Increasing your router’s power or purchasing an antenna will improve the signal to noise ratio at the receiver. You may have given up on laptops or desktops but you probably still have wireless for your tablet, smartTV and other devices. Although you may be surfing the web and thinking you are getting an excellent download speed, you may be able to increase the speed by using a third party firmware such as DD-WRT or Tomato. Traditional factory firmware usually doesn’t allow increasing your power.
First off you need to download Xirrus, NetSurveyor, inSSIDer or Vistumbler. Each of these free software packages allow you to measure your signal strength, quality and view the channel to make sure you are using a free channel.
Next relocate your router to other areas in your home or business.
Firmware such as Tomato or DD-WRT offer a power setting (below).
Note: It is important to make sure your router has adequate cooling and to only increase Transmit Power when necessary and in small increments. Always research your router and see what settings have been used to tweak your connection.
We have a ton of articles on DD-WRT and have used the firmware for a ton of different routers. Recently we looked into Tomato another free firmware upgrade for the older Linksys WRT54G routers.
Tomato like DD-WRT offers a ton of features more than the factory firmware that came on the older Linksys (802.11g) routers.
My curiosity got the most of me when my father-in-law George brought me an older Linksys to tinker with.
I had initially had upgraded the WRT54G (Version 3.0) with DD-WRT and decided to give Tomato a try. Navigating to Administration in the DD-WRT GUI, I followed the instructions of Tomato and upgraded the firmware. I immediately noticed that the power light began to flash and fearing the worst, I thought I had ‘bricked’ the router. The router would only respond to pings and I could not navigate to the Administration page or telnet into the router.
In order to try to get the router to function properly, I decided to use TFTP and upload the firmware again. In order to do this, I entered the router’s IP and pointed to the firmware file. I manually set my ip address on my LAN NIC card to one number above the routers (last octet) and plugged a CAT5 cable into the router from my laptop.
I then unplugged the router and plugged in the router immediately clicked the upgraded button on TFTP. This forced the firmware on the router as it rebooted. I waited a good two minutes and unplugged the router to reboot it.
Tomato was successfully installed.
Status (Overview, Device List, Logs)
Bandwidth (Real-Time, Last 24 Hours, Daily, Weekly and Monthly)
Tools (Ping, Tracert, Wireless Security and WOL)
Basic Configuration (Network, Identification, Time, DDNS, Static DHCP and Wireless Filter)
This enterprise hotfix is for WebDAV, DFSN client, Folder Redirection, Offline Files and Folders, SMB client, Redirected Drive Buffering Subsystem, Multiple UNC Provider, SMB Service, TCP protocol components (Network Performance), processing of Group Policies, Group Policy preferences, helps to reduce network load and domain load, WMI and more.
Hard drive cache on if not SSD Drive
(Device Manager – double click and make sure checkboxes under policies are checked)
100% credit goes to Bill Mullins for sharing this information. (BillMullins.wordpress.com).
Softperfect has some of the best freeware for Windows. With Netscan you can see devices on your network and find information about the devices. Now with their software “WiFi Guard”, you can use a device on your network and find the devices that are attached to it.
While you should take precautions to secure your wireless network, is someone accessing your network without your knowledge?
Installation is fast and easy. Simply follow the wizard and make sure you run the software at startup.
Once you install the software, select the adapter and scan your network. Next double click on known devices and select “I know this device.” Let the software run and periodically scan your network. If you find a device connecting to it, locate the device and remove it from the network or take action to prevent unknown devices from connecting.
The software is designed to run on Apple, Windows or Linux.
Note: The above pic is from a lab environment and the addresses and macs do not represent real machines or a production environment.
The Microsoft Update may show that your computer is up-to-date but you may be able to improve system stability and performance with these 90 updates for Windows 7 and Server 2008 with a hotfix that was released earlier in 2013.
This enterprise hotfix fix WebDAV, DFSN client, Folder Redirection, Offline Files and Folders, SMB client, Redirected Drive Buffering Subsystem, Multiple UNC Provider, SMB Service, TCP protocol components (Network Performance), processing of Group Policies, Group Policy preferences, helps to reduce network load and domain load, WMI and more.
Where do you get the hotfix? The hotfix can be downloaded here. You MUST use Internet Explorer to apply the hotfix. The hotfix from the Windows Update Catalog requires you to install components to download the files of your choice.
After downloading the update, you will need to double click the installation file and after the hotfix is applied, you must restart your computer.
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Make sure the registry key in the right pane and insure the CheckExeSignatures is set to no
You can also add the following line to the end of your hosts file – 127.0.0.1 crl.microsoft.com
Add a switch to the Management Studio shortcut by using /nosplash :
Start > Programs > SQL Server 2005 or 2008 program group > ‘SQL Server Management Studio’ program.
Then, right-clicking and open the General tab, then select shortcut tab to add ‘nosplash’ switch.
Sample : “C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Tools\Binn\VSShell\Common7\IDE\Ssms.exe” /nosplash
You have to thank Foolish IT for coming up with policies and a fix you can run that helps to prevent Cryptolocker. Here’s the link to his file – version 2.6. It allows you to whitelist items in your system that need to run.
Many of our ideas at our location, local businesses and entities have came from Chris G., a student who researched many of the Group Policy settings you can apply . Here’s a few gpedit settings and modifications of other authors’ code that we are using and it appears to work. We will continue to research and up date this blog as we get data. You will have to make a determination on how you want to prevent the virus from infecting you.