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Tutorial based articles on how to setup, configure and trouble shoot networks.

  • How To Setup Your Home Network In 3 Easy Steps

    How To Setup Your Home Network In 3 Easy Steps

    With the amount of connected devices in the average home growing more and more people are setting up home networks.

    Now most people think that setting up a network at home is as simple as just plugging in your shiny new router and connecting everything to that.

    Well that will get you up and running, but that doesn’t mean it is the correct way of doing it.  It is worth taking the time to configure and setup security, file and printer sharing on your network.

    This will just make everything easier in the future, especially when you are sitting in your living room with your tablet or laptop and you can access files on your desktop and print to the printer in your home office.

    Let me show you how to setup your home network in 3 easy steps...

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  • How To Avoid Freeloaders On Your Wireless Network

    How To Avoid Freeloaders On Your Wireless Network

    Whenever I am browsing various tech forums, blogs and sites, I continually see all these posts and articles about securing your wireless network.

    One thing that constantly aggravates me is when people claim that if you follow these steps no one will be able to get into your network.

    When I read this I always think of something my father always used to say, “Locks are made for honest people.”  If a hacker with the right skill-set wants to get into your network, they will find a way to get in.

    I'm going to explain how to avoid freeloaders on your wireless network and why it's important...

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  • How to Set up a Router

    A router is used for connecting otherwise separate devices together for sharing information, documents, and other data. This is useful anywhere more than one computer is used in the same office or for the same purposes. For example, a commercial photographer may have a computer hooked up to his camera that he uses to view the photos right when he takes them. Then, he may send those photos to another computer in his studio that he uses to process and edit the photos.

    The router can also help you connect the computers in your home or workplace to a shared printer. That way, more than one employee can send work to the same printer, saving on costs and making the network more efficient.

    The network that is setup in a single location, whether that is a home office or a business office, is referred to as a LAN (Local Area Network). The ISP (Internet Service Provider) sends a signal called a WAN (Wide Area Network). The router is what connects the LAN to the WAN.

    In order to set up your router, you will need to start by verifying the router’s local IP address. Your computer will need to be connected to the router with an Ethernet cord or Wi-Fi connection. The IP address needs to be in the same network for the computer and the router.

    Open an internet browser window and type the IP address of the router into the address bar of the web browser. For example, with a router that has an IP address of 192.168.1.1, you would type exactly that into the address bar to request a connection.

    This should bring a prompt to enter in your administrator username and password. Then you can add additional computers or devices to your network, adjusting security settings, as necessary, for each additional device.

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