You may have heard the term metered connections, and while their name is rather self-explanatory, many people do not know exactly how they work. Especially not when it comes to using such connections on computers and devices with Windows 10. To help you, we will explain what metered connections are in general, what kind of connections can be set as metered in Windows 10, what happens when you set them that way and how to set both wireless and wired network connections as metered. There’s plenty of ground to cover, so let’s get started:
Would you like to have a plug that tells you how much electrical energy your devices consume? Do you want to turn off that plug from your smartphone, when you are not at home? Do you want it to simulate that you are at home, when you leave for a long time, by randomly turning on and off certain devices in your home, like your nightlight? If you do, then you should consider purchasing a smart plug or more. We recently got our hands on the TP-LINK HS110 smart plug and we tested it for about 10 days. Read this review to see our opinion about this device and whether it is worth purchasing for your smart home:
Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 have a new network sharing setting that is not documented by Microsoft. This setting says “Turn on automatic setup of network connected devices” and it is found in the list of advanced sharing settings that are available for private networks. What does this setting mean and what does it do? Should you turn in On or Off? We have done some trial-and-error based experiments and we have finally figured out what it does. Here it is:
The Homegroup is a feature that was first introduced in Windows 7 and is also present in Windows 8.1 and in Windows 10, where it still works the same way. The idea behind the Homegroup is simple: to provide an easy way for sharing libraries, folders and devices on small networks such as that from your home. Accessing stuff that's shared with the Homegroup is easy and doesn’t require users to type in usernames and passwords. In this article we will explain how the Homegroup works, how to create one, how to join a Homegroup and how to recover its password in case you no longer remember it.
Very few people pay attention to how Windows is set when it comes to network sharing, what is shared with the network and how. Luckily, both Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 offer a panel that allows you to control every important setting, so that file network sharing is enabled only when you are connected to trusted private networks and sharing is done in a secure manner. Here’s how to find every advanced network sharing setting in Windows and how to configure them:
Are you looking for a high-end range extender that can help you extend the coverage of your wireless network to those remote corners of your house or office? Then you will want a device with support for the 802.11ac networking standard that can offer fast transfers, and TP-LINK RE580D is one of the fastest devices of its kind. We tested this dual-band range extender for about a week and, after many tests and measurements, we are ready to share our opinion, in this review:
There are cases when you need to know the MAC address of your Windows computer or device. To help you in those s ituations, we are sharing 6 methods that you can use to locate this information. Some of them are quick while others require quite a bit of clicking. Read this guide and then use the method that works best for you:
Powerline adapters represent a good way to extend the network coverage in your home or in your office, especially in areas where your router’s wireless signal doesn’t reach. TP-LINK TL-WPA8630P is a high-end powerline adapter kit that promises a maximum theoretical bandwidth of 1200 Mbps. It is the fastest device of its kind in TP-LINK’s portfolio and we were very curious to see what it has to offer in terms of real-life performance. If you want to hear our opinion about this device and the service it delivered in our testing, read this review:
When you have problems with your network and/or internet connection, don’t hesitate to use the troubleshooting wizards that are bundled with Windows. They are easy to use and they can help you identify what’s wrong and how to fix your problems. In most cases, they will get the job done and help you more than expected. In this tutorial, we will show you how to start the network and internet troubleshooting wizards that Windows has to offer and how to work with them in order to fix your networking problems.
When you connect to broadcasting or even to a hidden wireless network in Windows 10, the operating system creates a profile for that connection, in which it stores information like its SSID (the name of the network) and its security details (like the password and the encryption type it uses). But what if you decide you don't want your PC or device to remember a certain wireless connection? In such a case, you must delete its network profile and forget that Wi-Fi network. In this guide we will show you how to do that: