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How to Turn a Wi-Fi Router USB Port into a NAS Server

When it comes to network storage, I’d recommend a NAS server. But a good server can be expensive; plus, not everyone wants or has time to configure all the features….

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Wi-Fi 6 in Layman’s Terms: Speed, Range, and More

It’s more than a year now since Wi-Fi 6 routers first became available on the market — mine is the Asus RT-AX88U. Since then, the new wireless standard for your…

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What Is a VPN and How to Get Yours for Free

If you’re curious about VPN or haven’t had time to find out what it is, this post is for you. You’ll find here all the necessary information on this type…

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Here’s Why You Probably Want a NAS Server, Too!

A while ago, somebody asked me about my most important piece of tech and was surprised when I said it was my Synology NAS server. But that’s true! Despite the…

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Device Connections Explained: It’s All about USB-C

If you’re not sure of the difference between USB-C vs. Thunderbolt 3, or between USB 3.0 vs. USB 3.2, you’re not alone. But mind you, that’s a small problem to…

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Dual-band vs. Tri-band Wi-Fi and that Burning Bandwidth Question

I’ve received many questions about dual-band vs. tri-band Wi-Fi routers lately, especially since the reviews of the Netgear RAX200 / RAX120, and Asus GT-AX11000 / RT-AX88U. Questions along the lines of “which…

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File System Explained: Take Control of Your Storage

You might have never heard of file systems, but when you use a computer or any devices that store something for that matter, you have to deal with one. A…

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This Is How Your Home Wi-Fi System Is a Mesh

Kudos to anyone who spots the pun in the headline. OK, generally, a mesh is a Wi-Fi system. Often, to be sure, people also call it a mesh Wi-Fi system….

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What Is an IP Address and How to Figure out Yours

If you’ve ever tried troubleshooting your home network or setting up a new router, you must have heard of IP address. (If not, click on the Go button above, and…

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What Is Dynamic DNS and How to Set Up Yours

Dynamic DNS, or DDNS, is one of the most useful features of a home Wi-Fi router. It’s the base for hosting many services within your home network. Examples of these…

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The Asus RT-AC86U is a typical Wi-Fi broadcaster.

Everything You Need To Know about Home Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi — the familiar name of the 802.11xx networking standards — is an essential cord-cutting invention. Just imagine how your smartphone or tablet would be without your home Wi-Fi. So,…

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What’s PoE and Why Power over Ethernet is Cool

You want to blanket your home with Wi-Fi but extending electrical power to the far side of your yard, or that tight corner in your attic proves a daunting task….

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The underside of a cable modem. Note its MAC address.

What Is a MAC Address and How to Change Yours

MAC address and IP address are two critical elements of networking. This post talks about the former, for the latter, check out my other post. Don’t worry! Like this one,…

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Five Reasons You Shouldn’t Buy into Wi-Fi 6 Yet

Wi-Fi 6 (or 802.11ax) — the sizable upgrade to the existing 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) — is here, and you wonder if you should jump on the bandwagon and get a…

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What Is the Upcoming 5G and Why It’s So Money

AT&T announced today that it would deliver the first commercial 5G device, the Netgear Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot, in three days, on December 21st. And you’ll hear a lot more about…

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How to Secure Your Home Wi-Fi Router Against Hackers

When your Wi-Fi router security is compromised, among other things, your personal information is at risk. That happens quite often, and if it’s happening to you, chances are you’re not…

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