Networking Tips and Tricks

Setting Up a Home Network by Kelly Lynn

  It is just as well that domestic Internet is cheaper and faster than ever today. Devices that never used to have any use for the Internet use it all the time now – television and gaming consoles for instance. If you don’t already have Wi-Fi in place, this could be the time to take the plunge. If you’re planning on setting up a home network with Wi-Fi, here are the mistakes you need to step around. Not planning ahead Many people buying their first Wi-Fi router are simply looking for a way to connect a new mobile device to the Internet. The mistake they make, though, is to not plan for the kind of coverage that they need and the number of devices they need simultaneous use for. Wi-Fi … Continue reading

How to Protect your Files from Other Network Users by Disabling Admin Shares by Kelly Lynn

Is your office computer connected to a network? Do you have important files on your computer that are considered confidential and should not be seen or accessed by just anyone? If you answered yes to both questions, then you should read this article because it is meant for you. You may have a computer security problem that you may not even be aware of. Do you know what an administrative share is? In the simplest terms, it is an automatic share that is created when Windows is installed on a computer. For a standalone PC, that shouldn’t be a real cause for concern but for a computer connected to a network, it’s dangerous. It can be dangerous because the shares created don’t only share a file or a folder; it … Continue reading

How to Protect your Files from Other Network Users by Disabling Administrative Share by Kelly Lynn

Is your office computer connected to a network? Do you have important files on your computer that are considered confidential and should not be seen or accessed by just anyone? If you answered yes to both questions, then you should read this article because it is meant for you. You may have a computer security problem that you may not even be aware of.   Do you know what an administrative share is? In the simplest terms, it is an automatic share that is created when Windows is installed on a computer. For a standalone PC, that shouldn’t be a real cause for concern but for a computer connected to a network, it’s dangerous. It can be dangerous because the shares created don’t only share a file or a folder; … Continue reading

How to Set Up a Home Wireless Network on Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP by Kelly Lynn

While many people can remember the days of dial-up modems and being shackled by physical wires, wireless Internet has become the standard for new home networks. Advancements in networking over the past two decades have provided the ability for more than one computer in a home to connect to the Internet at a time. Wireless networks also allow users to connect from anywhere within range of the router’s reach, giving users the luxury of checking their e-mail from their favorite spot on the couch. Setting up a home wireless network is easier than ever. Here is a quick guide to get you started. 1. Check that your computer’s operating system supports wireless networking. The new Windows 7 operating system comes prepared to support wireless networking. Windows Vista and Windows XP … Continue reading

How to Use Skype to Save on International Phone Calls by Kelly Lynn

Most of us are guilty of having become too dependent on cellular phone technology. When travelling internationally or trying to call someone outside of the country, this can be an issue. Many mobile service providers do not include international calls in their plans. Further, when used in a country outside of the provider’s service area, some phones will not be able to access a network to place calls at all. This leaves frustrated users paying astronomical rates or going through great measures to place the call. Skype, available as a free software download for your computer or smart phone, provides a refreshing modern alternative for making international phone calls. 1. Download Skype and sign up for an account. Visit Skype’s homepage at skype.com to securely download the software for free. … Continue reading