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Are any computer or IT certifications worth pursing?

I'm in the weird position of being halfway through a psych/programming/IT degree meant to train me as a user interface expert. I'm taking a year off to work. I want to learn more about networks, networking, and network security. I want to learn more about computer security in general, best practices to follow. I want to eventually get a non-glamorous job in tech support or similar to pay the bills until I work my way up. Are any of the current computer/tech/IT certifications worth pursuing? [more inside]
posted by quiet earth on Jun 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Calling network engineers: help me understand latency and packet loss

I’m trying to be more pro-active with regard to monitoring the network at my workplace, addressing any issues that might arise, and answering that ever-present question: “My computer is so slow today! Is the problem on our end, or on their end?” [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on May 19, 2014 - 4 answers

Managing and backing up files across several home computers

What are your tools and best practices for managing your digital stuff across several computers at home? [more inside]
posted by parudox on Mar 3, 2014 - 12 answers

Simplify the kids' computer experience

I want to make an elementary school computer lab just work, magically if possible. I am Windows deficient and could use guidance. [more inside]
posted by argybarg on Jul 5, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me find gigabit switches that won't fail after 2 years

Netgear GS108 alternatives? Mine keep dying. [more inside]
posted by strangecargo on May 14, 2012 - 4 answers

How do I do it?

Is it possible to network all my storage? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Dec 23, 2011 - 9 answers

Running a wireless router off a Dell 24 switch router

Is it possible to run a Linksys WRT54G wireless router off a Dell 24 switch router? [more inside]
posted by ascetic on Nov 13, 2011 - 13 answers

Denied by my own! Help!

I "don't have permission" to go into the desktop XP folders on my network from my Windows 7 laptop, but the reverse is fine. Help me? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Sep 1, 2011 - 13 answers

Connect Damn You

Issues connecting to a wireless network. I have one particular laptop that cannot connect to a specific Wireless network. [more inside]
posted by edbles on Aug 25, 2011 - 9 answers

Backup!

File backup question for my husband - looking for an easy way to back up a set of files in windows, preferably to a network drive. [more inside]
posted by strixus on Mar 1, 2011 - 10 answers

Do usb and firewire outlets exist?

Can I set up usb connections, dvd/cd drives, and other computer stuff in separate rooms? Do usb and firewire, and dvd/cd drive outlets exist that can be mounted in wall-boxes? [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Feb 3, 2011 - 11 answers

Why can't I find any proper Counter-Strike servers?

Why can't I find any proper Counter-Strike servers? [more inside]
posted by hworth on Dec 27, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me find my friend's new computer!

A professor friend of mine is in the market for a new computer and printer, and has enlisted my help. I, in turn, am hoping to enlist MeFi's help. Do you have any recommendations for me? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Dec 14, 2010 - 5 answers

OSX Snow Leopard and Win XP File permissions are not playing nice. Ideas?

OSX Snow Leopard and Win XP File permissions are not playing nice. The Mac seems to be writing permissions so that users on the windows XP file server cannot change or move the files. It says that you have to have "domain/user" permission. Is there a way to set permissions on the mac side so that all content created on the mac will have permissions set to be open for all users to modify. Or anyone have any other ideas of what could be causing this problem? Thanks in advance for any advice.
posted by pleuroma on Apr 23, 2010 - 2 answers

Automatically share mounted TrueCrypt volume?

Is there a way to have Windows permanently share a drive letter, even when it's a mounted volume? [more inside]
posted by jluce50 on Apr 9, 2010 - 4 answers

Networking infrastructure for a LAN gaming setup?

I would appreciate some input on what type of network topology to implement in a small-scale network of about 20 computers for multi-player gaming purposes. What kind of networking hardware would be required in such a situation - routers, servers, cabling etc. Last but not least, as far as network security is concerned - what are the key things one should look out for? Thanks to all that can contribute some ideas
posted by naskar on Mar 17, 2010 - 9 answers

Auto-printing for a time-strapped student

How can I get a program to access the classroom sharing site Sakai (I am a student) and get the new materials posted there to be print automatically? [more inside]
posted by verapamil on Jan 19, 2010 - 1 answer

Help me bring back my wifi!

I'm having wifi troubles with my MacBook, and the lack of connectivity for the weekend gave me the shakes. Help me before the withdrawal gets worse! [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Dec 7, 2009 - 6 answers

Why do large file downloads stall (with no error message or any feedback)?

Why do large file downloads stall (with no error message or any feedback)? [more inside]
posted by bradn on Oct 28, 2009 - 7 answers

My Apple Airport Extreme stopped giving me Internet access. HELP!!!

I have DSL through AT&T, using a 2Wire modem, which is connected to my Airport Extreme. For over a year, I have used the Airport network to access both the Internet AND music files on an external hard drive. As of last week, the Internet no longer works on the network created by the Airport. [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on Oct 13, 2009 - 4 answers

Where do you put *your* VPN?

Where exactly should I place my VPN server in my network? [more inside]
posted by plaidrabbit on Sep 22, 2009 - 6 answers

Wireless Network Lag

What are some ways I can improve latency over a wireless network? [more inside]
posted by bobertdude on Jul 18, 2009 - 12 answers

From HelpDesk to Admin

Best background builder(s) for a nascent server administrator position (without the schedule flexibility to take courses?) [more inside]
posted by Phyltre on Jun 12, 2009 - 4 answers

Wireless computers can't see wired LAN Workgroup shares.

