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How can I set up an offline network and simulate VOIP/email?

Help me simulate the internet, without the internet! [more inside]
posted by jet_manifesto on Aug 10, 2014 - 2 answers

Sharing a wireless internet connection

While our ADSL line is down, for an as yet undetermined period of time, we are restricted to using public wifi to get online. Unfortunately the signal is weak enough that we can't connect to it on all devices. How can we share this wifi with all our PCs and phones? [more inside]
posted by ArmyOfKittens on Jan 31, 2014 - 11 answers

Can I easily configure a domain name that works locally and remotely.

I'm in the process of setting up a home server that I would like to be able to address by the same domain name ( www.whatever.org ) both from the outside world and from within my home network. Is there an easy way to do this? [more inside]
posted by metadave on Jan 20, 2014 - 5 answers

Minecraft LAN Games (You Are Not My Tech Support Person-filter)

My wife and I wanted to play Minecraft together. Minecraft has that handy "Open game to LAN" button in single player mode. But it's not working. [more inside]
posted by Scattercat on Nov 5, 2013 - 12 answers

Setting up LAN & WLAN Homegroup-ed computers in Win7

How do I set up my desktop and laptops so that they can all see each other's network folders, in Win7, when some are on a wired connection and some are on a wireless connection? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Sep 16, 2013 - 9 answers

Dearest human can see through walls!

What's the best way to monitor a webcam over a local area network? [more inside]
posted by VTX on Aug 19, 2013 - 5 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

Need advice for a corporate LAN/port/network security issue.

I have a corporate LAN/port/network security issue that I'm looking for some advice on. [more inside]
posted by JPowers on May 22, 2013 - 13 answers

Cross-platform (Win,Mac,iPhone) LAN (& ideally WAN) Messenger

I'm looking for a great LAN messenger for my business with 3 computers. I've tried Squiggle but I've got niggles. Things like how and when messages do or don't pop up and whether or not they steal focus. It seems the messages don't attract attention when they should and do when they shouldn't. It's like it's nearly there but not quite. [more inside]
posted by dance on May 5, 2013 - 7 answers

Remotely View Computer over not-the-most-reliable-LAN (24/7)

My company's LAN is fast and reliable, except for the connection to one building. Inside that building is an unattended WinXP-Pro system running basically one program 24/7, that we need to be able to monitor. Typically, we only need to interact with the computer >1% of the time, but we need to be able to make sure the software up and running, without problems, all the time. [more inside]
posted by GuppieXX on Apr 29, 2013 - 23 answers

WIFI networking: two routers on the same network

Hi, I am trying to set up a surplus router as a NAS and torrent appliance, to integrate into an existing network. The setup will use two routers, one to provide network and internet to everyone, the other will use TomatoUSB and will be dedicated to torrenting. [more inside]
posted by Mokusatsu on Jan 13, 2013 - 7 answers

Stream music from my pc to my android phone over local wireless.

I want an app that I install on my Droid 3 phone that'll find my computer on my home wireless network and which I can point to my music folder and stream. [more inside]
posted by cthuljew on Jan 11, 2013 - 9 answers

2D LAN games?

Please recommend PC LAN multiplayer games that aren't 3D. [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi on Dec 18, 2012 - 16 answers

Power line vs phone line LAN products

Why are there many products for in-home power-line computer networking, but nearly nothing for phone-line networking? [more inside]
posted by massysett on Nov 5, 2012 - 7 answers

Using a cellphone for an office LAN

In the aftermath of Sandy, my office in Stamford, CT, is still out of elecrical grid power and out of internet. Now, the building has diesel power and is letting workers back in today, so I'm trying to brainstorm a way to get them online. [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis on Oct 31, 2012 - 7 answers

Wi-Fi woes

Wi-Fi woes! [more inside]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Apr 11, 2012 - 6 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

A game for 2 players, 2 Macs, 1 LAN.

