Stop Wi-Fi Thieves: How to Secure Your Wi-Fi From Neighbors Stealing It

Posted on May 5, 2017. Filed under: networking, Security, wireless | Tags: , , , |

If your Wi-Fi SSID is being broadcast to the surrounding houses, there is a chance your internet is being stolen. Find out how to stop this from happening and keep control of your bandwidth.

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How to Assign a Static IP Address in XP, Vista, or 7

Posted on February 22, 2012. Filed under: networking, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , |

How-To Geek tells How to Assign a Static IP Address in XP, Vista, or Windows 7.

If you’re using a home network, this could speed up your boot time by avoiding the search for an active IP assignment each time.  Maybe.

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Service-now.com VPN instructions

Posted on November 14, 2010. Filed under: networking | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

UAFS Service-now.com has instructions on using the Virtual Private Network to access the campus network from off-campus.

For example, if you leave your computer on but logged out, you could connect and login from off-campus and operate as if you were sitting in front of your computer on campus.

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Force Vista To Connect To Wireless Network When SSID Is Not Sent

Posted on October 25, 2010. Filed under: networking, Windows Vista, wireless | Tags: , , , , |

Internet Fixes tells you how to Force Vista To Connect To Wireless Network When SSID Is Not Sent.

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How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Networks

Posted on October 25, 2010. Filed under: networking, Security, wireless | Tags: , , , |

Lifehacker gives tips on How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Networks.

Some practical things to do when using the free wifi in coffee shops, airports, etc.

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inSSIDer Wi-Fi Scanner

Posted on June 21, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, networking | Tags: , , , , , , , |

MetaGeek has the inSSIDer Wi-Fi Scanner to check your local wi-fi environment.

Are your neighbors’ wi-fi messing up yours?  Check it with this freeware, get a report, and see if any of them are competing for the same channel your home network is.

If so, use your router software to change to a less- or unused channel.

Works with XP, Vista, 7 and 64-bit Windows versions.

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HomePipe Streams Music from Your PC

Posted on June 14, 2010. Filed under: Files, Freeware/Shareware, networking, Online storage, Phones, Utilities | Tags: , , , |

Lifehacker has a report on how HomePipe Streams Music from Your PC to Your Smartphone.

“It requires a free account which is quick and easy to set up, and doesn’t require you to upload your files to a separate server—you can just access any files on your computer right from the HomePipe app. It’s basically just a file browser that connects to your drive at home and can stream music and video, view photos, and open up pretty much any other file you have on your computer.”

HomePipe.

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Mixed Networking With Windows Vista

Posted on February 15, 2010. Filed under: Windows Vista, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Link Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) responder.

Say what?!?!?!

That’s the function that’s missing in XP which keeps XP computers from showing up in Vista’s network map.

What it is and how to fix it from Internet Fixes Vista & Windows 7 Tips.

And now you know.

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ICSI Netalyzr

Posted on October 5, 2009. Filed under: networking | Tags: , , , , |

ICSI Netalyzr runs an analysis of your network connection to see what, if anything, is wrong.  Free service.

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Network Troubleshooting Tools in Windows Vista

Posted on September 14, 2009. Filed under: networking, Windows Vista | Tags: , , , |

Know the Network Troubleshooting Tools in Windows Vista.

Microsoft provides a list that can help when configuring or troubleshooting a network.

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TweetDeck: a simple & fast way to Twitter

Posted on April 27, 2009. Filed under: Facebook, Twitter | Tags: , , , , , , |

TweetDeck is billed as a simple and fast way to experience Twitter.  It also handles Facebook.

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UnHub: Aggregate Your Social Networking

Posted on April 27, 2009. Filed under: Facebook, sharing, Twitter, Utilities, viewers | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on UnHub, which allows you to Aggregate Your Social Network Profiles On One Page.

UnHub is an online service that lets you aggregate all your social network identities on one page and then easily share that page with others. This page shows persistent iframe bar with tabs for each of your online profiles (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn , Flickr… etc.).

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Deep Dish Cylindrical Parabolic Template

Posted on April 20, 2009. Filed under: Hardware, networking, wireless | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Deep Dish Cylindrical Parabolic Template.

Say that three times fast….

