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Problems with Internet connection. My ISP is blaming my cable modem.

Time Warner is telling me that I need to buy a new cable modem. I would like a second opinion. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Jun 2, 2014 - 7 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

My own little two-home wireless ISP

I would like to connect two homes that are about 150m apart in order to share an internet connection. Unless convinced otherwise the cheapest solution is likely a point-to-point wireless link at 2.4ghz (using directional antennas and tomatousb/ddwrt). I have line of sight but there are some trees in the way: is this feasible? Bonus: will cheap 14 dbi panel antennas be good enough with the trees?
posted by ennui.bz on Apr 29, 2014 - 11 answers

I'm having weird home networking problems, and I need help.

My wireless connections aren't cooperating, but a wired connection to the wireless router is working. Help, por favor. [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Apr 12, 2014 - 12 answers

Boosting my Wifi Network

I just moved into my first multistory home. Time Warner Cable installed their wifi modem on our second floor, and we have a very weak wifi signal in our (finished) basement. I'd like to know how to boost our wireless signal with minimal sacrifice of bandwidth/speed, and without having to have TWC come in again and move our modem to the first floor. Details within. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Feb 15, 2014 - 11 answers

New Windows 7 install on SSD needs tweaking

How do I obtain or find the necessary files/drivers etc. to make the new O/S connect to the internet (and generally play nice from day one)? [more inside]
posted by peacay on Feb 10, 2014 - 12 answers

Why is my newly build computers internet not working?

So, I just finished building a new computer and have installed windows, all the driver CDs, etc. Then I went to connect it to the internet so I could install some anti-virus software, download the rest of the drivers, etc and no dice. I feel bad having to ask for help, since I'm a computer geek, but well, it is ethernet straight into a modem; normally I just plug it in and it works. [more inside]
posted by Canageek on Jan 30, 2014 - 12 answers

Router noob in need of help

Help me make my wireless router work with my XP PC [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jun 6, 2013 - 6 answers

How to extend WiFi to another building?

I'm looking for a way to extend home WiFi into an adjoining building, where laying cable is not an option and packaging/LOS is a concern. I'd also like to reduce equipment cost, while not compromising endpoint throughput. Specific details inside. [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo on Jun 3, 2013 - 14 answers

Software to monitor network activity AND which program is active?

I am looking for some software (cheap, free) that will tell me which program is currently accessing the net AND how much traffic is being transferred. [more inside]
posted by gnossos on May 22, 2013 - 5 answers

Use of The City as a metaphor for the Internet/Web

I am looking for examinations of the Internet and World Wide Web that use the structure and/or history of the city as a metaphor. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Apr 12, 2013 - 9 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

Internet, you're being weird. Stop it.

Trying to set up a new wireless network and running into all kinds of strange problems. Connections dropped every few hours! Some machines work, some don't! Can connect to internet, can't connect to router! DOGS AND CATS LIVING TOGETHER (literally). Please help. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Feb 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Monitoring network usage with multiple SSIDs

Please help me solve my router management issues. At my house I want multiple SSIDs (at least two), AND the ability to monitor network traffic by device or by SSID. [more inside]
posted by rhapsodie on Oct 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Any recommendations for a book on history of computer security?

I'm looking for a book recommendation on the history of computer and internet security. [more inside]
posted by cman on Sep 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Looking for blog and podcast networks

Looking for blog and podcast networks. [more inside]
posted by reenum on May 16, 2012 - 10 answers

How to create a wireless network that uses another wireless network for internet access?

Network configuration question: I have a desktop with a wifi card, a wireless router, and an external wireless connection I have access to. I want to connect the desktop to the external wireless connection, then connect the wireless router to the desktop, creating a second wireless network with internet access. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Mar 18, 2012 - 2 answers

New wireless router help needed.

Please help me find the best wireless, simultaneous g/n router that also functions as a print server natively or using Tomato or DD-WRT. More inside--> [more inside]
posted by Jackie_Treehorn on Nov 5, 2011 - 6 answers

Uncertainty about interpreting messages from Little Snitch

OSX security question from a total noob, involving uncertainty about interpreting messages from Little Snitch. [more inside]
posted by Mummy of a Lady Named Jemutesonekh on Aug 27, 2011 - 2 answers

Have I pruned my facebook friend list too much?

I've pruned my facebook friends list quite a bit. Am I going overboard or should I "refriend" some back? [more inside]
posted by lankford on Jul 10, 2011 - 21 answers

What is chatting?

How can I figure out what is chatting and/or stealing my home LAN bandwidth? [more inside]
posted by patrad on Jun 21, 2011 - 17 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

Which of thailand's cellular companies offer The highest mobile speed?

Which of Thailand's cellular companies offer The highest mobile 3g or 4g or whatever tech speed with unlimited plan in Bangkok area. And how much does it cost. Whether it is a USB or 3G or 4g SIM card.
posted by omaralarifi on Mar 26, 2011 - 1 answer

You mean I can just BUY a bigger pipe?

Is my wireless router's tube clogged? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Nov 23, 2010 - 19 answers

Unclog the tubes!

