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Not the Internet light on the modem (right). It's supposed to be on solid when your broadband connection is working well.

How to Replace a Cable Gateway with Your Own Modem

If you’re using Comcast Internet (a.k.a Xfinity), check your bill, you might be paying around $15/month “equipment rental” fee. If so, replacing the provider-supplied equipment with a cable modem of…

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The RT-AX88U is the latest AiMesh router from Asus.

Troubleshooting Your Home Wi-Fi Network the Right Way

We tend to only care about our home Wi-Fi network when there’s no Internet. Ironically, it’s also when we can’t go online to search for solutions. So it’s a good…

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Here’s How You Can Handle a Wi-Fi Router Like a Pro

The headline doesn’t lie. This post will help you set up and manage your home network, namely your Wi-Fi router, the way advanced users do. It won’t turn you pro…

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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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AiMesh: Asus’s Ongoing Journey to Excellent Wi-Fi

  AiMesh is a free feature Asus brought to most of its routers in early 2018, and it has proved to be one of the best ways to build a…

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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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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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The Right Way To Do an Internet or Wi-Fi Speed Test

At one point or another, you might have wondered how fast your Internet actually is, or the real Wi-Fi speed of your router for that matter. You’ll find in this post…

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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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Steps to Add Armor Online Protection Update to Your Orbi

Netgear’s Orbi Armor Update, the latest firmware that includes real-time online protection is now available as a public beta. I tried it out, and it worked. However, updating to this…

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

Networking Your Home Properly with these Wi-Fi Basics

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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Tame Your ISP-Provided Gateway with These Tricks

Generally, you should replace your ISP-provided gateway with your own equipment, namely a modem and a router. This change enables you to shed the monthly equipment rental fee and have…

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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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