A device that allows access to the Internet or computer network without the need for a wired connection.

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Does it make sense to keep different SSIDs for 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless networks?

My router can have different SSIDs for 2.4 and 5 GHz and I'm not sure if it's better to have the same SSID or not. Initially I put the same network but I got confused when the MacBook Pro displayed ...
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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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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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How to identify from a Windows computer the wireless device that is poisoning router?

I live in a house with various other people who all swear that there is nothing wrong with any of their devices. The problem being is that when wireless is enabled on the router, ping sky-rockets and ...
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Do different positions of the antenna on a wireless router make any difference?

Often, the antenna of a wireless router can be moved in many directions. Does it make a difference as to which way it points? Should it point toward the device(s) using it? Should multiple antennas ...
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Does moving from 20MHz to 40 MHz increase my wireless speed?

I found out that my acccespoint supports dual band (LinkSys E3000), so I went to its settings and changed it from operating on 20MHz to 40MHz. Does this mean I get better speed now? Or have I ...
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MacBook Air constanty drops wifi connection

My MacBook Air keeps dropping wifi connection on my home network. When I connect to my network, it remains connected for a few minutes, then it drops the connection. I have no idea what's the problem. ...
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Can I detect sniffers in monitor mode on my Wi-Fi?

Attackers can sniff Wi-Fi networks in monitor mode to intercept the data without connecting to the router. Is it possible to check if somebody is sniffing my network?
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Wireless Router Signal Strength Stats

When shopping around for wireless routers, they all seem to have the claim of "great" or "excellent" signal strength. Of course, such marketing words do absolutely nothing to let me compare the signal ...
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How to disable internet access at night on the router?

I have an internet connection that I'd like to be enabled only during the day. With multiple household internet devices, this would need to be something disabled at the level of the router. I don't ...
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Can long range Wi-Fi work if one end of the connection is not using a high-gain antenna?

I am trying to understand how long range Wi-Fi works. As far as I know, Wi-Fi consists of Tx and Rx. When a laptop is connected to an access point (AP), the laptop is able to receive data from the AP ...
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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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Which 5Ghz channel to use?

My "better" router has 5GHz channels - 36,40,44,48,149,153,157,161 My not so much better router has 5GHz channels 36,40,44,48,52,56,60,64,100,104,108,112,116,132,136,149,153,157,161 I am ...
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Power failure while upgrading firmware on TP-Link WR940N, router is bricked. How do I fix it?

I was upgrading my wireless router TP-Link WR940N, while then, the device faced a sudden power outage. Anyway, the machine never started working properly again. All the lights of WAN and WLAN and SYS ...
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What's the difference between dual antenna and triple antenna for a router?

Mainly, would it contribute to differences in the range and antenna propagation pattern, affecting my signal at my computer points?
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Playing large video files over wireless network. What technical specification should I look for when buying wireless router?

I have a Windows 7 desktop with a folder shared out joined to a wireless network. I regularly use my Android tablet (also joined to the same wireless network) to play video files that ranged from 1GB ...
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Why does my microwave kick out the internet

I have had a standard Internet setup in my home network for many years and my router is set to 2.4 ghz but I just recently got a new microwave and every time I use it the Internet seems to kick out ...
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Asus RT-N66U Enable SSH Access

Is the option to enable ssh access to this router not available in the stock version of the firmware? I can only see "Enable Telnet" under Administration -> System. That's kind of lame. Telnet is ...
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WPA vs. WPA2: Exception for one device?

My home network uses a Verizon-branded Actiontec M1424WR router with Wi-Fi. My main computer is hard-wired and lacks Wi-Fi capability. I'm trying to connect an old Palm TX, which has Wi-Fi, via the ...
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How can I find out who is connected to my wireless router? (Linksys WRT54g)

This seems like it would be obvious, but I can't find it anywhere on the screens provided when I log into my wireless router. Maybe I'm just missing something obvious here, but I thought I'd take the ...
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Wireless is slow, but only to the internet, not local connections

I have a Ubiquity RouterStation Pro running the latest release of OpenwRT. Connecting via a wire directly to the router, or through a switch, I get exactly the speed I would expect, both to my local ...
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How does a wireless router send a packet in a way only the requested computer will receive it?

As far as I know, a wireless router communicates with computers on a certain radio channel, and when a computer wants to join a network, it searches all of its channels to find a wireless router ...
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Can I use a wireless router as a repeater?

I have a wireless TP-Link TL-WR941ND router connected to the internet, but I can't get a good signal in the other end of my house. I have a spare Edimax BR-6226n wireless router. Is it possible to ...
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Expanding wireless coverage: What are the differences between LAN to LAN and LAN to WAN when it comes to connecting two wireless routers?

I'm trying to link two wireless routers with an Ethernet cable in order to expand my wireless network. Both routers need to provide wired and wireless Internet access. I'd like to know the ...
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How do I split an internet connection into 4 equal connections?

