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Advice for a Defcon Virgin

I have never attended a Defcon convention before and I am very excited to be attending this year. I need some help in making sure I am prepared for the event. - If I bring my laptop and connect it to ...
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Wildly varying file transfer speed over network between 2 Macs?

2 Intel Macs; a brand-new MBP and a 1-year-old iMac. Both have good quality wired network connection to an Airport Extreme. I regularly copy a 25Gb+ file between them. The disks have plenty of space ...
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How to give a name to Vista / Win2K8 network for Scheduled Task conditions

In Control Panel\Network and Sharing Center, I have two networks listed (I have three network adapters). One is my internet connection, and is described: Inet (Private network) Access Local and ...
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Disabling networkmanager for a specific interface

I'd like to do some experimentation with hostap without disabling my primary wireless interface. How do I tell networkmanager to keep its hands off a specific interface or interfaces while allowing it ...
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Change MAC address for TEW-444UB wifi USB connector?

The free wifi networks in the public libraries where I live only allow 2h/day share. They use the MAC address to check if a user has used up his daily quota. To bypass this limitation, I'd like to ...
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Usage of Dual Ethernet Jacks (One for LAN, One for WAN)

I'm working on an old Mac PowerPC G5 that has two Ethernet jacks. I'm interested in finding a way to have both jacks setup so that all internal traffic (all traffic to and from a specific IP address ...
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Why do I get slow network throughput when I have a bad DNS server?

I have Fedora 11 in a Virtual Box VM and because of a bad DNS configuration my network connection in that VM was awfully slow. I fixed it now, but I don't understand what happened and I'm curious ...
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Advanced Router - Power networking

I'm considering upgrading my current DD-WRT micro equipped router to something more powerful. I am interested in a router than handle atleast double the amount of connections my router can currently ...
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Windows XP randomly disconnects from my WiFi network and doesn't bother trying to reconnect. What can I do?

I've got a laptop running Windows XP (too old to upgrade) and it does something that's maddeningly frustrating: every now and then, I find my network connectivity has disappeared. If I go to my ...
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VMWare Fusion / DHCP with multiple static IPs

I have MacBook Pro and VMWare Fusion installed on it. I set a static IP for my virtual machine DHCP network by adding host pc1 { hardware ethernet 00:0C:29:4A:C5:A2; fixed-address 172.16.166.131; } ...
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How can I configure my ADSL modem and Home PC to be able to access from external?

I tried to do it some years ago without success. If I remember well there were more software involved, maybe now the process is easier. Practically I have an ADSL connection with dynamic IP and I ...
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User Unable to Log Into Windows 7

I have the latest RC release of Windows 7. Added a Homegroup and all is fine. I am not on a domain but a Workgroup (by default). My computer name is QuadHomePC and user name is Paul. I set up my ...
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Virtual Box 3.0.2 Networking

I have a Vista x64 Host and an Ubuntu Guest. From my host I would like to access my Ubuntu Guest via its IP address. From my Ubuntu Guest I would like to access my Vista Host and the Internets. ...
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Is there a way to share a webradio on a network?

At my work we try to limit the incoming bandwith from streaming webradio's. Therefore we want to stream a couple and then distribute/share them over our internal network. Any suggestions on how to ...
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What's the fastest way to transfer files between 2 computers? [closed]

Let's say that I have 80Gb of data to transfer from one computer to another. What's the fastest method to transfer that files? Network transfer? DVD Recording? Copying in a pen drive? Removing one ...
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OS X will not register newly installed network adapters

I have purchased an Edimax 7318USg and tested it on a Windows machine (works). The installation process for the software for this adapter runs smoothly. However, OS X simply does not recognize new ...
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Help me troubleshoot installing my network adapter (Edimax 7318usg) on OS X

I've recently purchased an Edimax 7318usg but it isn't co-operating with my Mac. Has anyone installed this network adapter on OS X before? I cannot get it to show under the networks tab of System ...
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Do those wireless usb adapters have lag/performance issues?

Are there noticable issues at least for gaming and streaming video? And that compared to wired straight to router. (I'm talking about the adapters to connect to the router, not the ones that connect ...
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Why does Vista's File sharing stall and disconnect?

I have a Vista Ultimate 64 computer (not in a domain) with a file share defined. A second XP SP3 computer accesses the file share. Frequently, when trying to access folders via the command line, the ...
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Download managers for downloading over LAN

There are some problems with leeching (downloading files at a LAN) such as prioritizing your downloads and the screen real estate that the generic copy-windows take up. What download managers can ...
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Status of mesh networks [closed]

As hardware becomes cheaper and wifi connectivity more pervasive, it won't take much time before mesh network of private citizens start to pop up like mushrooms, isolated from the internet or with a ...
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Should I use a network hub or network switch?

I want to put a networking device on an Ethernet connection between 2 digital devices. The communication will be 1-to-1; there will only be 2 devices connected through the networking device. And I ...
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How to selectively route network traffic through VPN on Mac OS X Leopard?

