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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?

Reviewing the ASUS PCE-AC68 PCI-Express Wireless Adapter for PCs

Reviewing the ASUS PCE-AC68 PCI-Express Wireless Adapter for PCs

Have you considered removing the network cables in your house and going full-wireless, including on your desktop PCs? If you have, then you should consider purchasing a wireless adapter for your desktop computers. ASUS PCE-AC68 is one such device that is able to work with all modern wireless standards, including 802.11ac. We were very curious to test it and learn more about what you lose
How to Delete or Forget Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 8.1

How to Delete or Forget Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 8.1

As soon as I installed Windows 8.1 on my laptop, I noticed a pretty big annoyance: the absence of the "Forget this network" option in the Networks pane. I was left with no intuitive way of removing wireless networks that no longer worked because their password has been changed. How do you get around this problem and remove wireless networks in Windows 8.1? Let's find
Reviewing the ASUS RP-N14 Range Extender for Wireless Networks

Reviewing the ASUS RP-N14 Range Extender for Wireless Networks

I live in a reasonably large apartment and I have a few rooms where the signal of my wireless network is not that great. That's why I was very curious to test a wireless range extender and see whether it can deliver a much-required boost in those problematic rooms. We have received the RP-N14 range extender from ASUS - an affordable device for people who
How to Connect Windows 8.1 Devices to Wireless Networks via WPS

How to Connect Windows 8.1 Devices to Wireless Networks via WPS

If you have a Windows 8.1 laptop, tablet or hybrid that you can connect to wireless networks, you may need or want to use the WPS standard to make quicker connections to some networks. If that is the case for you, here's how to connect any Windows 8.1 device to a wireless network by using the WPS feature on any router. NOTE: If you
Connect Windows 8.1 Devices With Mini DisplayPorts to HDMI Displays

Connect Windows 8.1 Devices With Mini DisplayPorts to HDMI Displays

Surface and Surface Pro tablets from Microsoft do not have an HDMI port and it isn't very obvious how to connect them to an external monitor. The same is true about many other Windows 8.1 devices, including laptops and tablets created by HP, Dell or Lenovo. All these modern devices do have a Mini DisplayPort that you can use for connecting them to all kinds
How to Pair a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

How to Pair a Bluetooth Mouse with a Windows 8.1 Laptop or Tablet

Modern laptops and tablets get smaller and smaller. As a result they provide fewer USB ports for connecting other devices and they rely more on Bluetooth. That's why Bluetooth mice and keyboards are becoming more popular. But how do you connect them with your Windows 8.1 device? The procedure is not that long but you do need to pay attention so that you perform each
Set Windows 8.1 Apps that May Use the Webcam, Microphone & other devices

Set Windows 8.1 Apps that May Use the Webcam, Microphone & other devices

Another useful new feature in Windows 8.1 is that you can set in detail which apps can use devices like the webcam, microphone and others. This tutorial shows how this configuration is performed. As you will see, it is very quick and painless. :) NOTE: The settings detailed detailed in this tutorial apply only to apps from the Windows Store. Desktop applications are not
How to Rename the Active Network Connection in Windows 7

How to Rename the Active Network Connection in Windows 7

When you connect to a new network, Windows 7 gives it a name and a standard icon, depending on the network profile you have assigned: home, work, or public. But, did you know you can change the network's name, as well as its icon? Here's how it is done. Open the Network Sharing Center & Configure the Network's Name & Icon First, you need
How to Print to a Shared Mac OS X Printer from Windows 7 & Windows 8

How to Print to a Shared Mac OS X Printer from Windows 7 & Windows 8

There are a number of indirect ways that you can trick Windows 7 and Windows 8 into printing from a shared printer attached to a Mac, but the best way to do it is through Bonjour. That's because with every version change - either between Windows or OS X - the process gets muddled and a new solution has to be devised. But Bonjour has
How to Remove Network Locations Mapped as Drives in Windows 8

How to Remove Network Locations Mapped as Drives in Windows 8

The process called mapping, assigns a drive letter on your computer to a location on a remote system allowing you to access and save files over the network easily. We have shown how to make these links permanent by reconnecting them every time you log on, which assures they'll never disappear on you. However, it also means you'll get annoying messages from your tray if
How to Mount a Windows 7 & Windows 8 Shared Folder in Mac OS X

How to Mount a Windows 7 & Windows 8 Shared Folder in Mac OS X

When accessing network shared folders from your Mac is a difficult task to do, the only solution you have left is to map a network shared folder from your Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer, so that the Mac always remembers its IP address and the credentials required to login. Here's how it works Prerequisites - What To Do Before It Will Work This
How to Access Windows 7 & Windows 8 Shared Folders from Mac OS X

How to Access Windows 7 & Windows 8 Shared Folders from Mac OS X

What prerequisites must be met in order to be able to access, from Mac OS X, network folders shared by Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers? In this article I will detail all the dependencies that must be met in order for things to work well and also suggest a solution for what to do when things go wrong. Read on to learn more.
Set Up Windows 7 & Windows 8 to Share with Mac OS X & Ubuntu Linux

Set Up Windows 7 & Windows 8 to Share with Mac OS X & Ubuntu Linux

Do you have a network with multiple devices, computers and operating systems? What does it take to set up Windows 7 and Windows 8 so that you can easily share folders, libraries and devices with the other computers that are part of the network? It turns out that the answer is: "not much". All you have to do is to double check a few settings
How to Share Folders from Mac OS X with Windows 7 & Windows 8 PCs

How to Share Folders from Mac OS X with Windows 7 & Windows 8 PCs

Sharing folders from Mac OS X with Windows computers and devices, is a lot easier than it used to be. Thanks to OS X's built-in support for the Microsoft Server Message Block (SMB) Protocol, allowing read/write access to Windows computers can be done with just a few tweaks in System Preferences. After completing the steps in this tutorial, your Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers
How to Install Any Version of Windows from Other Network Computers

How to Install Any Version of Windows from Other Network Computers

Talk about a complex thing to do: installing Windows over the network. Even installing it via a USB drive is simpler. However, this doesn't mean it cannot be done. Using a free tool named Serva and a bit of time and attention, anyone can set up his/her network environment so that Windows installations are performed with ease, from one network computer. Here's how the whole
Reviewing the Belkin AC 1000 DB Wi-Fi Dual-Band AC+ Gigabit Router

Reviewing the Belkin AC 1000 DB Wi-Fi Dual-Band AC+ Gigabit Router

Have you noticed that many AC routers have been launched on the market in the last few months? What does AC stand for? It turns out it is the latest wireless networking standard. It is supposed to be the successor of the 802.11n standard and provide theoretical transfer speeds up to 500 Mbit/s. That's quite fast for wireless but are these AC routers any good?