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  • Biting the Big Apple

    Mac Users Enter The Real World “Apple has issued a recall on several models of Mac laptops because the battery can overheat and catch fire. Experts say a Mac fire is just like a PC fire, except it’s more hip… Read More ›

  • Basic Wireless Network Setup

    Basic Wireless Network In this diagram you can see the physical and wireless connections of a basic network. A network cable connects the Internet to the cable modem or the DSL router (this is the equipment your Internet Service Provider installs)…. Read More ›

  • Voice Over IP (VOIP)

    Using the Internet for phone service has been around for a long time. VOIP allows voice data to travel over the Internet instead of through the old POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) lines. This will save you a ton of… Read More ›

  • Add a Network Bridge

    You’ve got the wireless connection going but you’ve got some devices in another room that don’t have wireless network cards. You can extend your wireless network and NOT buy wireless network cards by installing a bridge. Connect the following with… Read More ›

  • Add Network Storage

    The concept here is simple. Attach storage directly to the network so all stations can access it. This is called NAS (Network Accessible Storage) or DAS (Direct Attached Storage) and it is a must if you plan on collecting and/or… Read More ›

  • Music on the Cheap

    So there I am staring at my 1000+ cassette tapes and thinking, “What the hell am I going to do with all these now?”.  Like Shawn and Ed frantically sorting through an old crate of albums, desperately hurling the expendable ones as weapons… Read More ›

  • Default Password List

    I’ve got a couple questions recently on what the default passwords are to the most common wireless routers. Once you reset them and reconnect,  you’ll be asked for a login and password. If you don’t have the original documentation and… Read More ›

  • Improving Wireless Network Performance Part 2

    So, you’ve got your location, channel and power settings of your wireless router and your WNIC all set (If not, read Part 1 of this series). Now it’s time to get fancy and start dealing with the interference that is… Read More ›

  • Improving Wireless Network Performance Part 1

    Over the last couple weeks I’ve received some questions on why home wireless networks were performing badly. How can I be directly in front of my wireless router and still get a bad connection? Why would my connection drop if… Read More ›


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