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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

Since moving to Kansas City to get Google Fiber is not an option

What DSL modem should I buy? [more inside]
posted by VTX on Aug 28, 2013 - 4 answers

DNS vs. DDNS?

I recently sent my father (who lives in the Middle East) a Roku as a gift. Thing is, Rokus don't have any advanced networking options and we need to change his DNS in order to watch the programming he desires. The shitty modem/router that his ISP provides does not allow for changes to the DNS. It does, however, allow you to put in DDNS settings (screen shot here). Would altering the DDNS settings override the DNS settings in the router? While changing ones DNS to appear like they're in the US is easy, I have no idea what, if anything, should go in the boxes on the DDNS page of his router. Thanks.
posted by gman on Jul 18, 2013 - 12 answers

How to move a computer onto a switch and keep the IP address?

I have a Mac Pro set to DHCP manual assign and a certain IP address that cannot change. I also have a printer plugged into a certain network jack; IP address less important. I am moving the physical location of the Mac Pro near this printer and the printer's network jack is the only one available. I'll have to plug both of these machines into the same network jack via switch/router. What switch/router is the right one to buy in 2013 (bonus if I can find it at Best Buy) and what the right way to set this up so the Mac Pro is still reachable at the same IP address on the network?
posted by michaelh on Apr 27, 2013 - 12 answers

How can I improve the wireless network signal in my large house?

I just moved into a large house where my Netgear router does not provide a strong wireless signal to the whole house. I tried buying a repeater but despite being a programmer, I am lousy with hardware and am not really grasping how to set it up, or whether it's even the right answer. Help! [more inside]
posted by freecellwizard on Apr 2, 2013 - 12 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

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

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

How can I access my NAS remotely?

Does anyone know how to access a Synology (or other) NAS remotely -- esp. if they seem to be behind multiple routers in a big network? [more inside]
posted by This_Will_Be_Good on Sep 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Need suggestions for a sub-$100 WiFi-router for a small house (which can also serve as a media server).

Need suggestions for a sub-$100 WiFi-router for a small house (which can also serve as a media server). [more inside]
posted by libbrichus on Jun 23, 2012 - 10 answers

Strange ping response..?

I have a home networking question! About my home network! Read more about it, after the break. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Jun 7, 2012 - 17 answers

Why does my router/ISP hate my new laptop?

Why on earth is my laptop – and only my laptop – causing our ADSL modem/router to constantly disconnect and reconnect to our ISP? I’m having some serious issues with a new laptop I purchased about [more inside]
posted by Ted Maul on May 10, 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

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

Which Linksys N router?

I am looking for the right router. Difficulty: two-story house, MacBook plus PC, with WP2 desired. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Riverine on Jan 26, 2012 - 6 answers

Après toi, pas de déluge

How can I limit bandwidth to Computer 1 when Computers 1 & 2 are connected to the internet? Port-forwarding, and BitTorrent. [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks on Jan 17, 2012 - 17 answers

How can I get my router to work with Bonjour on iChat/Adium?

How can I get my router to work with Bonjour on iChat/Adium? [more inside]
posted by wei on Sep 3, 2011 - 4 answers

You Gotta Keep 'em Separated

How do I create a public wifi network that is separate from our corporate network while using the same internet connection? [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin on May 19, 2011 - 4 answers

Daisy-chaining a wireless router

I have a Linksys WCG200 cable modem/wireless router combo device. It sucks at wireless (and extensive Googling has indicated that's unfixable), but it's OK at everything else. Can I pick up a $30 wireless router, plug that into the device I have now, and use that without any loss of quality? Would I need any other devices? Would it just be easier to get a new stand-alone cable modem as well?
posted by billybunny on May 1, 2011 - 1 answer

How do I optimize my network traffic when a user is sucking a ton of bandwidth with torrents?

I'm pretty sure one of my housemates is killing our network by clogging it with her bittorrent traffic. Is there anything I can do, without access to her computer, to make the internet work properly? [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds on Jan 11, 2011 - 26 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

Linksys WRT610N vs. WRT54G 802.11 G ranges

What are the wireless ranges of the 802.11g radios in the following: WRT54G WRT610N I specifically would like to know the range of each and does the WRT610N 802.11G radio have a greater range than the WRT54G 802.11G radio. Not surprisingly, Linksys couldn't even help me.
posted by paulyballs on Feb 16, 2010 - 3 answers

How do I learn how to use a Cisco Router?

