Email Safety Tips

Attention daktel.com email users-
Don’t click the links!

There has been a mass of scam emails going around pretending to be from us, Dakota Central. We did not send these messages! It could be anything from your account will be de-activated, your bill is past due, update your account following a service outage, and others.

These messages will either include a link for you to click and enter your account information, or reply to the email.
DO NOT enter your account information or reply to these messages! Once you “log in”, they have your password and your account is hacked. After an account has been compromised, hackers use your account to send spam messages to gain access to other accounts, creating a snowball effect.

What you can do:

  • Delete and disregard the email messages. Or, if you think it might be legitimate, visit our website directly instead of clicking on links in the message to log into your account, to ensure you are on the correct website.
  • If you happened to enter your information, call us right away to reset your password and secure your account
  • Just to be safe- if you have an old or short password it should be reset to a longer, stronger password
  • Tell your friends and family to be careful and never click the links!
BEK TV Update

In regards to Dakota Central’s BEK TV channels, we want our customers to know that it is our full intention to keep the BEK channels on our lineup. We are actively negotiating with BEK to keep the channels at an affordable rate. They are asking unrealistic rates, and due to the already rising rates of TV content we are conscious of how any increases will affect our customers. We appreciate your input on the matter, and hope to come to a fair resolution soon. 

We have reached an agreement with BEK and are pleased to confirm that we will continue to provide BEK Sports to our TV subscribers.

Business Spotlight: The Farmstead

The Farmstead, founded by Bonnie Hofmann, has quickly become more than just a local eatery; it’s a manifestation of dreams and a hub for community connection. Since its doors swung open in May 2023, this quaint Medina café has been serving up not just delicious treats but also a unique atmosphere that sets it apart from the rest.

Inspired by personal challenges and the desire to better her community, Bonnie’s journey led her to dream beyond just a café—a dream she’s had since she was a kid. Her dream began to feel more like a reality when the opportunity arose to purchase the old Medina General Store. With the building being large enough for multiple businesses, Bonnie decided to tackle the growing need for childcare first by renovating the larger area of the building with her husband and kids. Now, since the continuation of the renovations has been completed, Bonnie’s dream of having a café has come to life. The building, now housing both The Farmstead and the Country Kids Corral daycare, forms a harmonious relationship; each business contributing to the other’s sustainability.

“It was my desire to serve in my community that really pushed me to pursue this,” Bonnie said.

What sets The Farmstead apart is a commitment to being more than just a place to grab a quick bite. Bonnie’s journey, from a chef’s assistant at a Colorado dude ranch to experiences in burger and ice cream shops, forms the culinary backbone of The Farmstead. A Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Energy Management adds a business perspective. The menu, inspired by Bonnie’s travels, boasts specialty drinks, espresso delights, and a diverse array of breakfast and lunch options different from
the other choices in town.

“I also wanted the full coffee experience,” Bonnie explained. “I know how much the teachers in Medina love coming to get a specialty coffee and it makes my heart so happy.”

At The Farmstead, it’s not just about the food; it’s about creating an atmosphere where the community thrives. The peace that permeates the space makes it an ideal spot for both a casual latte catch-up and a cozy meal.

Despite quickly becoming a local gem, The Farmstead faces the typical challenges of a small business. Establishing brand recognition in a new market proves to be a difficulty, with passing foot traffic often oblivious to the café’s existence. Bonnie is also juggling multiple responsibilities, from being a parent of four to ensuring the success of more than one business–a delicate dance of time management that has kept Bonnie on her toes. Striking the right balance between being adequately staffed and maintaining a consistent schedule is an ongoing concern. Bonnie is hopeful that by summer, with the help of high schoolers, she will be able to go back to being open five days a week. Until then, she has decided to always be open on Thursdays and Fridays. Check out The Farmstead’s Facebook page for schedule updates and specials.

Behind the scenes, Dakota Central plays a pivotal role in The Farmstead’s operations.

“Dakota Central set up a network in my building to add both security and public Wi-Fi,” Bonnie explained. “I told them what I needed, and they were able to install it. From multiple computers, TVs, and a POS system, to multiple phone lines, everything works flawlessly.”

Peering into the future, Bonnie has grand plans for The Farmstead. Beyond just being a café, retail sales featuring floral arrangements and a boutique are on the horizon. This expansion aims to transform the café into a one-stop local shop, offering not only delectable treats but also a curated selection of gifts, fashion, and décor.

For Bonnie, the joy of running The Farmstead is deeply rooted in connecting with customers and letting creativity flow into the culinary creations. After pouring so much time and energy into it, the café is more than a business; it’s a canvas for expression, where every recipe tells a story, and every customer interaction adds a stroke of color.

