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What is DNS? How is it useful?

Have you heard of the term DNS? Did you stumble upon error messages that told you that the DNS server could not be reached? Do you know what a DNS is and what its purpose is? If you want to find out, read this guide. We explain what DNS is, …

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ASUS mesh Wi-Fi: The best of two worlds!

The world of wireless networking for consumers is getting exciting again. In the last year alone, we have witnessed the commercial launch of a new wireless standard – Wi-Fi 6 – and mesh Wi-Fi systems becoming commonplace. This year, ASUS is trying to lead the market with its ZenWiFi family …

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3 ways to change the DNS settings in Windows 10

Are the DNS servers provided by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) too slow? Are you concerned about online security? Or maybe you want to protect your children from inappropriate websites? Whatever the reason, changing your computer’s DNS servers to something new, like the public DNS servers maintained by Cloudflare, Google, …

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Change the DNS servers used by your Windows PC in 3 steps

Are the DNS servers provided by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) too slow? Are you concerned by your online security? Or maybe you want to protect your children from inappropriate websites? Whatever the reason, changing your computer’s DNS servers to something new, like OpenDNS’ or Google’s DNS servers can be …

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How to Connect to Wireless Networks in Windows 7

A growing number of people use laptops, notebooks and netbooks instead of desktop computers. As a result of this trend plus the growing number of devices such as smartphones, lots of wireless networks appear every day and more people use them on a regular basis. Windows 7 offers all you …

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Sharing Between Windows XP and Windows 7 Computers

I will continue our networking series and show how to share files and folders between Windows XP and Windows 7 based computers. The procedure can be slightly more complicated than when sharing between Windows Vista and Windows 7 computers but it’s still very manageable. Step 1: Workgroup Must be the …

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How Does a Home Network Look Like?

Back in March, we’ve started a survey in which we asked our readers to tell us more about their home networks. The aim was to understand how complex home networks are, what are the problems people face and what we could do to help our readers. We’ve ran this survey …

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Installing a Shared Network Printer in Windows Vista

We will continue our series on home networking topics with an article about how to install a network printer shared by a computer with almost any operating system on a Windows Vista computer. Before going to the installation process, make sure you check the recommended prerequisites, so that you don’t …

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How to Access Windows 7 Shared Folders from Ubuntu

A common goal of setting up computers on a local network is being able to share files and folders. In order for file sharing to work, the computers must exist on the same network and Workgroup. Then, the computer sharing files must have a folder configured with the proper permissions …

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Book Review – Wireless Home Networking for Dummies

Wireless is, as the authors of this book state from the first paragraph, everywhere these days. It’s incorporated not only your computer but in your phone, printer, and other devices that are close to your heart. If you’re sick of tripping on the cables lying around in your home, or …

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How to Access A Windows Shared Printer from Ubuntu

Anyone who utilizes multiple computers in a network with a single printer knows the importance of being able to share resources. In a previous tutorial, we explained How to Access Windows 7 Shared Folders from Ubuntu. However, the sharing doesn’t stop there. This tutorial will show how to access from …

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Mount Windows 7 Shared Partitions & Folders in Ubuntu

In previous tutorials we have covered how to share files between Ubuntu and Windows 7 computers on your home network. This tutorial will complement previous ones and show how to make Ubuntu auto-mount a partition or folder from Windows 7 so that you can always have access to it from …

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Book Review – Head First Networking

I had never heard of the Head First series of books before I got this one to review, so I was really surprised by the way these books approach their subjects. I’ve read a lot of technical books in my lifetime, but never one like this! What is it that …

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Reviewing the Belkin @TV – Mobile TV for Geeks

Recently, I got my hands on the Belkin @TV. From the moment I touched it, I was very intrigued: Mobile television? Remote streaming? Interesting concepts I have not fiddled with until now. Imagine my curiosity while unpacking the device and setting it up for the first time. I was very …

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Geek Adventures: Using Windows 8 on a Netbook

A while ago I wrote about how I installed Windows 8 on my old Toshiba NB-505 netbook, which wasn’t really supposed to work with Windows 8. The installation went reasonably smoothly and when I finished the article, Windows 8 appeared to be working fine. I’ve had the opportunity to use …

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