How do I learn how to use a Cisco Router? [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin on Nov 18, 2009 - 12 answers

Why can't my router see the internet, when my computer can?

Networking question: I have a wireless router (well, 2, actually, as I thought the old one was faulty so just bought a new one) but it can't see the outside world. If I plug my computer directly into the modem, I can use the internet. If I plug a router into the modem, it can't see the internet. (I can connect to the router via wireless or wired, but the router can't connect any further.) Any ideas what this might be? [more inside]
posted by handee on Aug 18, 2009 - 8 answers

ssh, I'm not listening ...

How do I really - no, really - put my home server in my Linksys WRT350N router's DMZ? The router says it is, but it clearly isn't. [more inside]
posted by scruss on May 23, 2009 - 9 answers

Vista 64 drops Internet connection?

What is causing my Vista 64 PC to keep dropping its Internet connection? [more inside]
posted by pghjezebel on Mar 3, 2009 - 3 answers

Why does my Belkin router stop taking clients?

Why does my Belkin router stop taking clients? [more inside]
posted by expletivization on Jan 18, 2009 - 4 answers

Are you local?

GPRS / local IP networking problem. [more inside]
posted by theyexpectresults on Dec 9, 2008 - 3 answers

What is my strange home network setup missing?

Home networking question: What piece of hardware do I need to share a ... actually I don't know how to phrase it correctly so I've included links to 2 simple schematic drawings. I need help connecting a file server and an Xbox 360 to my home network. [more inside]
posted by penduluum on Nov 30, 2008 - 12 answers

Help me show him the truth

Help me convince my friend of a basic networking truth. He sent me an e-mail saying he was assigning static IPs to all the devices on his home network so the signal would be stronger. More details inside: [more inside]
posted by arniec on Aug 21, 2008 - 21 answers

How do I make my wireless router play nice with my VOIP adaptor?

What's the best way to get my wireless router (Linksys WRT54G2) to play nice with my Vonage VOIP adaptor (Motorola VT 1005)? Frequently when I'm trying to upload somewhat sizeable files (e.g., like a minute-long movie to youtube), I lose my connection and have to reboot. [more inside]
posted by chinston on Jun 30, 2008 - 5 answers

Should DHCP be running on the DSL modem or on the wifi router?

DHCP served up by the DSL Modem or the wireless router? [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Jan 3, 2008 - 13 answers

DHCP and VLAN configuration help needed.

DHCP and switch VLAN configuration help needed. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Nov 30, 2007 - 9 answers

Cisco PIX 501 Firewall

Can the Cisco PIX 501 be upgraded with any firmware so that it is IP Version 6 (IPv6) Compatible? [more inside]
posted by kaozity on Aug 20, 2007 - 4 answers

Can I make my Airport Express into a repeater?

How do I (can I?) make my Airport Express expand my wireless network? [more inside]
posted by Duluth?! I Hardly Know Her! on Aug 19, 2007 - 8 answers

Is a router a computer?

EarthLink Wi-Fi: Does plugging in a (wireless/wired) router constitute use of the wireless service with "more than one computer"? Can EarthLink detect use of a router with their service? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2007 - 11 answers

how can a downloading a specific file crash a router?

how can the downloading of a specific file crash a router? a few years back, at work, our router started crashing every few minutes. turns out one of my coworkers was trying to download a PDF from an FTP site. in the middle of the download the router would just stop working. [more inside]
posted by k7lim on Jul 7, 2007 - 9 answers

Trying to figure out a WAP gateway problem

Why is it that my WiFi doesn't work unless I go to TCP IP Settings > Advanced and delete the Default Gateway? [more inside]
posted by zek on May 30, 2007 - 5 answers

Sharing Files While On Lockdown

How do I share files between a corporate desktop (no admin rights, WinXP Pro) and personal laptop (WinXP Home), via a router. [more inside]
posted by parma on May 4, 2007 - 9 answers

What is the easiest/best way create a secure tunnel or VPN connection back to my home network to act as a relay for private interneting?

