A computer network in a domestic setting is called a home network. It usually smaller than an office network, just connecting two or three computers and a modem/router.

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How can I get the same SSID for multiple access points?

I need to upgrade my existing wireless infrastructure and this time I want 2 access points to cover my house, since I get blind spots no matter what with a single AP. I have physical cabling to my ...
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How can I monitor all and any internet traffic from my home PC?

I would like to monitor all and any internet traffic from my home PC to see what programs installed on my home machine are accessing the internet. I thought I could use Fiddler for this but I noticed ...
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Running DNS locally for home network

I have a small home network that just got larger ( New roommate, My existing roommate got a laptop (on top of her computer)j, my friends coming over with laptop, etc ). I'd like to run a local DNS ...
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Can I make two wireless routers communicate using the wireless?

I want to make a setup like this: cable modem <-cable-> wireless router 1 <-wireless-> wireless router 2 in another room <-cables-> PCs in another room Basically, I want to extend my ...
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What is a subnet mask, and the difference between a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0 and 255.0.0.0?

My DSL/WiFi router provided by my ISP has an internal IP address of 10.0.0.138, the addresses provided by DHCP are in the format of 10.0.0.xxx. Now, I want to start using static IP addresses on my ...
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Why are home networks prefixed with 192.168?

Why are home networks prefixed with 192.168 ? Why those numbers? For some historical reasons?
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Any recommendations on a NAS for a home-super-user? [closed]

Can anyone recommend a good NAS for use in a home-server environment? I would request at least 2, preferably 4 disks, and I am most interested in good to excellent throughput for file-server and ...
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What are my options for a multi-Terabyte home NAS? [closed]

I've got alot of DVDs and have been slowly ripping, encoding, and tagging them and I've nearly filled my WD MyBook 1TB. I'm estimating that I've got about 1.5 or 2Tb to go to complete my current ...
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Is there a good DNS server I can install on Windows 7 for a LAN? [closed]

I have a few computers on my LAN, and now I'm getting tired of remembering the IP addresses all the time, so I would like to start using DNS names on my LAN. I have a heterogeneous network with ...
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Does Ethernet over Power Lines work well for home networking?

I am considering putting a computer in my garage (geek alert) and my wireless signal is simply to weak to get through all of the concrete, steel, etc. I've seen products at Fry's for Ethernet over ...
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How do I pre-wire my home right?

This seems like a good place to ask this. I'm sure many of you have done this in the past. I am getting a home built and will soon be making decisions on all the pre-wiring. I know I want to run ...
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500 Mbit/s powerline network, only 3.5 Mbyte/s transfer speed?

I have a TP-Link 500 Mbit/s Gigabit Powerline Adapter linking two computers (one Windows Vista and one Windows 7) in different rooms in the house. As in: Computer <-Ethernet ...
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Monitoring Bandwidth Across Multiple Systems in a Home Network

For the past several years, I have been using a simple software bandwidth monitor on my computer to keep track of my monthly bandwidth usage. It has worked fine (more or less; the numbers are slightly ...
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How do I set up a proxy server for home with bandwidth control, download limit options?

3 room mates share a single 2 Mbps connection. Have a 40GB per month download limit beyond which speed drops to 256Kbps which is annoying. One of the roommates abuses the connection by downloading ...
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Picasa 3.5: how to share the tagged faces from one PC to another

At home, we share our photos from a server. I've been tagging the faces in Picasa 3.5 in one PC, but in the other PC the same photos needs to be retagged. Where is this info stored so it can be ...
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A proper way to create non-interactive accounts?

In order to use password-protected file sharing in a basic home network I want to create a number of non-interactive user accounts on a Windows 8 Pro machine in addition to the existing set of ...
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How can I find the IP of a Windows host from OS X?

Is there an easy way from the OS X (Lion) command line or Finder to determine the IP address of a Windows machine on the same subnet (in a home network)? Assume the machine itself is not easily ...
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Unable to ping local machines by name in Windows 7

I'm having a strange (and persistent!) problem with pinging local machines on my network by name. I believe my machine (Windows 7 64-bit) is the only one having this issue. This is over a wireless ...
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How much will it cost me to run a Windows Home Server?

Anybody has any measurements of how much electricity does a Windows Home Server (say one of the HP models) use while being on 24/7? I have an old PC running at home to store files that everyone can ...
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Wrong order in CAT5 cabling — does it matter?

I've got in-wall CAT5 wiring in my house. The wall sockets were done by an electrician and the requirement was straight-through T-568B, but I think he got it wrong. When I use a cheap cable tester, I ...
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How to effectively diagnose ISP throttling (or other ISP related issues) and what to do about it?

My question is a bit general but I assume there has to be a good, specific answer to my problem. I, like many, am beginning to wonder if my ISP is throttling my home internet connection. I'm not so ...
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Intranet video-streaming

What's a good option for home-video-streaming? For example, somebody may use a laptop webcam to stream their baby's crib allowing them to monitor it from the main home PC. In this case, I wouldn't ...
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What is the advantage of iSCSI over SMB?

At my house I'm running a Hyper-V server with a Windows Server 2008 R2 VM acting as a file server. Files are shared across my network using SMB. (Also, the machine is using a PERC 6/i RAID card but ...
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Is the firewall in the wireless router enough?