This might seem a little far to the geek side for this site, but bear with me.  What do you do when your wireless router just can’t seem to get the signal to the far side of the house, or to another floor?  Or what if you’d like to keep the signal a little more private given all the other wireless users in your neighborhood?

Use “scissors, tape, cardboard, tin foil” and do one of these things up, or get an aluminum cookie sheet to get more elaborate.  It just helps to focus and concentrate the wireless signal.

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WifiDocs/Driver/Ndiswrapper for Ubuntu

Posted on February 8, 2009. Filed under: Linux, networking, wireless | Tags: , , , , , , , |

So you wanted to try Linux, but now your wireless doesn’t work?

If you’re on Ubuntu, you could try WifiDocs/Driver/Ndiswrapper.

“Even if your wireless network card does not have a native Linux driver, you may still be able to get it working with Ndiswrapper. Ndiswrapper is a Linux module which allows Ubuntu to use the Windows driver for wireless cards (in most cases).”

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Bandwidth monitor/speed/traffic monitoring tools

Posted on February 8, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, networking, wireless | Tags: , , , , , , |

Softperfect has tools: Bandwidth monitor, bandwidth speed test, bandwidth and traffic monitoring tool for Windows.

Trying to see how fast your Internet Service Provider really is?  Here are the tools you can use to check the claims.

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How to Set up Ad hoc Wifi – Wireless

Posted on December 7, 2008. Filed under: Hardware, networking, wireless | Tags: , , , , , , |

UnlockForUs has a post onHow to Set up Ad hoc Wifi – Wireless Networking Without a Router (Vista/XP)

“Based on my observation, an adhoc network is a wireless network connection without a central node. The network is dispersed which requires no base station (Router).

Using the Network Setup, devices such as PSP, Laptops, and other portable gaming consoles can search, share and link each other within range without using a router or a hub.

Advantage

  1. Easy to setup: No additional Software is needed and It’s FREE
  2. Nowadays, By default Wi-fi or Wireless Card is included when you bought a computer especially in laptops. Even if it’s not included USB type Wifi is now cheap.
  3. Portability and Mobility
  4. No more wires and additional devices such as hub and routers

Main Disadvantage

If you’ll share or connect other computers and devices to the Internet. The computer that is connected to the Internet (Gateway) must always be turned on. Unlike using a router, you can turn off any computers in the network.”

An additional post is on How to share Internet Connection.

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Unlock’s Tweaks for Network and Internet

Posted on December 7, 2008. Filed under: Hardware, Help, networking | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Unlock for Us has a series on tweaking your network and Internet connections.

Part 1

Part 2

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Five Best Remote Desktop Tools

Posted on December 7, 2008. Filed under: Help, networking, sharing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Hive Five has a post on their Five Best Remote Desktop Tools.

“Whether you want quick access to your home computer from anywhere in the world or you’re the go-to IT person for your friends and family, remote desktop applications are a godsend. Even better: They’re easier than ever to set up. With the right remote desktop tool, you can access your home computer as though you’re sitting right in front of it— no matter where you are, no matter what you’re doing. Earlier this week we asked you to share your favorite remote desktop tools, and today we’re back with the top five answers.”

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Why I Switched to Ethernet Over Power

Posted on December 6, 2008. Filed under: Hardware, networking | Tags: , , , , , , |

Daily Cup of Tech has a post on Why I Switched to Ethernet Over Power

“I recently switched my home wireless access over to ethernet over power (EOP).  Some of my geek friends thought that it was rather foolish of me because it means that I have really limited myself to where I can work and do my thing.  While they may have a valid point, I still think the pros outweigh the cons.  So, here is why I now have several PowerLine HD Network Starter Kit (DHP-301) units in my house.”

WARNING: be sure the encryption is enabled as someone else with the same equipment attached to the same transformer in your neighborhood might be able to pick up your signals.

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Lifehacker has Top 10 Ways to Speed Up Your Web Browsing

Posted on November 15, 2008. Filed under: browsers, Files, Freeware/Shareware, Google, searching | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Lifehacker’s Top 10 Ways to Speed Up Your Web Browsing involve Google, Gmail, Firefox and TraceMonkey, Safari and Opera, DownThemAll for downloading, tweaking your cache size, using DD-WRT or Tomato to tweak your home router, RSS, OpenDNS, and others.

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