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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

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 does my new router hate my PC?

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]
posted by SquidLips on May 7, 2014 - 6 answers

Bring Your Own Device to Play-Work

How nice is too nice of an electronic use policy? [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse on May 6, 2014 - 12 answers

Why does my Brother inkjet printer show up as a shared PC on my network?

Brother MFC-J270W. It shows up on my home network as a shared PC called "brother", however:
  1. I can't connect to it
  2. This facility is not mentioned in any documentation I have been able to find
Does anyone know what good this "feature" is?
posted by chazlarson on Apr 29, 2014 - 6 answers

Which NAS drive - 2014 edition

Hi folks, looking for recommendations for a new NAS drive to replace our dying Iomega drive. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by peteyjlawson on Apr 22, 2014 - 5 answers

Need help securing/troubleshooting my household WiFi Network

I am incredibly geeky (though I certainly know geeks who are moreso) and somewhat hackerish, been running my household WiFi and Wired network to dozens of devices for several years and everything was fine until my Mom's new housesitter brought a laptop into the network that was profoundly infected with various malware. I THINK the malware issue is still contained to his laptop but household broadband utilization went from 200 - 300 GB per month in January/February to more than 650 GB in March and we're still racking up 10-12 GB per day in April. I need help with what to do without alienating anyone and what I can do to support the housesitter while he also works locally on his computer to remove the malware. Brainstorming, new techniques, anything like that would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Apr 7, 2014 - 5 answers

Health insurance hand wringing

Could a specialist on the other side of the country still be considered in-network? [more inside]
posted by mermily on Feb 16, 2014 - 17 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

How to fix Dell Studio XPS 1645 wireless driver installation failure?

My friend has a Dell XPS 1645. He reinstalled windows 7 today but during the process of installing wireless network driver an error occurred: "No compatible hardware found". Why is that? How can we fix it? [more inside]
posted by lijiaxiaoniu on Jan 6, 2014 - 2 answers

What are these mystery cables in my condo?

My new condo (built 2005) has a couple of holes in the wall with pink cables coming out and another hole with random wires. [more inside]
posted by globotomy on Nov 29, 2013 - 5 answers

Do I need a new wireless router?

Comcast internet accessed via a Motorola modem, which Comcast assures me is performing well, even though it's older. I have a D-Link DGL 4300 router behind that, which supplies the house network (desktop, Tivo and drops for laptop setup throughout the house). The router is probably 7-8 years old. [more inside]
posted by Pantengliopoli on Nov 10, 2013 - 10 answers

Forget already!

I have accepted an offer on a MacBook air I sold on Craiglist. I am ready to take this to the buyer. I can't get the damn thing to forget my network password. Need to do this ASAP so I can hand it over. [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes on Sep 15, 2013 - 15 answers

How to set up a wireless router as an access point via powerline?

I have: two D-Link D655 routers, and two D-Link PowerLine AV+ adapters (DHP-309AV). I understand that I can plug the cable modem into one of the wireless routers, and that router into one of the powerline adapters, and then stick the second adapter in another room, with a second router as an access point, to share the cable connection across the house. Both the internet in general and previous ask.me questions suggest that this is a simple thing to set up. Difficulty: I am neither a network guy, nor a tech guy, and the tutorials I am finding online have really irritating gaps in their instructions. Need help getting this set up! [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Aug 29, 2013 - 6 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

Tape backups - yes / no? What's my options?

Are tapes still the best bet for backups or are they considered antiquated now? I want to replace our organization's existing tape backup system. [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Aug 21, 2013 - 11 answers

Identifying MAC addresses on your network

So I used to have a router running Tomato firmware, which would show me the MAC addresses of every machine connected to the router. I have since switched to a faster ROSEWILL| RNX-N300RT router, but cannot locate the MAC addresses of connected machines. Is there a good, free utility for OS X or Windows 7 that will show me the MAC addresses of connected machines? [more inside]
posted by craniac on Jul 7, 2013 - 7 answers

I don't understand the question, and I won't respond to it.

What are the Netflix engineers currently doing to make sure that this weekend's release of Arrested Development Season 4 will go off without a hitch? [more inside]
posted by burnfirewalls on May 22, 2013 - 17 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

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

In search of a lasting wireless network solution

After wasting two different off-days trying to get my damnable modem+router working, I want to return them both and get something entirely new. Any good recommendations for a solid, reliable DSL modem and wireless router set-up with decent NAS support? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Mar 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Which home NAS with online backup for 2013?

I have a mess of ad-hoc backup systems, none of which “just work”. I would like to have a NAS that quietly backs up the cross-platform content I have, and also mirrors it online securely. I should probably budget for about 1-2 TB. I have no problem doing geeky setup stuff, but the less routine stuff I have to remember, the better. System details follow. [more inside]
posted by scruss on Feb 10, 2013 - 10 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

iPhone & Wireless Connection?