Gadget Gift Guide 2023

This holiday season, make a statement with gifts that go beyond the ordinary. Dive into our Gadget Gift Guide and discover the perfect tech treasures that will leave your loved ones in awe!

Portable Projector

For the movie lover

An affordable option for home use, the TOPTRO portable projector can help you create your dream home theater. Using an ultra-fast 5 gHz Wi-Fi connection, it makes movie night a breeze. Popcorn not included. Currently available at Walmart for $99.99.

TOPTRO Portable Projector, 5G WiFi Bluetooth 5.2, 1080P Supported, for Home Theater, Outdoor Party, Gifts for Famlily – Walmart.com

Bird Buddy Smart Bird Feeder

For the avid birdwatcher

See bird friends up close and personal with this smart bird feeder. With a high-resolution smart camera and bird arrival notifications, the AI bird species recognition and in-app learning experience will make them the bird expert they’ve always strived to be. Available from mybirdbuddy.com starting at $199.99.

Bird Buddy: Home (mybirdbuddy.com)

Oura Ring

For the health nut

One of the smartest health wearables recently developed, this ring accurately tracks heart rate, sleep cycles, and activity, then provides insight and guidance based on what it tracks. Considering how discreet it is, that’s quite a feat of engineering. Available from ouraring.com for $299.

Oura Ring. Smart Ring for Fitness, Stress, Sleep & Health.

Meater Smart Thermometer

For the grill master

This wireless thermometer takes incredibly accurate readings in two seconds and paired with the mobile app, will have you cooking like a pro. Giving you suggested cook times to reach desired results, you’ll achieve grilling perfection every time! Available at meater.com for around $80.

MEATER® | Wireless Smart Meat Thermometer | For BBQ & Kitchen Cooking

AeroGarden Harvest Indoor Garden

For the (not so) green thumb

It’s nearly impossible to accidentally kill anything growing in this self-watering, self-lit planter. The AeroGarden Harvest is an indoor hydroponic gardening system that grows vegetables, herbs, and flowers in water without the mess of soil. Available at aerogarden.com starting at $48.97.

AeroGarden: Indoor Gardens, Grow Lights, Seed Kits and More

Hatch Restore

For the night owls

Short of sleeping potion, Hatch’s sound and light machines help even the worst sleepers catch some quality zzz’s. Or choose the Rest version, made specially for littles. Everyone will wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day! Available from hatch.co starting at $69.99.

Devices to Help You Sleep Better | Hatch

Notice of E-mail Service Update

email account notice

Attention daktel.com e-mail users,

As you were recently notified by mail, we will soon be adding new features to enhance your daktel.com e-mail service, effective Wednesday, November 15, 2023. We hope the new features make your e-mail more convenient and manageable!

If you utilize webmail to access your e-mail account you will see a difference in the appearance of the platform, which can be accessed at https://mail.daktel.com.

Your e-mail spam filter will still be accessed at https://spamfilter.daktel.com.

If you have trouble accessing your account after November 15, a quick restart of your device should resolve any issues you may be having. If not, please contact us or stop by one of our offices!

What is Fiber?

Simply put, fiber is the way in which service is delivered to your home. In telecommunications, fiber-optic cables are thin strands of glass or plastic that are used to transmit data in the form of light pulses. These cables are designed to carry information over long distances and at high speeds, making them a crucial part of modern communication networks. Dakota Central began its Fiber-To-The-Home project in 2000, as the first company in North Dakota to deploy a fiber network!

Here’s how fiber-optic cables work:

Light Transmission: Instead of using electrical signals to transmit data, fiber-optic cables use light pulses. A laser or light-emitting diode (LED) generates these light pulses, which travel through the core of the fiber-optic cable.

Total Internal Reflection: The core of the fiber-optic cable is surrounded by a cladding layer with a lower refractive index. This design allows for total internal reflection, which means that the light pulses can travel through the core without significant loss of signal strength.

Data Transmission: The light pulses represent binary data (0s and 1s). By modulating the intensity or frequency of the light, data can be transmitted rapidly and accurately through the fiber-optic cable.

Fiber-optic cables offer several advantages over traditional copper cables, including:

Higher Bandwidth: Fiber-optic cables can carry much more data compared to copper cables. This high bandwidth makes them ideal for transmitting large amounts of information, such as high-definition video and complex data.

Faster Speeds: Data can be transmitted at the speed of light through fiber-optic cables, providing incredibly fast communication and internet speeds.

Low Latency: Fiber-optic connections have lower latency, which means that there is minimal delay in transmitting data signals. This is especially important for real-time applications like online gaming and video conferencing.

