Networking

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 […]

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 […]

Limit Bandwidth on a Netgear Wireless Router

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I recently bought a second wireless router for several reasons, but one of the was to control how my kids connect to the Internet. For one thing, I wanted to restrict just how much bandwidth they could use in a given period of time. After that, the Internet connection would cut off and they would […]

Force Windows 7 to Use Wired Connection over Wireless

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So here’s an interesting situation I ran into when using Windows 7 connected to both my Ethernet network and my wireless network at home: whenever I would transfer data between my NAS and my machine, Windows 7 would tend to use the wireless network instead of the Ethernet connection! This was annoying because the speed […]

Use KNemo To Monitor Your Network Traffic Stats In KDE Linux

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If you get your Internet service through Comcast, or any of the number of Internet providers who have a hard cap on bandwidth use, you may find some months in which you download and upload a great deal. This could cause you to wonder if you may be close to the monthly limit. Some service […]

Fix “Windows is Unable to Connect to the Selected Network”

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I use Windows 7 on my desktop machine and I ran into an annoying problem the other day. I tried to connect to my wireless network at home like I normally do, but could not connect. I kept getting the following error message: Windows is Unable to Connect to the Selected Network Strange problem! I’ve […]

How to Troubleshoot WiFi (Wireless) Printers

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I recently bought a Brother wireless printer and I have to say that it’s really nice being able to print from my laptop while sitting outside on the front porch. No cables, no being forced to keep my computer in once place, etc. It’s super convenient. That is if your wireless printer works like it […]

Why You Could Use a NAS at Home

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Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices allow you to connect hard drive storage to your network. They have become exceedingly common in the consumer market over the past five years, and as a result the prices have also dropped. NAS devices are available for Windows, OS X, and Linux, and the consumer-grade devices generally accept between […]

Remotely Accessing a Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 Computer

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Normally, when multiple people need to have access to a Windows computer in a network, you need to use a server version of Windows (such as 2003) running Terminal Services. However, you need to by licenses from Microsoft to do this. If you only need one person to access a computer remotely at a time, […]