Networking

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 […]

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, […]

Connect Two Computers using a Crossover Cable

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Ever needed to connect two computers together without going through a wireless network? I’ve previously written about how to connect two computers wirelessly using an ad-hoc wireless network, but it’s not as fast as being directly connected. If your computers are on a wired network, you can network two computers and then share files and […]

Fix “Logon Failure: The Target Account Name is Incorrect” Error

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When trying to logon to the domain from a client PC, I recently got the following error message in Windows: Logon Failure: The target account name is incorrect. What was strange was that it was only occurring for one particular user account in Active Directory and not other accounts. When I tried a different account, […]

How to Change an Apache Server Listening Port

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Last week, I encountered a server with its HTTPS port 80 already taken by another software.  The “culprit” was unsurprisingly another web server software, namely IIS. Because the IIS users are already accustomed to the default port, the Apache installation had no choice but to use a less popular port for HTTP, in this case […]

How to Release and Renew an IP Address

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If you’re working in IT, there are a few things that you need to know no matter what. They are basically essential skills for any IT person. One of those skills is knowing how to renew and release IP addresses. You’ll need to do this a lot during your IT career and it’s really useful […]

How to Add a Local DNS Lookup to Hosts File

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When you add a permanent entry to the local DNS cache on your PC, it will always override the information provided by the nameserver. If a nameserver gives the wrong address for a domain or provides no information at all, you can still access the domain if it’s listed in the local Hosts file. It […]

Which WiFi Encryption is Best?

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Encrypting your wireless network accomplishes two things: it helps keep out leeches (i.e your neighbours) who would otherwise use your WiFi for free Internet, and it helps prevent intruders from breaking into your system to snoop around your PC. Of course, most wireless routers have encryption turned off by default, so any choice you make […]

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 have a default IP address of 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1 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 […]

Network Two Computers Running Windows XP

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If you want to share files between two desktop computers, a good way would be to use the built-in features of Windows. In this way, if you add another computer to your network, you can easily share files with that computer too without having to install any additional software. If you have two computers that […]