I'm going to be traveling a fair amount over the holidays which means I'll likely be on public WiFi a lot more than usual, and with all of the various security and privacy issues that have popped up in the news recently, I figure the time is ripe to figure out a VPN strategy (since not everything I do is over SSL/HTTPS). [more inside]
I'm taking my laptop on vacation, for the first time. What do I need to do to be sure my info stays safe? [more inside]
We recently brought in a new broadband provider to the house. Everything is working swell, except the desktop PC refuses to establish a steady connection to the new router. What am I missing? [more inside]
Help me make my wireless router work with my XP PC [more inside]
Please recommend PC LAN multiplayer games that aren't 3D. [more inside]
What could be the problem with my wi-fi connection? (Details of the setup and symptoms inside) [more inside]
How can I sync two hard drives that are not connected to the same PC? More details inside. [more inside]
Can't connect to Airport Extreme with my PC. The Macs in the house have no trouble. [more inside]
The Windows partition of my PC is no longer able to connect to my home network. How do I fix it? [more inside]
I'm about to receive a desktop computer (Windows 7 Pro) that I am going to use *solely* for playing an online game. Do I need any additional security or virus protection programs aside from what comes with Windows 7? [more inside]
I would like to forward a local port to another local port...in effect, disguising one port for another. Is this possible? [more inside]
Is it better to (a) run audio, video, keyboard, and mouse to the TV at the other end of the house or (b) just get a second PC? Help me sort out the cost/benefit. [more inside]
I've been wondering if it is possible to apply the same solution to the never-ending problem of Windows corruption (and the resulting degraded performance) that data centers use. As I understand it, Windows is booted over the network, so what happens to the local hard drive does not matter. Is there a way of doing the same thing to a home PC? Can you make a hard drive "read-only" after putting a bootable Windows image on it, and then use a seperate hard drive for data storage? I really detest the solution that MS sponsors (virus protection/firewall software) because it is just another thing that you have to buy which supports it's business partners. Any other ideas?
What is the best way to sync folders on a Mac to folders on a PC media server across a network? [more inside]
I have a new pc hooked up and it gets the Internet all the time, no problem checking e-mail, surfing or pinging anything on the WWW. However, I have intermittent problems remotely logging into that machine, either via ssh or vnc. If I ping the machine for long intervals of time, I've seen packet loss of around 90%. Does anybody have a good idea of where to start diagnosing this problem?
How can I securely access my PC files using my wireless iBook on my home network? [more inside]
I need to install new software on an older Macbook with a broken CD/DVD drive; can I do this by putting the CD or DVD into a windows pc and sharing it; or can I put a disc image on a USB drive? [more inside]
I need help in stopping my campus IT group from their hostile tolerance of macs to outright banning of them on campus though a multi-platform environment is supported in the rest of the university system. Long explanation to follow... [more inside]
Help me shoot my wife: suggest a first-person shooter we can play against each other. I'm on a Mac (pentium macbook pro); She's on a PC (about four years old, without the latest and greatest graphics card). We have a home network. [more inside]
My PC has completely lost interest in automatically obtaining an IP address from any network, by any method. [more inside]
Why does my download speed drop to zero when the internet connection is still up and working? [more inside]
Restarting my wireless router after some failure while I was at work-probably short power outage. [more inside]
Simple network rebuilding: what's the best way out of a wireless network muddle? [more inside]
Help me to fix/setup/keep running a network of 4 computers the easy way. [more inside]
PC laptop wireless issues: Can’t connect to my secure in-house wireless network. Any smart people able to help? [more inside]
Linksys WRT54G Wireless Router + Comcast Broadband connection. My Comcast connection will not allow the internet to flow through the wireless router [more inside]
In kindergarten terms, please explain wireless networking. [more inside]
Before I bother setting up a network between my PC and MAC: Can I use iTunes on my Mac to control a music library on my PC?
I work in an office with several not-for-profits share a high speed internet connection. My internet connection on my Mac Book seemed slow, so I tried the online test at Speakeasy. (I disabled the Airport connection so that I could test Ethernet) I ran the test several times and always found I had around a 400 K connection. Wireless, same test, circa 150 K. So I asked my collegue to run the same test from his Dell desktop---he got almost 1200K across several tests. I thought maybe it was the jack in my office, so I tried yanking out the plug and trying it in my collegue's office with another Dell desktop--she got 1200k--I got 400. I thought it might have been the MBP, so I dug out a Dell laptop--guess what--the most it would get in any office location was 400K. Same for a Mac mini that's on the same network. Now here's the thing--if I take that same MBP laptop home I get 3000K over my cable modem. Why would some computers get higher throughputs than others? They have an outside vendor administer the network and they seem to have disabled ping and traceroute. I started to wonder if maybe they limit bandwidth to the IP address, but all I really do during the day is work in Basecamp and reply to emails with an occassional look at Bloglines. Any ideas for the MeFi community about why this might happen and how I can intelligently describe the problem to the network admin so it doesn't sound like I'm nuts?
Is there a simple solution for keeping everything the same on my home PC and my laptop? I don't have the time at this point to mess with learning how to network the two. [more inside]
Any way to wirelessly enable the VGA port on my LCD television for photo slideshows? [more inside]
Can you advise on printing to a Windows PC printer from a Mac OSX machine, over a network? [more inside...] [more inside]