Smarthome

What is a smart home? How do you create a network in your home? How do you pick a good Wi-Fi router? How do you manage and connect to your network using the devices and operating systems in your home? What kind of smart devices should you use in your home?

How to Share Folders in Ubuntu & Access them from Windows 7

In a previous tutorial I have shown how to enable the sharing service in Ubuntu and change the Workgroup so that it is the same with all the other computers in your network, thus making networking between Ubuntu and Windows 7 easier In this tutorial I will show how to share folders...

How to Enable File Sharing & Change the Workgroup in Ubuntu Linux

Windows 7 uses a feature called Homegroup, which enhances the Workgroup feature in order to make home networking easier for all Windows 7 computers However, this feature doesn't work on Linux or older versions of Windows In order to connect your Linux computers to Windows 7...

Installing a Shared Network Printer in Windows Vista

We will continue our series on home networking topics with an article about how to install a network printer shared by a computer with almost any operating system on a Windows Vista computer Before going to the installation process, make sure you check the recommended prerequisites,...

Importing Pictures from a Camera or Mobile Device into Windows 7

Windows 7 makes keeping track of your pictures incredibly easy, thanks to the Libraries feature But if you want to add pictures from a digital camera or mobile device to your Windows 7 Pictures Library, you'll have to import them Luckily, this is incredibly easy to do and we're...

Install a Network Printer from Windows XP Using the Add Printer Wizard

Recently I've shown how to Share a Printer with Your Network and how to install a network printer from Windows XP using the driver setup However, there are printer drivers which do not have an installation wizard and a setupexe file which does the work for you If you find yourself...

Install a Network Printer from Windows XP Using the Driver Setup

Many of you told us you have home networks with computers using Windows XP and cannot install & use a network printer from those PCs In order to help, we will show you how to install a printer connected to a Windows 7 computer from a Windows XP PC, using the driver installation...

Sharing Between Windows XP and Windows 7 Computers

I will continue our networking series and show how to share files and folders between Windows XP and Windows 7 based computers The procedure can be slightly more complicated than when sharing between Windows Vista and Windows 7 computers but it's still very manageable Step 1:...

The Network Map – Access Your Network Computers in a Fun Way

One of the less known features of Windows 7 is the network map This features does what its name implies: it shows you a complete map of all the computers connected to your network at a specific point in time It was first introduced in Windows Vista and it was kept pretty much...

How to Set Up an Ad Hoc Wireless Computer-to-Computer Network in Windows 7

Have you ever needed to create network between two laptops and you did not have a network cable available As it turns out, you can create an ad hoc network using their wireless networks cards You can use that network to transfer any kind of files between the two, as if they were on...

How to Map Network Drives, Websites and FTP Locations in Windows 7

Drive mapping is the procedure through which you can associate a local drive letter (A to Z, as the ones used by your partitions) with an area on another network computer (like a shared folder) or internet location (eg FTP site) Using drive mappings can be very useful, especially...

How to Customize Network Sharing Settings in Windows 7

I will continue our series on Windows 7 networking with an article about how to set your network sharing settings Compared to older versions of Windows, Windows 7 makes it is easier to set such settings In this article I will cover the following: where to find the network sharing...

How to Connect to Hidden Wireless Networks in Windows 7

I will continue our Windows 7 Networking series with a guide on how to connect to hidden wireless networks Hidden wireless networks are those networks which do not broadcast their Network ID (SSID) While not that many people use such networks, some have the feeling of a bit more...

How to Connect to Wireless Networks in Windows 7

A growing number of people use laptops, notebooks and netbooks instead of desktop computers As a result of this trend plus the growing number of devices such as smartphones, lots of wireless networks appear every day and more people use them on a regular basis Windows 7 offers all...