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Speed up your network by disabling the HomeGroup

While we’ve discussed speeding up SQL connections by disabling LLMNR, there’s another way to speed up your network. If you are not using the HomeGroup feature, a quick way to speed up your network is to disable the services for … Continue reading

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World Route by Softperfect

Here’s a visual aid to tracert currently free at Softperfect.  You can use this to see where internet delays are happening with a website.  This tool comes in portable and with an installer. https://www.softperfect.com/products/worldroute/

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Change network adapter priorities in Windows 10 – PowerShell

First thing – disable network adapters you don’t use If you use Ethernet, disable everything but flow control Disable LLMNR Adjust NTLM Perform test with Totusoft’s network speed test Next, avoid latency of your network card by adjusting the network … Continue reading

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Link aggregation – Use Multiple NIC Cards

There is truly an advantage to adding multiple NIC cards to a computer.   It won’t speed up a single internet connection but it can help with loss of signal, detecting access points, transferring information to and  from computers. When adding … Continue reading

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Internet or network application slow? You may need to temporarily disable Nagle’s Algorithm

With the Nagle-Algorithm, Windows takes small packets and packages them in to more manageable and efficient sizes.   If you have poor latency, you might try to disable the Nagle-Algorithm.  Nagle’s algorithm helps to control congestion when small packets are … Continue reading

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NetSpot Review – Wi-Fi survey app for Windows

In this three part series we review NetSpot a Wi-Fi survey app for Mac and Windows. In this part, we look at the Microsoft Windows version of NetSpot.  NetSpot performs accurate Wi-Fi surveys that allows you to use a map … Continue reading

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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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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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Don’t daisy chain switches

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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Manage your router with Router Commander

Note:  When logging into router commander you must enabled telnet on the router and although you login in as administrator or admin in the webgui, you may need to log in as root as the user.  (This is the case … Continue reading

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Enable SSH on your Router

SSH is a secure way to program your router remotely.  SSH provides the encryption you need to avoid MtM (Man in the Middle Attacks). In many routers, you’ll find SSH under the Administration menu.   This can be enabled to … Continue reading

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Use PortQry to find open ports on a router or computer

PortQry is a download from Microsoft that allows you to see what ports on a remote device are open. While you can use Zenmap, PortQry is a program designed by Microsoft to find and troubleshoot connections.  You can download PortQry … Continue reading

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Troubleshoot your network using netsh scenarios command

Often you can work out networking problems simply by checking out everything as far as hardware and doing simple ipconfig commands.  If you are an advanced user, you can use the netsh trace show scenarios command at the command prompt (run the … Continue reading

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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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Monitor your Hyper-V machines with this monitoring app

Want to monitor your Hyper-V machine’s resources?  TMurgent Technologies has an app that does just that. HyperV_Mon monitors physical, logical, virtual performance and more.

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Rufus USB boot and Hiren’s Boot ISO

Hiren’s Boot CD is one of the best tools IT personnel can get their hands on.  (See our article on adding the GeGeek Toolkit) WIth the following tools, Hiren’s can help you diagnose, repair and secure your computer – Avira … Continue reading

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A few Wireshark Filters

Want to analyze your network?  Some of the top filters for Wireshark are below.  This by no means is a user guide for Wireshark which is the best freeware protocol analyzer available. Want to see if your traffic is efficient? … Continue reading

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Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP

If you have several computers on your network and would like to see the computers on your network, Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP to speed this process up.  NetBIOS allows computers to be seen by name on your network.  Enabling NetBIOS … Continue reading

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Slow SQL Connection or Network in Windows 10 – Update

Finally found a small problem with Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.  After upgrading, we have discovered that Windows  was responding slow to our SQL Server 2008.  What we discovered is below. Slow response times in Windows to a SQL … Continue reading

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NTLM Settings in Windows 7, 8 or 10

You may have devices (NASs) on your network that you can no longer can connect to or you may not be able to network to an older OS.  Actually this changes settings to accept NTLMv1 and NTLMv2 so that you … Continue reading

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