Now when booting to your USB drive, you can boot into Windows XP mini and navigate to the flash drive. Navigate further into the Prorams folder and then into the GEgeek folder. You can now use any tool you need to troubleshoot or diagnose your computer.
When you are networking computers, wireless access points, printers and other nodes in multiple rooms, try to avoid daisy-chaining switches or using small 4-8 port switches when you are in a hurry. Replace any hubs on your network as soon as you can.
With a hub, collisions can be >20% and utilization can stand at >50%. By replacing a hub alone, you can reduce collisions to 5% on switches in rooms and <1% in the server room. Switches help to isolate traffic, relieve congestion, separate collision domains (reduce collisions), segment and restart distance/repeater rules.
Daisy Chaining Switches -what not to do
Real world scenarios may require you to temporarily daisy chain switches. If you do, test the network and run additional backbones or replace core switches to accommodate more nodes as soon as you can. (remember, replace any hubs in your network)
One of many solutions is to run independent lines to the core switch
This is the very basics behind network switch infrastructure. Managing switches and using the IEEE standards above along with optimizing your network and managing the network infrastructure is important.
Over-provisioning is the allocating of a specific amount of free space on your SSD. Over-provisioning improves SSD endurance and performance. Many SSDs are packaged with software that helps the end user install the drive and to plan for OP. (More advanced drives are doing away with OP).
The SSD controller manages all of the data that is stored on the drive. While these drives are really fast, data writes are not just placed on the drive. Data is moved around and the controller on the drive is programmed to use the drive evenly across the NAND blocks. By moving the data around, the controller can use the free space (OP) to swap information as needed. This in turn adds life to your SSD. Always update your SSD firmware, use the manufacturer’s software for OP if your drive recommends it and don’t forget to trim your hard drive. TRIM allows for the removal of junk or old data. How? Easy – Open a command prompt (as Admin)
Type the following – fsutil behavior set DisableDeleteNotify 0
Over-provisioning in Samsung Magician’s software.
Always load the drivers – Below is Intel Drivers on my laptop vs. Windows 8 generic drivers
Windows 8.1 SSD Optimization
If you have install an SSD to Windows 8 or 8.1, and you aren’t sure if the OS is optimized for an SSD. Here’s the fastest way to make sure it is optimized.
Open a CMD prompt as an Administrator Run winsat formal Defrag will remain on, that’s right, on. After ‘seeing’ the SSD, this tool (defrag) will become optimize and will trim your SSD. Of course AHCI should be on, over provisioning accounted for and the proper chipset drivers loaded.
Want to extend your network and make it more reliable and robust?
Here’s what you will need -
Two routers with the same firmware
Preferably Tomato or DD-WRT
Login to the first router.
In this example, the static number 192.168.1.1 is the Main router.
Enable the WAN to match your ISP
Enable Access Point + WDS (Picture two below)
You must have the same wireless configuration on both routers
Enter the MAC address of router two under WDS Link with.
Login to the second router
Disable the WAN
Assign the router a static IP address (Below we have given the router .250)
Enter Router One’s IP Address for the Gateway
Enter a DNS of your choice
Make the wireless configuration the same as the first router. Under WDS, change the drop down to automatic.
With the same settings, you can now extend your network several hundred feet under the right conditions. Because the SSIDs are the same, once you join one of the routers with a smartphone or laptop, it will seamlessly change to the stronger signal.
With Tomato, you can chain together approximately 12 devices.
How can you tie your cloud storage services together? It’s actually easy if you use MultCloud. MultCloud ties together all of the most popular cloud storage services so you can upload files to multiple sites through a single sign-on.
Completely FREE app for home and commercial use.
Single login for multiple cloud accounts.
Add unlimited accounts such as Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, etc
Signing up is easy and free. Once you sign in, you can connect your cloud services and use the power of MultCloud to Upload or Download files from a central dashboard.
Want to see who is on your wireless? SoftPerfect’s WiFi Guard is freeware that scans your network, both wireless and wired and it also inventories connections on your network.
Before setting up WiFi Guard, inventory your computers, printers, routers, TVs and other devices that use your network. Get each devices’ MAC address. Load WiFi Guard and mark each device as trusted. WiFi Guard’s settings allows you to set a scan interval and to put comments on devices that you know. In the event a new device is connected to your network, you’ll be alerted.
Set a scan interval that meets your needs.
WiFi Guard keeps a history of devices that connect to your network.
I discovered GE Geek through Rick at What’s On My PC. GE Geek is a resource like no other. The time and dedication to linking and uploading the thousands of resources at GE Geek is commendable.
The best feature by far is GE Geek’s Toolkit that contains 1.7 gigabytes of tools that every IT pro needs.
“A complete collection of over 300 Portable Freeware Tech Related
programs, all accessible from one Menu Launcher Utility. There’s
even a program to update all the essential programs automatically,
all contained on a USB/Flash drive for travel.” ~GE Geek
Here’s a short list of the categories -
Apps to Install
Repair Tools 1
Repair Tools 2
Windows Services Defaults
Windows 7 Tools
Windows 7 Troubleshooting
Windows 7 / 8 Shortcuts
Here’s a Snapshot of his Site. You have to visit the site to get an understanding of how this has to be one of the best sites on the web for IT Professionals. Link