7 Linux Commands Every Beginner Should Know

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If you’re new to Linux, using the terminal can be a bit overwhelming. New Linux distributions like Linux Mint have great graphical interfaces, but the heart of Linux is the kernel and that means using the command line. Even if you are a Windows user, you’ve probably had to open a command prompt window at […]

Restrict Access to Cisco Switch Based on IP Address

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For added security, I wanted to restrict access to my Cisco SG300-10 switch to only one IP address in my local subnet. After initially configuring my new switch a few weeks backs, I wasn’t happy knowing that anyone connected to my LAN or WLAN could get to the login page by just knowing the IP […]

Understanding Linux Permissions and chmod Usage

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I’ve been taking a course on Linux for the last few months and one aspect of Linux that always confused me was how permissions worked. For example, when uploading a file to my web server once and getting an error, I was told by my web host to change the file permissions to 755. I […]

Five Things You Should Do After Plugging in Your New Cisco Switch

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I purchased a new Cisco SG300 10-port Gigabit Ethernet managed switch a few months back and it’s been one of the best investments for my small home network. Cisco switches have so many features and options that you can configure to granularly control your network. In terms of security, their products stand out. With that […]

The Easiest Way to Remotely Connect to Linux Mint from Any OS

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I have Linux Mint installed on a test machine at home that I use for playing around with Linux in general, but I use a Windows 10 machine as my main daily driver. I wanted a convenient way to connect to my Linux Mint machine from Windows or Mac without having to install all kind […]

Enable Public Key Authentication for SSH on Cisco SG300 Switches

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Previously, I wrote about how you can enable SSH access to your Cisco switch by enabling the setting in the GUI interface. This is great if you want to access your switch CLI over an encrypted connection, but it still relies on just a username and password. If you are using this switch in a […]

How to Enable SSH Access for Cisco SG300 Switches

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I recently purchased a Cisco SG300-10 switch for my home networking lab and I’ve been quite happy with it so far. It has a whole slew of features, most of which I’m probably never going to use in my home environment. However, for a small business, it gives you a lot of control over your […]

How to Simulate a Slow Internet Connection for Testing

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My website loads lightning fast on my home computer, but that’s probably because I have Verizon FIOS with a 100/100 Internet plan. Even if I try to use my cell phone, the site still loads exceptionally fast because I have anywhere from four to five bars of 4G LTE speed. Unfortunately, when I check the load […]

How to Upgrade Actiontec ECB6200 Firmware

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I recently purchased the Actiontec MoCA 2.0 Ethernet to Coax adapter because my entire house is wired for coax and I recently upgraded to the FIOS Quantum Gateway that also supports MoCA 2.0. Using this adapter, I could increase the local data transfer rate on my LAN to somewhere around 400 Mbps or 50 MB/s […]

Fix “This device can’t use a Trusted Platform Module” When Enabling BitLocker

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I recently tried to enable BitLocker on an old Windows 8.1 PC at home and got an error message that I found would be extremely cryptic to anyone who isn’t a computer geek. Here was the message: This device can’t use a Trusted Platform Module. Your administrator must select the “Allow BitLocker without a compatible […]