Articles in Category: Networking

Connecting computers in your home, in your business and around the world, networking is a complex subject that, when it works, is incredibly powerful.

Why Might Wi-Fi Be Faster than Ethernet?

It does sound strange that a wireless connection could be faster than ethernet. We’ll start by looking at the obvious: the cable connection itself.

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Why Doesn’t My Internet Speed Match What I’m Paying For?

In general, faster is better, but make sure you’re testing properly so that you get an accurate report.

How to Diagnose Wi-Fi Signal Strength Issues

Diagnosing an unexpected drop in Wi-Fi signal strength can be challenging. I’ll review some things to consider, as well as some steps to take to perhaps sidestep the problem.

What’s the Difference Between a Hub, a Switch, and a Router?

Hubs, switches, and routers are all computer networking devices with varying capabilities. Unfortunately, the terms are often misused.

How Do I Best Extend My Wireless Network for Laptop Access?

It can be difficult to get wireless network coverage throughout your home. I’ll look at a couple of ways to extend your wireless network.

What Should I Do About the VPNFilter Router Exploit?

The VPNFilter malware that impacts routers is complex and difficult to know what to do about.

What’s the Difference Between a Router, a Wireless Router, and a Wireless Access Point?

Terminology around routers and access points can be quite confusing. I’ll describe each, how they relate, and why the differences matter.

Is MAC Address Filtering a Viable Wireless Security Option?

MAC address filtering is a technique that theoretically prevents unauthorized computers from accessing your network. I’ll explain why the theory fails.

How to Monitor Network Activity and Speed up Your Machine’s Connection

Process Monitor is a powerful tool and it can be used to track down exactly what program on your machine is responsible for internet activity.

How Do I Configure My Static IP Address?

Once you’ve been assigned a static IP address you’ll need to configure the network-connected device manually to use it. We’ll look at how.