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Networking Basics: Learn How Networks Work

What Are Network Devices… and What Do They Do?

When you sit down to get something done on your computer, you may not realize it but you’re relying on more than your Internet browser to get information, go shopping or send emails. You’re also relying on having an IP address that recognizes your computer, as well as a reliable network that you’re connected to—and…

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What is Network Address Translation (NAT)?

What is Network Address Translation?

The definition of Network Address Translation Network Address Translation (NAT) is a service that is used in routers. Its purpose is to translate a set of IP addresses to another set of IP addresses.  If you are viewing this article on the internet on the WIMIA website, there’s a very good chance that you are…

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Man-in-the-Middle Attacks explained, defined

Man-in-the-Middle Attack: When Hackers Eavesdrop on Your Connection.

Not all hackers are after attention. Some just want money. You might think, and hope, that being aware of all the latest scams and tricks that are on the Internet will keep the online thieves away. After all, if you’re smart AND you know what to look for, you won’t fall for somewhat obvious scams…

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What is a MAC Address: How to Find and Identify

Whether you work in a wired network office or a wireless one, one thing is common for both environments: It takes network software and hardware (cables, routers, etc.) to transfer data from your computer to another, or from a computer thousands of miles away to yours. In the end, to get the data you want…

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What Is Localhost?

If you’re not a network administrator and/or you don’t run a help desk, do you need to know what localhost means? The answer is no. If you want to impress the IT people who come to fix your computer or get your network working again, you may want to know what localhost is. If you’re…

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You’ve Never Seen a Hotspot Like This—Citywide Wi-Fi Hits the Streets of NYC

You know how frustrating it can be looking for wireless networks when you’re on the go. If you’re trying to get online using a laptop, you can’t get anything done until you’re connected. And if you’re using a smartphone or tablet, you’ll be burning up your data plan until you can connect to a free…

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What is a Link-Local IP Address?

Link-local IP address ranges Link-local addresses may be assigned manually or automatic operating system procedures. They are assigned most often via autoconfiguration. They are normally only used to assign IP addresses when no mechanism of address configuration exists, such as DHCP, or when another configuration method has failed. The ranges and the amount of usable…

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What is a Computer Hostname?

A name is a label that is used to distinguish one thing from another. A person’s name, for instance, comprises a set of alphabetic characters that allows a person to be individually addressed. Computers are also named to differentiate one machine from another and to allow for such activities as network communication. Computers have always…

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