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Confusion in the Living Room: Playing Streamed Videos, Part 2 of 2

Codecs and containers: The mysteries of video streaming, revealed!

01/13/2012

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Confusion in the Living Room: Playing Streamed Videos, Part 1 of 2

Your device says it can play AVI files that you stream across your network. But AVI files won’t, in fact, play. Let’s investigate the whys and wherefores.

01/13/2012

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How to Remotely Access Files on Your Network Storage Device: Step 1 of 3

Accessing files on your network storage device from an external system requires a few key steps: Here’s how to get started.

11/10/2011

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How to Control a Computer’s Screen from Afar

Thanks to the power of networking and a super-handy freeware app, you can move the mouse and input keystrokes on faraway systems as if you were sitting down right in front of them.

11/09/2011

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Finding Your Router’s IP Address

To adjust your router’s many settings you need to access its Web configuration screen. To log into the configuration screen, you need to know your router’s IP address. Here’s how to find it.

11/08/2011

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The Desktop Wireless Adapter Difference: USB vs. PCI

You’re one wireless adapter away from unshackling your digital desktop life, but which kind should you get?

11/07/2011

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Mastering Static IP Addresses

Learn why — and how — to assign specific IP addresses to network-connected devices instead of just anything that’s available.

11/04/2011

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Two Ways to Keep Your Wi-Fi Network Even Safer

Sharing your powerful Wi-Fi signal with guests and neighbors is nice, but you should take measures to protect your network and data from uninvited users. Here’s how.

10/24/2011

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How To Be Notified of Your Router’s Networking Activities

Yes, your router can actually let you know via email how it’s doing, who’s tried to connect to it, and if there are firmware updates that you need to install.

10/21/2011

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Help — I Can’t Remember My Network Passwords!

Here’s the good news: Because you’ve locked down your wireless network and router configuration settings, you’re one step ahead of anyone trying to access your network and its devices. The bad news? Depending on which password...

10/12/2011

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Q&A: Whose Are These Unknown Devices Connected to My Network?

Hunting down rogue devices on your network is easy: Figuring out whom these devices belong to is another story.

09/22/2011

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Cutting the Last Cord

How a single device can unlock an all-wireless world

09/21/2011

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Three Reasons You Can’t Ignore Wireless Networking

Should you always pick wired over wireless? There’s no default answer in home networking!

09/21/2011

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How to Schedule Network Shutdowns with Access Controls

Parents (and prankster roommates) take note: Booting housemates offline when Internet time is done for the day is easy. Just walk on over to the router, unplug it from the wall, bring the router into your room, lock the door, and...

09/19/2011

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The Best Torrent Features for Your Network Storage Device

There are many reasons to use the peer-to-peer (P2P) features of a network storage device rather than downloading these files to your computer: you’ll save power, you’ll put less wear and tear on your computer, and you won’t have to...

09/08/2011

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Network Storage and Torrent Downloads: A Perfect Pair

If you want to grab and share files via peer-to-peer networking, consider a NAS device with built-in torrent support

09/07/2011

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Three Ways to Use Wireless Bridges and Access Points

These network problem solvers can help you connect all kinds of devices everywhere in your home

08/29/2011

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How to Tell a Bridge from an Access Point

The distinction between these two handy network helpers isn’t always obvious. Here’s how they differ.

08/23/2011

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Transform Wired Devices Into Wireless With a Network Bridge

Got two wired networks separated by a distance? Want to link them together wirelessly? Read on.

08/16/2011

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When to Say No to HD: When Buying a Network Camera

I’m no Luddite, but I confess: I haven’t paid much attention to the rise of high-definition webcams and network cameras. That’s because depending on how you’re planning to use a network camera, a high-definition feed might very...

08/09/2011

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