Sarah Kimmel

Sarah is a mom who fixes technology (as her daughter puts it, “you can fix ANYTHING electronic!”). She has been in the IT industry supporting small businesses for over 10 years, and now offers free tech help and tips on her blog, FamilyTechZone.com, where she helps families navigate the awesome and sometimes scary world of technology.

Articles by Sarah Kimmel

5 Tips for the Ultimate Viewing Party

  Planning a viewing party can seem like a huge undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be! The most essential thing is making sure everyone can see, hear and sit comfortably. Here are several pieces of technology that can help you figure out how to host a memorable event. Try an Evite First things first:…

Surround-Sound Quality in Any Space

We all love going to the movies and feeling like we’re in the middle of the action – whether that’s sitting on the beach with the waves lapping, in a field with birds chirping or on a busy city street. Surround sound is what brings these experiences to life and immerses you in the movie….

Choosing the Right Gaming Console

  When it comes to buying a new gaming console, it can seem like choices are endless. Whether you like a particular type of game or a particular type of experience, there is an ideal console out there for you. In this handy guide, we’ll help you find the one that suits you best. Casual…

Setting Up Your Dorm Room Router

Let’s face it, campus WiFi (if it’s even offered) can leave a LOT to be desired. It’s really not their fault, though. There are only so many routers you can install on campus, and you have to compete with all the other hundreds – or even thousands – of students in the area. When most…

How to Protect Your Data on Free WiFi Networks

It’s awesome that most restaurants and coffee shops come with free WiFi these days. You can write that term paper with a constant drip of coffee, but do you know the risks of open wireless networks? Malicious folks can very easily hang out at the local coffee shop with free WiFi, scan other computers for…

Essential Tech Your Backpack Should Not Be Without

Your dorm or apartment is way across campus, and you have classes all day. When walking around school, you pretty much live out of your backpack. This is why it should be stocked full of the items you will need to get you through your classes and your day. We are going to assume that…

Tips for Getting Your Kids to Turn Off

As much as it can give you a very much needed respite from the kids, you definitely don’t want them to spend all day on their devices (or maybe some days you do). Too much screen time can affect your children, and so it’s a great idea to make sure your kids are limiting the…

Automating Your Home

The easiest thing to start automating is your shopping. There are buttons you can place in your house where all you have to do is press them and it will ship specific items to you automatically. You can also sign up for a service and do your grocery shopping online. They will either deliver your…

Setting Up Internet in a New Home: What to Do

Quality Infrastructure If the modem you lease (or purchased) from the carrier does not provide sufficient wireless coverage, you can purchase a second high-quality wireless router to place behind your modem. These routers tend to have a better radio in it, but be sure to still use the modem provided by the carrier. Placement Once…

5 Tips for the Ultimate Viewing Party

  Planning a viewing party can seem like a huge undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be! The most essential thing is making sure everyone can see, hear and sit comfortably. Here are several pieces of technology that can help you figure out how to host a memorable event. Try an Evite First things first:…

Surround-Sound Quality in Any Space

We all love going to the movies and feeling like we’re in the middle of the action – whether that’s sitting on the beach with the waves lapping, in a field with birds chirping or on a busy city street. Surround sound is what brings these experiences to life and immerses you in the movie….

Choosing the Right Gaming Console

  When it comes to buying a new gaming console, it can seem like choices are endless. Whether you like a particular type of game or a particular type of experience, there is an ideal console out there for you. In this handy guide, we’ll help you find the one that suits you best. Casual…

Setting Up Your Dorm Room Router

Let’s face it, campus WiFi (if it’s even offered) can leave a LOT to be desired. It’s really not their fault, though. There are only so many routers you can install on campus, and you have to compete with all the other hundreds – or even thousands – of students in the area. When most…

How to Protect Your Data on Free WiFi Networks

It’s awesome that most restaurants and coffee shops come with free WiFi these days. You can write that term paper with a constant drip of coffee, but do you know the risks of open wireless networks? Malicious folks can very easily hang out at the local coffee shop with free WiFi, scan other computers for…

Essential Tech Your Backpack Should Not Be Without

Your dorm or apartment is way across campus, and you have classes all day. When walking around school, you pretty much live out of your backpack. This is why it should be stocked full of the items you will need to get you through your classes and your day. We are going to assume that…

Tips for Getting Your Kids to Turn Off

As much as it can give you a very much needed respite from the kids, you definitely don’t want them to spend all day on their devices (or maybe some days you do). Too much screen time can affect your children, and so it’s a great idea to make sure your kids are limiting the…

Automating Your Home

The easiest thing to start automating is your shopping. There are buttons you can place in your house where all you have to do is press them and it will ship specific items to you automatically. You can also sign up for a service and do your grocery shopping online. They will either deliver your…

Setting Up Internet in a New Home: What to Do

Quality Infrastructure If the modem you lease (or purchased) from the carrier does not provide sufficient wireless coverage, you can purchase a second high-quality wireless router to place behind your modem. These routers tend to have a better radio in it, but be sure to still use the modem provided by the carrier. Placement Once…