Jumping Into The World Of VR – The Basics

Have you ever wanted to experience a different side of life? Now you can change up your reality by going virtual! Virtual reality (VR) isn’t a new technology. In fact, it’s been around for decades. But in the past five to 10 years, VR as a source of entertainment has really taken off–and it’s made possible by Northern Lights Fiber.

Read on to discover more about our “new reality” in this Q&A for virtual reality beginners. 

Q: What is VR? 

A: Virtual reality is a combination of hardware and software that offers you a unique and immersive experience. VR allows you to enter a world of pretend—but one that can feel quite real!  

When you put on the headset, it’s like stepping into another dimension. Every sight, every sound, and every movement is simulated, created through thousands of hours of design, development, and rendering by 3D artists, photographers, and videographers.  

Q: What do you need to make the most out of VR? 

A: To become immersed in the VR experience, you’ll need a VR headset. This chunky piece of gear consists of a frame mounted over your head, which covers your eyes. The shape could probably compare to an old-fashioned View-Master. Within the headset, there is a screen that sits at a fixed distance from your eyes.  

The headset completely surrounds the eyes. The goal is to block out the world outside, allowing you to become immersed in the experience. The headset has a Stereoscopic 3D display, stereo sound, and motion-tracking sensors. Some VR sets also utilize handheld controllers to enable more abilities and range of movement inside the simulation. 

Q: What’s it like? 

A: Most people would say that you can’t truly understand the experience of VR until you experience it for yourself. Some people report motion sickness after use, which speaks to the intensity of the experience. 

Different headsets have various motion-tracking capabilities, allowing you to move both your head and body to navigate the virtual reality you’re seeing. Current VR headsets have a limited FoV, or field of vision, which means that what you see through the headset is a bit narrower than what you would see with your eyes. This means the headset will present the virtual world surrounded by a black border, so it’s kind of like peering through ski goggles. 

Q: Who uses VR? 

A: Pretty much anyone can use VR. At the moment, VR is mainly used by gamers, but it has surprisingly useful real-world applications as well.  

Some people love to use VR for socialization. Unlike typical video games, where you can talk or text with your friends, VR personalizes the experience, allowing you to create realistic avatars and thriving social communities. It has also become an exciting alternative for real estate agents looking to show houses for sale. With VR, buyers can see more properties in less time, often without leaving the comfort of their home or the real estate office.  

VR also enhances specific careers. It’s an incredible tool to help employees simulate training or certification, like handling industrial equipment or flying an aircraft. It is also used by the military, law enforcement, and other first responders to simulate a wide range of experiences for training purposes. In clinical settings, VR is used in psychiatry to help treat patients with PTSD and phobias. In hospitals, it’s a low-risk way to train personnel to handle challenging situations, and it has also introduced specialized medical procedures to doctors in third-world countries.  

Where Will You Go First? 

There’s truly no limit to the places you can go with virtual reality. And with our high-speed, you can enjoy this mind-bending technology from right in your very own home!

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Why You Should Ditch DSL and Cable for Fiber

Why You Should Ditch DSL and Cable for Fiber

Not all internet options are created equal. All it takes is one missed virtual meeting or one lagging video game to realize that your current internet speeds may not be sufficient. If you aren’t happy with your current speeds, you may want to look into other options. But which service is best for you? Let’s explore the speed, reliability, and bandwidth of the three major service delivery options—landline telephone line (DSL), cable TV line (cable), and fiber-optic line (fiber)—to understand why fiber is the clear choice for today’s citizens of the internet.

Internet Speed

Fiber-optic broadband, which uses glass, offers faster internet speeds over greater distances than its copper-based competitors such as DSL and cable. “Fiber to the Home” (FTTH) internet service providers (ISP) boast gigabit-level speeds up into the 100–1,000 Mbps range—several times faster than the maximum offered by its counterparts. Comparatively,DSL speeds max out at about 45 Mbps, while cable hits top speed at 300 Mbps. While that may sound like more than you’ll ever need, the capacity and speed of cable and DSL fluctuate during times of demand, which can leave you lagging when you have a pressing deadline or virtual meeting to attend.

Internet Reliability

Simply put, if reliability is important to you, choose fiber. DSL and cable experience significant slowdowns during peak hours and during extreme weather conditions such as drastic temperature changes and flooding. Fiber alone withstands all of these conditions, including the heave usage of peak hours. Keep in mind that unplanned downtime adds a serious cost to both your productivity and bottom line.

Internet Usage

Don’t make the mistake of underestimating your internet usage. The reality of technology advancements is that most of us are now high-capacity users. How many desktops, laptops, tablets, phones, and gaming systems are competing for bandwidth in your home? Do you stream Netflix or Hulu or videos on YouTube? Do you play video games or games on your phone? Do you have a security system or a video doorbell monitor that requires internet connection to function? What about a home assistant device? Even smart appliances like washers, dryers, and refrigerators usually need an internet connection. As we get more connected, a lightning-fast internet connection becomes increasingly important.

Ready to make the switch to fiber? If you’re in Wembley, you can signup buy clicking HERE.

Otherwise, contact Northern Lights Fiber or Canadian Fiber Optics 1-888-236-2947 today!

Understanding Speed Test Results

Understanding Speed Test Results

Testing the speed of your internet connection is easy, but it’s also easy to misunderstand the results. Your devices — TVs, routers, smartphones, laptops, desktops, etc. — have different capabilities, and you can get different results on each one, even while using the same internet connection. 

This is particularly noticeable to users taking advantage of higher speed packages offered by Northern Lights Fiber (Powered by Canadian Fiber Optics). 

Here are a few things to keep in mind when evaluating your speed test results:


That old-school cord-and-plug is simply more reliable than WiFi (wireless) connectivity. Even those super-fast 1 Gbps connections, now widely available across the country, won’t test out at higher than 500 to 700 Mbps when tested over WiFi. For the most accurate speed test result you must test with a hard-wired device. 

Why? Because there are nearly endless variables that can negatively affect a WiFi signal, everything from nearby construction or the wireless printer in the home office to a baby monitor or microwave in use in the home. 

Keep in mind that one limitation with a hard-wired connection is testing with a device that has a 100 Mbps NIC (Network Interface Card). This can cause you to consistently receive speed test results at 90-98 Mbps. Northern Lights Fiber recommends testing on a device that has a 1 Gbps NIC. 


Slow internet speeds are sometimes caused by malware such as adware and viruses. There are several free and inexpensive programs and apps to deal with that, and they’re important to use for many reasons. 

This also sounds obvious, but it’s very easy to overlook any ongoing downloads or programs like video chat that may be turned on while you’re conducting a speed test on your device. Close these applications, reboot your device, and test again. 

Even the browser you use — Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Microsoft’s new Edge, etc. — can affect your test speed. Try different browsers to see if that’s the case on your system. 

If you have a WiFi extender, make sure you turn it off before you run a speed test. Otherwise, your computer may test the wrong connection. 

This brings us to a final point about equipment. Technology advances constantly, and many older routers and computers simply cannot take full advantage of the blazing speed and bandwidth of today’s fiber broadband connectivity. 

When you’re ready to upgrade your technology, make sure your new equipment has the network cards and internal processing power that can leverage the speed of market-leading fiber broadband like that from Northern Lights Fiber (Powered by Canadian Fiber Optics).