connection

Wed
04
Feb
John Lister's picture

New Wi-Fi Router Promises Entire Home Coverage

The makers of a new wireless router system claim it will offer guaranteed high-speed Wi-Fi connections throughout large homes. But at a minimum of $299 to take advantage, it's a costly solution. The Eero system is aimed at people who have an ... Internet connection and wireless router but struggle to get a good signal -- or any signal -- throughout their entire home. Wi-Fi signals can be weakened by structural issues such as in multi-storey houses, or by interference from wireless networks run by neighbors. The makers say this will become an increasingly frustrating problem as people make ... (view more)

Mon
03
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

How to Build an External HD?

Infopackets Reader John R. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a question regarding how to make a custom built external 2.5 inch USB hard drive (similar to the Western Digital My Passport drive). First, can you tell me: do external USB hard drives operate ... similar to 3.5 inch hard drives found in PCs? Also, are 2.5 inch hard drives just as reliable as the 3.5 inch desktop PC hard drives? Lastly, do you have any recommendations for external 2.5 inch hard drive enclosures? " My Response: For what it's worth, the Western Digital MyPasport hard drive is a solid unit (I own the 2TB model ), but it tends ... (view more)

Mon
22
Sep
Brandon Dimmel's picture

'PasswordFox 1.40', and 'Why Can't I Connect? 1.8.5'

PasswordFox 1.40 PasswordFox can help you recover the passwords and user names stored by the very popular Mozilla Firefox Internet browser. This tool is compatible with every version of Microsoft Windows since Windows 2000. http://www.nirsoft.net/ ... Why Can't I Connect? 1.8.5 If you're having trouble with TCP/IP connection errors, give this unique network diagnostic tool a try. Features include network diagnostic, email connection debugging, database connection debugging, and create TCP/IP server. https://www.whycanticonnect.com/ ... (view more)

Tue
12
Feb
Dennis Faas's picture

'Connection Keeper 12.1', and 'Identity Finder Home Edition 6.3'

Connection Keeper 12.1 Worried that your Internet Service Provider (ISP) might disconnect you because of inactivity? Then download Connection Keeper, which simulates Internet browsing on your PC to make sure that disconnection won't take place. ... http://www.gammadyne.com Identity Finder Home Edition 6.3 Worried about losing your identity to hackers? Then try out Identity Finder Home Edition, which is absolutely free for personal use. This program is compatible with most Mac operating systems as well as Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP Service Pack 1. http://www.identityfinder.com This ... (view more)

Tue
10
May
Dennis Faas's picture

$25 Pocket PC Could Run Windows XP

A British organization has produced what appears to be the cheapest fully-functional computer ever made. The device, made by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, is the size of a USB stick and costs just $25. The computer, which runs the open source Linux ... system, has a particularly creative design. In effect it's a silicon chip attached to three sockets: an HDMI socket to connect to a monitor or TV screen, a USB slot to plug in a keyboard, and a memory card slot for storage. While it's small enough to carry anywhere, it carries out the same functions as a full-fledged desktop PC. $25 Pocket PC ... (view more)

Wed
13
Oct
Dennis Faas's picture

Avoid 'Free Public WiFi' Network At All Costs

Frequent wireless Internet (WiFi) users are being warned this morning to never click on the network "Free Public WiFi". It's not actually free wireless, but a rogue network that can lead to the infiltration of a system by hackers. Waiting for a ... plane several years ago, WiFi security guru Joshua Wright first noticed the "Free Public WiFi" network in an airport. Desperate for a connection, he was drawn to the option, but stopped short to investigate it first. "I went to connect to an available wireless network and I saw this option, Free Public WiFi," Wright says. "As I looked more and more, I ... (view more)

Thu
15
Jul
Dennis Faas's picture

Millions of Routers Susceptible to Hackers: Report

A security researcher says hackers could take control of millions of routers. Craig Heffner, of security firm Seismic, says half of the models he tested were vulnerable to a recently discovered hack. Routers, which allow an Internet connection to be ... shared among multiple computers, are extremely common -- especially for those of us who use high-speed Internet. Even if you own only one computer and don't share your connection with others in your household or office, chances are you're using a router of some kind. In short, the router acts as a gateway to the Internet and directs traffic back ... (view more)

Fri
30
Oct
Dennis Faas's picture

Hidden Win7 App Turns PC into WiFi HotSpot, Sort Of

An unfinished feature has been discovered lurking within Windows 7, which would allow a regular laptop computer to be transformed into a wireless access point. The "secret" WiFi feature is not a foreign or accidental creation, however. Microsoft ... crafted "Virtual WiFi" in an effort to " virtualize " one wireless card as separate adapters for several different devices. Original efforts to forge ahead with "Virtual WiFi" were halted in 2006, when the project was discontinued. However, the work has apparently made a grand re-entrance with Windows 7, now known as Native 802.11 Virtual Wireless ... (view more)

Wed
02
Sep
Dennis Faas's picture

Help! Internet Connection Drops, No Web Access (Intermittent)

Infopackets Reader 'WB2' writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a home network consisting of two computers, using an N-link router. Both computers are connected to the router using a wired connection (not wireless). Problem: the router drops my Internet ... connection from time to time. Shutting off the router and turning it back on after a few seconds appears to solve the problem -- but it's only temporary. Can you help me solve this problem? " My Response: If the problem you are experiencing happens to both PCs at the exact same time, it's a safe bet it's not either of your PCs at fault, but likely the ... (view more)

Thu
21
Feb
Dennis Faas's picture

'Firefox Preloader', and 'Putty Connection Manager'

Firefox Preloader Firefox Preloader is a utility that is designed to load parts of Mozilla Firefox into memory before it is used to improve its start-up time. https://sourceforge.net/projects/ffpreloader/ Putty Connection Manager PuTTY Connection ... Manager is a free PuTTY Client add-on for Windows platforms. The goal is to provide a solution for managing multiple PuTTY instances. This is one of the most critical features missing from PuTTY. http://puttycm.free.fr/ (view more)

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