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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.

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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?

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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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If these Automated Troubleshooters fix your problems, you are finished with this article. If the troubleshooters do not solve your connectivity problems proceed to

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Having realized the importance of them, I had started using screenshots early on. Back then, I used to press the PRINT SCREEN key and then paste the image in Paint. Then I extracted the portion of the image I required and used that in my reviews. Today, that procedure is ancient. With numerous competent screenshot applications to choose from, I no longer need to go through the inconvenient Paint route.

In case you are looking for an effective screenshot app that saves your time and serves its purpose, find below the top 5 tools in this category.

1. Greenshot

Greenshot is my favorite screenshot application. Compatible with Windows, the download file is sized at nearly 600KB. After installation, the app offers 3 separate hotkey shortcuts for capturing the entire screen, a particular open window, or a particular section of the screen. You can choose whether to simply copy the image to clipboard, save it in a specific folder, and the format in which it will be saved. The app can also send your screenshots directly to your default image editor or printer. With all these features and the absence of a price tag, Greenshot is an excellent screenshot-taking tool.

2. PicPick

PicPick is a slightly more advanced tool than Greenshot. The image capturing tool within PicPick lets you capture the entire screen, a specific region, an active window, a scrolling window, and freehand capture. The app also includes a built-in image editor that helps you insert those referencing arrows and lines. Protractors and pixel rulers, both built into the app, will help graphic designers better understand the designs of others and use them. The crosshair is another tool graphics designers will find helpful. The app is free for personal use but costs $29.99 for 1 license of commercial use.

3. Gadwin PrintScreen

For people looking for a user-friendly screen capturing tool that has an interface easy on the eyes, Gadwin will be the perfect one. Although it only offers standard options to capture the entire screen or a rectangular region, and the option to save the files, it does serve the basic screen capturing purpose. Gadwin Printscreen offers free 1 month trial period in which users can test the program and if they like it, they can purchase the personal license for $24.99.

4. Jing

Jing helps you take not only screenshots but record screencasts as well. Offering a variety of other features such letting you get video feed from your webcam and showing you pixel dimensions of your images, Jing is a highly competent screenshot plus screencast tool. The app comes in different versions for Mac and Windows. You can get its trial for free but the Pro version costs US$14.95 per year.

5. SnagIt

SnagIt is a very special image capturing tool and my personal favourite among all the ones listed here. In addition to the features stated in the above mentioned programs, this app lets you capture entire webpages. It automatically scrolls down them and captures it all! With your screenshots taken they are sent to the app’s built-in image editor for you to add arrows, annotations and many image effects. Snagit offers a free trial and can be purchased for US$49.95.

Which tool do you use to take screenshots in Windows? Please share with us using the comments section below.

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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.

There are many advantages to owning a smartphone. Smartphones essentially eliminate the dependence on having two standalone devices which can save consumers money by relying on one primary unit. The ability to receive and send email when apart from a computer is a major advantage to owning a smartphone. These mobile devices can consolidate several different email accounts, alleviating the need to go to different websites and entering different logon credentials.

Email has become a vital communication tool, more so than telephones, therefore it is essential for many users to ensure important emails can be accessed when needed. While laptop computers have shown to be very useful in allowing portable wireless access, they are often cumbersome to carry around if there is only a need to send a receive emails. Smartphones help to fill this gap in the market by providing a more convenient way to access email.

The most recent generation of smartphones also supply excellent internet browsing capabilities. Websites display on the smartphone screen similar to how they would on a computer monitor. Looking up information online, is very easy to do with this device.

There are also several apps that enhance online offerings of smartphones. Users can perform a range of activities while on the go, such as booking travel flights or looking up movie times. The ability to surf the Internet is one of the main advantages to owning a smartphone. Having constant access to news, sports, weather and a multitude of other kinds of information, has become the major appeal of these mobile devices.

Smartphones have the additional benefit of running various third-party applications. This capability permits users to customise their smartphone to meet their particular needs. Many of these applications are free and provide many useful services. Some are merely novelty apps that only serve for entertainment purposes while many others are highly functional.

