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Hardware Router Need To Know 2006

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Everyone with a high-speed Internet connection needs a router. So why not learn how to choose the one that best meets your needs? We've updated and expanded our classic Hardware Router Need To Know to help you do just that!

What Is VoIP? Introducing Our VoIP FAQ

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In this FAQ, we answer some of the most pressing questions about Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). Our goal is to arm you with the knowledge you need in order to go out there and save on your telephone bills. Hey, there are worse missions to have in life...

Homegrown Networks

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Readers share their stories about building their own home networks. We look at three systems, one of which takes an especially unique approach to component integration.

Wireless Networking Need To Know 2006

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It's been a few years since our first Wireless Need to Know series and lots has changed. Hence, our freshly updated 2006 version.

How To: Diary of a New Home Network - Part 3

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In this final installment, Tim Higgins makes a bonehead move during cable termination and shares lessons learned from the whole escapade.

How To: Diary of a New Home Network- Part 2

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Tim Higgins is back with Part 2 of his new home network adventures. This time it's all about the connections - wall plates and patch panels, that is.

How To: Diary of a New Home Network- Part 1

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Designing a system to distribute communications and electronic entertainment services around a new home can be a daunting task. But with the right approach, you don't have to be a master of the home networking universe to do it, and you might even have fun! Tim Higgins recently did just that.

How To Crack WEP - Part 3: Securing your WLAN

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Humphrey Cheung turns the tables in his final installment of the WEP Crack series. Part III describes an approach to wireless security that matches defensive measures against the level of expected threat.

NeedToKnow: Voice over IP - Part 1

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These days you hear the acronym "VoIP" so much that it sounds like the Monty Python skit that launched SPAM into Internet vernacular. But it looks like this time Voice over IP is here to stay. So it's time for one of our Need To Knows so that you're armed and ready to understand its terminology and make intelligent choices among a dizzying array of VoIP products and services.

How To: Tips for Fixing XP File and Printer sharing

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Users of WinXP and Win2000 frequently can connect to the Internet, but have problems getting File and Printer sharing to work properly. Sometimes it doesn't work at all, sometimes only some machines on a network can share, and sometimes machines can share, but only in one direction.

Building A Home Network From Scratch - The Ins and Outs of Building a Home Network

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With interest rates at an all-time low in the U.S., many Americans are now able to build or buy their first home or, if they are already a homeowner, to upgrade to something better. Buying or building a home offers those who are technology-minded the opportunity to consider the integration of home connectivity up-front. Many new, custom-built homes now offer some level of basic home connectivity as an option; but this is a new phenomenon. Considering that the Internet has become a mainstream feature of our collective lifestyle in just a few short years, unless the home you are buying is fairly new it is likely that you are pretty much left to your own devices when it comes to networking.

How To: Fixing Router Intermittent Connection Drops

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Some quick tips for fixing those annoying router connection drops.

How To: Fixing DNS problems

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The inability to open a website by name usually indicates a DNS (Domain Name System) problem. DNS is the service that converts the website URL, i.e. www.yahoo.com into the IP address that is needed for actual communication.

WPA - Wireless Security for the rest of us

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The Wi-Fi Alliance and IEEE 802.11 Task Group i have finally heard the voice of the marketplace.

Wireless Networking NTK - Setting up

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Now that you know the building blocks of a wireless network, how do you put them together into something that will let you get some work done while you're sitting in your favorite chair? Glad you asked! The approach you take depends on where you're starting from, so we'll take a look at the common situations.

Guide to Using your Router on Campus

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It's back to school time and some college campus network administrators are finding they have their hands full trying to control the wave of network problems caused by students' use of inexpensive wired and wireless routers connected to their networks.

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