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How To See if your Wireless Router is Working

The use of wireless routers has increased. There have been advancements in technology related to the number of different devices which can be connected to the router, the connection techniques, and much more. At times it becomes little difficult to troubleshoot wireless problems in case your Internet connection stops working or some other problem. Your devices may show that they are connected to the router but the router might not be functioning properly. It is very important to understand the troubleshooting techniques so that you yourself can fix many problems. In this post I will discuss some basic troubleshooting techniques which you yourself can try before calling any technician for help.

First of all understand the topology of your network. The Internet connection which is coming into your house must be having a modem, that modem must be connected to the wireless router and then the devices must be connected to the router wirelessly. If you have a modem-cum-router then you must not be having a modem, but Internet line would be going into the router directly. Let us see how to narrow down to the cause of the problem and fix it.

Step 1. Check if Internet is working on other computers or not. If it is working then the problem is with only one computer and not with the router, or modem, or the Internet connection itself.

Step 2. If Internet connection is not working on all the computers then the first best thing you can try is to power flee your router. This can be done by disconnecting all the cables from the router, switching it off and leaving it like this for a couple of minutes. Then restart the router and try again.

Step 3. If it still doesn’t work then remove the router and connect one of the computers directly to the modem and see if the Internet connection is actually up till the modem or not. If Internet works this ways then definitely the problem is with the router as it is not able to pass the connection beyond it, and if Internet is not working even at the modem then power flee the modem as well.

Step 4. If power fleeing the modem resolves the problem then it is good enough and you can connect the router again in between, but if not then you need to get in touch with your Internet Service Provider because your modem might need to be reconfigured or your connections status needs to be checked at the server or physical level.

Step 5. In case the modem is working but the router is not then you need to go into the router console and check the wireless LAN and DHCP settings. If you have a static IP assigned to the router then check for the same as well. You might want to reset the wireless router and re-configure it to fix the problem.

How to use an Android cell phone as a Modem

You know you can use your Android phone to surf the Net –but do you know that the same phone can also enable you to surf the Net from your PC? Well, yes, you can your Droid cell phone as a modem to get internet on your computer!

This functionality is called tethering. It enables your smartphone to act like a wireless modem: So that you can connect it with your computer and use the 3G connection to get internet connectivity on your computer as well.

Some manufactures provides the in-built tethering services with Smartphone, so it always advisable to check your manufacturers policies and conditions before using your Android phone as a modem.

As long as there is no objection from your carrier, your only consideration should be the data usage. To use your Android phone as a modem, you will need unlimited data plan with cell phone carrier and USB data cable to connect phone to the computer.

The steps to be followed are:

Step1:

Open up the Android Market option on your phone and search for an app called PdaNet. You need to download and install it on your phone (it’s currently available free of cost).

Step2:

After the installation, you will see the PdaNET app home screen on your phone. If you are not able to see the pdaNET app home screen on your phone, then go to your pull up menu with all your applications and you click on the pdaNET app to open it up. On the home screen of the pdaNET app you will get two options. You should choose “Enable USB Tether”. This will enable your Droid cell phone to act as a modem for your computer. Now you’ll need to download the companion program to your PC.  For this go to   http://www.junefabrics.com/android/index.php and download the program. To allow the PdaNet app to stream data directly from your phone to your PC, tap the Menu key and select Settings. From here, select Applications, and then Development. And then check the box that says USB debugging. press OK. You should go back into this menu and disable the USB debugging setting whenever you are not actively using the tethering function.

Step3:

Now try to your Android phone with computer using the USB cable. Launch PdaNet application on your Andoird mobile phone and select the option ‘Enable USB Tether’. The PdaNet app will first verify the connection and then it will notify you that it’s on and working at the background.

Now look for the PdaNet icon on the system tray on in your computer, right click on the PdaNet icon and select ‘Connect’ option from the pop-up list.

These basic setting and steps can make your Android phone to act as Modem and will allow your computer to access interne using mobile phone.

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.

After Web Connect Rocket 2.0, T-Mobile Launches its Sequel-Web Connect-Rocket 3G Modem

Technology is growing at a super fast pace. With such kind of situation you get new, interesting and improved technology day after day. This is beneficial both for the customers – who are the end users of technology and company – who invest so much in delivering those technologies. With this premise, its time to introduce latest offering by T-Mobile.

In the last few years, U.S.A. brought the 3G technology worldwide. After some time, this 3G technology was provided with the HSPA support which has made its speed very fast. Though T-Mobile has not been quick in this competitive market but it has now already hit markets with its product web Connect Rocket 2.0 modem few months back. And now if the markets sources are to be believed, T-mobile is coming with an advanced version of the above mentioned modem. This modem which can be said as sequel to the existing web Connect Rocket 2.0, is termed as web Connect Rocket 3G modem for laptops- a super product for its users.

