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PCWorld’s GlassWire review

Although this product is in beta, it’s first appearance appears to be very promising.  Read PCWorld’s review of Glasswire, an application that can keep an eye on your computer network to see what traffic your devices are receiving and sending.  Read more at … 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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The Network folder specified is currently mapped

If you try to map a network drive and an error that specifies you are already mapped to the drive but are not, you can try several things. Run services.msc Stop the Workstation Service (This in turn will stop the … Continue reading

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Why do you subnet?

Why? The Golden Question All over the internet you will find information on ‘How to Subnet’.   Suddenly you are thrown into a world of bits and binary and given charts of ‘How to Subnet’.   But why do you subnet? Subnets … Continue reading

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Resolve wireless issues by adjusting advanced power savings

Usually when I resolve a problem, there seems to be an outbreak of the same problem.   Lately I resolved issues with wireless networking on several laptops and a desktop by disabling the power settings.  Apparently when the laptop woke, … Continue reading

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InSSIDer 3.0 Personal

InSSIDer 3.0 Personal Edition is available for download at Metageek.  InSSIDer 3.0 is an excellent tool used to analyze and see your wireless APs. Note:  If you currently use InSSIDer version 2.1 and use the GPS features, 3.0 personal does … Continue reading

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Red X on network icon – Windows 7

Have you ever experienced a red X   on the network icon in the taskbar on Windows 7? Symptoms – Red X on the network icon (by time on taskbar) Still able to go to the internet Click “Start or orb” … Continue reading

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Optimize Your Network Settings

Want to further optimize your network settings?   Use this little known settings in Windows. (Directions are for Windows Vista and Windows 7 – settings apply to Windows XP also). Open the Network and Sharing Center Click on Change Adapter Settings … Continue reading

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NTLM Settings in Windows Vista or 7

You may have devices on your network that you can no longer connect (Vista/Windows 7) to or you may not be able to network to Windows XP (for whatever reason, this works).  This changes settings to accept NTLMv1 and NTLMv2 … Continue reading

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Find and set your optimal MTU setting to improve your connectivity

MTU Ping Test Want to determine the optimal MTU for your ISP connection? Go to Search or Run (Windows 7 vs. XP) Type in cmd. Hit the enter. A Command prompt window will open. Type ping http://www.speedtest.net -f -l 1500 and hit Enter (or … Continue reading

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Windows System Control Center

KLS Soft has an excellent program (Windows System Control Center) that is free for personal or commercial use. WSCC  is a freeware utility that allows you to execute, organize, install and update utilities.  Utilities such as Sysinternals’, Nirsoft’s portable freeware … Continue reading

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Understanding your network card metric setting

If you use more than one network card for mutliple LANS or connections, you can set the metric of each card to send IP packets through the fastest card first or the desired card. For instance if you have a … Continue reading

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Little known netsh commands

How is your network card and computer routing? Use the following command to see the routing table – from the command prompt type – netsh interface  ipv4 show route Publish Type Met Prefix Idx Gateway/Interface Name ——- ——– — ———————— … Continue reading

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Monitor Your Small Network

Want to monitor your small network?  Here’s a freeware utility that monitors small networks.  An upgrade is available for larger networks.   Net-Probe

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Analyze your home or business network for free

Capsa has an excellent freeware program that offers free licensing for home and small business users.  Capsa also offers an excellent Enterprise level monitoring program.  With hundreds of options to monitor your network live, Capsa is an excellent tool regardless … Continue reading

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Opening Ports on Your Router

Simple Port Forwarding has over 1100 routers in its database.  There will be a time when you need to open a port on your router so that a computer on the ‘outside’ of your network can connect to the inside … Continue reading

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Network Scanner

Need to scan your network and scan the ports on your network to check your LANS security? Loaded with the Features below, LanSpy 2.0 helps you to audit your network.  (See my test network below) Ping Domain name NetBios names … Continue reading

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Find Your Fastest DNS Servers

We wrote and article on Google and recently found another utility to find your fastest DNS Servers.  NAMEBENCH

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EtherSnoop – Packet Sniffer

Network administrators can use packet sniffers to ensure packets are encrypted on their network or so that protected code is not transmitted.  Link Note:  In order to run this program on your computer in Vista or 7, select compatibility mode … Continue reading

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Router Emulator

Here is a link for router emulators for Linksys.  Link

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