Is there a fast way to log iPhone on to my school's wireless network? [more inside]
posted by meta x zen on Aug 14, 2012 - 14 answers

2 networks, 1 PC

I'd like to select which network interface is used for Internet access on a per-application basis. How do I do this on 64bit Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by ODiV on Aug 8, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me keep Chinese hackers at bay

Help me block China [more inside]
posted by bellastarr on Aug 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Almost wired for ethernet...

Looks like we have a half-finished ethernet setup in our new place. How do I make this functional? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Jul 3, 2012 - 13 answers

Who has tried to sell a network/studio on an idea for a TV series by producing an episode on their own?

Who has tried to sell a network/studio on an idea for a TV series by producing an episode on their own? Stories of success and failures both welcome. [more inside]
posted by jayfrosting on Jun 12, 2012 - 7 answers

Network audio player?

One of my Soundbridges died. What's a decent network audio player to replace it with? [more inside]
posted by scruss on May 25, 2012 - 4 answers

How to connect a home network to Amazon VPC (with hardware VPN)

Is it possible to use a Cisco 881 along with a broadband router to connect to Amazon VPC (with hardware VPN option)? [more inside]
posted by bootlaces on May 20, 2012 - 2 answers

How to use a desktop pc as a hub for laptops to share a projector?

Can I use a desktop PC connected to a projector as a hub for laptops to present their screens on demand? [more inside]
posted by man down under on Apr 25, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me pick a great streaming device for my Canadian living room!

Roku vs AppleTV3 vs WDTV Live vs Boxee in Canada? [more inside]
posted by antifuse on Apr 17, 2012 - 20 answers

AIO that prints and scans both sides

Duplex-scanning colour AIO: Epson WorkForce WF-7520, Canon PIXMA MX892, or ... ? [more inside]
posted by scruss on Apr 11, 2012 - 6 answers

Wi-Fi woes

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

How to view a PDF on shared drive on a tablet without downloading it to the device first?

Can Ipad (or any other tablet) be used to browse and view a folder of documents (mostly PDF/Office) on a shared drive over Wifi without actually downloading the file to the device? [more inside]
posted by djfreex on Apr 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Wireless router with QoS for home use?

Recommendations on routers with QoS, please? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Mar 20, 2012 - 8 answers

Samsung Galaxy S II on Verizon Wireless?

Is it possible to use an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S II on Verizon in the US? [more inside]
posted by Grither on Mar 13, 2012 - 5 answers

Internet Connection for Mac Pro

What's the best way to get an internet connection on my first generation Mac Pro? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha on Jan 25, 2012 - 10 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

Spotify, network resources, and you (with a bonus FB question)

What kind of network resources does Spotify consume, especially on the upload side, and how much is it like a peer-to-peer structure? [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on Dec 21, 2011 - 5 answers

What does Market 8 represent- a region, a number of viewers?

Please explain to me the hierarchy of News Markets? [more inside]
posted by MansRiot on Nov 15, 2011 - 4 answers

Time Capsure vs Network Accessible Storage

What is the right apple/mac storage solution for me? [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm on Nov 10, 2011 - 8 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

Having trouble getting my Macbook to communicate with other devices on my network.

I'm having trouble getting my Macbook to reliably communicate with, well, anything else on my network, and not having a spare router or laptop is not helping the troubleshooting process. [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful on Sep 20, 2011 - 11 answers

Setting up a VPN between two small offices.

Is the IT company I've hired ripping me off? I need to establish a VPN connection from my funeral home in one town to my main office. One computer, one server, one database that needs to be accessed. [more inside]
posted by ColdChef on Sep 15, 2011 - 50 answers

I thought I understood file sharing

I use file sharing to trade info between a couple of computers in my home and I'm not confident that I had it configured correctly. Is there any way kind of "log" in OS X that will tell if some sneak has been accessing my files? [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat on Jul 1, 2011 - 10 answers

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What does "¡==¿" mean? [more inside]
posted by molecicco on Jun 27, 2011 - 11 answers

Help an academic organize interviewee data!

I'm a social scientist heading off to do a year of field research, which will include lots and lots and lots of interviewing. What tools to you recommend to keep all your interviewees' data straight, and to show how they are connected to each other? [more inside]
posted by foodmapper on Jun 6, 2011 - 8 answers

Bandwidth meters show no activity

Bandwidth meters don't detect any network traffic. What's happening (or not)? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood on Apr 15, 2011 - 4 answers

Time to ditch the workgroup and take it up a notch?

Need input on upgrading from a hodgepodge workgroup-based small office network to something more centrally-managed. [more inside]
posted by xedrik on Apr 1, 2011 - 7 answers

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