Networks can connect your computer to another computer or to the Internet. A network could be your Bluetooth earset connecting to your phone. They all use network protocols over wire, fibre, or wireless and create problems. Here are the good, the bad, and the time wasters based on personal experience.
802.11n is the latest standard for a local wireless network. You need the latest equipment to get full value from an 802.11n. Here are the secrets for success with 802.11n.
The D-Link DWA-160 Xtreme N dual band USB adapter is junk even when attached to a recommended D-Link wireless router.
The D-Link DWA-556 Xtreme N PCI Express desktop adapter is of little use when attached to a recommended D-Link wireless router and of less use anywhere else.
MIMO means Multiple Input Multiple Output. When you want wireless networks, MIMO means better.
Australia has a national broadband network operated by Telstra. The latest federal government is spending $43 billion dollars duplicating parts of Telstra on the pretence of providing broadband to the people currently missing out but there is absolutely no public review of new National Broadband Network, NBN. NBN looks like another massive waste of money by the current federal government.
NBN is the Australian National Broadband Network company, a monopoly set up by our current federal government to spend 42 billion dollars to get 6 billion dollars of improvement to our current broadband Internet access.
Works up to 300 Mbps through 802.11n. Easy to use and, with internal antennas, is less likely to be messed up by visitors to your home or office. Here are the results from months of testing.
A refrigerator killed my wireless broadband. Not at the bottom of a steep gorge in the Blue Mountains No, this was just a plain old cafe in suburbia where wireless signals are strong. Read about the culprit and a solution. Add your own horror stories.
What is the total cost of a wireless LAN with two computers? Here is the best solution and alternatives for a small number of computers.
The Telstra Pre-paid Mobile Wi-Fi is obsolete, it does not have 802.11n, but is the only thing on offer from the pirates at Telstra. If Telstra stopped being so painful on the customer service side, buying and using the little Wi-Fi modem would be a nice experience. Here is what actually happened.
The TP-LINK TL-SG10005D 5 port gigabit switch is good value for a small switch and it has good power saving features plus a three year warranty. Think of a common problem. You are sitting at your desk with one computer connected to the only Ethernet connection. You want to add a network attacked printer or a Network Attached Storage device or a second computer. Insert the switch between your computer and the network to get extra ports for those extra devices.
The TP-Link TL-WR1043N wireless N Gigabit router is a nice little router for home and small office configurations where some computers need to be wired and the rest can be wireless.
VoIP, Voice over IP, is the way of the future starting last year. VoIP lets you use spare broadband capacity to make telephone calls to friends, neighbours, and, most importantly, customers for free.
Routers are everywhere for distributing Internet connections. Proxy servers are really useful for reducing network traffic. A small increase in router hardware could make the router into a proxy server. Where are the router plus proxy server combinations?