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Viewing files on a remote drive, on an Android device

How do I set up the sharing of a folder on a USB disk drive so that files within the drive, which is attached to a Win7 PC, can be played on an Android device? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Sep 27, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me Meta Kenobi.

Can you reassure me that majoring in computer science and trying to find a job in technology and software as a woman isn't going to be terrible? [more inside]
posted by trogdole on May 13, 2014 - 44 answers

Why do all VPN's give me the BSOD?

I have tried several VPN's on two different PC's running windows 7 and they all crash both my computers with a BSOD. How can this be? [more inside]
posted by gnossos on Aug 28, 2013 - 9 answers

Wifi not connecting on laptop, but works on phone?

My laptop refuses to connect to my home wifi network, saying a cable is unplugged. It's not. [more inside]
posted by cozenedindigo on Apr 11, 2013 - 10 answers

How do I test the speed/reliability of a network?

I have a somewhat complicated home network (see inside) that works OK most of the time but is occasionally unreliable. What software tools exist for testing the long-term reliability of a network (i.e. over several days)? [more inside]
posted by Betelgeuse on Apr 10, 2013 - 6 answers

Changed ISP unable to send email with e-mail account of old ISP

I have a friend who has become totally reliant on an e-mail account, which was provided by an internet service provider which she has just left to go to a new ISP. She uses Outlook 2003 as her e-mail client program. Unfortunately, she is now finding that after moving to this new ISP that although she can receive e-mails absolutely fine, she cannot send e-mails. [more inside]
posted by conrad101 on Feb 7, 2013 - 16 answers

Network adapter address presets?

I am looking for something to help me quickly and easily change the IP address(es) I use on my laptop's network adapter. [more inside]
posted by Sternmeyer on Jan 22, 2013 - 6 answers

MPD/network mp3 playing alternatives?

What is the best way to play MP3s on one computer, but controlled (prev, next, play, volume, etc.) by an interface on another computer. Complication level: there shouldn't be one because there is Linux and FreeBSD and NFS and shit everywhere. Why is this harder than it should be? [more inside]
posted by wrok on Oct 3, 2012 - 9 answers

How can I access my NAS remotely?

Does anyone know how to access a Synology (or other) NAS remotely -- esp. if they seem to be behind multiple routers in a big network? [more inside]
posted by This_Will_Be_Good on Sep 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Larry the cable + ethernet guy

Larry the cable-and-ethernet guy? How did he figure out my home's ethernet topology? [more inside]
posted by toastchee on Apr 1, 2012 - 6 answers

What is best approach for measuring cloud network latency?

I would like to know what is the best approach for measuring a cloud provider's network latency and jitter e.g. Amazon EC2. While a single ping on the command line can achieve a round trip latency snapshot for that one moment, I was looking for something more comprehensive and thorough. Are there any software tools out there that are particularly recommended and hopefully easy to use for measuring at intervals, network latency & jitter, preferably in Windows? Is round trip latency or end to end latency the best metric to consider? Ping provides roundtrip although if the packet came back the same route it came, then end to end could be found by dividing by 2. Latency and jitter increases in proportion to server load. How could I ramp up server load to let's say a specified percentage? Many thanks!
posted by conrad101 on Feb 14, 2012 - 8 answers

Remote Computer Management: "Computer Shim"?

Looking for a hardware approach to remote management, that I can stick on a computer and control everything from the BIOS to any OS I please. [more inside]
posted by Pontifex on Dec 22, 2011 - 9 answers

The Hamster in my hard drive is back

I have a Iomega Home Media drive on my LAN that starts chattering like it is about to explode with activity. [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Dec 15, 2011 - 10 answers

What could be the problem with my wi-fi connection? (Details of the setup and symptoms inside

What could be the problem with my wi-fi connection? (Details of the setup and symptoms inside) [more inside]
posted by philipy on Sep 15, 2011 - 19 answers

Windows 7 home server hardware recs

Looking to build a Intel Sandy Bridge Windows 7 machine that will primarily function as a centralized repository for mp3s, movies, and photos. Anyone have any hardware recommendations? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on May 31, 2011 - 5 answers

Comprehensive Home Network Setup

I have a few questions about a home server / backup / HTPC solution and I would really appreciate some help. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on May 18, 2011 - 13 answers

How can I benchmark and measure cloud computing latency?

