Networking

How to Add a Local DNS Lookup to Hosts File

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When you add a permanent entry to the local DNS cache on your PC, it will always override the information provided by the nameserver. If a nameserver gives the wrong address for a domain or provides no information at all, you can still access the domain if it’s listed in the local Hosts file. It […]

Which WiFi Encryption is Best?

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Encrypting your wireless network accomplishes two things: it helps keep out leeches (i.e your neighbours) who would otherwise use your WiFi for free Internet, and it helps prevent intruders from breaking into your system to snoop around your PC. Of course, most wireless routers have encryption turned off by default, so any choice you make […]

Why is the Default IP Address for My Router 192.168.0.1?

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Someone at my office recently asked me why their wireless routers always have a default IP address of 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1 and I really could not come up with a good answer! Being an IT guy myself, I was obviously irritated by the fact that I hadn’t really thought about something that’s in my face […]

Network Two Computers Running Windows XP

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If you want to share files between two desktop computers, a good way would be to use the built-in features of Windows. In this way, if you add another computer to your network, you can easily share files with that computer too without having to install any additional software. If you have two computers that […]

Cannot See Other Computers on Network in My Network Places?

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When you go to My Network Places or Network in Windows, is it blank or empty? Even if you are connected to the network, you may still not be able to see other computers on the same network for several reasons. Firstly, you need to determine what kind of network you are on, i.e. a […]

Can Connect to Wireless Router, but not to the Internet?

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Have you ever run into the situation where you could connect your laptop to your wireless router, but could not browse the Internet? There could be several things going on in this kind of situation: either your computer has a problem or the router cannot connect to the Internet via your ISP. So if you’re […]

How to Configure a Router for Remote Desktop

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I’ve previously written several articles on remote desktop, including how to enable remote desktop on a remote computer and how to access local files and folders during a remote desktop session. I’ve even written about how to block remote connections to a PC! Yet I have not talked about how to actually configure a router […]

Connect to Network Printer in Windows XP

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If you are in a corporate environment, you probably can only print to networked printers, unless you are one of the lucky few to have a personal desktop printer. For the rest of us, you have to manually connect to the network printer in one of two ways. If you are in a domain, then […]

Cannot Delete Print Job in Windows

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Have you ever run into the situation where you sent a job to the printer, but it just refused to print? You check the print job queue and everything looks fine, but nothing is happening? So either nothing happens or the print job ends up failing and USUALLY just goes away. If not, you then […]

How to Fix “Cannot renew IP address” in Windows

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Recently, I was working on a clients machine and after logging in, I realized that for some reason I was not able to connect to the server. I went to the command prompt, typed in IPCONFIG and pressed Enter. The IP address for the computer was 169.254.x.x and the subnet mask was 255.255.255.0. The 169.254 […]