Also known as WiFi. This tag should be used when asking home WiFi networking questions or connecting your personal computer to a public network. Questions about enterprise or corporate wireless networks are off topic.

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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 to launch a command on network connection/disconnection?

I have a wifi connection that requires to authenticate using a web form once the wireless link is established. I know how to automate the authentication with a script that uses curl/curlIE. But how ...
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Which methods help to improve wireless signal?

My router is in my family room, and there's not much I can do to move it, it's in the corner of the house. My room and computer is upstairs and I only get a signal strength of about 17 percent while ...
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How to monitor bandwidth use of each device on wifi network

I have in my home a standard Comcast cable internet connection. I have it going from the wall to a cable modem, and from the modem to a late-series Linksys router, which provides wired and wireless ...
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Merging two incoming broadband lines for faster internet

We have a broadband line coming into our building which delivers around 8-10mbps, which is ok but not great, although fibre is available in our area (30-100mbps) its not available where we are just ...
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How does Windows know whether it has internet access or if a Wi-Fi connection requires in-browser authentication?

In Windows 7, the notification area networking icon will show an error indicator if there is no internet access , and the error icon goes away once there is a successful connection to the internet . ...
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Difference between Ethernet splitter and switch

I have one Ethernet port that is wired directly to the router on another level. However, I want to run a desktop and a server both off this one Ethernet port. Can anyone tell me the difference ...
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A good solution to switch between different network settings?

I use my laptop (Windows Vista Ultimate) to connect to a wireless network in college, which assigns a dynamic IP address, and at home, with a static IP address and DNS server. I'm looking for a good ...
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Is it better to use a crowded 2.4GHz Wi-Fi channel 1, 6, 11 or “unused” 3, 4, 8, or 9?

I understand that 2.4GHz Wi-Fi channels overlap, and that the most popular non-overlapping set of channels in the US is 1, 6, and 11. Generally, my signal strength on channels 1, 6, and 11 are much ...
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What's the maximum actual bit rate of an 802.11g connection?

Using a wired connection, I get a 38 Mbit/s download speed. When I switch to wireless one (Linksys WRT54GL router with Tomato firmware), the speed drops to 23 Mbit/s even if the distance between the ...
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Automatically picking network settings based on the wifi network [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: A good solution to switch between different network settings? Whenever I bring my laptop to office, to connect to the wireless network, I have to set the static IP address ...
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Make Windows 7 ignore WiFi when ethernet is available

When I dock my Windows 7 laptop, I want it to prefer the wired ethernet connection over WiFi. This is a pretty straightforward thing to do on my Mac - I just reorder my network preferences, and it "...
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Hotel like Wifi manager

Does anyone knows which are these systems that manages paid wifi networks and some hotels and airports? Even better, would anyone know a open/free project that would do or could be adapted to that ...
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What is a USB Wi-Fi dongle device that can emulate virtual mass storage device for a home video player?

What is a USB Wi-Fi dongle device that can emulate a virtual mass storage device for home video player, but in fact it shows the files from a network-shared enter code here folder?
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Automatically prefer Ethernet over WLAN

Is is possible to force IP connections over the wired ethernet if it is connected and over wireless LAN if the wired ethernet is unavailabe (e.g. cable disconnected). Both network connections would be ...
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Why does my microwave kill the Wi-Fi?

Every time I start the microwave in the kitchen, our home Wi-Fi stops working and all devices lose connection with our router! The kitchen and the Wi-Fi router are in opposite ends of the apartment ...
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How to extend Wi-Fi signal across rooms?

I moved into a new place and my old Wi-Fi router just doesn't have the range to get into all the rooms. I've been investigating a lot of options and I'm wondering what other folks have done here. ...
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Is the wifi password stored somewhere in windows-7? [duplicate]

One of my friend connected me to the wifi in our area . Now my computer automatically connects to that wifi. I don't need to enter the password. I wanted to browse internet using my android phone. ...
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Tethering on Windows 7?

Is there an option in Windows 7 (or 3rd party) to offer Tethering (that is, act as a WiFi hotspot while being connected to a WiFi network?)
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When concurrently connected to wired and wireless ensure Windows 7 uses wired connection

When I am at my desk and my laptop is in its docking station I want to ensure that it uses its wired connection and not my wireless network. I am hoping/guessing that the preference in connection is ...
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Wired to wireless bridge in Linux

I am attempting to set up my Raspberry Pi as a bridge, using Debian wheezy. I have a hostapd.conf: (some details changed for security, and yes, I know WEP is no good)... interface=wlan0 bridge=br0 ...
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Should uploading a file on DSL kill the download speed?

I have the 20,127/893 Kbps service through CenturyLink DSL. I've ran speed test and it typically reports speeds close to that. Except whenever I upload something substantial. Like a video file to ...
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What's the best way to increase the range of my 802.11g router?

I have cable broadband, and as such the router has to be attached to a cable modem which also has to connect to the TV. That means the router is stuck in the corner of my house. This is good when I'm ...
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How to replace a USB wireless mouse receiver in this case?

My mouse is quite good, but unfortunately the USB wireless receiver is as big as an adult's little finger (pinky). It breaks easily when the laptop is moved. I want a micro receiver and the company ...
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Does a wireless-N (802.11n) network have poor performance when in b/g “mixed” mode?

