Networking

How to Monitor Your Internet Bandwidth Usage

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As an IT guy,  I monitor bandwidth usage to make sure network connections are performing at their optimum level.  Sometimes I encounter a rouge software application that eats up a lot of bandwidth.  Malware is notorious for eating bandwidth causing my torrent connections to perform really slow.  This led me to find ways to monitor […]

How to Control a Windows PC using Apple Remote Desktop

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At our IT office, we have mostly Windows administrators, but we also have some people who love their Macs. They use their Macs for everything, including trying to manage a Windows network with them! Though they can’t do much, one thing that is pretty useful for them is remotely connecting to Windows PCs using Apple […]

How to Isolate Connections on Wi-Fi Network

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If you noticed on public WIFI hotspots like coffee shops or airports, you can’t easily communicate with someone else’s computer over regular network communiction protocols.  Your shared folders, for example, are not accessible by others. You also wont be able to ping another computer on the network.  All computers are isolated from each other, thus […]

Protect Your Wi-Fi using MAC Address Filtering

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Securing a WIFI network could be done using several methods and the most common (i.e. WPA and WEP) methods employ a password type of mechanism.  However, I have found that securing a wireless network with just a password is not enough to defeat the very determined hackers.  However, if only trusted computers can connect to […]

Why is the Default IP Address for My Router 192.168.0.1?

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Someone at my office recently asked me why their wireless routers always had a default IP address of 192.168.0.1 and I really could not come up with a good answer! Being an IT guy myself, I was obviously irritated by the fact that I hadn’t really thought about something that’s in my face pretty much […]

Network Two Computers Running Windows XP

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Previously, I wrote an article about a cool software called WiPeer that lets you connect two computers over a wireless network. This program works great for quickly sharing files between two laptops, but it requires you to install proprietary software, which is more pain for IT administrators. If you want to share files between two […]

How to Create an FTP Server using FileZilla

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FileZilla is a popular FTP application that you can use to connect to other computers using file transfer protocol (FTP). With FTP you don’t need to worry about compatibility since the protocol is standard and supported by any OS that can handle an FTP client. Previously, I wrote how to setup your own FTP server […]

How to Control HTTP Proxies using Proxy.pac

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A proxy.pac is a script that you can use to create rules for dynamically assigning proxy names.  With it, you can get more flexible with your proxy setups. For example, you can set your PCs to not go through the proxy server if the URL being browsed is an Intranet page.  Below is an example […]

Pinging Works, but Internet Explorer Not Showing Web Pages

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Earlier this month, I ran into a very frustrating problem on a clients’ XP computer system. All of a sudden, whenever they would try to open up a web page in Internet Explorer, the result would be “The page cannot be displayed”. But that was not the frustrating part! This computer was working fine a […]

Cannot See Other Computers on Network in My Network Places?

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When you go to My Network Places on XP, is it blank or empty? Even if you are connected to the network, you may still not be able to see other computers on the same network for several reasons. Firstly, you need to determine what kind of network you are on, i.e. a workgroup or […]