in the router. They’re taking tiny electric pulses and turning them into movies on your magic picture box—give them a minute.

In a lot of cases, those little steps will solve your problems. Cable and network engineers can’t tell you why, and scientists are baffled by the phenomenon, but in 75% of the cases, unplugging any device and plugging it back in fixes it.
If you try that and you’re still not happy with the results, here are some things to try:

  1.  Limit the number of walls and large furniture items the signal has to pass through. If your TV is at one end of the house and your router is at the other end, expecting a strong signal once it passes through a bookcase, a bathroom, the kitchen, and a few bedrooms is unrealistic.
  2.  Put your router near the center of the house on the top floor—or even in the attic. Radio waves travel best going down and laterally. If your router is sitting right next to your desktop computer, consider moving it. Power cords and computer wires can interfere with signals.
  3.  Switch to the 5GHz band if you’re using a dual band router. To find out if you’ve got this capability, go to your network settings on your device and check the available networks. If you see one with “-5G” after your network name, select it.
  4.  Invest in a wireless bridge/range extender. For $20 to $30, these little gadgets plug right into the wall and can double the range of your network.
  5.  Aluminum foil I know—I didn’t believe it either. It looks goofy, but it raised my wireless speed by 30Mbps. You’ll need about 12” of foil. Just tear it off, curve it slightly, and stand it up behind the router. You might not want to do this if your router is in a conspicuous place like the center of the dining room table, but if you’ve got it stuck off in a corner like most people, why not, right?
  6. Hardwire your device to your router. Most routers have at least two Ethernet connectors built in. If your device is close enough to the router (or you’ve got enough cable), you can skip WiFi altogether.
    As a last resort, don’t forget to check your network speed in network settings on your desktop, laptop, or tablet. If you’re paying your ISP for 100Mbps but you’re only getting 20Mbps, a phone call is in order…followed by a long wait and lots of recordings.

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Don Gillette is a novelist, poet, and journalist. His latest book, Old Leather, is available in both paperback and ebook.

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What Disney Movies Are On Netflix? Complete list 2019




Every Disney Category on Netflix

You may have heard of all the secret codes on Netflix before but did you know there are quite a few Disney specific codes too? Here’s a list of all the Disney secret Netflix codes on Netflix.

Bare in mind these codes only work on desktop computers. All you have to do is type this in: http://www.netflix.com/WiAltGenre?agid=INSERTNUMBER and add the code to the end.

Category Name Category Code
Disney 107538
Disney Films 65437
Classic Disney Movies 68780
Disney Channel 100406
Blockbuster Disney Movies 521214
Disney Princess Movies 60719

Every Disney Category on Netflix

Disney Shorts

Cover Title / Description
Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection (2015) IMDb Score: 7.9/10
This collection of 12 short films from Disney includes “Frozen Fever,” the Mickey Mouse short “Get a Horse!” and Oscar winners “Paperman” and “Feast.”

Animated Disney Movies

Cover Title / Description
An Extremely Goofy Movie An Extremely Goofy Movie (1999) IMDb Score: 6.1/10
Goofy’s son Max is eagerly heading to college. When Goofy loses his job, he gets sent back to school himself and ends up at the same college as Max.
Atlantis: The Lost Empire Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) IMDb Score: 6.8/10
This action-filled animated tale follows the exploits of a group of adventurers as they journey under the sea to the fabled kingdom of Atlantis.
Bolt Bolt (2008) IMDb Score: 6.3/10
This tale follows German shepherd Bolt, a canine actor who makes a cross-country trek when he’s mistakenly shipped from Hollywood to New York City.
Brother Bear 2 Brother Bear 2 (2006) IMDb Score: 6.5/10
After awakening from a long hibernation, Kenai and his bear buddy Koda set off on a life-changing mission to help their human friend Nita get married.
Chicken Little Chicken Little (2005) IMDb Score: 5.8/10
No one believes Chicken Little when he tries to warn of an alien invasion — so it’s up to him and his misfit friends to save the world!
Coco Coco (2017) IMDb Score: 8.1/10
On Día de los Muertos, young would-be musician Miguel crosses into the afterlife on a quest to meet his ancestor and understand his family legacy.
Coco (Spanish Version) Coco (Spanish Version) (2017) IMDb Score: 8.1/10
On Día de los Muertos, young would-be musician Miguel crosses into the afterlife on a quest to meet his ancestor and understand his family legacy.
Hercules Hercules (1997) IMDb Score: 7.5/10
The heavenly Hercules is stripped of his immortality and raised on Earth instead of Olympus, where he’s forced to take on Hades and assorted monsters.
Lilo & Stitch Lilo & Stitch (2002) IMDb Score: 7.4/10
Disney’s song-filled animated comedy follows a lonely Hawaiian girl named Lilo who adopts a funny-looking dog and doesn’t realize it’s a wacky alien.
Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has A Glitch Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has A Glitch (2005) IMDb Score: 6.6/10
Just as rowdy alien Stitch begins settling in with his new adopted family, he suddenly goes haywire and reverts to his destructive behavior.
Meet the Robinsons Meet the Robinsons (2007) IMDb Score: 6.8/10
Young Lewis, who’s always wondered why his mother put him up for adoption, may get his answer when Wilbur Robinson whisks him away to the future.
Mulan Mulan (1998) IMDb Score: 7.8/10
Disney brings an ancient legend to life in this animated tale of a tomboy who disguises herself as a man so she can fight with the Chinese Army.
Mulan 2 Mulan 2 (2004) IMDb Score: 6.3/10
Courageous heroine Mulan and her hilarious luck dragon, Mushu, are back for more adventures in this sequel to Disney’s smash hit.
Pocahontas Pocahontas (1995) IMDb Score: 6.9/10
A young American Indian girl tries to follow her heart and protect her tribe when settlers arrive and threaten the land she loves.
Tarzan Tarzan (1999) IMDb Score: 7.3/10
After being shipwrecked off the African coast, a lone child grows up in the wild, and is destined to become lord of the jungle.
The Emperor's New Groove The Emperor’s New Groove (2000) IMDb Score: 7.5/10
In this animated Disney adventure, a South American emperor experiences a reversal of fortune when his power-hungry adviser turns him into a llama.
Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (2014) IMDb Score: 6.8/10
When suspicious scout fairies scheme to capture the fearsome-looking NeverBeast, Tinker Bell and Fawn set out to save the wondrous creature.
The Incredibles 2 on Netflix The Incredibles 2 (2018) IMDb Score: 7.8/10
When Elastigirl gets recruited for a high-profile crime-fighting mission, Mr. Incredible takes on his toughest assignment ever: full-time parenting.