My 4 roomates and I have a problem: One of my roomies is downloading torrents all the time. When somebody need make a call or doing something like you tube or a quiz using the internet conection. The ...
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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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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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Which Wifi Channel should I use? [closed]

Very confused. I'm using inSSiDer, WiFi Overview 360 and Wifi Analyzer apps to try to determine the best wifi channel to use. Assuming all channels are in use and there are about 20 different users ...
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Wi-fi Router Neighbor-Friendly Mode?

I was tinkering around with my NetGear WNR2000v2 router this morning and noticed a Mode option under its Wireless Settings page. Of the 3 - 4 Mode options available to me, the last two were: Up to ...
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Are problems with putting more than one wireless router in an apartment?

do all wireless routers tansmit their data on the same frequency? Can the frequency of the the transmission or receive for wireless internet in an apartment be modified? Do PC computers search over ...
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Does a wireless repeater slow things down for everyone?

I recently moved into a new apartment, and we've found that the wireless connection we've set up isn't accessible in all rooms. I'm thinking about buying a new router and running it as a repeater in ...
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What does FIPS do on a home wireless network?

I recently purchased a new laptop that would connect wirelessly, but with no Internet access to a Tenda Wireless N router. Tech support told me it was an ISP DNS error (yeah right). However, I ticked ...
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Why do my consumer WiFi routers keep failing?

Over the years, I've had many of the wifi routers used in my home fail. ? Is there any reason. Since there are no moving parts it seems odd they would fail so often. I've probably gone through four in ...
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how to debug epicly slow wifi but fast lan

How can I debug a problem where my wifi is REALLY slow(it takes a minute for this page to load...even my router's admin page - 192.168.0.1)? I've tried upgrading my hardware firmware(using a DIR-600 ...
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Sharing two wireless networks for backup

I have two stores in two different sides of the same street, Each one has an ADSL connection with a wireless router and a different IP address. So I have two different wireless networks connected to ...
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Set up wireless networking solution for small office (<30 people)?

I have one wireless router (Linksys E2500) that's currently providing wifi for ~18 people on laptops, plus some of their devices (e.g. tablets). The network has gotten slow lately, and we're pretty ...
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Can a router create a VPN for me?

I have a Linksys WRT110 router & an ASUS SuperSpeedN RT-N12 router. Will either of these — possibly with my putting on third-party firmware — support VPNs? By that, I mean, by creating the VPN, ...
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Why does my wireless router disconnect when I turn on my cellphone's WiFi?

For the last seven months, I have been dealing with Internet problems. However I finally found out why my wireless router has been disconnecting randomly. Every time I enable WiFi on my HTC Android ...
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Increasing number of LAN ports of a router

My router has 4 LAN ports and they are all occupied. How can I increase the capacity of that router?
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How to send a tcp packet to a device inside WLAN with a local IP from an external network?

I have to send a command from the internet to a device in a WLAN, which is listening to the port 9999. The device itself is only assigned local IP. I also have n (2-100+) number of devices with the ...
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Can a wireless router get a virus?

I have a friend who has a linksys wireless router and is having problems with getting internet. Is there any way a wireless router can get a virus?
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Is there a way to stop websites on an Apache localhost web development server from accessing the Internet?

I am using Uniserver for PHP web development and I am running windows 8.1 and have Kaspersky installed on system. Most of my work involves working on WordPress websites. Wordpress core files and ...
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How can I prevent Google Street View from tracking my location?

Since a Google Street View car has passed by my neighborhood, it has associated my wireless router's MAC address to its geographical address. The problem is that my address can be easily obtained by ...
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How do I use my dual band Wi-Fi card to connect to 5GHz and 2.4GHz simultaneously on Windows?

I have an Intel Wireless-AC 7260HMW Wi-Fi card, and a dual band Wi-Fi AP. I can see both the 5GHz and 2.4GHz Wi-Fi access points as separate entries in the list of Wi-Fi access points to connect to. ...
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Is my network infrastructure visible outside of my wireless router?

I have a wireless router which connects to the Internet. Do external sites and services know that I'm using a router and it is not a final PC? For that matter can external services (and perhaps my ...
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Does giving two bands in a simultaneous dual band wireless router the same SSID double the bandwidth for a wireless connection?

I am sharing my wifi with a Linksys E2500 router, which allows you to name each frequency (2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz) of wireless network a different name. A user told me that if each band has a different ...
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What is mixed transmission mode on my router?

In my EDIXMAX router's configuration I can choose B, G or B+G. What are the pros and cons of each and which should I choose to make transmission faster?
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How do I disable my Cisco wireless router's guest account?

I just got a Cisco wireless router, set it up, connected my laptop to it, and afterward looked at "Network and Sharing Center" on it, and it showed my network name, then a connection right below it ...
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Is there a specific Asus RT-N56U External HDD Format?

Tonight I setup my new Asus RT-n56u dual-band router. I love the thing. I can successfuly connect my two external HDD enclosure (containing 2x1TB drives) to the router. Unfortunately the router only ...
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Wifi shuts down for everyone when going to another room?

I have an extremely bizarre problem with my Comcast supplied router. I have a Comcast supplied router on the main floor of the house. When I go upstairs to my room and try to use my wifi, the wifi for ...