What is the easiest/best way create a secure tunnel or VPN connection back to my home network to act as a relay for private interneting? Is it possible to do this using just a router that would be on anyway so I don't have to have a computer running all the time just to act as a relay? [more inside]
posted by willnot on Mar 19, 2007 - 10 answers

Problems with Point-to-Point

Hi, I have two Cisco 2610 routers, each with WIC-1DSU-T1 cards. We have a Point-to-Point between two locations and I am using these to route the traffic between. The lines belong to Verizon and the AdTran cards are locked in a Verizon box. I can look in and see the status lights through the top. Each location has a RJ48X loopback jack. When I plug in the Cisco at Location 1 it seems to hook up fine, and the carrier detect light pops up. (Which is strange to me because our PTP is unmonitored and I thought the CD would only come on when equipment is plugged into both ends.) Then when I go and plug in the Cisco at Location 2, I get no lights, no nothing. I check the lights in the Verizon box and an alarm is triggered with a red LED. I disconnect the Cisco and it clears the alarm. How can I figure out what the problem is? I had the company that provides the PTP come and check the circuit originally and they said they found problems but that the problems had gone away now. Is it possible that the WIC-1DSU-T1 card in this router is faulty? Any help is appreciated! Thanks.
posted by doomtop on Feb 14, 2007 - 6 answers

Mac-friendly wireless routers?

Help me find a Mac friendly wireless router? I've got a broadband neophyte Mac-using brother stuck in the wilderness. He just got DSL, but the router he has only uses PC software, and there's nobody even semi-local who can help him. Are there any wireless routers out there known for their Mac-friendliness? That is, come with Mac software for setup, have Mac-oriented support, etc?
posted by Dunwitty on Jan 28, 2007 - 28 answers

I will buy square wheel before I buy another Netgear router.

I want to plug a WPA-enabled Netgear WGR614 POS-edition (that I hate) into a WEP-using Linksys WRT54G (that I love). It doesn't work, and I'm about ready to inentionally brick the Netgear just out of spite. [more inside]
posted by ChasFile on Jul 13, 2006 - 17 answers

How to make Win 98 hop on to the internet over a small home network?

Question regarding getting Windows 98 to play nice with a Linksys Router and another Win XP computer on a home network. [more inside]
posted by TrueVox on Jun 24, 2006 - 6 answers

Did The Work Firewall Nazis Strike Back?

Warning: Networking Geekery Ahead Once upon a time I was able to use VNC viewer (the binary executable, not the java viewer) on my work Windows XP PC to connect to VNC server on my home Windows XP PC via Port 443. This allowed me to view and control my home desktop in a window on my work PC and thereby do an end run around the restrictive web filter/firewall at work. It was slow, but it was still useable and reliable.

I stopped using it for a couple of weeks when I lost my USB key. I recently found it and tried my VNC connection again from work. It doesn't work now. [more inside]
posted by de void on Jun 2, 2006 - 15 answers

Degrading network connection

My network connection degrades and then stops entirely for mysterious reasons. [more inside]
posted by iamcrispy on Mar 14, 2006 - 6 answers

Packets, and Gateways, and Routers, Oh My!

I like to pretend that I'm a big networking wiz, but in reality, I don't even have the wits to play one on TV. Either way, I've been looking for something a little more robust in the router department for my home network, and I think I've found it with the Linksys WRT54G + DD-WRT firmware (v23, 12/25/05 release). And here's where the fun begins - Getting it to manage my DSL connection. [more inside]
posted by rabble on Dec 31, 2005 - 3 answers

How to get XP desktop & OSX laptop to play nice in a LAN?

I'm getting an OSX laptop Monday after the keynote, and I'm trying to figure out how to get to place nice with my XP desktop. [more inside]
posted by keswick on Jun 1, 2005 - 10 answers

My wireless Mac and wired PC transfer to each other at 2.5 MB/s. Can I speed this up any?

I've got a network in my home - one PC, connected by wire to the router, and one Apple, connected by an Airport card (which I believe is 802.11G). The fastest speed I can get transferring files from one to the other is 2.5MB/s, which seems slow. Am I right, or is this standard?
posted by ascullion on Oct 21, 2004 - 4 answers

Help me fix my iMac!

iMacFilter. I'm attempting to connect my slot-loading iMac to a SBC DSL router. I can't get the iMac to recognize the DSL connection or locate the modem.

In my attempts to rectify this, I reorganized the hard drive using Discwarrior. Now the computer somehow boots up with MacOS 9.2, even after an OSX re-install. Help!
posted by JDC8 on Sep 10, 2004 - 4 answers

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