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What is DD-WRT?

What is DD-WRT?

DD-WRT is a Linux-based firmware project developed to enhance the performance and features of wireless Internet routers. Launched in 2005, DD-WRT is one of the most popular alternative router firmwares due to its longevity of existence and support for a large array of devices. As of now, DD-WRT has builds for leading routers from top…

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What are Data Packets?

When you send an email, read a news story on your computer or shop online, you’re sending information and getting information digitally, or electronically. It make look like you’re sending a whole photo of your new poodle to Aunt Jane and Uncle Louie across country, but it’s actually a collection of electronic data, in small…

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What You Need to Know About Ports

Most people look at a computer and see it as a machine that you operate with a keyboard and mouse and that connects to a monitor and printer. What most of us overlook is that the computer is the brains of the outfit and the other parts—the printer, modem, keyboard, etc.—are simply connected to the…

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How do I change my MAC address?

Although physical MAC (Media Access Control) addresses are permanent by design, several mechanisms allow modification, or “spoofing”, of the MAC address that is reported by the operating system. This can be useful for privacy reasons, for instance when connecting to a Wi-Fi hotspot, or to ensure interoperability. Some internet service providers bind their service to…

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What is a Cable/DSL Modem?

First of all, you need to understand what a broadband connection is and how it works. According to Dictionary.com, broadband is “a high-speed, high-capacity transmission medium that can carry signals from multiple independent network carriers. This is done on a single coaxial or fiber-optic cable by establishing different bandwidth channels. Broadband technology can support a…

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VPN Protocols Explained

“VPN Protocols” are Something You Probably Never Need to Worry About.

(But here’s just a little bit of information for you anyway.) Here’s good news for non-IT types, which is most of us. You’ll be relieved to know that if you sign up for a VPN account someday (and even if you’re using one now), you will likely NEVER have to adjust, play around with, switch…

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