Microsoft’s Message Analyzer enables you to capture, display, and analyze network traffic. This software even allows payload rendering in order to see pictures and other data.
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)
- Advanced Configuration (TCP, UDP Timeouts, NAT Helpers, DHCP, DNS, Firewall, Routing and Wireless)
- Port Forwarding
- Advanced QoS with live charts
- Administration (Scripts, Schedules and more)
Tomato is a very stable firmware for several older routers and offers an alternative to factory firmware which often is unstable.
An excellent article at Computerworld.
Years ago we began to use WinCache in order to double the speed of our IIS server. While WinCache 1.35 improves the speed of IIS, Zend OPcache is now in PHP allowing an increase in speed on your PHP based webserver.
In order to speed up your IIS server with Zend OPcache, make sure you have the latest version of PHP. Modify PHP.ini and put the following into your .ini file-
After you put the following into your PHP.ini, save the file and Stop and Start IIS.
There are some excellent GUI interfaces you can save as whatever.php by copying the code
Our personal favorite is the Opcache Control Panel (below).
Where to find more GUI interfaces -
More information from PHP.net
While we cannot cover every scenario there is, this is a general setup of a Windows 7 or 8 computer.
- Check all drivers under the Device Manager
Get the latest drivers for performance
- Optimize Network Card Configuration– Disable all but flow control
- Disable NTLM if connecting to older NAS or SANS devices
- Disable LLMNR - improves network performance and connections to SQL
- Load Banner if you have a business (legal banner at computer start)
- Load all Windows updates
- Run Cleanup of Service Packs after Service Pack updates are installed
(Information here or DISM /online /cleanup-Image /spsuperseded at a command prompt)
- Load Microsoft Hotfix 90 patches if Windows 7
- 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)
- TRIM enabled if SSD and disable defrag if SSD
- Load Defraggler or Auslogics defrag (Third party defrag program) if non SSD
- USB Power Management off – Device Manager
- Adjust other Power Management as necessary
- Printer installation
- Check to see if your BIOS supports AHCI -(if so, boot into Windows, modify the registry, then change the BIOS to AHCI) – more information
- Office installation – Always select custom during installation and select all features – complete installation
- Set Homepage in your Browser
- Install Adobe Reader
- Install Flash
- Install Java
- Install CCleaner
- Cryptolocker protection
- Install Anti-virus software (Microsoft Security Essentials)
- Install Anti-malware protection (SuperAntispyware or Malwarebytes)
- Rename computer and put in workgroup or domain as necessary
- Enable the Administrator’s account
- Edit the Hosts and LMHOSTS file under C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc as necessary
Type in server IP and NetBIOS name (speeds up name resolution if local DNS is not available)
Note: This does NOT contain all of the information you may need when in a business environment.