My laptop using wireless connection can not access the rest of my wired network workgroup. I suspect a router issue. [more inside]
posted by Jackie_Treehorn on Dec 18, 2008 - 20 answers

Private file sharing over LAN

Computer 1 (XP SP2) and Computer 2 (XP) are connected to a router. I want to transfer and manipulate files from one on the other. I don't want to use File and Print Sharing. Any solutions? [more inside]
posted by daksya on Aug 2, 2008 - 12 answers

Network woes

Why can't I access my network shares after I connect to the WiFi at work? [more inside]
posted by Crotalus on Jul 28, 2008 - 4 answers

How to Keep a Critical Program Running 24/7 in 3 Easy Steps

I want to monitor a running program on an XP box to make sure it stays running. If the program should quit for whatever reason, I'd like a way to attempt to restart the program after xx - minutes/seconds, for xx - attempts. [more inside]
posted by SparkyPine on Apr 9, 2008 - 5 answers

Is it possible to connect or network 2 computers that both have wifi and wired nic cards with crossover cable

Is it possible to connect or network 2 computers that both have wifi and wired nic cards with crossover cable [more inside]
posted by antisocialiting on Mar 28, 2008 - 16 answers

Xbox 360 + Flickr Interestingness?

I want to use my Xbox 360 to show slideshows of the Flickr Interestingness RSS feed --- without having to download the photos every day. [more inside]
posted by mattholomew on Mar 7, 2008 - 5 answers

How do I make my WiFi network stop hiding from me?

I cannot maintain a connection to my wireless network. I think it might have something to do with the EIGHTEEN other wireless networks available around me. What can I do? (And let's knock this one out early: I'm on a completely different channel from all the other networks). [more inside]
posted by logovisual on Feb 19, 2008 - 11 answers

Xbox 360 over an Apple network? Help a brother out (literally!)

Xbox 360 over an Apple network? Help a brother out (literally!) [more inside]
posted by mattholomew on Jan 1, 2008 - 4 answers

Can I get a wired (ethernet) connection off a wireless network?

Can I get a wired (ethernet) connection off a wireless network? [more inside]
posted by TonyRobots on Dec 2, 2007 - 13 answers

Need help setting up a home gaming server, if that sort of thing exists

Need help setting up a home gaming server, if that sort of thing exists [more inside]
posted by mattholomew on Aug 31, 2007 - 12 answers

Need help sharing an EVDO broadband connection among multiple computers

Need help sharing an EVDO broadband connection among multiple computers [more inside]
posted by mattholomew on Aug 22, 2007 - 3 answers

How do I get the most use out of 4 personal computers?

What is the best/most efficient/most useful/coolest way to use 4 personal computers? [more inside]
posted by bangitliketmac on Aug 9, 2007 - 9 answers

S3 Standby mode...Wake On LAN...Energy Savings...WHY DOESN'T IT WORK!!!!

S3 Standby mode...Wake On LAN...Energy Savings...WHY DOESN'T IT WORK!!!! [more inside]
posted by bradn on Aug 4, 2007 - 13 answers

Speak to me of Networking

I need to understand all that is involved with the Networking of computers in an office setting. What are the benefits and what are the downfalls or negatives to doing this? [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze on Jul 23, 2007 - 7 answers

How to map a network drive over the Internet?

What's the easiest, most secure way to map a network drive over the Internet? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome on May 15, 2007 - 10 answers

How do I make an audio delivery system?

I need an audio delivery system. Let's say that I have one-hundred locations across the country where I want to play a 4-minute loop of audio over an in-house PA system, and change the content of that 4-minutes on a weekly basis. I don't know if it's something that I should try to build myself or if there's something commercially available that will accomplish the task. [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds on Apr 11, 2007 - 6 answers

Im Missing Something

On the network, cant hit the internet [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Sep 9, 2006 - 3 answers

Problem downloading large files

I need help figuring out how to fix my home network. [more inside]
posted by Riemann on Jun 11, 2006 - 8 answers

Is there a supplier of PoE switches that are powered via PoE?

Are there any makers of PoE (power over ethernet) switches that are themselves powered over ethernet? [more inside]
posted by warhol on Jun 5, 2006 - 1 answer

Home Networking Disaster -- Help!

Home Networking Disaster -- Help! [more inside]
posted by jne1813 on May 23, 2006 - 7 answers

The Recalitrant Laptop!

Why won't my laptop play nice with the rest of my network? [more inside]
posted by Crotalus on May 2, 2006 - 16 answers

Securely Network two Windows XP Computers for Small Business, POS involved

Help me help a friend's business getting his network and Microsoft Retail management system up and running. [more inside]
posted by mic stand on Mar 28, 2006 - 2 answers

Does my network design work?

We're a small humanitarian organization, with an HQ of about 15 people. I have little networking experience, and have been tasked with the imminent set-up of our network as we move from within a larger institution (a hospital) to our own offices. I want to make sure the architecture I have in mind will do what I want it to do. [more inside]
posted by iconoclastic flow on Mar 9, 2006 - 11 answers

What router typically assigns 10.1.9.1 ip?

What type of router typically has a gateway of 10.1.9.1, I'm used to seeing the typical router use 192.168.*.* but I'm trying to figure out what routers the local apartment unit is using to run their wireless.
posted by skEwb on Jan 30, 2006 - 18 answers

How do I set up a server at home?

ServerFilter: How do I set up a server at home? [more inside]
posted by dirtynumbangelboy on Jan 19, 2006 - 9 answers

WiFi on the road?

Is there a nationwide (where nation = United States) service which provides wireless Internet coverage? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Sep 28, 2005 - 11 answers

What firewall protection do I need with my Linksys WRT54G?

Home PC WAN-filter: Setting up a home broadband network with a cable modem, PC, & Linksys WRT54G... [more inside]
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson on Sep 27, 2005 - 13 answers

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