Network and Internet

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

Introducing Windows 8.1: What are Smart Files in OneDrive?

OneDriveWindows 8.1 adds many changes and new features to the world of Windows 8. Some of the most important changes were made to OneDrive and the way it works. OneDrive in Windows 8.1 uses a technology named Smart Files, that helps users save precious disk space while providing access to all their files. In this tutorial, I will share what Smart Files is and how it works in Windows 8.1.

Set OneDrive in Windows 8.1 to Make All Your Files Available Offline

OneDriveOneDrive in Windows 8.1 uses a new technology named Smart Files. This allows you to access your files even though they are not fully copied on your PC or device and save disk space at the same time. However, some users won’t need this feature and they will want all their files available offline so that they can use them even when they are not connected to the Internet. This is possible and it implies turning off Smart Files. Here’s how it is done:

Learn When OneDrive Last Synchronized Your Files & Force a Manual Sync

OneDriveEven though I like the OneDrive service and I use it a lot in Windows 8.1, there are a few quirks that I have trouble with. One of it is the fact that it is difficult to figure out how to convince OneDrive to manually synchronize your files right now, without waiting for it to discover your newly added files in a couple of minutes. Another quirk is that sometimes you need to know when it performed the last synchronization so that you have an idea whether it has synchronized the latest files you have added or not. Here’s how to do both these things without having to waste time figuring out how to do them on your own.

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

ASUS PCE-AC68Have 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 when you recplace your wired Ethernet connection with a wireless one. We also wanted to see how well this device fares when compared to the wireless network cards found in most laptops and tablets. Read this review to learn what we have found.

How to Delete or Forget Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 8.1

wirelessAs 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 out in this tutorial.

How to Use the Remote Desktop App for Windows 8.1

remote desktopRemote Desktop is a free app available in the Windows Store and it is developed by Microsoft for Windows 8 and 8.1 users. This app is very useful when you need remote access to another Windows computer or device. It works both with devices available in your network and devices with public IP addresses that are accessible from the Internet. Here's how to use it to work with remote computers and devices.

Reviewing the ASUS RP-N14 Range Extender for Wireless Networks

ASUS RP-N14I 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 want to improve and extend the coverage of their 2.4GHz wireless networks. We tested it for about a week and now we are ready to share our conclusions. Is the ASUS RP-N14 a good purchase to make when you need to extend the range of your wireless network? Let's find out from this review:

How to Connect Windows 8.1 Devices to Wireless Networks via WPS

wirelessIf 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.

Simple Questions: What is WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup)?

wirelessIf you have configured a wireless router on your own, you have encountered the term WPS in its configuration menus. Or you have have seen a button named WPS alongside all the ethernet ports on the router's back. Do you know what WPS is? What does it stand for and how is it used? Which devices and operating systems provide support for WPS? Learn the answers to these questions and more, from this tutorial.

What Microsoft Should Fix About Office Online to Improve Its Adoption

OfficeOur team at 7 Tutorials works online and all our articles are a collaborative effort. We use mostly Google Drive because it is simple and it offers all the collaboration features we need. When Microsoft announced Office Online we were very excited and we decided to give it a try. We have used it to work together using Office Online and we've learned quite a lot about this service, its strengths and weaknesses. We have learned that while Office Online has more features than Google Drive, when it comes to quick and effective collaboration on documents, it falls short. Here's what Microsoft should improve about Office Online before we and other teams like us can make the switch:

How to Report Problems With Microsoft Services, Including OneDrive

report problemsOne of the good things about Microsoft's services is that they offer a quick way to report when you have issues. Also, Microsoft provides complete service status history so that you can find out what issues have happened in the past and when they were fixed. If any Microsoft service is not working for you (OneDrive,, Family Safety, etc), here's how to report your problem in just a couple of seconds:

2 Ways to Generate the Link to a Shared Network Folder or Library

shared folderWhen working with shared resources on a network, I have encountered the need to quickly learn the link to a shared network folder and paste it into a chat window or a document I was about to share with others on the same network. Even though they are not very easy to figure out, Windows offers two ways for generating the direct link to any folder or library that is shared with the network. Here's how they work: