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How To Speed Up Your Home Network

Using wireless internet these days at home is just like home phones in 80’s. They are very important so much that even a slow internet connection makes us furious. Using Wireless internet is not always fast and can make interne to work slow. Today we will discuss something similar to that. We will discuss steps to improve the performance of the home network.

Step 1: Please make sure you have placed your router or modem in an open area as heavy furniture at times can create problem,So keeping them in the middle of your house and in open area is a better way to make sure you are able to connect to the router.

Step 2: Please make sure that there isno high frequency equipment like Cordless Phone or any other high frequency equipment around it may not be a problem in many cases but can cause problem for once-ubiquitous 2.4GHz wireless Band. Try switching channels in case it does not work.

Steps 3: However, if you do not find correct result, we would suggest you some more handy tips. Please open the firmware of your modem or router (whichever you use for wireless).  You can find default gateway of your computer with the help of the command prompt and using msconfig. Once you open the firmware or the router page using the default gateway, please browse to the wireless setup or Wireless setting and look for Wireless network mode.If by defaultit is set asMixed, please change it to G-Only.Also, change the password of your wireless router occasionally just to make sure that your network has not been compromised.

Step 4: Not only tweaking the router is a solution but you can also make changes to your computer. Please update the drivers of your wireless card, which you can find on the manufacturer website or just go to the device manager and then right click on the wireless card and update it.

Step 5:In case none of the above makes much difference, I would suggest you to make some changes to the network adapter. Network adapters come with the default setting of QoS and so on,we will change it to better and faster interface.  Please go to the control panel and then click on the one called system and then look for the hardware tab and then click on the device manager (for vista and Windows 7 device manager is available in control panel). In device manager under network adapter, double click on the one that says wireless card. And then make the following changes.

  • Mixed more protection – Please use CTS-to-self which would be in advance tab. This will make the speed faster since you are in a small home network
  • Power Management –you may use the highest value available, because this will make your card work faster. You might want to choose a medium or low setting if you want extended battery life though.
  • Roaming Aggressiveness – Use either the medium or the lowest value in a home setting, so that your card won’t keep searching for new connections, it’ll just stay happy with the network in your home and won’t connect to your neighbour’s network.
  • Throughput Enhancement –Please make sure you enable throughput enhancement to have the fastest speeds.
  • Transmit Power – Use the highest option to connect to your network properly and get the fastest speeds

How to Prevent Others From Accessing a Home Network

We use computers in innumerable sectors be it education, banking, investment, telecom, defense or simply in our home. Although the security of data is very important for all those business sector you may not like it if any stranger reads your e-mail while you are communicating with others via e-mail or chat programs, send you a spam, attack other computers using your account, send forged email from your computer, or examine the personal information (such as financial statements) you have stored on your computer. So the security of data is important for the home network as well.

Fortunately there are measures you can take to prevent intruders from accessing your home network by following these steps.

Step1: Always use the latest operating systems and other software that include anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-phishing, anti-spam and firewall. Newer versions are generally more capable of handling common viruses and hacking strategies. Besides always install licensed software so that you can download the latest patches and updates as soon they are released.

Step 2: Tell every user to create unique user accounts for his or herself so that nobody can access the information stored by someone else on the computer.

Step 3: You should assign privileges to users according to their roles because employees or part-timers working do not need to access all customer data. They can be given limited access to information.

Step 4: Use password that are not easy to guess or cracked. To be on a safe side passwords should be changed regularly.

Step 5: While you are traveling or will not be using the network for a long periods, you should shut down all hosts and networking devices of your home network.

Step 6: Do not remotely administrate your network or any of its hosts on this network.

Step 7: Make sure to protect your network by a firewall.

Step 8: A router should be used to connect a network to the Internet since all routers contain some form of firewall thereby automatically providing a layer of security to the network. Besides, routers are also useful in sharing one Internet connection among multiple hosts. There are several other features supported by router that are beneficial for wired as well as wireless network. There are different routers for wireless and wired network.

Step 9: MAC addresses, unique identifiers of networking devices should be provided to the routers and access points so that invalid hosts can be differentiated from those forming your home network.

Step 10: Though dynamic IP addresses make things easier they are also an easy target for intruders. So, Instead of using dynamic IP addresses use static IP addresses for your home network hosts.

