Running Network Cables Inside Your Walls

Running Network Cables Inside Your Walls

Written by M Holland

With the worldwide trend in internet technology long since shifted from dial-up access to a broadband, “always on” connection, just about every new house being built in North America features an integrated data network. This means that data cables, typically Category 5e (Cat5e) or Category 6 (Cat6,) are run through the walls and connected to jacks at each end. The cables typically all run back to a central location, where they can be patched into the network or other equipment.

However, what if you have an older house, or one that simply never had network cables installed? Of course, wireless networking is an option, but wireless networking comes with several downsides that many people are not willing to deal tolerate. Wireless transfer rates are lower than wired, and are severely more susceptible to interference. Wireless communication also introduces at least 100ms of latency time into the connection, which is less than acceptable for gamers.

Fortunately, in most homes, running network cabling is not very difficult. I will explain what is needed to carry out the task, and the steps to completing the job quickly and professionally.

Tools and Supplies

In order to run networking cables, you will need a few specific tools and supplies. Most of the tools are things that many people will already have available. To get the job done right, you will need:

* Electric drill and drill bits
* Keyhole saw (drywall saw)
* Measuring Tape
* Level
* Fish Tape (cable snake, etc.)
* Pulling string (mason line works great for this and is inexpensive)
* Assorted screwdrivers
* Knife or scissors

You will also need to purchase a few materials. They can all be purchased at either hardware stores or online, from sites such as or You will need:

* RJ-45 Keystone Jacks (These are the outlets that will be affixed to the wall)
* A spool of Cat5e or Cat6 cable (typically sold in 1000ft rolls, plenty for one house)
* Keystone wall plates with enough holes for the number of jacks you plan to install
* Single-gang wall boxes (one for every place you want an outlet)

You will need to purchase one keystone jack for every place you plan to install an outlet. Most retailers sell newer “tool less” jacks that do not require a punch-down tool. If possible, get these as they are easier to use.

The First Step: Plan

Before starting any actual work, you will want to look around the house and plan out exactly where you will want to install each jack. It is important to get this done first, as you will want to order the correct amount of supplies, and it can also save you a good bit of work later on.

You will also want to identify the best place for your central location, the place where all of your cable runs lead back to. This is where you will keep your network equipment, internet connection, etc.

Identify Walls and Drill

The next step takes place in the attic. You will need to find the top of each wall you plan to install a network jack into. This can be done using the measuring tape and fixtures that are in the same place both in the room and in the attic, such as air conditioner vents.

Typically, the top of the wall will be a 2×4, and will stand out from the sheetrock ceiling. Once you identify the top of the wall, you will want to drill a small to medium-sized hole to run your cable down. Now, do this for each location where you will want to install network drops.

For the central location, you will likely want to drill a larger hole, as several cables will be running through it.

Cut Holes

Next, you will need to locate the areas you planned each jack installation and cut holes in the drywall to mount gang boxes. Before cutting, use the face of the box to trace the size, and then use the level to make sure you get everything straight.

Cut the holes by drilling into the center of your marked-off rectangle, then use the keyhole saw to cut around the edges. If you want the final look to be smooth, you can sand the edges.

At the central location, you may require a two-gang wall box, which is larger and will allow for more ports. Decide this before beginning installation.

Pull Cables

Now you will want to pull your cable runs to each jack point, starting from your central location. Place the box of cable just outside the new hole you have just cut in the wall. From the attic, “fish” down the wall with the fish tape until it can be seen through the hole in the wall.

You can either attach your cable directly to the fish tape, or run a pull string. I recommend the string because you can keep one continuous piece going as you pull you cable runs.

Pull the cable up through the wall and run it across the attic to the location of your new drop. Be sure to pull an additional fifteen feet or so to run down the wall and to the jack. Drop the cable down into the hole you drilled in the top of the wall. If the walls are thin or have a lot of debris in them, you can use the fish tape to “run” the cable down the wall to the cutout below.

