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How to Connect Your Laptop to a Router

Very often, a device called a router sits between the DSL or cable modem and your laptop or the rest of the network. The router (rhymes with chowder) is designed to provide an interface between the Internet [more…]

How to Share Your Laptop’s Internet Access with Another PC

You can share your Internet access by connecting your laptop with a non-wireless computer. First, you need to connect your laptop with the other computer by using a standard Ethernet cable. [more…]

How to Make a Dialup Connection on Your Laptop Using Windows Vista

Unlike a broadband connection, which is always on, a dialup connection requires you to dial in to your ISP whenever you want to use it. Before you try making a dialup connection, ensure that your laptop [more…]

Networking on Your Laptop

The Control Panel sports a few icons to help you get onto a network on your laptop. This includes wired and wireless connections, the Internet, dialup, and other networking options. Windows Vista uses [more…]

How to Access the Internet from Your Laptop When Traveling

Internet access is available everywhere. If you need to specifically access your own ISP from your laptop while you are traveling, it's preferable to have either a local access number or a toll-free number [more…]

Firewall Shopping Checklist

When you’re shopping for a firewall to protect your computer and the information on it, you want the firewall hardware and/or software to be effective and appropriate for your needs and system. The following [more…]

Firewall-Friendly Web Sites

Installing a firewall is a security measure, but it’s just the first step. To maintain your security and your firewall, you have to stay vigilant. The links in the following list are to Web sites that [more…]

Ports, Protocols, and IP Address Ranges for Firewalls

If you’re building or installing a firewall to protect your computer and your data, basic information about Internet configurations can come in very handy. The following tables give you the facts on IP [more…]

Firewalls For Dummies Cheat Sheet

A firewall constructs a barrier between your computer and the Internet in an effort to safeguard your computer and the information in it. When you start looking to purchase the software or hardware that [more…]

Installing a Cable Modem or DSL Router on a Home Network

When installing a cable modem or DSL router on your home network, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) will most likely provide the equipment and instructions you’ll need to quickly and easily get started [more…]

How to Manually Configure Home Networking Devices

You can manually configure network properties (such as an IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway) for your home networking devices, on all of the Windows 7 computers on your home network. It only [more…]

Online Gaming Services for Gaming Consoles on a Windows 7 Home Network

Once you’ve connected your gaming console to your Windows 7 home network, you can sign up for an online gaming service. Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo all offer online gaming services that enable head-to-head [more…]

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