Features of web Connect Rocket 3G Modem:

Web Connect Rocket 3G Modem has features which can drive its customers crazy and make them spend dollars for the same. The features which make this modem superior to the present ones are discussed below:-

  • HSPA+ (High Speed Power Access) support– This would be the only modem from T-Mobile which would provide HSPA+ support. Though T mobile have started a bit late, but this feature has left everybody speechless. This HSPA+ support would be able to give a speed up to 42mbps which is really an unbelievable but true feature which is not there in any other USB modem. At present, the maximum speed which it is giving is of 21mbps but this Rocket 3G Modem would be able to provide almost the double speed.
  • Supports Mac and PC– The Web Connect Rocket 3G would also be able to support Macs and PCs.
  • Storage Capacity-The storage capacity of this product is excellent. It has got a superb micro SDHC memory card with which it can provide the additional storage capacity in which upto 16 GB data can be stored.
  • Pricing– Though a new product to be launched, still its price is not kept high. It is expected to be the same as of the present modem that is $25 per month for every data up to 200MB. But the exact price is not declared yet.
  • Web Surfing– This modem, as the name itself reflects, provides the 3G and 4G web surfing.

This modem launch has proved itself as a good and latest upgrade. But this does not mean that the present Rocket 2.0 modem has become outdated and is of no use. Only those who would need the more storage capacity and super high speed, this new modem would be of use to them. The mobile broadband speed would be now faster than the present T-Mobile’s standard 3G network. However, the date when this modem would be released in market is still not declared.

How to Set Up Your Own Wireless Network

There are lots of benefits that you can have from a wireless network. Imagine you are working in your kitchen and are sending the printing requests to the printer of your home office; you are sitting on the couch and relaxing and browsing the web or chatting with your friends in the bed at night. All of these things are only possible with the help of a wireless network. You can easily have a lot of network flexibility once you set up the wireless network.

How to start

First of all you must get the right equipment for yourself. If you do not have the right equipment you would never be able to get the things done. Some of the important items that you should have for setting up the wireless network include wireless router, broadband Internet connection and modem and the wireless network adapters.

Wireless router

The importance of the wireless router can not be denied in a wireless network. The information can be transferred between the Internet and your network with the help of this router. This sort of router helps you to connect your computer with the network of yours with the help of the radio signals and no wires are used in this case.

Broadband

The broadband Internet connection is of higher speed as compared to the dial up ones. The wireless network can not be supported with the help of the dial up connection as they are slower and are less powerful and can not support the wireless network. DSL and cable are two major options which you have for the broadband connections.

Network adapter

The adapter is a device which is used for connecting your computer to the network. In order to connect your computer to the wireless network, the computer should have the wireless network adapter in it. The computer can be either the laptop or the desktop computer. Usually this is installed in the laptops and also in some of the desktop computers too. For checking the settings for the wireless network adapter first open the device manager by clicking on the start button then control panel then click on system and security. Under system click on device manager. Give in the password if you are prompted so. Then double click on network adapters and then search any network adapter which has wireless in the name. If the wireless network adapter is missing then you must buy one from the electronics store and then install it on your computer.

Set up the Internet connection and modem

Once all the equipment is set then you must set up your Internet connection as well as the modem. If your ISP did not set up the connection then you must follow the instructions that are given for the setup.

Position your wireless router

Place your router in a central position. Try to place it in the center of your home so that you should be able to access it from anywhere in the home. You should place the router above the floor and also away from the walls and things that are made up of metal. The interference should be tried to reduce and the frequencies should not cross.

How To Stop the Netgear Firewall

Firewalls are very important computer security components. They help protect from external threats that may attack or infiltrate the computer from the Internet. Most routers and modem already come with a firewall Netgear routers also usually come equipped with firewalls to provide extra protection for computer applications, but there are times when the firewall may hinder the user from carrying out some activities properly on the Internet. Some sites may be inaccessible because they are automatically blocked by the Netgear firewall. For this and other reasons it is sometimes necessary to stop Netgear firewall. Here are simple steps that you can follow to stop Netgear firewall.

Step One

You will need to first open yourInternet browser, which includes Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer browser on your computer. Next you need to access the navigation text box and key in the IP address of your router. The default Netgear IP addresses are 192.161.1.1 or 192.168.0.1 depending on the particular Netgear router that you have. You need to type in the appropriate Ip address of the router in the navigation text box and then press Enter.

Step Two

Once, the router’s IP address has been properly keyed in, a prompt will ask for your password and username. You need to type in this information to gain access to the”configuration console”. The default username is usually “admin” while the default password is usually password. After putting in this information, you again press Enter.

Step Three

At this point, the router Netgear menu would be displayed and then you need to click the tab labeled “Security”, after which you will again need to click on “Rules”. This is also sometimes displayed as “Firewall Rules”, which you will have to click and after that click on the “Add” option. The Add option is the rule concerning inbound traffic.

Step Four

Next you will need to input the term “Any” on the section labeled “Inbound Services”. An “Action” drop down box will appear on which you will need to select “Allow always” and then click on “Enabled” to enable it. This will save the new firewall rule settings that you just entered. Some Netgear router models will require that you click on a Save button to save the changes you made. Once completed and after closing your browser, the Netgear Firewall is disabled from your router.

These are the simple steps to stop the firewall on the Netgear router. The above mentioned steps and process may differ slightly depending on the model of router being used. Turning off the firewall does not totally prevent it from providing security. Disabling the firewall will however stop the firewall from preventing access to the Internet and would also disable the security function.

Since the user has the right to decide what to do on the Internet, they reserve the right to disable the firewall to maximizeInternet browsing pleasure. It may sometimes be necessary to consult with an expert or to visit the Netgear website to get more information on how to safely turn off your firewall.

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