Skip to content

Networking Basics: Learn How Networks Work

What is a Port?

To the uninitiated or the otherwise-gifted computer user, technical geek-speak can be rather frustrating and aggravating. When instructions are filled with such things as “port,” “TCP,” “UDP,” and other acronyms or technical terminology, the user feels more isolated and rarely finds a solution or comprehension. Fortunately, comprehension is just moments away. Port Picture a bay…

[Read More]

What is Port Forwarding?

Port forwarding, or tunneling, is the behind-the-scenes process of intercepting data traffic headed for a computer’s IP/port combination and redirecting it to a different IP and/or port. A program that’s running on the destination computer (host) usually causes the redirection, but sometimes it can also be an intermediate hardware component, such as a router, proxy…

[Read More]
Network technology icons overlaid on a cityscape to suggest connectivity

Ping Tool: Test Network Connectivity & Speed

Having an internet connection has become a basic necessity for modern life, but it’s not always enough in itself. For some of us, we need to not only be connected but to have a fast connection.  Think about how frustrated you get when there’s lag while you’re trying to work, stream a video, or play…

[Read More]
WAN IP Address. LAN IP Address. What

Difference LAN & WAN: Explaining Network Types

What do you mean I have two IP addresses? One day, as you’re poking around your computer’s networking preferences or maybe hooking up a new router, you might suddenly become aware of an interesting bit of information. There are two different IP addresses involved with you’re getting online and connected to the world. There’s the…

[Read More]
The VPN Internet Kill Switch explained

A VPN Kill Switch Is a Special Feature that Protects Your Privacy

Without a reliable VPN Kill Switch, you could be caught with your digital pants down.  A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is essential for anyone who uses the Internet because it addresses the top three online concerns: security, privacy and anonymity. Along those lines, a VPN kill switch is a feature you want you on your…

[Read More]
Technology network connection

What is a Gateway and What Does it Do?

A network gateway is a node in a computer network that provides a key stopping point for data that is traveling to or from other networks.  Thanks to gateways, we are able to communicate online by sending data back and forth. Without a gateway, the internet would not be of any use to us! Additionally,…

[Read More]

How do I use a Proxy Server?

Please be aware that the use of proxy servers without the express permission from the owner of the proxy server may be illegal in some states and/or countries. Use them at your own risk. Use your favorite search engine and search for ‘proxy server list’. You’ll find many sites with lists of proxy servers, their…

[Read More]
What Makes a Network Unsecure?

Unsecured Network Risks: How to Stay Safe Online

What are the risks involved if I use one? An unsecured network most often refers to a free Wi-Fi (wireless) network, like at a coffeehouse or retail store. It means there’s no special login or screening process to get on the network, which means you and anyone else can use it. What that means to…

[Read More]