I got an ADSL internet connection that goes into a Linksys wireless router that features a built-in firewall. Are those kinds of firewalls typically good enough for regular use, or should look into ...
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Is there any reason to subnet a home network?

For networks I understand we set a netmask on each computer to let it know what IPs it can talk to without going through the router - IPs on the same subnet can talk directly to each other and do not ...
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Windows 7 Homegroups not working?

I've got a homegroup set up, and only the accounts/machines where the user and password is identical can see/share files. I thought the setting to let homegroup control the accounts would make that ...
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What does static DHCP mean? Static Dynamic is confusing

I've found some home wireless routers/ADSL+ modems (ZyXEL 660) talking about Static DHCP, when refering to assosiating a specific MAC to an IP, but still serve the configuration over DHCP. Doesn't ...
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How can I make my home PC a web server?

I am running Apache Tomcat on my PC. My PC is connected to a router in my house and the router is connected to my ISP. Now I want to run a server on my pc so that my frined can view my site hosted on ...
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Number of Splitters on Coaxial Connection and Cable Internet Quality of Service

Does running multiple coaxial splitters on a single coaxial cable line effect quality of service for cable internet connections? Suppose there are 2-4 splitters between the cable line coming into a ...
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Shortcut to open Network Connections from Run

Is there a keyboard shortcut to open Network connections from the Run command?
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How to make high performance cluster out of 2 laptops I have at home [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to combine processing power of 2 computers? Hi, I have 2 laptops at home. Could someone please suggest some free cluster softwares using which I can make ...
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Can't ping other machines in my network

I've got 3 machines on my network, all running Windows 7. None of them can ping each other, either by name or IP address. (And because of this, they also can't see each other on the network, can't ...
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How will a router with NAT disabled behave?

Just a quick, somewhat newbie question... I noticed that my home router has the option to disable NAT. How will the router behave with NAT turned off? Will it simply broadcast all incoming traffic to ...
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Access Point vs Universal Repeater mode

In my home I've got a wireless router that does all the work and because of the lack of signal, I have bought another device that can act either as an Access Point or as a Universal Repeater. I was ...
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What to specify for 10G Ethernet installation for new building?

I'm buying a house which I intend to live in for a couple of decades. The house is not complete yet, so now is a good time to specify modifications. It looks to me like it's worthwhile to wire the ...
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Why aren’t there any USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet adapters out there?

I’m looking for an adapter that will let me use a USB 3.0 port as a Gigabit Ethernet port. This is proving surprisingly hard to find! Is there some reason why this product is either unavailable or ...
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How can I improve my home network?

I have a home network with the following setup: I know, I know. It's a pile of steaming crap. I'm a beginner! So I plead ignorant. I stepped onto irc.freenode.org/##networking and asked for ...
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Is there a dual-WAN router that can route based on protocol?

I've got two internet connections at home: DSL and satellite. The DSL connection has bad bandwidth (1.5 Mbps) but very low latency; the satellite connection is the opposite (good bandwidth, terrible ...
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How can I restrict windows 7 to only use the local subnet, but block the internet

I want to block all internet connections to and from my windows 7 machine, but allow it to access everything on the local network. The local network is behind an Apple Airport Extreme. What is the ...
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Connecting to home computers behind a router

I have a home network setup behind a NAT router with two linux boxes. Occasionally, I want to ssh to them from outside the home network, but neither have a public IP address. What's your ...
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Unable to ssh from any wireless IP to another wireless IP on home network

I'm using an Actiontec M1424WR wireless router/modem combo that came with Verizon FIOS. A point of clarification, I am using LAN to refer to devices connected via ethernet cable and WLAN to devices ...
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Centralized PulseAudio setup

I want to do a setup, so that all my computers and TV use one audio system. Like this: Where media server is connected to acoustics and TV is connected through sound-card input and other systems ...
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Windows periodically disconnects, reconnects to the network

Update 2012-03-27: It might be the physical connection from my cable modem to my provider. The cable provider says he's seeing disconnects of the modem, and they're sending a technician. (Also, please ...
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Home network with two isolated separate subnets, running on cablemodem/router and WRT-router

I have a new connection with a nice new router/cable-modem. I'd like to setup it up optimally and needs some pointers. I am a complete n00b when it comes to routing. I want to end up with two ...
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Why can't I connect to my router's config page with Windows 7?

I've got a Belkin wireless router, and just bought a new Dell computer with Windows 7 pre-installed. I can connect to the Internet and my home network just fine, but when I try to visit my router's ...
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Why is my router not routing?

Starting a week and half ago my router stopped working with my cable modem. I went to sleep with it working and woke up with it not. I swapped in another router and am still having issues; I was ...
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Poor home office network performance

I have worked with small to mid size networks for quite a long time and can say I'm comfortable connecting hardware. Where you will start to lose me is with managed switches and firewalls. To start, ...
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How can I easily switch between computers on a home network?

I am the IT guy in my house and I was wondering if there is any free software that would enable me to click a button or key combination and take control of another computer on the network. To clarify ...
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Update multiple machines at home

I have multiple machines at home. All of them are running Windows 7 x64. Due to limited bandwidth and slow connection, I want to make them download updates just once and apply to the rest of them. ...
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What version of Windows should I use for a home server?

I've currently got an extra PC at home that I'm using as a file and media server. It's running Windows 7 RC4 right now, but I need to upgrade that before it expires, and I've got access to licenses ...