Live Action Disney Movies on Netflix

Cover Title / Description
A Wrinkle in Time A Wrinkle in Time (2018) IMDb Score: 5.1/10
Years after their father disappears, Meg and her younger brother Charles Wallace cross galaxies on a quest to save him from the heart of darkness.
Beauty and the Beast (2017) Beauty and the Beast (2017) (2017) IMDb Score: 6.9/10
Held captive in an enchanted castle where clocks and candlesticks come to life, a brave young woman clashes with a beastly but good-hearted prince.
Bridge to Terabithia Bridge to Terabithia (2007) IMDb Score: 7.1/10
New classmate Leslie unlocks a mesmerizing world of fantasy and imagination for fifth-grader Jesse in this adventure based on the best-selling novel.
High School Musical 3: Senior Year High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008) IMDb Score: 6.4/10
A group of seniors who are having a hard time leaving high school behind stage a musical expressing their hopes and fears about the future.
National Treasure National Treasure (2004) IMDb Score: 6.5/10
Modern treasure hunters search for a chest of riches rumored to have been stashed away by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) IMDb Score: 7.1/10
In the third installment of the swashbuckling series, Capt. Barbossa, Will and Elizabeth set sail for Davy Jones’s locker to rescue Jack Sparrow.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) IMDb Score: 6.6/10
Captain Jack Sparrow finds himself in hot water when Salazar escapes the Devil’s Triangle and makes it his mission to obliterate every pirate at sea.

DisneyNature Titles on Netflix

Cover Title / Description
Born in China Born in China (2016) IMDb Score: 7.2/10
Experience life through the eyes of a giant panda and her young cub, a golden monkey, and a mother snow leopard as they traverse the wilds of China.
Disneynature: Wings of Life Disneynature: Wings of Life (2011) IMDb Score: 7.4/10
This mesmerizing documentary looks at bats, butterflies, hummingbirds and bees – increasingly endangered creatures vital to the world’s food supply.
Growing Up Wild Growing Up Wild (2016) IMDb Score: 7.2/10
Five baby animals from different parts of the world grow up learning to survive in the wild, nurtured by the love and guidance of their families.

Classic Disney Movies

Cover Title / Description
Disney Animation Collection: Vol. 1: Mickey and the Beanstalk Disney Animation Collection: Vol. 1: Mickey and the Beanstalk (2009) IMDb Score: 6.6/10
Mickey and the rest of the gang star in this collection of stories inspired by fairy tales, including “Gulliver Mickey” and “Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip.”
Disney Animation Collection: Vol. 2: Three Little Pigs Disney Animation Collection: Vol. 2: Three Little Pigs (2009) 
The Three Little Pigs refuse to be scared by a hungry wolf — and get a crash course in construction — in this classic anthology.
Disney Animation Collection: Vol. 3: The Prince and the Pauper Disney Animation Collection: Vol. 3: The Prince and the Pauper (2009) 
In a faraway land, a poor lad and a crown prince — who look exactly alike — switch places and soon uncover a plot to overthrow the king.
Disney Animation Collection: Vol. 4: The Tortoise and the Hare Disney Animation Collection: Vol. 4: The Tortoise and the Hare (2009)
In this charming adaptation of Aesop’s classic fable, Max Hare and Toby Tortoise compete in a foot race that pits speed against perseverance.