When you have completed one run, cut the cable off at the box, re-attach the cable from the box to the pull string, and start on the next run. Do this until all planned jack locations have cables running to them.

Mount Wall Boxes

Locate the cable through the hole you cut into the wall. Pull some cable out of the wall and run it through one of the openings in the back of the gang box. Place the gang box into the new hole and tighten it down by tightening the screws at the upper right and lower left corner. This will secure the box in place


After all of the gang boxes are installed, you should have neat boxes mounted in the walls with the raw cable(s) hanging out of them. Following the instructions specific to the model of keystone jacks you purchased, connect an RJ-45 keystone jack to the end of each cable run. Be sure the follow either the 568A or 568B wiring standard, which will be noted on the jacks.

When the jacks are all connected to the end of the cables, you can snap the keystone jack into the wall plates and screw the wall plates into the gang boxes in the wall.

Congratulations! You are done installing network wiring in your home. For an average home, utilizing ten or so cable runs, this can be done for about $150. That sure beats paying a professional $90 an hour PLUS the cost of materials to do the same work!

Know What You Need for Your Home Computer Network Solution

Know What You Need for Your Home Computer Network Solution

Written by Ahar2404

Knowing what you need helps you choose the correct devices to meet your need in building your home computer network solution. This is due to the abundance of wireless devices available in the electronic stores you can purchase, easy to install devices even by non-technical person. Now, which solution is suitable to meet your need?

Know What You Need

Selecting which network devices suitable for your home, you should know what you need. As general, there are three types of home computer network solutions that meet your need. They are computer networks for:

1. Work Only
2. Work and Play
3. High Performance Network

All the above types have the same networking concept but the performance of the router as the heart of the network is different. The higher the performance of your network you demand the more expensive. If the network you need is just for browsing, email, file sharing, then you don�t need a more expensive high performance network.

Computer Network Solution for Work

The first scenario for your home network solution is for work to allow you share broadband internet connection, share the printer, email and other simple networking tasks with couple of computers in the same room. In this case, you just need a modem-router device for example DSL-2540 by D-Link (for DSL service) a router with built-in DSL modem which includes 4fast Ethernet ports.

In addition to providing the wireless access for your mobile devices, you may consider the all-in-one device such as the TEW-657BRM. This is an economical wireless modem-router, a 150Mbps wireless N ADSL modem router provides both Internet access and a high speed wireless N network.
For Cable broadband services, you may consider the new all-in-one Surfboard SBG6580. This is a wireless N DOCSIS 3.0 Cable modem gateway which includes 4xGigabit Ethernet port for high speed wired connection and high speed wireless N network.

The all-in-one devices include all the requirements to build a wireless network in home easily including the security, the DHCP server, wired and wireless access.

In your computer network solution, should you require sharing the printer you can share it in a traditional way by connecting the printer to the computer and configure it to be accessible by the computer clients across the network. But for easy solution, you can choose the wireless router which includes a USB port for hosting the printer such as TEW-634GRU by Trendnet or ASUS RT-N16 Wireless-N Gigabit Router. Both routers have built-in two USB ports for sharing a USB-printer and USB-storage at the same time.

Computer Network Solution for Work and Play

Should you require a wireless network in home for work and play, you can consider the router which supports high-speed both wired and wireless connection. The router must be powered by wireless N with dual band technology and supports the QoS feature such as Belkin F7D4302 Play wireless router or TEW-634GRU by Trendnet. Both routers are ideal for work and play including streaming video and include one USB port for hosting a printer or storage.

High Performance Network

Should you require a wireless network solution for fast-responsive online gaming and streaming High Definition Video as well as longer distance coverage, the network must be powered by high performance wireless router such as Linksys E-3000 or the new version E-4200 N750. Or you may also consider a DLNA compliant wireless router WNDR37AV. Those routers are designed for multimedia, high speed both wired and wireless connection. The routers support the gigabit Ethernet interfaces for both LAN and WAN ports. With the high performance network ready, the broadband internet services must be high-bandwidth as well.