I don't want to send all my network traffic down to VPN when I'm connected to my company's network (via VPN) from home. For example, when I'm working from home, I would like to be able to backup all ...
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Visual Network Topology Map?

If I have no idea of the current network setup, and I'm connected to the LAN - is there any GUI that could possibly identify nodes visually or give me any sort of insight? I'm looking for a more ...
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Audio distortion and DPC latency in Vista during network usage after several hours of uptime

I updated my Windows Vista Business machine (Dell Vostro 1500, 32-bit) to SP1 a few months back, along with updating several device drivers to the latest ones available from Dell. Since then, I've ...
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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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Access Network Connection without using Control Panel

How do you access Network Connections without using the Control Panel? I only know the following ways: Run ncpa.cpl from the command line. Right-click on your network icon in the System Tray, and ...
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Shutdown computer when download/upload ends

I often want to turn the computer off for the night (yes I'm one of those) but am in in the middle of uploading or downloading something. Is there a utility that shuts a windows computer down when the ...
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How can I rename a Windows Vista user account?

If I go to User Accounts in the Control Panel, there is an option to Change your account name, but this only changes the display name, not the internal name of the account used for networking or in ...
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How to network Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux?

We have two computers at home - one Windows XP, one Ubuntu Linux. What's the easiest way to let them share files and a printer? (Specifically, I've got XP SP3 and Ubuntu 9.04.)
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How can I increase security on my portal?

I have a series of routers that I want to have open (no pre shared keys/passwords or MAC filtering). I currently run dd-wrt on all of them and use WifiDog to force people to login when connecting. ...
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Mac won't join windows workgroup

I just bought a new MacBook Pro with Leopard OS. I had no problem connecting it to my wifi. I have a few windows pcs that each share a few folders within a windows work group I already had set up. I ...
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iPod-Touch to play Movies from PC on PS3?

Is it possible to use my iTouch to communicate with my PC and PS3 to play movies? Almost like a glorified remote-control, working over my wireless network?
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How to keep multiple connections to internet?

I have a network cable and a phone connected to my computer. The phone uses an APN that have access to a single address. The network cable is connected to a network that have access to the internet. ...
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Is there some way to connect two computers using USB?

USB is a popular standard and I was wondering whether there is some way to connect two or more computers using USB ports rather than the Ethernet ports.
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Is there any way to share the scanner of a multi-function printer?

I have a multi-function printer at home (an HP Photosmart C4280) and I would like to be able to use its scanner from any computer (they're all Windows XP) in my network. Is this doable?
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How do I tell Windows to use 802.11 in preference to 3G?

I have a Samsung NC-10 netbook which I take to work every day. Most of the time I use it just on the train/bus, but I also use it at work and home. It has a built-in 3G card which I want to use when ...
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Share XP network connection without restart?

I have my xbox360 connected to my laptop-docking-station with a plain old network cable. The laptop itself is connected to my home network via wifi. Now i've set up the windows network so that the ...
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Does Windows 7 Home Premium remember network share passwords?

One of the most annoying limitations of both Windows XP Home and Vista Home Premium was they did not remember network passwords after reboot. Vista even had a 'remember password' check box which did ...
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Vista monitor power save mode also turns off network

On a Dell E6500 set to the "Balanced" power scheme, when Vista puts the monitor to sleep the internal network card also goes to sleep. Setting Vista to not turn off the monitor also keeps the network ...
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Connection Status: unknown access is denied

My main user profile is having problems showing stats for my network. The Vista network connection icon has a red x in it and states, “Connection status: Unknown" "Access is denied.” on mouse ...
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Force an application to use a specific network interface

I'm using multiple network interfaces (LAN and Wireless), and I've noticed that there's a way to change the order of prefered interfaces. How can I use the wired network to do work, check email, and ...
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Make guest name visible to host

I have Ubuntu running in VMware Player. I am able to access an Apache instance on this VM by using the IP address but not by machine name. How do I make the name of the VM visible to the host? How ...
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How do you protect your computer from Live CD's?

Linux has grown in popularity in the past few years. Many more people are using Live CD's now than they were say 3 years ago. And with this comes a new problem for network admins. How do you stop a ...
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TCP Tweaking options and Results: Any suggestions?

I first tried with the default windows XP TCP option(It doesn't have TCPWindowSize option and TCP1323 in its Registry setting). I dynamically set those options using TCP optimizer. Here I list out the ...
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Does it matter if router is set to 10.0.0.1 or to 192.168.1.1?

I just got my new ASUS Eee 1000h. First thing I wanted to is connect to the internet, so I open the wireless connections window and try to find my wireless connection...but it's not there. I have no ...
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What is the most practical security method for a home wireless network?

Quoting Ars Technica: Proper wireless network (802.11a/b/g/n) security is quite simply out of reach for most organizations. ... Given that WEP (both 64- and 128-bit), WPA1/2 (PSK), and ...
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How to throttle bandwidth on a Linux network interface?

Is there a way to constrain the bandwidth on a NIC in linux? I'd like to be able to simulate an arbitrarily slow connection.