Step 11: You should Use devices that are supported by at least WPE for a wireless network because WPE is a data security protocol especially designed to protect wireless networks. Another version of WPA is WPA2 which provides enhanced security to the wireless network. You can achieve the same levels of data security by using equipment which conforms to the same security protocol.

How to Secure a Home Network

Most homes in the older days used a single computer for family use. The ‘more than one PC’ concept was mostly limited to office networks. However homes have eventually turned into networks with many having more than one PC. The Home Network may be wireless or wired depending on the family’s requirement.

However, there may be security issues related to these networks. The average home user is usually ill equipped to manage the complexities of the network security.

Instructions to Secure a Home Network

There can be several steps that can be followed:

Step 1: Licensed software must be installed only on those computers which are connected to the specific network. Pirated software should be avoided at all costs.

Step 2: Anti-virus, anti-phishing, anti-spam and anti-spyware programs must be installed. They need to be updated with latest versions regularly. Also, the network must be protected by a firewall. Normally the Windows firewall is included in all Windows Operating Systems.

Step 3: For all users in the network, create unique user accounts. This should be done so that the password is entered by every user before gaining access to the network. It enables sufficient security.

Step 4: Maintenance and managing logs of user activity should be ensured. It is important when the network is connected to the web. There are many tools for this purpose

Step 5: Regular backup of data on all the computers should be taken.

Step 6: If the network wouldn’t be used for a long time. (Eg. during travelling), make sure all hosts and networking devices are shut down.

Apart from following the above steps, there are some guidelines that must be kept in mind for securing the Home Network. As soon as the Internet connection is configured and set up, the default login information must be changed. The remote administration of the network or any of its hosts must be avoided. A router should be used to connect to the Internet, as it is a good way to share an Internet connection and providing efficient security among multiple hosts. It also has many other features which benefit the network. MAC Addresses filtering should be enabled. When any outsider tries to access the network, it helps the network to identify addresses that do not match with the ones fed into the router. If the network is wireless, the SSID broadcast should be disabled. This hides the network, thus making it unavailable for the hackers to gain access. Also the SSID and the network name of the router must be changed immediately after the network set up. It is because the default SSID name can be easily determined by the hackers. It must also be made sure that the router is placed in the center of the house, to minimize leakage of the wireless signal.

Most or all of the above guidelines and instructions must be implemented as none of them is individually sufficient. Using them together would make it increasingly difficult for unauthorized parties to gain access to your network.

How to Organize a Home Network

A network is the efficient way to connect two or more computers or peripherals to share resources. If you have an Internet broadband connection, then you must know how to connect your systems and devices like printers to the network. Home networks are not very tough to organize, you can do it yourself.

It is very important to know what home network is before setting it up. Home network is to connect computers and devices on a common network in offices or house. You can share files, folders and printers on home network. Before connecting network, know the components of network.

Modem is used to connect to internet. When you get an Internet connection, your ISP gives you a preconfigured Modem.

Routers are also vital part of networks. Routers are nothing but a device to allow two or more computers or devices to connect to the network. It has to be connected with modem. Routers are of two types: wire or wireless.

Computers or laptops are of course the most important body of the whole system. It can be your regular desktops or laptop. You can also connect other peripherals like game consoles, cameras etc.

Steps to organize and setup home network

You do not need to bring a professional to setup and organize home network. You just need a modem, router and Ethernet cable to set-up.

First make your mind which type of network you want to setup. It can be wireless or with Ethernet cables. Wireless network is easy to install and organize. For wireless connection, take a laptop and roam around your house to check the availability of network. Place the router at the center of the network to get the most of the network and better connectivity. Wireless networks are not very secure to use. Wireless networks are very vulnerable, insecure and easy to hack.

If you want to install network with Ethernet, install category 6 wires to every computer or printers from router. A printer can be available to network with the printer sharing feature in Windows.

If you have TV, radio or MP3 players, which are internet enabled then you can share songs and other files on home network.

Tips and things to keep in mind while setup

If the networking products are of same standard then you can mix and match. The most common wireless standard is 802.11g. You can mix all the networking devices which are of same standard.

Try to get the wireless router different from your neighbors’ to avoid conflicts. It also provides good network connectivity.

You can connect four or more computers or peripherals to presently available routers.

As wireless routers are less secure, you should immediately change the default password. It is always better to change password on regular basis to avoid security concerns.

How to improve home network security?

Those days are gone when there was just a single computer in the house and now mostly every individual of the family has his own computer. Because of this people create there home network to share the resources on all computers and also to share the internet connection. There is one internet line in the house and it gets shared by the router which has all the home computers connected to it. If all the computers are connected through physical LAN cables then there could be no security risk but if computers are connected wirelessly then definitely security is a concern. In wireless setup the Router sends and receives data to the computers wirelessly and any body can connect to the router if your wireless network is not secure. It is quite possible that your neighbor might be using your internet connection on his computer wirelessly if your wireless network is not secure. In this post we will discuss the ways to secure the home network for any unauthorized use and attacks.

As mentioned earlier if all the computers are connected using LAN cable and no wireless network is setup on your router then there is no way for someone to connect to your home network without your consent. The only security concern in this case would be to stop malicious software and viruses to enter your network and make sure that your network is pretty safe. Safeguarding home network from malicious software will be discussed later in this post. If your home network is set-up as wireless then make sure that you have enabled security on it. Enabling security on a wireless network means encrypting the signals transmitted from the router so that only people who have the password to you wireless network can get connected to it and others cannot. This encryption and password assignment can be done by entering into the routers console and making changes in the wireless security section. There you would find an option to encrypt your wireless and assign a WEP key to it. WEP stands for Wired Equivalent Privacy and if this is ON then your wireless network becomes as safe as a wired network. Once you turn on this privacy all required is to give the key t all the users who connect to your home network so that they get the access and once connected the key gets saved in Windows and will not prompt you again and again until you change the key.

Another key point to remember regarding the security of your home network is to protect it by enabling a good firewall on it. Generally all the routers available these days have inbuilt firewall and the settings for the same can be accessed again by going into the console of the router. You can set the level of protection there and can also add exceptions for some kind of traffic if you reckon that it is being blocked by the router’s firewall. This way it would be difficult for any body to enter into your network and access the resources or data and your network would be a secure one.

How to Connect Windows Vista to Home Network

The magic of Internet is such huge that one can go to any extent to make a completely new world inside that home. From finding information’s and research to meeting millions of people across the world  is just a click away when there is Internet inside the house. One can enjoy live chats and talk shows with the stalwarts of the society and can get themselves educated with various online educational programs. Now a day’s many big institutions are providing satellite coaching throughout the nation. One cannot hide the magic that the Internet is bringing forth. One should check the following steps so that the whole installation process is easy.

All necessary network adapters need to be installed before bringing windows vista for home purpose. There is a manual guide, which came with the package so one should follow the manual carefully. One should see that the Internet is connected properly and is working without any network failure. One can check this out by moving on to a site which one has not been before, this particular thing is done to ensure that the page is not stored inside the cache. If the page loads without much difficulty then the Internet is working properly. One should take an Ethernet network or a wireless network. Make sure that either of the connections taken is proper. One should then go o control panel and then select the option “network and Internet”. Then go to the “Network Sharing Center”. In the left hand side there will be a box over there, go to the “Set up a connection or network”. “Set up a wireless router or access point” is the next step which one should follow after the fifth step. One should follow the ensuing step. To test the network one should go to the start menu and then click on “Network” option as you click in this option you will see that icons are shown representing other computer and the one which is connected with the home network. The step seven should be repeated for the available computers in our home.

There are certain tips one should follow because if these tips are not followed before installations then your computer might be at risk. A wireless network connection set up can be more fruitful as fort computers at greater distance through electromagnetic waves. An Ethernet connection is the best suited connection for the home based computers as this is used for computers in the close proximity and supports the Local Area Connection. One should first know as to what are the necessary requirements to set up a home based Internet connection. So you have to well verse with the requirements. Then follow all the listed steps in order to avoid any error in the connection. Following these steps are very easy as now one knows what the basic requirements for his home based computer are and the connection which will be best suited for him.

Click OK when you are done and move to menu and choose tools/email accounts. Click next so you can save the default view, choose the account at the top, select new mail location and simply click on finish.

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