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Homegrown Network: A Concrete Example

Homegrown Network: A Concrete Example Designing and installing a DIY home network is hard enough. But doing it in a concrete block home requires extra planning and care.

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HDBaseT 1.0 Spec Finalized

HDBaseT LogoThe HDBaseT Alliance recently announced the finalization of its first specification for distribution of HD video over standard LAN cabling.

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How To Set Up Switch Link Aggregation

How To Set Up Switch Link AggregationLink aggregation is easy to set up and is a quick fix for bandwidth bottlenecks.   Read more...


Gigabit Ethernet NeedTo Know - 2008

Gigabit Ethernet NeedTo Know - 2008More people are making the move to gigabit LANs. Our updated tutorial will help you decide whether it's time for you to make the move, too.   Read more...


Packet Captures and Network Devices

Using packet papture software like Wireshark is a useful troubleshooting technique that can be used to examine packets and gather details to help find the root of a problem. In my previous post, I talked a little bit about how to use Wireshark and walked through some steps to run a simple packet capture from a PC. This time, I'm going to go a bit deeper into the how to for doing packet captures.

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Packet Captures, Plain and Simple

One of the features I've seen in newer small network routers is the inclusion of a packet sniffer/capture/trace tool within the diagnostic menus of the device. Routers I've recently tested with this functionality include the SonicWall TZ190W, D-Link DFLCPG310, and Netgear's newly released FVX538 and FVS336G.

In each case, these devices have the ability to capture packets on a specific WAN port and/or on the LAN interface. Some of these routers have more sophisticated filtering capabilities than the other, but they all seem to have the same basic functionality of capturing packets.

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The Tao of Multimedia Production Networking - Part 3

The Tao of Multimedia Production Networking - Part 3In the final chapter, we find out about wireless and VPN and whether our hero gets the girl.   Read more...


The Tao of Multimedia Production Networking - Part 2

ImageIn Part 2, David Hawkins maintains peace and harmony between heavy and light parts of the network.   Read more...


Atheros sampling 10/100 switch chip

Atheros today announced that it is sampling a low-cost six port 10/100 Ethernet switch chip to key customers.

The company said the AR8216 will allow it to provide networking customers with "all of the major silicon required for complete wire-to-wireless router solutions". Atheros chose to produce a 10/100 switch instead of a gigabit Ethernet version because it believes that is where the volume will be in the near term.

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The Tao of Multimedia Production Networking - Part 1

The Tao of Multimedia Production Networking - Part 1Designing a network for the demands of film production can teach valuable lessons, grasshopper. David Hawkins shows us the way.   Read more...


How To: Wake on LAN / Wake on WAN

Wake on LAN / Wake on WANWaking your PC up over the Internet can come in handy. Doug Reid shows you how.   Read more...


InterWorking Labs announces portable $1,500 network emulator

InterWorking Labs today announced Mini Maxwell, a portable, low-cost network emulator.

The product is a Layer 2 network emulator with the ability to apply packet impairments including drop/lose, duplicate, delay and reordering to five user-defined traffic "bands" in both transmit and receive directions. A variety of packet filters can be applied including IPv4 source/destination address, Layer 3 source/destination port, protocol, MAC address and more.

The Mini Maxwell measures 6" x 6" x 1" weighs less than two pounds and is controlled via a web interface. Two 10/100 Ethernet ports are available for traffic and one for control.

The product is available now for $1,499 direct from InternetWorking Labs' website.

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Homegrown Networks

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.   Read more...


HomePlug Turbo Adapter Round-Up

HomePlug "Turbo" technology prominently touts that it delivers data at "up to 85 Mbps" rates. But Tim Higgins found that the usual games that manufacturers play with throughput claims has been taken to new lows with these products.

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Making a little Magic on your Network

Setting up a small LAN isn't always easy for the newbie. David Strom looks at two products that try and somewhat succeed at easing the pain of getting a small LAN up and running.   Read more...


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

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.   Read more...


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

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.   Read more...


LAN Party How To - Part 3: LAN Management and Troubleshooting

Chris Dickens' series has so far shown you how to organize a smooth-running LAN party and get it powered properly. This time he offers tips on choosing networking gear, installing it and handling the problems that come with the territory.   Read more...


LAN Party How To - Part 2: Building the LAN

You can't have a LAN Party without a LAN and you shouldn't set up your party's LAN before reading the latest installment of our How To. Chris Dickens returns to step you through what it takes to set up a fast, robust LAN that can handle plenty of fraggin'.   Read more...


LAN Party How To - Part 1: Planning and Power

Ever think about throwing your own LAN Party? Or maybe you already have an didn't have a great experience. Chris Dickens has been there and done that and in Part 1 of our LAN Party How To shares his secrets of getting set up for success and making sure that there's power a'plenty to keep everyone happy.   Read more...


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