If you have multiple home theater devices such as XBOX, Blu-Ray Players, HDTV, you can connect them to the wireless network by installing the multiport wireless bridge such as WLI-TX4-AG300N by Buffalo. The WLI-TX4-AG300N is powered by wireless N with dual band technology to allow you connect up to four Ethernet-ready devices to the internet.

The next computer network solution is using the Powerline adapters. When you have a multi-floor building, providing the wired or wireless access to the whole building can be difficult. Running the backbone cable for inter-floor connection can be a difficult task to do. The easy solution is to deploy Powerline adapters or Wireless router with built-in Powerline such as WNXR2000 N300 Wireless Router with built-In Powerline Av.

By Ki Grinsing

How to troubleshoot network connectivity problems in Internet Explorer

How to troubleshoot network connectivity problems in Internet Explorer

Written by Adi

How to troubleshoot network connectivity problems in Internet Explorer

Step 1. Use Microsoft Automated Troubleshooting Services tools
You may try Microsoft Automated Troubleshooting Services as a first step to diagnose and repair common network connectivity problems in Internet Explorer. You should run both troubleshooters to determine if your problem is resolved.
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Microsoft Automated Troubleshooting Services: Improve performance, safety and security in Internet Explorer
If these Automated Troubleshooters fix your problems, you are finished with this article. If the troubleshooters do not solve your connectivity problems proceed to

Step 2.
Step 2. Use the Network Diagnostic tool
The Network Diagnostics tool that is part of Windows Vista is designed to test the network connection for errors. The Network Diagnostics tool can also be used to determine whether network-related programs are working correctly. To use this tool to troubleshoot network connectivity problems, follow these steps:
1. Open Internet Explorer, and try to access the Web page that causes network connectivity problems.
2. On the page that displays an Internet Explorer error message, click the Diagnose Connection Problems link.
The Network Diagnostics tool will run. When the tool has finished running, it will report one of the following results:
� It was unable to find a problem.
� It has detected a problem. Additionally, the tool will provide guidance on the next steps to take to troubleshoot the problem.
If you cannot resolve the problem by using the Network Diagnostics tool, you must manually troubleshoot the problem. To do this, go to the “Manually troubleshoot the problem” section.
Step 3. Manually troubleshoot the problem
Method 1: Test other known good sites
Start Internet Explorer, and then enter one of the following addresses in the Address bar at the top of the browser window:
If you do not experience network connectivity problems when you type one of these addresses in the Address bar, we recommend that you contact the owner of the Web site where you see the problem. The site may be temporarily offline or experiencing other issues of its own.

However, if you continue to experience network connectivity problems when you type one of these addresses in the Address bar, there may be a conflict with other software that is installed on the system. In this case, go to the method 2.
Method 2: Verify the network connection
Make sure that the cables that connect the computer to the Internet or your home network are secured firmly. Additionally, make sure that the network devices that your computer uses are turned on and working correctly. Then, follow these steps to verify network connectivity, as appropriate for your situation.
Step 1: Verify external DSL modem, cable modem or dial-up modem connectivity

If you use an external modem, check the following:
1. Verify that the cable that connects the modem to the wall is connected securely. The cable will most likely connect to either a telephone jack or to a cable outlet.
2. Verify that the cable that connects the computer to the modem is attached securely at both ends and that the connector on each end of the cable has clicked into position if it is a network cable. A network cable will resemble a telephone cable, although it may be thicker, and the connector on each end will be larger.
3. If the cable that connects the external modem to the computer is a USB cable, you must perform some additional checks. A USB cable will have different connectors on each end of the cable. One end will be flat and rectangular, and the other end will have a square connector with angles on two of the corners. To verify a USB connection, try the following:
a. If the modem is attached to the computer by using a USB hub, try to bypass the USB hub. You can bypass the USB hub by plugging the cable from the device directly into one of the USB ports on the computer.
b. If the modem is plugged into one of the ports on the front of your desktop computer, try plugging the USB cable into one of the ports on the back of the computer instead. Some computers do not provide sufficient power to the front USB ports. This may create problems with the connection to the modem.
Step 2: Verify the internal modem device connections
If the modem that is used to connect to the Internet is inside the computer, there should be only one cable coming out of the modem device. Verify that the cable that connects the modem to the wall outlet is connected securely at each end. The cable will most likely connect to either a telephone jack or a cable outlet.
Step 3: Verify the home network connectivity
If the computer connects to the Internet through a home network, we recommend that you check the items in the following list, as appropriate for your situation.
� Wireless connection

