Network and Internet

How to manage your network and internet connections in Windows 7 and Windows 8. How to work with wireless networks.

How to Browse the Web Incognito In All Major Internet Browsers

privacyA very useful tool that any web browser offers is Private browsing. Even though each browser calls it by a different name (InPrivate, Private Browsing, Incognito or Private Tab), this feature always does the same thing: allows users to browse the web without saving data like cache, history or cookies. However, this is done locally, meaning that only people using your computer won't be able to find out what websites you have visited. The websites you visited, your ISP (Internet Service Provider) and, in fact, every server your requests pass through, know what you visited. In this article we will show how to enable Private browsing in all the major web browsers and how to check if you are browsing privately or not.

Reviewing ASUS RP-AC52 - A Range Extender for 802.11ac WiFi Networks

ASUS RP-AC52Many wireless routers were launched which promised compatibility with the latest wireless networking standard - 802.11ac. While this is good, it doesn't mean that all of them offer a wide coverage and a strong signal in larger apartments and homes. When you don't have the WiFi coverage you want, it is a good idea to consider buying a range extender. While you may find many range extenders on the market, very few of them offer compatibility with the 802.11ac wireless networking standard. Luckily ASUS has launched the RP-AC52 Dual-band Wireless-AC750 range extender which is capable of extending both older wireless networks running at the 2.4 GHz frequency as well as modern networks using the 5 GHz frequency and the 802.11ac standard. Learn how well it works and whether it is worth buying, from this detailed review.

How to Connect to Hidden Wireless Networks in Windows 8 & Windows 8.1

wireless networkWhile connecting to a broadcasting wireless network in Windows is a very simple process, the same can't be said of a hidden network. By not broadcasting its SSID (service set identifier), or network name, a hidden network is not visible in the list of available networks you can access from your computer. You'll need to know the SSID, as well as all of the other security information before you can connect. Read on for step-by-step instructions for connecting to a hidden network in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

How to Restore Your Network Card's Original MAC Address

networkingAs discussed in some of our previous articles, you might find yourself in situations where you need to change the MAC address of your network adapter in order to connect to a certain network. But what do you do when you have to restore the original MAC address and you don't know what that is? Luckily, you can easily restore the MAC address by using either the Network and Sharing Center in Windows or a third party application, like the one we will share in this article. Read on to learn how to restore the original MAC address of your network card.

How to Access & Manage Your Favorites in the Internet Explorer App

Internet ExplorerWhen browsing the web, chances are that you will encounter articles or websites that you would like to get back to later. That's why it makes sense to bookmark them or save them to your list of Favorites. In Internet Explorer, bookmarks are called Favorites. In this article, we will share how to access your Favorites, how to organize them and how to edit them, using the Internet Explorer app in Windows 8.1.

Simple Questions: What is the Workgroup & How to Change it in Windows?

workgroupComputers on a network can be part of a workgroup or a domain. The difference between them is how resources are managed on the network. While domains are fit for enterprise networks, home networks and small business networks can work very well using a workgroup. In this article we will explain what is a workgroup, what's different about it when compared to a network domain, how to access the workgroup setting and how to change the workgroup, both in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

How to Turn On or Off Enhanced Suggestions in the Internet Explorer App

Internet ExplorerWhatever you type on your keyboard, you want it to be as short and as quick as possible. This is the reason why the Internet Explorer 11 app in Windows 8.1 and many other web browsers offer you suggestions as you type: to make your life easier. When you type a URL or a search term in the address bar, two types of suggestions are displayed: suggestions based on the websites that you have visited in the past and suggestions from Microsoft's search engine - Bing. These are called enhanced suggestions and, in this tutorial, we will explain how they work and how to disable them or enable them, depending on whether you would like to use them or not.

How To Disable a Virtual WiFi Network Adapter in Windows 8.1

wirelessIn a previous tutorial, we've shown how to turn any Windows 8.1 laptop or device into a WiFi access point. The process involved creating a virtual wireless network adapter that was used to broadcast the wireless network. When you are done using your Windows 8.1 device as a WiFi access point, it is good to disable and remove the virtual wireless network adapter that you have created. Here’s how this is done:

How to Browse the Web With the Internet Explorer 11 App in Windows 8.1

Internet ExplorerBrowsing the web on a touchscreen device can be really painful if you are using a desktop browser. That's why, in Windows 8.1 you have a whole new browser, designed for touch, which provides a great experience for users of tablets and hybrid devices. The touch version of Internet Explorer is awesome and we love using it on our touch devices. To help you get started, here's a quick overview on how to use it to browse the web.

How to Connect to Wireless Networks in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

wirelessWindows 8 and 8.1 provide a simple interface for connecting to wireless networks. The procedure varies depending on whether or not the network broadcasts its name (also known as SSID - Service Set Identifier). If the name is broadcast, connecting to the network is as simple as entering a password. But enough talk, let's see how it works:

How to Turn Your Windows 8.1 Device Into a WiFi Access Point

wirelessPrevious editions of Windows allowed users to create ad hoc wireless connections between computers. You could use those connections to create a wireless network between multiple computers or to share the Internet connection that was available on one of them. This can no longer be done in Windows 8.1, at least not using a visual interface and the mouse. However, with the help of the Command Prompt and a few commands, you too can turn your Windows 8.1 laptop or hybrid device into a WiFi access point. Here's how:

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