I live in a student co-op with 17 people, and i have unofficially become the person in charge of improving the internet for our house. I'm looking for advice on how to optimize our setup. Technical details lie within. [more inside]
posted by cognitio on Oct 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Just email them already. Jeez.

Looking for a PDF printer (or similar file printer) that can be used to print from remote locations. [more inside]
posted by dozo on Sep 28, 2010 - 7 answers

Does my WRT54G hate Godaddy Hosted websites?

I am having connectivity issues with Time Warner, WRT54G and Godaddy hosting , but exclusively to godaddy hosted sites. [more inside]
posted by edman on Jul 17, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me be in charge of my network!

Wireless router questions: monitoring traffic and custom firmware. [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Jun 30, 2010 - 4 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

Create Hotspot Forced Homepage

How do I create a forced splash-page or homepage for people using my WiFi hotspot? [more inside]
posted by allfortheBoss on Mar 23, 2010 - 5 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

Very frustrating, oddball SSH/network problem

Very frustrating, oddball SSH/network problem. Let's take it inside: [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Feb 17, 2010 - 34 answers

How much PC security will I really need?

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]
posted by woot on Feb 13, 2010 - 12 answers

All sorts of WiFi connectivity issues. I think it's my router.

After 4 months of smooth sailing, my WiFi has started acting up and (first temperamental page loading; then lock icon disappears when connecting to my secure network; now work computer won't connect at all). Is it my ISP, router, computer, or something else? [more inside]
posted by aquanet on Feb 9, 2010 - 3 answers

VPN from home NAS system.

I am trying to set up my router so that I can get at my files on my 3 NAS boxes. These NAS boxes are 1) D-Link DNS323, Infrant ReadyNAS NV+, and a Buffalo TeraStation HD-H2.0TGL/R5. The router is connected to the internet via a home service cable modem so it won't have a static IP and one step is to find the IP address before accessing. I have a router (DLink DGL-4100) which says it can make a IPSec VPN or FTP using a Virtual Server (I think). There would be no other PCs on the network since I would be taking my laptop with me when I access the network. The manuals for the routers talk about FTP serving but if I get a VPN set in my router then I should be able to just browse for whatever I want that way...right? The instructions say it can be done, but how? Please give me step by step instructions the best you can for setting up the router, the NAS boxes and my XP laptop (with suggested software, if necessary) since I have looked all over the internet and can't find anything I can understand. Of course the access should be encrypted and password protected. THANKS GUYS. [more inside]
posted by CodeMonkey on Oct 16, 2009 - 5 answers

Why-Fi?

What's killing my wi-fi connection? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Oct 2, 2009 - 17 answers

Help me connect!

Help me connect to my girlfriend's wireless network! [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Aug 31, 2009 - 12 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

Latency? This. Is. Infiniteloop!

Help me try and fix my mother's weird internet/Mac Mini issue. [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Jul 3, 2009 - 6 answers

Sharing a 3G connection

Home networking: sharing 3G connection on XP... [more inside]
posted by hungrysquirrels on Jun 25, 2009 - 8 answers

Cheap smartphone that will make Skype calls over Wi-Fi?

Can anyone recommend a cheap smartphone that can make Skype calls over Wi-Fi? [more inside]
posted by redteam on Jun 3, 2009 - 6 answers

help find a way to make me redundant

My boss is looking for the most efficient and cost-effective way to add redundancy to our 20MB fiber. [more inside]
posted by dozo on Apr 27, 2009 - 11 answers

Network Knowledge

How can I analyse and understand what's going on with my PeerGuardian logs? How can I understand various network commands (e.g. ping, traceroute etc.)? [more inside]
posted by djgh on Apr 12, 2009 - 5 answers

Network access control on a timer?

Network access control on a timer? [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Apr 10, 2009 - 3 answers

Cable internet + secure wireless network = outer ring of hell

I have a problems connecting to my wireless network, on one computer only. Other networks work for this computer. Other computers work on this network. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Feb 20, 2009 - 7 answers

How much of the telephone and Internet systems would survive a nuke?

Would the landline telephone system be completely down after a nuclear strike on ~20 U.S. cities? [more inside]
posted by wastelands on Dec 28, 2008 - 9 answers

I want to access PS3 Online Store via Playstation 3 overseas

How can I access playstation US store overseas via playstation 3 console? [more inside]
posted by omaralarifi on Dec 26, 2008 - 5 answers

Help me stop stealing wireless from my neighbour

Can you walk a poor knave through a router swap? (Surprisingly, Google is not that obliging...is that because it's as dumb as asking "Can you walk me through plugging in my TV?") [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Dec 8, 2008 - 9 answers

Erratic network behavior

My net connection has dropped like clockwork around midnight over the past few days. What's up? [more inside]
posted by Gyan on Oct 20, 2008 - 5 answers

How to investigate an ISP

How do I get information on the reliability and competence of an ISP? [more inside]
posted by vilcxjo_BLANKA on Oct 14, 2008 - 5 answers

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