Category Archives: Home Networking

Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller performance issues

UPDATE-2016 driver now available! (Driver number will be different than what is in this article! (Direct Link to New 12/2016 Driver) If you have the Realteck PCIe GBE Family Controller adapter and are experiencing performance issues on your network, download … Continue reading

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DHCP fix with KB3206632 ?

KB3206632 was released December 13th.   Here’s a list of fixes from Microsoft’s site– This security update includes these additional improvements and fixes. No new operating system features are being introduced in this update. Key changes include:  Improved reliability of … Continue reading

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DHCP issues with KB3201845

If you have issues after applying KB3201845, Rick over at Whats On My PC may have first found it.  Apparently Microsoft is displaying a banner on their Windows 10 History page that says to restart NOT shutdown.   We experienced … Continue reading

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Seagate GoFlex Home Server firmware update issues – solved

Several years ago we did a review on Seagate GoFlex Home Server (NAS).  Recently I went to update the firmware which can be found in the web interface of the device. Once I clicked ‘update’,  the device found an update … Continue reading

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How to flush the DNS cache on Mac, Linux or Windows

If websites are not appearing correctly, connections time out or if you cannot find a computer on a network, you may need to flush the DNS cache.  Here’s how to do it- Microsoft Windows – Go to a command prompt … Continue reading

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Did you know Microsoft has an online Training Center for Office?

Microsoft offers an online training center for Microsoft Office that covers Microsoft Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, OneDrive, Access and Skype for Business. The training offers videos, tips and more.  You can find the training here.

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Cipher /w:C securely erasing unused space

The Cipher program can be used to remove any erased data from unused disk space.  The command, Ciper /w:C is used to perform this action and can securely erase data that you once had on your computer.  While this command … Continue reading

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Tomato Cache Optimization with DNSMasq and DNS Benchmark

Want to speed up your internet’s resolution of websites?  One way is to flash your router with Tomato (Tomato is Linux core firmware for many routers that provides advanced features.) or other open source firmware.  Below is an example of … Continue reading

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900+ Technical Blogs

Need information about anything technical?  Here’s a site ran by Rick over at What’s On My PC.   The site BookMark4Techs is the largest resource for Technical Blogs.

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Tomato firmware themes

Want to make your router’s theme where it is easier to read?  Tomato has the ability to download themes under  Administration and TTB ID. You can view a gallery of different themes you can download by clicking on the themes … Continue reading

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Wireless Dropping? Change your Scan Valid Interval

Is your Wireless dropping?  Update your driver of course and then try changing your Scan Valid Interval.   By default, most wireless cards are set to 60.   This is the amount of time before your wireless ‘looks’ for other … Continue reading

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Check your router’s security – F-Secure Router Check

Has your router been compromised?  Is it secure?  With F-Secure’s Router Check, you can check to see if your router provides a secure connection to the internet. Many routers today are older and some manufacturers have abandoned firmware updates.   … Continue reading

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Network named incorrectly under Network and Sharing Center

Have you connected and reconnected to a wireless or wired network and noticed the network adapter is now named wrong? There’s an easy fix. Open the Network and Sharing Center Click on the Active Network icon (see below). Type in … Continue reading

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Did you really complete your Windows installation?

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 … Continue reading

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Extend your wireless network

Want to extend your network and make it more reliable and robust? Note:  IP addresses and MAC addresses in this demo are in a controlled lab environment Here’s what you will need – Two routers with the same firmware Preferably … Continue reading

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Using a GPS to perform a Wi-Fi survey

It is important to perform a wi-fi survey so that you can determine not only the perfect place to locate your access point or bridge but to gain an understanding of the channel co-existence challenge you may face.  With wireless … Continue reading

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Network Switches – Avoid Daisy-Chains

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 … Continue reading

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Configuring WDS to extend your wireless network

Want to extend your network and make it more reliable and robust? Note:  IP addresses and MAC addresses in this demo are in a controlled lab environment Here’s what you will need – Two routers with the same firmware Preferably … Continue reading

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Wi-fi takes a long time to find network after computer sleeps

After your computer goes to sleep, do you notice it takes a long time to connect to your wireless router? There can be several reasons for this. Here are some tips~ Power management on the adapter is enabled Disable in … Continue reading

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How to tie your cloud storage services together

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 … Continue reading

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