I am looking to do a project on the effects of latency on cloud computing, specifically latency impacting on Amazon EC2 virtual machines and I am trying to get my head around it. EC2 is an Infrastructure As A Service cloud product. Unfortunately, I do not have much experience with it. I haven't found alot on the internet on this area; has anyone seen any information on this subject? Could anyone make suggestions about appropriate ways to do latency benchmarking in this area. What kind of things ought I be looking to include in any benchmark tests. How exactly do others go about measuring latency for Amazon EC2. Are there any software tools out there which will help.
posted by conrad101 on Apr 11, 2011 - 8 answers

Local cloud storage

Looking for a transparent NAS storage solution [more inside]
posted by Brennus on Jan 21, 2011 - 10 answers

Shortcuts and Memory

Does the number of desktop shortcuts effect a computers memory (Windows XP)? [more inside]
posted by rosswald on Dec 1, 2010 - 25 answers

Wireless router bridging for the overconfident

DD-WRT transparent wireless bridging. Nothing is working, not even changing the settings by hand over telnet. (On the plus side, I've learned how to use iptables.) [more inside]
posted by marakesh on Nov 13, 2010 - 6 answers

How to automatically authenticate to a wireless network?

Please help keep my laptop connected to a wireless network that requires hourly authentication. [more inside]
posted by Morsey on Oct 15, 2010 - 5 answers

Secure remote access to home PC

How can I set up secure remote access to my home computer? [more inside]
posted by CrazyGabby on Sep 6, 2010 - 14 answers

How can we fight against the "1984" version of the internet?

Since every government in the world seeks information control to remain in power. The internet will eventually be tapped, censored, crippled, and/or blocked by every country. How can we fight against this, or rather, route around it? [more inside]
posted by simpleblob on Mar 30, 2010 - 14 answers

Is media causing my computer to die?

Media playback seems to be killing my computer. And my wireless router. And my modem. How is this possible? [more inside]
posted by isnotchicago on Mar 16, 2010 - 10 answers

Wirless network utilization keeps dropping to zero - any ideas?

My google skills have failed me. My wireless network utilization is very low, or keeps dropping to zero. Other computers on the same network are just fine - what gives? [more inside]
posted by alrightokay on Dec 20, 2009 - 2 answers

Need help setting up AirPort on my Mac

I'm trying to set up an AirPort on my Mac and I'm having some issues. It's asking for OS X 10.4 and I'm running 10.5 but it still doesn't work. Any clue as to why this is happening? [more inside]
posted by Joseppi on Nov 30, 2009 - 6 answers

Wireless network connection problem

ARGH. Wireless connectivity problem. Laptop tells me I am connected with excellent signal strength, and yet I'm not able to load any webpages. [more inside]
posted by Kat Allison on Oct 8, 2009 - 4 answers

Why can't the networked devices just get along?

I'm trying to set up my parents' home network. The easiest way to describe it is with a diagram. They have a DSL router in a closet, and that's connected (ethernet) to mom's desktop pc. There is a wireless router (D-Link DI-524) that's also connected to the DSL router via ethernet. There is a printer connected to the D-Link via ethernet. And finally, dad's laptop connects via wifi. If the DSL router is connected to the wireless router's LAN port, mom can surf the web and print to the printer, but dad can't connect to the internet. (see the "lan port connection" diagram) If the DSL router is connected to the wireless router's WAN port, mom can surf the web but can't see the printer, but dad can connect to the internet. (see the "wan port connection" diagram) I've tried tweaking the D-Link's settings to both accept a DHCP address or have a hardcoded address, and also to pass out or not pass our a DHCP address to dad's laptop. What I can't seem to accomplish is: 1. mom can access internet 2. mom can access printer 3. dad can access internet 4. dad can access printer Any suggestions? Can I even do this with this equipment?
posted by edjusted on Sep 17, 2009 - 5 answers

Internet Woes

[ComputerFilter] Newly installed programs and updated programs can't connect to the internet. Any ideas? (Vista Home Premium) [more inside]
posted by Geppp on Aug 9, 2009 - 4 answers

Is my hard drive opaque on a public network?

Wi-Fi security. How much of the contents of my a) iPhone or b) iBook can be "seen" if I'm on a public network? Particularly concerning the latter, I've never been clear whether, in logging on to network X--be it a free municipal net or my employer's "guest net"--I'm simply an inscrutable blip on a network or I'm making my hard drive an open book to anyone who cares to peek. Any insight would be appreciated.
posted by the sobsister on Jul 19, 2009 - 11 answers

FreeNAS Hardware Specs

I'm going to make a dedicated FreeNAS box. Looking for hardware suggestions. [more inside]
posted by tdreyer on Jun 22, 2009 - 4 answers

Can't get new laptop to connect to wireless network

Cannot get new laptop to connect to secured wireless network! Arrghh! [more inside]
posted by Kat Allison on Apr 11, 2009 - 16 answers

Yet Another iTunes Question

How do I get iTunes to stop storing everything on the network server at work? [more inside]
posted by GuffProof on Feb 15, 2009 - 9 answers

Users cannot connect on Windows Server 2003

I've been asked to look at a network that runs three machines (XP) which apparently stopped working: Users cannot connect to the server (Windows Server 2003) due to some connection error. [more inside]
posted by panboi on Nov 12, 2008 - 7 answers

I need to get to PCs on separate networks to talk to each other.

