Networking

Router vs Switch vs Hub vs Modem vs Access Point vs Gateway

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With all of today’s modern devices, some of the terminology can be quite confusing. Pretty much everyone has heard of the term router, but what does it actually mean? Is your router just a router or can it also be a switch, an access point and a gateway? Back in the days, each term above […]

How to Create an FTP Server using FileZilla

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FileZilla is a popular FTP application that you can use to connect to other computers using file transfer protocol (FTP). With FTP you don’t need to worry about compatibility since the protocol is standard and supported by any OS that can handle an FTP client. Previously, I wrote how to setup your own FTP server […]

Enable or Disable Windows Firewall from Command Prompt

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There may come a time when you need to write a script or remotely connect to a PC and run a command to enable or disable the Windows firewall. For most IT environments, using Group Policy is the easiest way to configure the Windows Firewall on client computers. It’s also the easiest way to add […]

How to Control a Windows PC using Remote Desktop for Mac

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If you like to use your Mac computer as your main machine, but still need Windows for occasional tasks, then it might be useful to setup remote desktop so that you can connect from your Mac to your PC remotely. Luckily, Microsoft provides all the parts for remote desktop to work properly between a Mac […]

Does MAC Address Filtering Really Protect Your WiFi?

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MAC address filtering is one of those controversial features that some people swear by, whereas others say it’s a complete waste of time and resources. So which is it? In my opinion, it’s both, depending on what you are trying to accomplish by using it. Unfortunately, this feature is marketed as a security enhancement that […]

How to Connect to a Remote Registry in Windows 7 and 10

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If you’re in a small business environment, it can become really annoying if you have to walk out to each computer that you need to fix. Instead, if you can remotely connect and fix problems or adjust settings, it makes things a lot more convenient. Though it’s less common, there are times when you might […]

What is the Difference between WPA2, WPA, WEP, AES, and TKIP?

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Pretty much everywhere you go today, there is a WiFi network you can connect to. Whether it be at home, at the office or at the local coffee shop, there are a plethora of WiFi networks. Every WiFi network is setup with some kind of network security, either open for all to access or extremely […]

How To Check the Proxy Server Settings on Your Computer

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If you feel your Internet connection is slower than what it should be or you notice that certain websites get blocked while browsing, it could be because all your Internet traffic is going through a proxy server. A proxy server is basically just another computer that sits between you and your ISP. It’s usually configured […]

Five Things You Should Do After Plugging in Your New Cisco Switch

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I purchased a new Cisco SG300 10-port Gigabit Ethernet managed switch a few months back and it’s been one of the best investments for my small home network. Cisco switches have so many features and options that you can configure to granularly control your network. In terms of security, their products stand out. With that […]

How to Simulate a Slow Internet Connection for Testing

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My website loads lightning fast on my home computer, but that’s probably because I have Verizon FIOS with a 100/100 Internet plan. Even if I try to use my cell phone, the site still loads exceptionally fast because I have anywhere from four to five bars of 4G LTE speed. Unfortunately, when I check the load […]