LAN, short for Local Area Network, is a network that connects multiple devices in a limited geographical area, such as a room, an apartment or a building. Currently, most LANs are based on Wi-Fi, linked together with means of a central wireless router or Ethernet transmission, where computers are ...

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Is there a difference between LAN cable connecting two PCs and one connecting a PC to a router?

I went to a computer store to buy a LAN(Ethernet) cable and they asked me whether I want to connect two PCs or a PC to a router. I used to do both using same cable and it worked for me till I lost the ...
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Best way to network computers next to each other

I've got 2 computers in my home office, and they are both connected to the wireless router sitting in the living room. Problem is I often need to copy files back and forth between them, or VNC from ...
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How can I secure an Ethernet-over-power network?

I just bought myself an Ethernet-over-power adapter, and plugged it in. It seems to be working great, but now I'm concerned that my neighbours may be able to access my network. I live in a rowhome ...
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Interpreting Netgear wireless router security logs

I have a NetGear RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router, model number WNDR3700. It's been working fine, but I recently logged into it by pointing my web browser towards 192.168.1.1 and typing in ...
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Is there any Open Souce Office Chat Messenger? [closed]

I am looking for an open source instant chat messenger for Office purposes.
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Inserting a non-Internet LAN cable breaks wifi

My vista laptop catches wifi fine here. But when I plug in a lan cable (for a separate pc-to-pc connection), the wifi stops working (page loads timeout). Any idea why? It seems vista thinks I'm ...
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Set LAN to take network priority before Wi-Fi on Windows 7

So far I've tried to prioritize LAN the following: Moving the "Local Area Connection" up in the advanced settings as shown in How to change the network connection priority in Windows 7 and ...
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avahi-browse or avahi-discover for Windows [closed]

Is there a Windows free (= libre) software analoguous to GNU/Linux avahi-browse or avahi-discover (which would discover avahi/bonjour services on the local network and list them)? Since I have ...
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Building an improvised 'supercomputer' by connecting a number of used PCs in a LAN

I am in ongoing development of a simple but processor intensive computer program that I use for scientific research. It would be really helpful to have more processing speed. Right now I'm running Mac ...
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How can I use two Internet connections at the same time?

I have two Internet connections to my home and I want to use them simultaneously. Both of them are the same speed — something like 10Mbit/1Mbit. How can I achieve this? I'm thinking of using ...
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My dyndns domain doesn't point to the right IP from inside my network, how do I correct that?

I set up a DynDns account to point a domain to my dynamic IP server at home. From any "outside" network, the connection is working and pointing to my server. But when I point my browser to my URL ...
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How to connect 2 LAN each one with its own DSL connection?

I have set up 2 separate wired LANs each one with its own DSL connection. Each LAN consists of the ISP's residential DSL modem, a switch and some PCs, NAS, media players etc. What I want is to ...
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Keep lan connection alive while going to sleep

Is it possible to keep lan connection alive when going to sleep? Although I would like a laptop independent(in general) answer, my laptop is Thinkpad T500 and the power manager shows in PCI options, ...
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Buying another router and use as a “signal repeater” in bridge mode?

I asked about using a pc almost as a "router" and although it's a solution, I tought about just buying a second router to act as a "bridge" between my connection. (Reason: I don't want to have to keep ...
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Power went out and now my router doesn't give any internet

yesterday the power went out for a second. I then noticed that my router (D-Link DGL-4300) had stopped working. It didn't power on at all. Today I borrowed my friends power adapter because he has the ...
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Redirect audio from laptop to desktop over LAN

I want to be able to play a song on my laptop and have it sound through my desktop's (infinitely better) speakers. If you're familiar with Input Director: I want something that is to audio what Input ...
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Can only ssh when not using wifi

So I have 3 machines, a windows 7 desktop that is always wired to my router, osX laptop, and raspberry pi running debian linux. My router is a Linksys e1000 wireless N. My goal is to be able to ssh ...
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All of my Windows computers won't connect to the Internet (LAN or WiFi)

My Windows computers: Desktop - connected to LAN. Error: LAN connection / Ethernet Adaptor may have a problem Laptop - connected via WiFi Error: "Limited Access" Laptop - connected via WiFi Error: ...
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Accessing Workgroup Shared Folder from Domain

I have a domain and a workgroup. My users are supposed to upload files on regular basis to several shared folders on the workgroup. I have difficulty accessing the workgroup shared folders without ...
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Open LAN-hosted website in IE 10 Metro

It appears that IE10's Metro mode blocks connections to servers running on the local network (for example, 192.168.1.x). I am able to connect to the server from IE 10 in regular desktop mode. How do ...
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LAN/WLAN/home network connection dropping intermittently

I'm having an issue on our home network that is driving me mad. More often than not, when a user on our LAN is downloading and using most of the bandwidth my connection my PC or my laptop or my ...
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How do I test the speed of file transfers on my LAN?

I have a Macbook Pro (wirelessly connected to the Internet) and a G5 tower (connected via ethernet). The MBP wirelessly backs up to an external drive on the G5 tower. I would like to know how fast the ...
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Nas/Switch/ DD-WRT Router, Interesting Problem

I had a network setup that consisted of the following. WNR2200 [router] with DDWRT [Firmware: DD-WRT v24-sp2 (06/23/14) std] running on it, connected to a Netgear 8p Gigabit [Switch]. My laptop and ...
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How to use Wireless and Wired Connection both at a same time in Windows 7?

I am using Windows 7. Problem is while using internet in Wireless if i connect LAN cable to my laptop, it stop Wireless connection and Wired Connection gets active. I am using Internet using ...
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Is it possible to create a LAN between two notebooks via BlueTooth/Wi-Fi?

