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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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How can I secure my home PCs when my neighbors are allowed to connect to the internet through my home wireless router?

This is a follow-up question to What are the ways to monitor and limit the internet connection speed that individual computers are getting from my wireless router?. How can I make sure that my home ...
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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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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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Does moving from 20Mhz to 40 Mhz increase my wireless speed

So I found out that my router supports dual band (LinkSys E3000), so I went to its settings and changed it from operating on 20MHZ to 40MHZ . So does it mean I get better speed now? or I just have ...
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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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Hack a consumer router or DIY/Custom Kit for a kick ass router

So I am currently running a old school hacked Linksys WRT54G and have played around with some of the hacks and currently running Tomato on it and I am pretty happy (tho the lack of OpenVPN Server ...
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Hardware needed to route between two networks over wireless

I recently rented an apartment about 100 yards from my brother's house. I have line of sight to his house and can pick up his home AP signal with one of my two laptops if I go out on my balcony ...
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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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Slow local network with brand new router and DD-WRT

I'm running a brand new Asus RT-N16 with DD-WRT v24-sp2 (08/12/10) mega on it. Lately, I've seen slow transfer rates when moving files from my laptop to my server over wifi (laptop is using wifi, ...
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Why does my wireless work better on G than N?

I've come across a situation where my router/wireless card range is longer and more reliable if both are set to use the 'G' standard instead of the 'N'. This goes against my complete understanding of ...
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Uploading kill internet connection

In my house I have 2 relevant computers, one wireless and one wired, connected to a wireless G router (Belkin G F5d7234-4 V5), which is connected to my internet modem. My internet is Insight BB 10.0 ...
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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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In Windows, how do I connect two computers to the Internet using one Ethernet socket?

In Windows, how do I connect two computers to the Internet when there is only one Ethernet socket on the wall? I don't have any extra hardware such as a router, switch, or hub.
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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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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 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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Why does setting a fixed wireless network speed cause hosts to lose their connection?

Why do some of the hosts on our home network drop when I change the transmission rate from auto to 130Mbps or 270Mbps? Is it because their wireless NIC can not support such rate?
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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 ...
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How can I fix my WRT54GL's constant crashing?

I have a Linksys WRT54GL wireless router (the old blue-and-black) whose underside indicates it is Version 2. I've noticed that, on wireless mode, if I am on a Skype call or in a Google Hangout, the ...
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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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How do I detect if someone is stealing my broadband bandwidth?

I am very paranoid about wireless connections and someone stealing my broadband bandwidth, which could lead to worse things. My question is, how can I detect if my broadband bandwidth is being ...
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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 to provide free connection with limited bandwidth (dd-wrt firmware)

I've got a pretty badass router (okay, not that good, but not bad: TP_link TR1043ND), with DD-WRT firmware. My connection is about 90/35mbps which is also pretty good. I want to provide a free ...
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Why is D-Link DIR-825 not accepting a MAC address?

I am trying to reserve an IP address for my desktop PC in a DIR-825 and when I type in all the details and press the Save button it tells me that the MAC address is invalid. My MAC address looks ...
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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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Wireless internet very slow when HD TV channel is on

I have cable and internet service with Comcast. I'm experiencing really slow speeds when an HD channel is on on my TV. I thought this may have to do with my splitter, but I found that this happens ...