I need to connect two computers that are located on separate networks. There are two things i'd like to be able to do: 1. Transfer files between the two computers. 2. Install Synergy, so that i can control both PCs with one keyboard and mouse. I can't install a second NIC in each PC, but i am willing to try maybe a USB NIC. Both PCs are running XP.
posted by PlayWithFire on Nov 3, 2008 - 11 answers

I want to have my cake and eat it too

My computer has a wireless adapter (for internet) and an ethernet cable to a router (not internet-connected). How can I let it access the internet while also being able to access the lan through 192.168.1.X? I can only set it to access one or the other, but not both. [more inside]
posted by lpctstr; on Aug 31, 2008 - 3 answers

How to stop torrents at work?

I'm sure this question will not make me the most popular student at the dance, but is there a way to identify (via IP) machines running BitTorrent clients within an internal network (ie. work)? My company has around 50 employees, and the old, "Please don't torrent at work" doesn't seem to be doing much good anymore. It brings our email and web browsing to a near standstill, and dropping by the "usual suspects" is not only tiresome, but doesn't seem to find all the sources of traffic any longer. Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
posted by numlok on Aug 11, 2008 - 27 answers

Tell me about current NAS manufacturers and technology?

Tell me about Network Attached Storage ( NAS )? In particular what current manufactuers should I avoid for a typical 1 terabyte (or greater) RAID array? I'm also interested in general information and pitfalls for NAS devices and implementations. [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Aug 10, 2008 - 13 answers

How do I enable simple file sharing on Server 2008 and stop my network from crashing?

How do I transparently share files from a Windows Server 2008 box to several XP computers? I want it to stop asking for a username and password when people try to access files. Also, can anyone point me in the right direction to solving this weird network issue I've been having? [more inside]
posted by Magnakai on Aug 9, 2008 - 6 answers

Best practices for computer names on a large network?

I need to come up with a conventional naming scheme for 200+ computers in my organization. Help! [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on May 20, 2008 - 27 answers

Fix my network connection

I used to use a program called DU Super Controler to limit bandwidth to World of Warcraft and keep it from crashing my DSL modem. This doesn't appear to work with Vista. What will? [more inside]
posted by dagnyscott on May 13, 2008 - 2 answers

Securing and encrypting a network?

General network and computer security: keyservers, PGP/GPG, encryption, etc...book/instructional recommendations? [more inside]
posted by jjsonp on Mar 10, 2008 - 6 answers

Two, two, two computer questions in one!

I have DSL but am continually prompted to dial-up for a connection. Plus, how do I learn to manage my wireless home network myself? [more inside]
posted by Northwest on Feb 23, 2008 - 5 answers

Can older macs be made Airport Extreme Capable?

Inherited an Airport Extreme Basestation with Gigabit ethernet and would like to enable a B&W 400mhz G3 and 400mhz G4 AGP to use this wireless network at the faster speeds. Is this possible? (this is anon because it's a gift to people who know me and read Askme) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2007 - 5 answers

Go forth and dub creatively, O my nerd army!

Name my new (home) server! Witty is better, obviously. [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo on Nov 27, 2007 - 33 answers

Why is my internet connection suddenly crap, on just ONE computer on my home network?

Why is my internet connection suddenly crap, on just ONE computer on my home network? [more inside]
posted by greendress on Oct 29, 2007 - 6 answers

What was that password again?

In Windows XP, is there a way to see the password that is stored in the system to log into a wireless network? [more inside]
posted by al_fresco on Oct 24, 2007 - 6 answers

'Network' management improvements for a small business needed.

Suggestions to improve 'Network' management for a small business? See for more details. [more inside]
posted by wylde21 on Aug 10, 2007 - 8 answers

Quick fix iMac as monitor for another Apple.

Is there any way that I can easily use my iMac Desktop (Current Intel Model) monitor as a second or primary monitor for my Powerbook using either the wireless network or a monitor adapter? [more inside]
posted by Bengston on Mar 14, 2007 - 6 answers

Is closed circuit HDTV a possibility?

Is closed circuit HDTV a possibility? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on Mar 12, 2007 - 7 answers

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