Helping people with computers... one answer at a time.
With more and more computers in the home and in small businesses, networking them all together is both an important fact of day to day usage, and an often complex and frustrating source of problems.
It's possible, even easy, to monitor the amount of bandwidth a computer is using. It's much more difficult to control.
Networking without network cards is a reverse hack. You'll be much more successful in the long run using established networking equipment.
It's rare for a router to be infected with malware. More commonly, viruses and spyware will infect the computer and then make changes to the router configuration.
Windows Firewall will protect your machine from other computers that share the "safe side" of the router.
An Ethernet card to connect an older computer to DSL needs the right connectors. You may be able to find one secondhand.
WPA2 and MAC address filtering offer security to a home network. For ease of use, however, WPA2 is probably enough.
A router is an important tool in staying safe when connected to the internet. A router will stop certain types of viruses and malware ... but not all.
Being on the same local network as another machine implies a certain level of trust. Without that trust, additional security steps are called for.
Preventing neighbors from accessing a WiFi hotspot with a posted password will be a little tricky. There is one solution that many motels use.
Securing your router is important. You may need to take an Ask Leo! checklist to your internet provider to insure you are properly protected.
Your router is a fundamental part of your internet connection. You can typically configure settings, but you first need to know its local IP address.
Adding a wireless access point can be a little frustrating if you're behind a router and the access point is also trying to be a router.
NAT routers are a fundamental way to share an internet connection while protecting you at the same time. You may already have one. It's easy to check.
Network performance tuning can be a black art but some simple decisions and configurations can easily set you up with a reasonably fast network.
It's common to have computers that are used for sensitive things sharing a network with less trustworthy users. Understanding protection is important.
Be it tenants or children, it's common to have machines on your network that you can't trust. A secure solution involves setting up another network.
Losing your router's administrative password will prevent you from managing and securing it properly. I'll look at the general process to regain access.
Adding a wireless device without encryption to your network is tricky. There are approaches, but the best method is to get a device that supports encryption.
Your router is your first line of defense against malicious attacks from the internet. But is your router secure? I'll review the important settings.
You don't need to be connected to the internet in order to network your home computers. An unconnected network is put together in much the same way.
Windows networking is difficult, to put it mildly. I'll walk through setting up a share and connecting to it, and explain why it's not terribly secure.
Whenever you connect a computer you don't control to your home network you could be putting your computers at risk. I'll describe how I deal with it.
A home network allows you to both share a single internet connection as well as share data and devices between multiple devices. I'll review the basics components of a home network and some steps to take as your network grows.
When hosting guest in your home it's common to allow them to access your internet connection. There are serious risks depending on your level of trust.
A malfunctioning network card could easily clog or cause other problems on a network.
Regularly losing internet connectivity does not indicate that your router is being hacked. Start by looking at connectivity issues.
Connecting two different internet connections is technically possible, but not easily and not likely to accomplish what you have in mind.
Giving a neighbor temporary internet access seems like a neighborly thing to do. Before you do it, you should understand the risks of sharing your internet.
Securing your router is important to keep your network and your machines safe. I'll show you a few of the settings using my router as an example.
Routers typically require a login and password for configuration that comes set to a factory default. Should you change it? Yes. How often? It depends.
Wireless routers contain both a router and a wireless access point. I'll review your options if you're not planning on using the wireless component.
A VPN or Virtual Private Network is a way to security connect with machines elsewhere or to securely connect to the internet from an unsecure location.
A router is a router is ... actually, there are several different kinds of routers that are used in different situations. I'll review the most common.
Routers have several usernames and passwords. One is very important to change for network security.
T1 lines are among the oldest of data technologies in use. They're fast, reliable and a tad expensive. We'll look at how they compare to alternatives.
Unfortunately, terminology has become quite confused around routers and access points, I'll describe each, how they relate, and why differences matter.
Network problems can be caused by a number of things in either software or hardware. Fixing it may require a hands-on technician.
Power mode settings may disconnect network drives when the computer goes into standby or hibernate. Depending on your drivers, there may be available adjustments.