Protecting Yourself from Scams

It’s well-known now that there are many types of scams going around, from unsolicited phone calls to computer pop-ups. However, I recently ran into one that I hadn’t heard of yet…

DRN offers an antivirus package of Web Guardian, a product of Webroot. One of our customers received a call from someone claiming to be with Webroot. They told her that her computer was infected and had IP affiliation…


Cyber Security: What is it and how can I protect myself

Hello, My name is David Malsam and I am the Senior Sales Account Executive/IT Analyst for our Aberdeen location.

Cyber Security is defined as techniques, processes, and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage, or unauthorized access. We have heard of data breaches from companies like Target, Equifax and Ebay. The thing to remember is that the bad…



Good morning from a frigid North Dakota.  Hoping you all had a very wonderful and safe Christmas and New Year’s.  Today I’m going to talk about procrastination and how it’s not always a very good decision. 

I’ve been selling Security, Surveillance, and Home Automation systems for almost 8 years now.  I’ve seen all the positive results that come from letting technology help us in our everyday li…


DRN University

Have you ever wondered how DRN employees gain the knowledge necessary to perform the work they do each day to better serve you, our valuable customers?  At DRN, we are proud to promote a learning environment.  Our Board of Directors understands the importance of training and invests in the education of DRN’s workforce.   

In cooperation with the Board, DRN’s Leadership Team is committed to empl…


Calix 844E Wi-Fi Router

An average of seven active Wi-Fi connected devices per household is the reason there is a need to offer a Wi-Fi router that meets current Wi-Fi standards. Hardwired devices such as PC’S and desktop computers make up less than twenty five percent of total network traffic.

While the internet speeds DRN offers are “Up To” those connections are generally consistent to the network interface device…


The Importance of Anti-Virus

We see and hear about it on the news all the time.  Somebodies system got hacked and private information was potentially stole, or people’s computers getting hacked and all their files and data getting encrypted.  Unfortunately, things like this are happening more than people know and hear about. I find it surprising that there are still so many systems out there that aren’t protected by an antiv…


A Safer Holiday Season

All through the house, not a creature was stirring except for the mouse.  The computer mouse that is!  Yes, it is that time of year when people are busy online shopping and writing Christmas letters.

As the number of days dwindle before Christmas, the hustle and bustle and perhaps even panic attacks increase!  “I have only 15 days to find the perfect gift for that hard to buy for Aunt Ann.”  Af…


Talk to Me

Machine to machine (M2M) is a broad label that can be used to describe any technology that allows network devices to communicate without manual assistance of humans.

Much of M2M today is used for remote monitoring. For example the Coke machine can tell the vendor what is needed for the next delivery or to tell the power and water company your meter readings.  M2M uses Wi-Fi, cellular, RFID, to …


Digital TV Updates!

Hello!  This is Tim Steinwand, Digital TV Conversion Lead here at DRN.  This time for my blog post, I’d like to answer a few questions regarding the project that people are asking.  Hopefully this will answer some that you may be having.

First, this reminder that as of March 1, 2018, ALL TV’s will need to have a DTA box or M-Card device to get the DRN TV signal.  There is some information goi…


What is the Internet of Things?

You’ve probably heard the term before as the advances in technology continue to grow. The Internet of Things often time seen as IoT is literally what it sounds like, things with internet. Pretty much anything with power and internet or WIFI capabilities. The Internet of Things include everything from cars, to lights, air conditioners/heaters, headphones, washing machine, refrigerators etc. the l…


Video is Your Friend

Hello again!  Last time I joined you I chatted about posting on Facebook in general.   Today I would like to elaborate on that slightly and talk about the use of video.  Seventy-eight percent of people watch videos online every week and 55% watch videos online daily.  Let’s pause for just a moment, have you watched any videos yet today?  Probabl…


Is your WiFi KRACK’d?

Recently some major announcements were made about a security vulnerability called KRACK in WiFi password security.  While I could bore you with the details of how the hackers could exploit this, the important thing to know is that its legit and you should definitely take action.  This affects residential systems as well as business systems and the main reason this is a problem for most users is b…


What is Project Management?

We live in a world where there are projects that need to be completed everywhere.  At work, at home, at school, within our organizations and clubs, really everywhere we look we are talking about a project  that needs to be completed.  So have you ever been frustrated on how long a project is taking?  Or been displeased with how much additional a project ends up costing?  Or unhappy with the final…


National TV Advertising!

Ever wondered how DRN has a: 30 second commercial airing while you’re watching your favorite sports team,  home makeover or reruns of some of your favorite shows on TBS, TNT or USA?

It’s true…DRN can now share the value of your business with a: 30 second commercial on ten different National Networks in our service territory.  Choose from ESPN, HGTV, USA, TNT, TBS, DISCOVERY, ESPN2, LIFETIME, CN…


October is Coop Month

Hello, my name is Troy Radermacher and I’m the Accounting Manager at DRN.  I’ve had the pleasure to be a part of the cooperative environment at DRN for 15 years.

Since October is Coop month, I’m going to discuss the history and benefits of being a part of a cooperative.  Cooperatives are businesses owned and run by and for their members.  Those members control how it operates and share in the p…