These mobile devices also offer a range of multimedia features. It is possible to watch full length feature movies and television shows and play an extensive range of video games. These units also come equipped with video and camera capabilities, that are continuing to advance in the quality of their output. Most of these devices also come with MP3 or MP4 functionality.

Once exposed to the many onboard features of a smartphone, many users find it difficult to go back to the more basic functions of a traditional mobile phone. It is important to note that users that opt to purchase a smart phone, will need to acquire a sufficient data plan for wireless internet access. These mobile devices are also capable of running on free wireless hot spots that are commonly provided in coffee shops and internet cafes. All of the major smartphone carriers offer a variety of plans to suit all types of users.

As the industry continues to produce advanced smartphone devices, their use will continue to grow. The explosion in popularity of social networks has also increased the demand for smartphones. There are many reasons why consumers are making the switch from standard mobile phones to the multifunctional Read more

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.

Web Browser is the application software that is used for the purpose of retrieving, presenting and traversing the information from the internet. Browsers are intended to access the World Wide Web. The major web browsers include the following:

1. windows Internet Explorer
2. Mozilla Firefox
3. Google Chrome
4. Apple Safari
5. Opera

Internet Explorer

This is the browser that everyone knows about. If you have ever worked with Windows you must be familiar with it. It is one of the first graphical based web browser. The time it was released, it was dominant in use with over ninety percent. It has held the title of most popular browser in use. Like modern web browsers, Internet Explorer supports Java, JavaScript and Ajax. It has features like phishing and built-in-malware protection, tabbed browsing and private browsing. The latest official release is Internet Explorer (IE) 8 and IE 9 is currently in development.

Mozilla Firefox

It is a browser that is considered as the best alternative which can be easily customized. It is free and open source. It is the second most widely used web browser with 30% worldwide usage. Its latest features include tabbed browsing, spell checking, live bookmarking and private browsing.

Google Chrome

It was developed by Google Inc. that combines minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web easier, faster and safer. It offers features like access to favorite pages that too instantly with thumbnails, desktop shortcuts to launch web applications and independently run tabs within browser to prevent browser crashing. It is available for Windows Vista and Windows XP SP2.

Apple Safari

This is used for Macintosh, Windows operating system as well as iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It has been designed keeping a premise In the mind that the most useful browser is one lets you simply enjoy the web. It is responsible for functions like displaying graphics, rendering fonts, running JavaScript and determining page layout. Currently it occupies fourth position in the browser market and ranks after Internet Explorer, Mozilla and Google Chrome. Its main aim is to increase stability and security of the operating system.


Opera has been boasted as being the speediest and most standard compliant of the current browser in use. It has come up with some innovative and creative ways to let people surf net faster and easier. It supports 128 bit encryption, HTML and JavaScript. It is available for use with Mac OS, Windows and Linux. Its one of the most important and interesting features is speed-dial feature. Once you add a speed dial to a website, you simply type in the number of that website to access faster.

The latest version of the above mentioned five major browser applications have gone through six performance indicators which are JavaScript speed, average CPU usage under stress, DOM selection, CSS rendering speed, page load time and browser cache performance. Each of these was tested three times under an unprimed cache and their average value was reported in the result.

How can you increase the speed of your web browser?
· Profile your web pages to find culprits.
· Save images in a right format to reduce their size effectively.
· Minimize your CSS and JavaScript documents to save a few bytes.
· Combine CSS and JavaScript files to reduce the HTTP request.
· Use CSS to reduce the HTTP request.
· Use server side compression to reduce file size.
· Avoid JavaScript and inline.
· Offload site assets
· Monitor web server performance and create benchmark regularly and accordingly.

If you face any kind of trouble with your web browser you can take help from online tech support providers. The experts can guide you to troubleshoot any kind of errors occurring while surfing the internet. It so happens that while surfing the net, users come up a number of issues related to their web browsers. Also mostly users are well aware of which web browser they should choose for enjoying the work on internet.

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