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The first and probably easiest solution would be to use a cloud service from one of the many providers available e.g., Google Drive, iCloud, OneDrive, Amazon Drive and so forth. There are different pricing schemes, sharing options etc. and I would suggest you compare the available options and choose one that fits best for you and your family. By using such a cloud service, you benefit from a relatively easy setup process and already incorporated remote sharing. The downside is that you lose control over your files once they are uploaded to the cloud, from a data protection and privacy sense. You never truly know how your data is being handled and might also get caught up within a breach of your cloud service provider.
Alternatively, you may also consider setting up a small home server or a NAS (Network-attached Storage). There are many options for customers to choose from, depending on their technological know-how and how much control they want, although at least some technological know-how is required to properly set one up. These enable you to have a home shared drive as well as public ones. This can again be achieved with the right know-how or services provided by the manufacturer. Overall, they are more costly initially and more difficult to set up, but enable you to take control of your data, how it is accessed, who can actually view and edit it, track data access and much more.



How can I easily store and share data with my family at home and beyond?

In our home, we want an easy way to share data between different PCs. Most family members have their own laptop or PC. To share data between these PCs, we have thus far used USB sticks to transfer said data. However, since new laptops from different manufacturers seem to favor different ports, it has become more and more of a hassle of the several different adapters needed. Furthermore, the data is often not really required on the PCs themselves, and so they usually end up on external drives and sticks that tend to get hidden away in drawers or lost. The pandemic also made it somewhat harder to exchange data with different family members in such a way.

As was already stated in the problem description, I would again check the positioning of the router. Are there any objects, big or small, in the way of the signal going to the second upper floor? Such objects could interfere with the signal strength. Think of the Wi-Fi signal as beams of light originating from your router that get reflected on each surface until they finally reach your PC or laptop and try to optimize it that way.
Furthermore, you can check your router’s settings for it’s channel settings. To prevent interference from your neighbours Wi-Fi sources the channel settings should be set to “Auto”. You can also try to set it manually, but I would recommend scanning all for Wi-Fis beforehand, with an app like Wifi-Analyzer.
There are also hardware options if you are willing to further invest into better Wi-Fi coverage. Simple Wi-Fi extenders like this one can be placed around your flat to amplify your signal by placing them at key points, e.g. near the stairs where signal might still be acceptable. Also, there are Power-line adapters that modulate your internet communication onto your power lines within your home. These can be hit and miss and depend on your home’s power lines.


How can I deal with a weak Wi-Fi signal?

We live in a 2-story flat, and the Wi-Fi signal works fine on the lower floor, where the router is located. On the second floor however, the signal seems to come in and out, even though the signal strength indicator displays around 50% signal strength. We have tried placing it in multiple locations on the lower floor but are ultimately somewhat restricted by the wall connector. Furthermore, there are no LAN connectors going to the upper floor, or anywhere else in the entire flat.

The answer to this problem is very simple. Firste, you could try to refresh the web browser. If the problem continues, try to connect with another network. If the problem persist, is better to wait to another moment in which less people are connected.


Distribute media within home network

<p>Since I have a PS3, which has a wide range of multimedia functionality, it was always a problem to transfer media from my desktop PC to the PS3. Due to a lack of possibilty to set up a simple network connection between the two devices, I am looking for way to bypass these problems. Of course this is not only a challenge between PS3 and PC, but also between different multimedia devices like e.g. network-capable TVs.</p>
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