I'm after some 2 player LAN Mac games. The answers to this previous question don't hit the spot. Cannot rely on speed or dexterity (so no FPS), timers are also out. I have Hedgewars but word games or well-executed card games would be excellent as would strategy (not Frozen Synapse) with a good learning curve. From searches it seems the Mac is neglected in this area.
posted by episodic on Jul 18, 2011 - 5 answers

Wireless LAN driver XP WE250

I am looking for a WinXP driver for a wireless lan PCMCIA card. I have searched via google, but alas to no avail. The card has "11M Wireless LAN Card PCMCIA" on the front and The Part number is WE250-IF. One site suggested that it was either a BroMax or a KingsMax card, but I still couldn't find a driver and both companies seem to have vanished. Any suggestions greatly appreciated - Cheers Dren
posted by Dren on Apr 6, 2010 - 6 answers

Please Keep Me From Fixing This Computer With A Hammer!

I'm currently running open access from a wifi router (linksys) but my wife's vista machine can only access it as local only (no internet). I've scoured google and have since disabled IPv6. Still no good. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Jan 13, 2010 - 10 answers

Help needed organizing and backing-up a LAN

Dear AskMefi, I need help organizing and backing-up my home LAN. [more inside]
posted by Bio11 on Dec 29, 2009 - 4 answers

How can my friend get through his dad's Orwellian firewall?

My friend's dad has decided he's not worthy of an internet connection. How can my friend get through his dad's Orwellian firewall? [more inside]
posted by bewarethewumpus on Dec 8, 2009 - 47 answers

What is the absolute simplest, least expensive way to fix my sister-in-law's home network?

What is the absolute simplest, least expensive way to fix my sister-in-law's home network? [more inside]
posted by ook on Dec 3, 2009 - 7 answers

Hosting a public LAN Party; What legal issues should I be aware of?

Hosting a public LAN Party; What legal issues should I be aware of? [more inside]
posted by ilumos on Nov 28, 2009 - 1 answer

How do I get a server to start the connection?

How can I make UltraVNC server create a remote connection to a listening viewer on the same LAN, automatically at startup? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Jul 21, 2009 - 7 answers

I need to host lan torrents for a lanparty coming up.

I'm looking at an efficient way to distribute large files to multiple computers over my lan, I need to know how to do this and whats involved. I was thinking that since I have a dedicated server in my home that hosting the files via private lan'd bit torrent would be the weapon of choice as the file transfer speed increases exponentially. My server is running a version of ubuntu so whatever software I will need must run in ubuntu. The clients downloading the files will probably be running windows boxes so Utorrent can be used and would be preferred. Are there any specific things that I need to turn on in Utorrent to do this via lan or will it essentially be seamless as long as the tracker is my server? [more inside]
posted by Chamunks on Jun 17, 2009 - 11 answers

Los Angeles Area Cyber Cafes for WoW?

What's a good, clean, safe cybercafe/lan party place with decent computers in Los Angeles? Objective: 5 hours of World of Warcraft. [more inside]
posted by felix on May 29, 2009 - 11 answers

Where do you "game" in the UK?

Looking for your UK recommended Gaming/LAN centre's? [more inside]
posted by nam3d on Mar 31, 2009 - 1 answer

My wireless lan connection is enabled, but i cant turn it on!

My wireless lan connection is enabled, but i cant turn it on! [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Mar 22, 2009 - 3 answers

Help us stop fighting over what music is playing in the office!

What's your favorite solution for sharing music (and control thereof) at the office or similar environment? Specifically, some sort of LAN or web controllable "server" type solution? [more inside]
posted by twiggy on Mar 10, 2009 - 7 answers

Male on Female on Female on Male.

Is it possible to pair two ports of my 4-port USB hub, to form a USB female-female gender changer? Can I then connect typeA male end of USB cable modem to this and put a USB-LAN adapter to the other end of this pair, effectively getting a male USB modem to female LAN converter? This through a LAN cable is then supposed to go as i/p to my WRT54GL router. [more inside]
posted by forwebsites on Feb 17, 2009 - 5 answers

This shit is BANANAS.