If the computer uses a wireless connection to the home network, we recommend that you read the following articles on the “Windows Vista Help and How-to Web” site:
o To troubleshoot problems that are related to detecting wireless networks, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
o To troubleshoot problems that are related to low wireless signal quality, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
� Wired connection

If the computer uses a wired connection (This connection is also known as an Ethernet connection.), we recommend that you read the “I can�t connect to my home network� section in the following article that is titled �Troubleshoot network and Internet connection problems�:
If you want additional guidance about specific network configurations, hardware configurations, or network configurations, we recommend that you contact the vendor of the network hardware that you are using.

Note You may have to contact your Internet service provider (ISP) to verify connectivity.
Method 4: Other connectivity issues or network-related issues
One potential cause of network connectivity problems is that the network or the Internet connection that you are using to go online is experiencing a problem. You can test for this by using the following troubleshooting steps:
Step 1. Restart the modem or the router
It is sometimes possible that the IP settings or network configuration that you receive from the Internet service provider are incorrect or must be updated. Sometimes, the connection between the modem and the ISP may be experiencing problems. To update the settings on the modem or the router, you must restart the device. Restarting the device will also create a fresh connection to the Internet service provider. Use one of the following methods to restart the modem, depending on the type of modem that you have.

External modem

To restart an external modem, follow these steps:
1. Disconnect the cable that connects your computer or router to the modem. This may be either a USB cable or a network cable.
2. Turn off the modem. If the modem does not have a power switch, disconnect the power cord from the back of the modem, or unplug it from the wall.
3. After waiting for several minutes, turn on the modem, reconnect the cable from the computer or the router to the modem, and then restart the computer.
4. Test your connection again to see whether you can access the Internet.
If you still experience network connectivity problems, go to step 2.

Internal modem

To restart an internal modem, you must restart the computer. If you still experience network connectivity problems after you restart the computer, go to step 2.
Step 2. Verify the firewall or the router settings
If you connect to the Internet by using a router, there may be a problem with the configuration settings, and they must be updated. To determine whether a network connectivity problem is being caused by a mis-configuration or by a problem with the router, you can bypass the router and connect your computer directly to the modem.

Caution Connecting your computer directly to the Internet may leave it vulnerable to attacks. To protect the computer against attacks, make sure that a firewall is installed and that the firewall is enabled on your computer. To find out about the Windows Firewall that is included in Windows Vista, see the “Windows Firewall” section.

Windows Firewall

Windows Vista includes a firewall called the Windows Firewall. By default, the Windows Firewall is enabled. However, you must still verify that the Windows Firewall is enabled before you connect the computer to the Internet. To verify that the Windows Firewall is enabled, follow these steps:
1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
2. In the search box at the upper-right corner of Control Panel, type security.
3. In the search results that appear, click the icon or the link for Security Center. In the window that is displayed, you will see four bars that are titled Firewall, Automatic updating, Malware protection, and Other security settings.
4. Click the right arrow button on the Firewall bar to expand the bar. The expanded bar will display one of the following three options:
a. If the Firewall bar is green, it means that the firewall is enabled.
b. If the Firewall bar is red, you may see a message that the Windows Firewall is turned off. To turn on the Windows Firewall and to cause the Firewall bar in security center to turn green, click Turn on now.
c. If the Firewall bar is red, and the message describes a problem with a third-party firewall program, we recommend that you disconnect the computer from the network, and then contact the vendor of that firewall program for more information about how to turn on the third-party firewall program.
For more information about the Windows Firewall in Windows Vista, visit the following “Windows Help and How-to” Web sites:
After you connect the computer directly to the modem, test Internet Explorer. If you are now able to access the Web sites that you were unable to access before, contact the router’s manufacturer for help in configuring the device. If you are still unable to access any Web sites, go to step 3.
Step 3. Verify device compatibility
For a modem or a network adapter to work correctly in Windows Vista, it must be compatible with Windows Vista. Additionally, it must have device drivers that can be used by Windows Vista to communicate with the device. To find out whether the modem or the network adapter that you are using is compatible with Windows Vista, you must first determine what adapter model you have in the computer. To do this, follow these steps:
1. Click Start, type device manager in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
2. Click the entry for Device Manager that appears in the search results.
3. Expand the entry for the type of device that you are looking for. For example, expand Network adapters.

