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.

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

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?

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.

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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.

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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.

You Shall Not Pass!

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.

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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.

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Why doesn’t my internet speed match what I’m paying for?

In general, more speed is better than less, but exactly what you are getting (and whether or not you need it) is going to be a personal matter.

Why Might WiFi Be Faster than Wired Ethernet?

It does sound strange that the wireless connection would be faster. We’ll start by looking at the obvious… the cable connection itself.

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.