In a given place there are two notebooks—HP Mini 210-1060BR and HP Mini 210-1040BR—no existent Wi-Fi connections available, no cable, both bluetooth enabled. What I want is to create a real LAN ...
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How can I achieve Gigabit LAN speed without wires?

I have a Netgear Router which connects to my Cisco router. I have a gigabit switch which connects to my servers in my Garage.. I am currently connecting with wifi adapter on my desktop (in my room) ...
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How can I unite two LAN connections on one network?

The small flat in which I live is designed for two students. I manage to pay the entirety of the rent myself, so I'm living by myself, but I have 2 LAN outlets in the flat. I wish to configure a local ...
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How can my router have the same MAC as a computer in the LAN?

My ISP refused to give out a new IP when I switched from just having one computer in the LAN to using a router in spite of me doing a few releases and renews. So I tried an a little unorthodox ...
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Purpose of LAN Domain?

What is the purpose of creating a domain name for your LAN? I'm using DD-WRT on my router and assigned local.moofz.com as the LAN domain. I setup Apache HTTP servers on two of the computers on my LAN ...
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How can I stream media from my desktop to other PCs on my home LAN?

I know that this is a basic question, and I'm aware of a similar one, but that answer does not appear to be evergreen - it's a simple link which says that VLC can do it, with no other explanation of ...
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What is a good way to shield my computer against local (network) attacks?

I'm trying to secure my computer against local network attacks for when I'm at university or a LAN party. At home, we have a router which serves this purpose. But at university and LAN I don't have ...
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Instant messaging in LAN between PC (Windows XP) and Mac (OS X 10.6)? [closed]

I wonder how I could send short information (like a URL or a small text) between a PC with Windows XP and a Mac with OS X 10.6, which are both in our LAN at home. Up to now I sent in such a case an ...
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Improving the speed of a Wireless LAN, currently very slow

I have a Netopia 3347W router, which I got several years ago. There are several laptops and two desktops in my house which connect to the internet via this router, and thus are all on the same LAN. ...
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Why am I getting such slow transfer rate over wired LAN?

I have a Linksys WRT400N. Im trying to copy 400GB of data over LAN from one PC to another. Im getting 7-8MB/s over wireless AND wired. I have 10/100/1000 network cards in all PCs. Anything I can do ...
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Can I combine two LANs into one to get double speed?

I have 2 LANs in my own PC & 2 Routers (TP-Link WR941N each) with 2 internet accounts (512Kbps each) connected to the same ISP signal & company using NanoStation 5 from ubnt. As you know the ...
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how do torrent clients circumvent router's firewall?

Could anyone please explain me how the deluge torrent client can get incoming requests to my local machine from the Internet, while I'm behind router's firewall and do not have any port forwarding ...
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My wireless network slows down every 7.5 minutes when my desktop is switched on

My network has lag spikes lasting for a few seconds every 7.5 mins. The spikes also effect any other computer connected connected to my wirless router at the time. My wife has to connect her laptop ...
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Slower LAN speed than Internet speed

So, this is very weird in my opinion. My current internet speed when connected to ethernet is 950mbit up and down. However, when I transfer files to/from my my Apple Time Capsule or my ReadyNAS NV+ ...
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Wake-On-Lan - Behind Two Routers

So here is my current network setup: There is a central 'Cisco' router for the apartment. I connect wirelessly using an old router of mine (WRT54Gv2) with DD-WRT installed as a client to the central ...
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What is the security risk of using WLAN and LAN network on a computer at the same time?

We have a few older HP laptops that when docked in a port replicator the WLAN connection is disabled and the LAN connection is enabled. We have since replaced these with Toshiba R700s which do not ...
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Changing router from 100Mbps to Gigabit. Is it really worth it?

I have currently 100Mbps router and using a NAS. Unfortunately, seems that the speed is not as I expected. So I planned to change the router to a gigabit router. Is it really worth it? UPDATE: The ...
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Disabling internet connections while keeping one web service online

I know similiar questions were asked, but my problem has a little twist. I'm new at IT administration, but my supervisor gave me a task to complete: I have to disable web browsing on one of the ...
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How to interconnect two different LANs?

I have two different routers connected to different ISPs having different LANs. I want to setup the network such a why that we can connect to devices on the other LAN or ping devices on the other ...
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Can't connect to local Sql Server while connected to a VPN

We have a Sql Server in our office here that I connect to regularly. No problems. We have a client now to whose VPN we need to connect using the Windows VPN software. When I connect to the VPN ...
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Guest wifi mode on a secondary router

I am trying to configure a router as a secondary WiFi access point, that provides internet access but prevents access to the local network. The router supports both, but I cannot get it to work. My ...
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Multiple LAN configurations

I have a laptop that I use on several different networks, some of which use DHCP and others which require a static IP address. On Windows XP I was accustomed to being able to simply set up as many ...
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No route to host after changing interface to static ip

I installed a Linux (Ubuntu) server inside my home LAN, initially it's automatically configured to use DHCP interface. I'm connecting to this server from another computer using that server's hostname. ...
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USB LAN Adapter and Twisted Pair

Can I use a USB to LAN adapter to make a Twisted Pair Cable Connection between tow PCs?
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Are crossover and straight network cables interchangeable?

Can a crossover cable be used as a normal cable too, when using with a router, switch,hub etc. What situations may it not work in and are there other issues to be aware of when using crossover versus ...
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Rejoin split ethernet cable?

In my apartment we have an old LAN network where every room is reached by ONE ethernet cable that splits in 2 ethernet ports, the same happens to the hub where 6 cables arrive (one from each room) and ...