Other Disney Movies on Netflix

Cover Title / Description
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) IMDb Score: 7.7/10
The ragtag, wisecracking band of miscreants known as the Guardians of the Galaxy return to unravel the mystery of Peter “Star Lord” Quill’s origins.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) IMDb Score: 7.5/10
A former thief leads an eccentric band, including a blind monk and an enemy robot, on a mission to steal plans for a powerful imperial space station.
Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017) IMDb Score: 7.1/10
As the remnants of the Resistance flee Kylo Ren and the First Order, Rey seeks out Luke Skywalker — but he wants nothing more to do with the Force.
Thor: Ragnarok Thor: Ragnarok (2017) IMDb Score: 7.5/10
To save Asgard from a bloodthirsty goddess of death, the mighty Thor will have to battle his way to freedom and find a way back home.
Black Panther on Netflix Black Panther (2018) IMDb Score: 7.4/10
T’Challa, the superpowered new leader of the hidden, highly advanced African nation of Wakanda, strives to protect his home from enemies old and new.
Ant-man and The Wasp on Netflix Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) IMDb Score: 7.1/10
Problems big and small pop up when Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man, gets drafted by Dr. Hank Pym and Hope van Dyne, aka the Wasp, for an urgent rescue mission.
Solo: A Star Wars Story Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) IMDb Score: 7.0/10
A young Han Solo tries to settle an old score with the help of his new buddy Chewbacca, a crew of space smugglers and a cunning old friend.

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How to Outwit Your Kids with Netflix

Betsey Davis



Netflix has gotten quite smart lately, and if you are a parent, you may want to know how.

As parents you may often be battling your kids to go to bed on time, because they want just five more minutes to stay up, or want to keep watching television. Believe me, we have all been there! With every excuse heard, Netflix may have a solution to outwit your children, and get them to bed in an easier and quicker way.

With development in progress with DreamWorks Animation Studios, Netflix has created miniature episodes of your children’s favorite television shows, from popular series like Dinotrux. So how is this a marvelous and helpful solution to outwitting your children? The episodes tell a story, just like the 30-60 minute shows normally would, but in only 5 minutes! Allowing your child to be fully satisfied by watching and listening to a whole story, but in only 5 minutes. How neat is that?

Each show not only tells a full story in 5 minutes, but also shares the best scenes of the longer episode, in this short amount of time. You can find these programs under the “5 Minute Favorites” section on the Netflix site. The shows are geared towards children aged 2-10, and have especially driven towards the children of the U.S. and Canada, because studies have shown that 61% of parents in these countries struggle with getting their children to go to bed at the time they wish.

Next time children ask to stay up for just 5 more minutes, you can let them watch one of Netflix’s new “5 Minute Favorites” and from proven studies, your child should be much more satisfied and willing to go to bed. Netflix is not only keeping us entertained, but now Netflix is making our lives easier! Just another perfect addition to the site. If you are not a subscriber, this may be a good reason to become one!

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How to Fix your Netflix Issues

Betsey Davis




Is there ever a time where you are trying to enjoy Netflix, but Netflix is not cooperating? We may have all the easy fixes to your Netflix problems.


Netflix Unavailable Popup Messages

Many experience the common streaming interruption problem where you may receive a message across your screen that says, “Netflix is Unavailable,” or something similar. If this happens please be assured this is not your fault, but the company’s. If you are experiencing this problem, try one of these various methods:

  • Check Netflix’s CS Twitter feed
    • By doing this, you can see what is going on with Netflix, and how long the service interruption may take. Netflix is very efficient and speedy at figuring out why the site is down, but also is good at keeping communication on what they are doing and when the problems should be fixed.


Internet Connection Issues

If you are personally struggling with streaming problems that are your fault, this can be an easy fix. Is your Netflix down, or is your internet not working, even though it should be? Follow these simple steps to helpfully get back on track to continue watching Orange is the New Black:

  • Restart your iPhone, television, computer, or game console
  • Restart your browser
  • Restart your router
  • Restart your modem
  • Toggle your internet on your device off, then back on
  • Check the WiFi router location
  • Call your internet service provider


Error 1011 and/or 1012

Are you receiving Error 1011 and/or 1012 on your iPhone, or Apple devices? This fix is much easier than you may think!

  1. Go to your iPhone Settings
  2. Go down to Netflix
  3. Click “Netflix”
  4. Under “Netflix Settings” select “Reset”
  5. Press your home button
  6. Return to Netflix

If this method still does not work, try closing out of Netflix, restarting your phone, and open Netflix again once your phone turns back on.


Error 12001

If you are an Android user, you may be experiencing Error 12001, which is similar to the iPhone errors.

  1. Go to Android Settings
  2. Go to Application Manager
  3. Select “Netflix”
  4. Tap on “Clear Data”
  5. Press your home button
  6. Return to Netflix

If this method still does not work, try closing out of Netflix, restarting your phone, and open Netflix again once your phone turns back on.


Error 1016

Another common Apple problem with Netflix is Error 1016, which is a simple fix that you do not even have to go to your settings for.

  1. Swipe up from your home screen to retrieve your bottom menu
  2. Tap Airplane Mode (the picture of an airplane) to turn it on
  3. Tap Airplane Mode to toggle the mode back off
  4. Press your home button
  5. Return to Netflix


Hopefully these tips help fix common Netflix problems you may be experiencing, but if you receive anymore problems, try contacting Netflix directly.

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