Less Signal Degradation: Unlike copper cables, fiber-optic signals do not degrade as much over long distances. This allows for reliable communication over extended geographical areas.

Immunity to Electromagnetic Interference: Fiber-optic cables are not affected by electromagnetic interference, making them suitable for areas with high electrical interference.

Due to these advantages, fiber-optic technology is widely used in various applications, including internet connections, telephone systems, cable television, and networking infrastructure. Curious about how fiber-optic technology benefits you? Follow the link below for more information!

Get Schooled on Cyber Safety

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to brush up on best practices for protecting your devices, data, and privacy online. Get educated on Internet Security 101!

You can protect yourself online by following a few simple steps. Here are a few cybersecurity essentials that everyone should be aware of:

Using Strong, Unique Passwords

Your password is the first line of defense against cyber threats. Ensure your passwords are strong, unique, and not easily guessable. Avoid using common passwords like “password123” or “admin” and consider using a password manager to keep track of your credentials securely.

Being Alert for Phishing Scams

Phishing scams are one of the most prevalent online threats. Cybercriminals use deceptive emails, messages, or websites to trick individuals into revealing sensitive information such as login credentials or financial details. Always scrutinize unexpected emails, especially those requesting personal or financial information, and verify the sender’s authenticity.

Thinking Before Clicking on Links/Attachments

Exercise caution when clicking on links or opening attachments, even if they appear to come from trusted sources. Hover over links to preview the actual URL and ensure it matches the expected destination. If something seems off, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Keeping Software Updated

Outdated software can leave your devices vulnerable to security exploits. Regularly update your operating system, applications, and antivirus software to ensure you have the latest security patches and protections.

Using Antivirus Protection

Invest in reliable antivirus software to protect your devices from malware, viruses, and other online threats. An effective antivirus program can detect and prevent malicious software from infiltrating your system.

Avoiding Public Wi-Fi for Shopping and Banking

Public Wi-Fi networks may not always be secure, making them hotspots for cybercriminals to intercept sensitive data. When conducting online shopping or banking transactions, opt for secure, private networks or use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) for added protection.

Recognizing Secure Websites

When sharing personal or financial information online, ensure you are on a secure website. Look for “https://” in the URL and a padlock icon in the browser’s address bar, indicating a secure, encrypted connection.

So, as autumn arrives and you embark on your back-to-school adventures, make sure that cybersecurity is at the top of your list. Arm yourself with cyber smarts and safeguard your digital life!

For built-in protection, get Dakota Central’s ProtectIQ on the Command IQ app today. Give us a shout and ask about Premium Managed Wi-Fi!

More Bang For Your Buck

Dakota Central Home

We’ve increased your internet speed!

In today’s digital age, the internet has become an integral part of our daily lives. Whether you’re working from home, streaming your favorite shows, or connecting with loved ones across the globe, a fast and reliable internet connection is essential. As your broadband provider, we have recognized the importance of higher speeds and have recently increased our internet packages to give you more speed, for the same price! Our new internet speeds are as follows:

Basic:    250 x 250 Mbps
Social:   500 x 500 Mbps
Pro:        750 x 750 Mbps

Gig:        1000 x 1000Gbps

In addition to bumping each tier to a higher speed, we’ve made all packages ‘symmetrical’. This means the upload and download speeds are the same, improving quality, reducing latency and lag, giving you a better experience overall. Curious why you might need more speed? Let’s explore the significance of increased internet speeds and we’ll share some valuable tips to help you get the most out of your broadband connection!

1. Faster Speeds = Improved Productivity:

One of the most significant benefits of faster internet speeds is the boost in productivity. In a world where remote work and online learning have become the norm, a speedy internet connection ensures that you can seamlessly participate in video conferences, upload/download large files, and access cloud-based applications without frustrating lags and delays. Faster speeds enable you to work efficiently, saving you time and reducing frustration.

2. Buffering Be Gone:

With faster internet speeds, you can bid farewell to those endless loading circles and low-resolution video quality. High-definition streaming becomes a reality, allowing you to enjoy your favorite movies, TV shows, and live sports events without interruptions.

3. Lag-Free Gaming:

Gamers, rejoice! Fast internet speeds can be a game-changer for your gaming experience. Reduced lag and latency mean that you can compete online with lightning-fast reactions and minimal disruptions. This is especially crucial for competitive gaming, where split-second decisions can make all the difference.

4. Multiple Devices, No Problem:

In today’s households, multiple devices are often connected to the internet simultaneously. Whether it’s smartphones, tablets, laptops, smart TVs, or IoT devices, faster internet speeds ensure that everyone can use the internet without slowing each other down. This is essential for households with family members working, studying, and streaming simultaneously.