It seems to be an "old" wives tale that, when using a wireless-N router in "mixed mode" to support legacy 802.11b or 802.11g devices, the performance of 802.11n clients will suffer. Some places ...
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What is a “Magic Packet” for waking a computer?

My wireless adapter (Intel Dual Band Wireless-N 7260) has two settings in Device Manager which I cannot explain. Wake on Magic Packet Wake on Pattern Match After a bit of research, I found this ...
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How do I set my wireless network to be private instead of public?

Trying to maintain good security settings on my laptop, I want my home network to be interpreted as private and the university network at school to be interpreted as public. However, my home network ...
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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 does Windows 7 decide which route to take if 2 connections to an internet source exist? (e.g. a Wireless and an Ethernet one to a router)

How does Windows 7 decide which route to take if 2 connections to the Internet exist? (e.g. wireless versus wired)
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How to give preference over one network connection over another?

Like most laptops, it has both ethernet and wireless networking options. Likewise, I have a wireless router with 10/100/1000 Mbs. 90% of the time, wireless speeds suffice. But once in a while, I ...
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How can I configure my wireless network for the strongest security?

There seem to be many security features in wireless routers from MAC address filtering to the authentication type and data encryption. WPA or WPA2 PSK? AES or TKIP? When I set up a new wireless ...
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How many concurrent users can a single Wi-Fi AP handle?

How many users can a single Wi-Fi access point handle at one time? For example, can a single AP handle 100 concurrent users?
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Connect to Wi-Fi access point with specific MAC address

I can see several (5+) Wi-Fi access points with the same SSID, but different MAC addresses (using InSSIDer). However, my Windows 7 laptop always keeps connecting to one of the APs, and I suspect it's ...
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Multiple network connections on Windows 7

I'm using Windows 7 and I have 2 networks: one wireless with internet connection one wired with no internet connection The computer is connected to both. The problem is that although in Network ...
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How to get a stored WLAN “password” from Windows 7?

I'm trying to connect to my friends wireless network, but we don't know the password (ie. network/WEP/WPA key). The WLAN is secured by WPA2. My friend's laptop with Windows 7 connects automatically ...
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Can a Linux machine act as both a wireless client and access point simultaneously using a single physical WLAN interface?

If I have only 1 physical WLAN interface, is there some hackery that can be done so that it can be a client of an existing access point and at the same time also act as an access point for other ...
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Unable to outside access service from inside LAN

I have a weird port forwarding problem. I tried to open my port 22 to the outside network. I was able to access it as long as I am not inside the LAN. I can access it from my office for example. But ...
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How can I beam my Wifi signal across the street?

So essentially I'm looking to extend my wireless internet to a building that is about 200ft away. Right now my wireless signal shows, but it is beyond weak. Does anyone know of a resource where I ...
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How can I force Windows 7 to give my LAN (wired) conection priority over my WiFi?

Given the choice between my LAN (wired) and my WiFi connections, my Windows 7 PC gives priority to the WiFi - how can I make it prioritize the LAN connection?
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Making your Windows 7 a WIFI hotspot for Android?

I use a broadband dongle on my Windows 7. I want to expose my laptop as a wifi hotspot so that i can use internet on my samsung galaxy ace. I have tried Connectify but my chipset is not supported so ...
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How to get assigned IPs by hostednetwork?

I just started using Microsoft Virtual WiFi or hostednetwork from Command Prompt to share my internet connection through my WiFi adapter and it's good so far! The only issue I face however is that I ...
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forgot wireless password

If you have a laptop running XP that is able to connect to a wireless network fine, but you don't know the password it's using, is there any way to find it out so that a second laptop can also connect?...
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If a computer is connected to internet via wireless and lan both, which way Internet traffic would flow?

How does this actually work? How different ip addresses on ethernet adapter and wireless adapter are handled for internet data? I know these ip are translated in NAT table but the whole process ...
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How does precise GeoLocation in HTML5 work?

This is quite a long winded question, you can just skip to the last sentence if you don't care about the background info. I just tested out HTML5 geolocation using Firefox 3.5+, and it managed to ...
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I think someone else has access to my wireless network. What next?

I kust realized that some other PC is also getting assigned a IP address (DHCP Lease) from my modem. I am sure this is not one of the PCs in my home. My modem was using WEP security. I know WEP is ...
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Connecting a ADSL router to a wireless router. What am I doing wrong?

What is the correct way to do it? This are the steps I have taken: Disable DHCP in Wireless router Setup a fixed IP (192.168.1.2) and telling that the default Gateway is 192.168.1.1 (the ADSL router)...
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How do I connect multiple devices to an ISP that gives web-based portal for logging in?

I have an ISP (Beam telecom, if it's relevant) that provides only a LAN cable connection. Using this, whichever site you initially open, you are redirected to its portal page where you are required to ...
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Create WiFi hotspot with web access point

I want to setup a WiFi network with access through a web interface. Essentially people would be asked to enter a username/password and their session would be valid for X minutes after which they'd be ...
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Are there any devices to increase the range of a WiFi network?

Are there any devices that do not need to be physically connected to a network (only to a power source) and just take any WiFi signal they receive and reproduce it in order to increase the range of a ...
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Adding a second router to a home network

I have a home network setup with a Linksys E1000 wireless router. I want to extend my network range to a wider range of the house by adding a second router/switch. The location of the second router is ...