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How to Manage Wireless Connections Using Windows

Both Windows 7 and Windows Vista feature a little black book. But unlike former dates, the black book helps you keep track of all the wireless networks your computer has gone out with. You can see the [more…]

How to Determine If Your PC Has Bluetooth Capability

Like everything else in your computer, Bluetooth requires both hardware and software. A Bluetooth adapter supplies Bluetooth hardware. If your PC didn’t come with the Bluetooth hardware installed, you [more…]

How to Connect a Bluetooth Device to Your Windows Network

The Bluetooth wireless networking standard has been around since the 1990s. It’s not as popular on the PC as it is on the Mac, considering that a lot of PC laptops don’t bother coming with Bluetooth hardware [more…]

How to Unpair a Bluetooth Device on Your Windows Network

To see which Bluetooth devices are connected to your computer, click the Bluetooth icon in the notification area and choose the command Show Bluetooth Devices. You see the Bluetooth Devices window, which [more…]

How to Configure the Wireless Base Station

Setting up a wireless base station works similarly to configuring a router for a wired network. Each router has a different set of instructions for setting it up and making connections. All the steps that [more…]

Hardware Needed for a Wireless Network

As long as you have all the hardware, you can quickly set up any wireless network. Here is everything you need to know about the hardware you need to have in place before you use Windows to configure the [more…]

How to Choose the Proper Wireless Network Standard

In order to connect your computers wirelessly, all the gizmos on your wireless network must adhere to the 802.11 wireless networking standard. The number 802.11 refers to the methods and protocols used [more…]

How to Find the 802.11 Version of a Wireless NIC

In order to connect your computers wirelessly, all the gizmos on your wireless network must adhere to the 802.11 wireless networking standard. The standard has gone through released four [more…]

How to Restart the Entire Network

The ultimate network fix is to restart your entire network. It’s a simple thing to do — not a regular activity or routine maintenance — but a general cure-all for many network ills. The procedure works [more…]

What You Need to Know about Network Hardware

You need basic hardware components to make the network work. Nothing is outrageously expensive. Knowing what the names refer to is important to understanding the big network picture: [more…]

How to Put a Printer on a Windows XP Network

A network printer is any printer “up for grabs” on the network. Officially, it’s a shared printer. It can be a printer connected to a PC on the network, where the computer operator has elected to share [more…]

How to Add a Hard Drive to a Network

Putting a hard drive up for grabs on the network is done primarily by sharing folders on your computer with other computers on the network. But it’s possible to connect a hard drive directly to the network [more…]

What a Network Router Does

You may want to know how the router fits into your networking picture and how to deal with minor router despair. First, know that he heart in your computer network’s circulatory system is the [more…]

How to Connect the Router

Though it be a technical beast, a router isn’t difficult to set up. In fact, after it’s set up, you rarely, if ever, have to reconfigure or mess with the router. It’s a solid little gizmo. [more…]

How to Configure the Router

Routers, like all computer gizmos, have both hardware and software setup. After you connect the router, the next step is to configure it. Primarily, and for security reasons, the most important thing is [more…]

How to Upgrade the Network Interface Card (NIC) Driver

The software that controls the network hardware — specifically, the network interface card (NIC) — is a driver. Rarely do you need to update this software. In fact, a routine or security update is included [more…]

How to Disconnect from the Network

To disconnect from the network, simply unplug the Ethernet cable from the PC. Poof — the network, and the Internet, is gone. A small warning bubble may appear in the notification area. It’s also your visual [more…]

How to Reset the Broadband Modem

Occasionally, you may lose your connection to the Internet. The local network is okay: You can still access network printers. And accessing the hard drives is just fine, but the Internet is completely [more…]

Port Numbers Used by Lion Server Services

Each Lion Server service has a standard port associated with it. For example, the default port for IMAP e-mail is TCP port 143. When used with SSL encryption, the default IMAP port is TCP 993. Some services [more…]

How to Configure Apple Wireless Router’s Firewall from Lion’s Server App

Lion Server has some special features for Apple’s wireless Internet routers, Apple’s AirPort Extreme Base Station and Time Capsule. In the Server app, you can configure the router’s firewall and add extra [more…]

How to Enable the Firewall in Lion Server

You use Server Admin to configure a firewall on Lion Server. Using Server Admin to configure a firewall is actually easy. You can click to select services to allow through the firewall, as well as add [more…]

How to Allow Services through Lion Server’s Firewall

Server Admin lets you set which services you want to allow through the Lion Server firewall by selecting them from a list. The list of services is much larger in Server Admin. If your service isn’t in [more…]

How to Customize Lion Server’s Firewall Rules

If you want to get into deep firewall-configuration territory, you can use the Advanced tab of Firewall Settings in Lion Server to create your own rules that describe what to do with incoming network traffic [more…]

How to Create IP Address Groups to Use in Lion Server’s Firewall

An address group in Lion Server can be a single IP address, such as for a device or server, and it can also be a range of addresses designated by an address and subnet mask. An address group can have multiple [more…]

How to Host Network Address Translation (NAT) on Lion Server

If you’re not using network address translation (NAT) on another device to connect your network to the Internet, you can run it on Lion Server in conjunction with Lion Server’s firewall. You use Server [more…]

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