Note The specific type of device that you must look for will be determined by the way that you connect this computer to the Internet. For example, if you connect to the Internet by using a wireless network connection, you must look for information about a wireless network adapter and you must expand Network adapters.
4. Note the entries that appear under Network adapters.
5. On another computer, start Internet Explorer.
6. Type the following address, and then press ENTER:
7. Search for the network adapter that you noted in step 4. Information that is contained on this Web site will tell you if the network adapter is compatible with Windows Vista.
If you cannot determine the type of modem or of network adapter that you have in your computer, or if that device shows that it is experiencing a problem, we recommend that you contact the OEM or the hardware vendor from whom you obtained this adapter.

For information about your hardware manufacturer, visit the following Web site:
If the device that you are looking for is either an internal DSL modem or an internal cable modem, we recommend that you contact the Internet service provider that gave you the modem. Some potential problems that you might see include the following:
� The modem or the network adapter is missing from Device Manager.
� The modem or the network adapter is listed as an Unknown Device or with a generic name such as Ethernet Adapter or PCI Simple Communications Controller.
� The modem or the network adapter is marked with either a red X or a yellow exclamation point.


Best Wireless Router for Home

Best Wireless Router for Home

Written by Robert Conrad

Deciding on the best wireless router for home use you have to ask what you need a wireless router for. You undoubtedly want to choose an “N” router. Wireless-n routers offer much superior coverage and throughput speed than “G” routers and they are now affordable. The last thing you need to occur is to lose the signal going from one room to another. The supplementary things to look at carefully are your budget, use, and features you demand because different routers are made for assorted target audiences. The one thing to be aware of is that you get what you pay for. Two routers can have identical specifications but one could contain substandard parts. So like for like, considering warranties, availability, dependability, and quality, the “best wireless router for home” use will in no way be the cheapest nor the most expensive. We nevertheless will compare the basic aspects of performance in speed, reception distance, and consumer satisfaction. The latter being the best measure for determining whether the router chosen is truly the “best wireless router for home” use.

Why is a wireless-n router the best? This list focuses on the top manufactures of wireless-n routers for home use. Everybody wants plenty of speed and you surely don’t want your router to be the limiting factor. N routers are known for the distance they can handle and their speed. Netgear, Linksys, D-Link, and Belkin are all manufactures that most people have access to through their local electronics store. A best method to access these units is of course on the internet assuming you are either upgrading your current wireless router or only wanting to eliminate the cable that anchors you to a specific room. With all things considered equivalent, speed, distance, price and guarantee, what is it that makes a router the best wireless router for home? The answer is firmware, the internal software that determines the performance of the router and how easy it may be to hook it up for a new user. This could either provoke a major headache or be as simple as just plugging the router in. Manufactures have discovered the relevance of being very user friendly. So how do you discover the proper router? Simply by studying the user reviews.

