Networking

Does MAC Address Filtering Really Protect Your WiFi?

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MAC address filtering is one of those controversial features that some people swear by, whereas others say it’s a complete waste of time and resources. So which is it? In my opinion, it’s both, depending on what you are trying to accomplish by using it. Unfortunately, this feature is marketed as a security enhancement that […]

How to Connect to a Remote Registry in Windows 7 and 10

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If you’re in a small business environment, it can become really annoying if you have to walk out to each computer that you need to fix. Instead, if you can remotely connect and fix problems or adjust settings, it makes things a lot more convenient. Though it’s less common, there are times when you might […]

What is the Difference between WPA2, WPA, WEP, AES, and TKIP?

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Pretty much everywhere you go today, there is a WiFi network you can connect to. Whether it be at home, at the office or at the local coffee shop, there are a plethora of WiFi networks. Every WiFi network is setup with some kind of network security, either open for all to access or extremely […]

How To Check the Proxy Server Settings on Your Computer

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If you feel your Internet connection is slower than what it should be or you notice that certain websites get blocked while browsing, it could be because all your Internet traffic is going through a proxy server. A proxy server is basically just another computer that sits between you and your ISP. It’s usually configured […]

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 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 have to […]

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 […]

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 […]