Monthly Archives: December 2016

Know More About Build Your Home Network The Right Way Without Spending A Fortune

Are you struggling with your home network? Do the terms TCP/IP, CAT5, Router, LAN, NIC, 802.11B or 802.11G make you head spin and leave you feeling confused?

homenetworkingebookS.pngIf you answered yes too one or all of the questions, you are not alone.

I can certainly understand your frustration and remember when I was learning Computers and Networks, it was like trying to learn a new language or install a garage door opener from the instructions that were made for NASA Engineers.

Building a home network is no different. Unlike being at work where you can just call the Help Desk, there is no immediate help available when doing it your self.

Fortunately you now have help. I have made available, a guide that will help de-mystify home networks and explain the foreign terminology that will help you build a robust home network beyond just one computer and a printer.

Here’s what’s included:

– Networking 101 – learn the basics of Networks
– How Does Home Networking Work? – from your PC to the Internet, understand how it functions
– Networking Options – wireless or hardwire, helping you decide the best option
– Essential Home Networking Equipment – what you need to build your home network the right way from the beginning
– Guidelines For Building A Simple Home Network – tips to help you save money
– Security Issues and Guidelines – keep the bad guys out and your data safe
– Troubleshooting a Home Network – simple step by step tips to resolve those pesky network problems
…and much more
To get your free copy, just enter your name and email address below The Home Networking guide is available as a PDF file for easy reading or as an MP3 file so your can listen to it on your iPod or MP3 player.

As an added bonus, you will automatically receive the WTN Tips newsletter, that offers more great how-to’s and tutorials not published on the WTN web site.

Easy Steps To Backup Your Linksys Wireless Network Adapter Configuration

So your Computer just crashed or the Wireless Network configuration decided to go south and lose your Linksys wireless adapter configuration. No problem…right? You have all the configuration settings handy in a safe location, that includes the SSID, and the long passphrase for the WPA or WEP password?

What you don’t?? Well it’s time to back it up now, before it’s to late.

To backup the Linksys wireless adapter configuration installed in your PC:

Open the Wireless Network Monitor from the System Tray (green icon next to the clock) by double clicking on it or from the Start menu, Programs, and look for the Linksys Wireless Network Adapter program group.

Once Network Monitor opens, select the Profiles tab at the top, then select Export and save to a location on your hard drive or to a backup location (such as CD or USB drive).

If you need to restore the adapter configuration, just select Import from the Network Monitor and your adapter will be configured automatically. If needed you may need to reinstall the Linksys software first before importing the configuration.

Right Steps To Connect Your Computer To Your Home Theater

These days, a computer can act a lot more like an entertainment device than ever before. You can watch online video, listen to music, view pictures and more!

But who wants to sit in their home office on a desktop computer or sit at a notebook computer to do this? “Not I, said the cat.” Listening through cheap computer speakers and watching video on a computer monitor is not my idea of real entertainment; how about you?

Why not connect your computer’s audio and video to your home entertainment system? You can watch TV shows, movies, and videos on your HDTV or any other TV with appropriate inputs. You can listen to music through your home stereo if it has AUX, VIDEO, or any other input using a standard RCA connection.

Connecting Computer Video to Your TV:

To connect the video, your computer must have an output for which your TV has a matching input.

Virtually every computer comes with a VGA output of some kind. The plug for this looks almost rectangular (you can see one by locating where you computer monitor connects to the back end of your desktop computer).

Another video output connection many computers may have is S-Video. This is a round connection. S-Video plugs have 4 tiny round holes (2 on each side) and a tiny rectangular hole in the bottom. S-Video cables have a round end with 4 tiny metal prongs and a tiny rectangular piece of plastic at the bottom.

However, many televisions do not have VGA inputs and only some have S-Video inputs. If yours doesn’t, you’ll need to make sure it at least has an RCA video input (this is a very standard connection which is used to connect record players, VCRs and CD players to other devices). If your TV came out since the early to mid 1990s it most likely has a standard RCA video input.

If your TV does have an RCA video input, simply buy a VGA to TV Converter. This will connect to your computer’s VGA output and provide RCA and S-Video connections (which are standard inputs found on most TVs since the 1990s).

Make sure you have the proper cables for your TV. Depending on which type of input your TV uses, you’ll need an RCA cable, an S-Video cable or a VGA cable.

Connecting Computer Sound to Your TV, Stereo or Home Theater System:

Now that the hard part is out of the way, the sound is easy. Simply buy a Y-cord. It should contain a stereo male 1/8″ on one end and two RCA males on the other end. Just ask your local electronics store; this is a standard cable they will all most-likely carry in-stock.

Connect the stereo 1/8″ male end to the green jack on your computer (usually on the back of desktop computers and on the front or side of notebook computers) where your speakers would normally connect.

Alternatively, you may connect the 1/8″ to the headphone jack on your computer. (Note: any device with a headphone jack can connect to your home theater, such as an iPod using this same cord!)

Connect the two RCA males to the L and R input jacks on your TV, Home Theater or Stereo. And you’re done! Just make sure to select the right setting (AUX, VIDEO, etc.) on your stereo or receiver.

Enjoy online content in all the glory you’ve enjoyed content from TV, DVD, CD, and the radio! There’s already tons of online content available on major broadcasting sites, and there will be more as the future moves forward.

If you don’t have a DVD player but there is a DVD drive on your computer, this setup will turn your computer into a DVD player! Once connected, call the store from whom you bought your computer and ask how to play a DVD on the computer.