Why does my network adapter keep disappearing in XP?? [more inside]
posted by BobFrapples on Oct 13, 2008 - 1 answer

How do I stay connected to my LAN when logged off?

Why is Windows SP3 disconnecting me from the LAN whenever I log off...and how do I make it stop that? [more inside]
posted by jesirose on Oct 5, 2008 - 9 answers

Backing up bootable image over a LAN?

I'd like to create a bootable backup of my MacBook's hard drive 150GB hard drive. I've got a 500GB drive, but it's in an Ubuntu server on my LAN. Is there a good way to back up a bootable backup to another computer? [more inside]
posted by nasty, brutish, and of average height on Aug 19, 2008 - 5 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

ISP hijacks invalid URLs—sometimes

NetworkFilter: I have a bizarre and arcane-seeming problem with my home network, the Internet, and my ISP's DNS. Invalid URLs are being redirected to the ISP's search page—in some cases. [more inside]
posted by adamrice on Apr 22, 2008 - 22 answers

"Media disconnected", "network cable not plugged in". What is going on?

All network cards in our LAN suddenly claim to be disconnected. Wireless still works just fine. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by lioness on Apr 20, 2008 - 16 answers

Remote Control Tiger: How do I remote into a 10.4 box from Windows?

What is the best way to remote desktop into OS X 10.4 from a Windows Server 2003 AD environment? [more inside]
posted by GS1977 on Apr 9, 2008 - 11 answers

Please help me understand punchdown blocks and patch panels.

Help a new homeowner configure LAN in utility area. I'm new with punch blocks, patch panels, etc. [more inside]
posted by Jackie_Treehorn on Mar 3, 2008 - 20 answers

Help me extend my LAN, please!

I'm extending an wired ethernet LAN to a nearby house. I'm planning to connect a 50m patch cable to the existing bridge router, run it through an existing underground pipe to the other house where it would meet a switch and serve internet via two shorter patch cables (25m?) to two laptops in that house. Can anyone see a problem with this setup? [more inside]
posted by dance on Feb 1, 2008 - 14 answers

Laptop with trackpoint and good graphics?

Is there a laptop with a TrackPoint that is not objectively horrible for gaming? [more inside]
posted by JZig on Jan 19, 2008 - 7 answers

Tips on avoiding backhoes welcome too.

How can I practice/learn fiber optic networking without breaking the bank? [more inside]
posted by Skorgu on Dec 20, 2007 - 7 answers

Come on, wake up!

Why does my PC lose the internet and LAN connections when it comes out of S3 standby? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Dec 10, 2007 - 3 answers

I got them ol' DHCP blues

My PC has completely lost interest in automatically obtaining an IP address from any network, by any method. [more inside]
posted by nylon on Nov 28, 2007 - 15 answers

Mysterious network speed cap on my PC

There is a mysterious network cap somewhere on my PC, tried everything I know. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Nov 19, 2007 - 21 answers

Please ensmarten me about LAN/WAN/Co-Lo

3 LANS are getting hard to manage. Please ensmarten me about WANs and Colocation. [more inside]
posted by bartleby on Oct 12, 2007 - 3 answers

computermuch?

Up in ur antique pc's optimizin ur network. I, a previously porn-surfing net monkey whose "kit" was a Dell Inspiron 5100 laptop (a retard's computer if there ever was one), have through recent endowments of hardware and employment opportunities, become the proud new owner of a fleet of slightly antiquated electronics that will need to be strung together and (probably) modified and moved if I'm not going to go insane tranferring massive volumes of data from one to another. This isn't so much a tech question as a planning one - what would you do with all this stuff? How can I get the best use out of it? [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Sep 27, 2007 - 6 answers

Subnetting for Windows?

How do I integrate several sub-networks for Windows/Samba compatibility in a rather complicated home-office environment? [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Aug 12, 2007 - 5 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

Disordered HTML packets?

What is wrong with our Windows 2003 webserver? The web pages it serves are usually (but not always) missing some of the HTML when viewed on other machines, playing havoc with the layout. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by jarsyl on Jul 20, 2007 - 8 answers

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