But remember, the speed you subscribe to is shared amongst all your devices, so you may not get the full subscribed speed on each device when running speed tests. The good news is that you should have plenty of bandwidth to go around if you’re on the right package!

Tips for Maximizing Your Internet Connection:

If you don’t feel like you’re getting the speed you should, here are a few ways to make sure your connection is up to par!

1. Optimize Your Wi-Fi: Place your router in a central location within your home, away from obstructions, and consider investing in Premium Managed Wi-Fi from Dakota Central. If your home is big enough, or multiple levels, you may need additional access points to improve the range of your Wi-Fi signal. Additionally, use a strong, unique password to secure your Wi-Fi network to prevent unauthorized users from slowing down your connection.

2. Use Ethernet Connections: Whenever possible, connect devices directly to your router using Ethernet cables. Wired connections tend to be faster and more stable than wireless (or Wi-Fi). As a rule of thumb, when running speed tests on Wi-Fi, you will typically get 80% of your subscribed speed, and will see a decrease for each device connected, especially streaming or gaming.

3. Reduce Background Downloads: Large downloads, software updates, and cloud backups can consume a significant portion of your bandwidth. Schedule these tasks during non-peak hours to avoid slowing down your internet when you need it most.

4. Regularly Restart Your Router: Rebooting your router can help refresh your connection and resolve minor issues that may be affecting your speed. Simply unplug the power cord, wait about 30 seconds, and plug back in to reboot!

5. Remember- we’re always here to help! If you have concerns about the quality of your internet connection, don’t hesitate to reach out!

From increased productivity to better entertainment experiences, a fast and reliable broadband connection can greatly improve your quality of life. However, as you can see many factors contribute to your Wi-Fi speed and strength. By following these tips, you can ensure that you’re getting the most out of your internet connection!

Business Spotlight – Cows & Co. Creamery

Maartje and Casey Murphy, the founders of Cows & Co Creamery, serve as the driving force and visionaries of the business based just outside Carrington on a quaint farm. In just over five years, the small homemade gelato company, originally Duchessa Gelato, has grown to reach customers nationwide. Now selling made-from-scratch artisan gouda cheese, cheese curds and gelato, you can purchase their products from their on-farm store (the Milkhouse) or Creamery Café, at their Brewhalla location in Fargo, pre-order online for delivery to ten different cities state-wide, or have gouda shipped nation-wide. “Cows & Co was inspired by the feeling of enjoying a fresh scoop of gelato on the patio where I’m from in the Netherlands,” Maartje explained. “I wanted to bring that piece of home here to North Dakota, using fresh milk right from Vanbedaf Dairy, my family dairy farm.” Before establishing Duchessa Gelato in 2018, Maartje attended Gelato University in the Netherlands to learn the craft, while her mother contributed her expertise in making gouda cheese, a skill she also acquired in the Netherlands.

Even though you can purchase their products online for delivery, Maartje and Casey are passionate about creating an experience for their customers at the Creamery Café. A couple times a month you can visit the creamery and in addition to cheese and gelato, they offer a unique menu of treats and beverages, including lattes, Dutch pancakes, fried cheese curds, gouda mac & cheese, and more! “We love giving our customers an opportunity to ‘meet the makers’ and see where everything is made,” Maartje said.

As a small business, Maartje explains that it’s challenging working with such a small team while trying to keep up with demand as the business grows. “We never want to sacrifice quality or being able to serve our customers.” With Maartje coming from an entrepreneurial family and her experience in nursing, and Casey’s background in physical therapy, excellent customer service is what they strive for.

Despite challenges, Maartje and Casey have leveraged the technology and resources available to them to help run their business smoothly and efficiently, while still preserving much of the history from the original farm on which the creamery sits. Cows & Co is connected with Dakota Central’s Small Business Managed Wi-Fi, which allows customers to connect to their guest Wi-Fi when visiting the café or make credit card purchases at the Milkhouse.  “It might sound cliché, but we couldn’t run our business without Dakota Central services. We do everything online- from marketing our product, to operating our point-of-sale systems, managing online orders, updating the website, and offering guest Wi-Fi,” Maartje said.

While their business has taken off successfully in five short years, they are always scheming and dreaming at Cows & Co. In the future Maartje and Casey hope to offer additional dairy products like yogurt and milk, host workshops, and achieve the big goal of shipping frozen gelato nationwide. Cows & Co. has grown to cater to customers across the nation, yet we take pride in their connection to Carrington, which they call home. Dakota Central is honored to support them in delivering their products to you!