Wireless-n routers have become more affordable now than in the past. The wireless-n router has the quickest speeds for handling applications that take up huge amounts of your bandwidth and throughput with zero reduction in range. If you stream HD, do on-line gaming, or download very large files, buying a wireless-n router is highly recommended to take full benefit of your high speed broadband connection. Here are the four most popular manufacturer’s of the best wireless-n routers for home use based on performance, simplicity of setup, stability, and value.

Netgear high performance engineering includes the intuitive browser GUI-based setup, ease of use, and reliability.

Cisco Linksys frequently mentions the word ‘maximum’ to describe both speed and range to stand above the competition.

D-Link for most home networks, is just about the perfect wireless-n router. Its operation is more than adequate for streaming HD content or playing games.

Belkin Wireless-n Router is perfect for setting up a wireless network that has the range to easily cover any-size home. After comparing the user’s most helpful favorable and critical reviews, you’ll be able to pick the best wireless router for home use for you.

As an added note, ASUS now has an EZ UI (easy user interface) router series that first time buyers must really give serious consideration. Everything considered, a “hassle-free way to install and manage wireless home networks” is worth even more if you have ever run into a dead end with an install and can’t figure out what to do. Whether you require a print server, BitTorrent hub, FTP storage, or ultra-fast wireless-n router, the Asus RT-N56U adapts to your networking needs as a cross-functional network device. Check out the user comments, a 20:1 approval rate looks like this can be a unit for you to check into for the Best Wireless Router for Your Home.


Setting Up A Home Network

Setting Up A Home Network

Written by Chris Marshall

p>There is essentially two ways of setting up a home network, wired or wireless.

A wired network involves connecting up the computers using cables, and if often referred to as an Ethernet network. An Ethernet network transfers data at high speeds, faster than wireless networks as it is very rare for the connection to be interrupted. Although data transfer speeds of 1 Gbps can be achieved, the average speed is 100 Mbps, and this is why you will often see “10/100” next to Ethernet ports on computers or in product data specs.

A wireless network transfers data via radio waves and is the preferred, and most often convenient, method of setting up a home network. It is especially useful for the use of laptops as it allows the user to roam throughout the house, and even the garden, without having wires trailing behind them. A wireless network is often referred to as a Wi-Fi network, which stands for Wireless Fidelity and is based on the 802.11 wireless standard.

It is also possible to create a home network which combines both wired and wireless technology.

There are distinct advantages and disadvantages as to whether you opt for a wired or wireless network in your home. A wireless network offers you more freedom to move around your house with your laptop and of course without the need to trail wires from each fixed computer. It is also easy to add more computers to the network without having the need to buy more networking equipment. However, where a wired network offers less freedom, it is cheaper to install and potentially faster due to the connection being rarely interrupted. A wireless network also has restricted boundaries, whereas a wired network is only restricted by the length of cables you have.

In order to set up a home network you will need to purchase some specific hardware. Knowing what hardware to buy is often quite daunting due to the amount on the market, and the fact that you do not know exactly what something is and what it does! Essentially the main piece of equipment that you will need is known as an ACCESS POINT. This is the small box with all the flashing lights that allows the connection between the computers in the network to take place. There are several types of Access Point, and although they essentially do the same job, the type you need (and you may need more than one) depends on your computer, internet connection and they type of network you wish to set up.

To make sure that you choose the right Access Point, we have constructed a guide to the various pieces of hardware to ensure you purchase the parts you need to set up your own home network.

Router: The most important piece of hardware on a home network setup. The router is the part which routes the data to the computers on the network. It basically connects all the computers together so that they can share the internet connection and browse it at the same time. The router also acts as a line of defence between the internet and your computer. Most have built-in software to protect your identity and your computer from viruses.

Hub: The device used to connect the computers to the network via Ethernet cabling or via Wi-Fi. Wired hubs come with a number of ports which can transmit data at speeds ranging from 10 Mbps to multi-gigabyte speeds per second. The hub transmits the data it receives, often from the households’ main computer, to the other computers that are connected to it. The amount of computers that can be connected to a hub depend on it size. The average hub can connect 4 computers. A larger hub could connect nearer 50. A wireless hub can connect hundreds.

Switch: This is a type of hub that controls the way that multiple devices use the same network so that each can operate at optimal performance. A switch acts as a networks traffic police: rather than transmitting all the packets of data it receives to all ports as a hub does, a switch transmits packets to only the receiving port. Switches are fast replacing hubs as a preferred choice of data management as prices are more in line with hub prices.

NIC (Network Interface Card): A type of PC adapter card that either works without wires (Wi-Fi) or attaches to a network cable to provide two-way communication between the computer and network devices such as a hub or switch. A Network interface card can be installed internally into a desktop PC or slotted into a Type 2 PCMCIA slot on a laptop or PDA.

Combined switch/router: A popular choice of Access Point as it combines both the functionality of a router and switch in one unit.

RAM, memory, disk space

What is all this stuff?

Long-Lasting Laptop Batteries Tips

Written by Ednarpilgrim


Many users learn little about laptop battery maintenance. As a result, the battery life of their laptop decreases sharply. One of my friends learned this hard way. He left his brand new laptop constantly charge for an entire month ignoring the smell of burning plastic and the heat coming from the laptop. Maybe if it started smoking he probably still wouldn’t have unplugged the laptop battery because he would have thought that’s how it must work. After this incident, he knew that he shouldn’t even leave his laptop charging over night. When he sees that the battery is full, that is the time that he should unplug it. That is just one maintenance tip to protect your laptop battery. And here, we will talk about the main maintenance tips about laptop batteries.<br>Heat is the primary killer of batteries. So we should keep it cool. One common way that happens is packing a running laptop into a backpack or briefcase. If the laptop fails to go to sleep, then the laptop can get crazy hot in an enclosed space. You can almost smell the loss of battery longevity. <br>The following is to recondition your battery regularly. Most laptop manufacturers (except Apple) don’t generally tell you about this, but a simple process known as reconditioning (or occasionally, recalibrating) can breathe new life into your laptop battery and add capacity back. To do that, turn off your screen saver and any other power management tools which put your PC to sleep. Fully charge the laptop, and then let it run all the way down.<br>And finally and also importantly, remove it when you’re not using it. When you leave your laptop plugged in at your desk all day every day, the battery never gets a chance to discharge and recharge — which is critical to its long-term health. So remove the battery. As long as your laptop is connected to AC power, the battery isn’t necessary; it’ll run without it. Just remember to pop it back in before you take your laptop on the go.<br>Do not discharge Li-ion too low; charge more often.<br>Furthermore, there are other tips. Limit the time the battery resides at 4.20/cell (full charge), especially if warm. Moderate the charge current to between 0.5C and 0.8C for cobalt-based lithium-ion. Avoid ultra-fast charging and discharging. If the charger allows, lower the charge voltage limit to prolong battery life. Keep the battery cool. Move it away from heat-generating environments. Avoid hot cars and windowsills. High heat and full state-of-charge, not cycling, cause short battery life in laptops. Remove battery from laptop when used on the power grid.

5 Excellent Tools To Take Screenshots in Windows

Written by Harry


While writing reviews of websites and software, I often have to use images to reference what I am talking about and to help me better explain things. A simple screenshot of an arrow pointing to a tiny button saves me the trouble of writing a detailed explanation of where the button is located.

Why should you make your next mobile phone a smartphone?

Written by Hugh McInnes


Smartphones provide the convenient functionality of mobile phones and PDAs all in one device. There are many different types of smartphones that are available on the market. Consumers that own smartphones, find it hard to imagine life without one. However, despite the unquestionable benefit of access-anywhere Internet and other innovative applications, studies reveal that only one in six Australians own smartphones.

Choose a Web Browser That Satisfies Your Needs

Written by Tiffany Halstead


For those who have just started surfing the internet, the number of web browsers can be overwhelming. Which one is the best of all? Which one will give the information that you need fastest? Which web browser is more user-friendly? Which is the most secure web browser? With which browser you can keep your data and identity absolutely safe and secure.