How to network your home

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Craig was sucked into the endless vortex of tech at an early age, only to be spat back out babbling things like "phase-locked-loop crystal oscillators!". Mostly this receives a pat on the head from the listener, followed closely by a question about what laptop they should buy.

This is a Learning Centre article, a multi-part series to be expanded regularly.

There's an area of computing that despite being in the mainstream, is still voodoo for a large number of people — networking. Although it's been with us for decades, networking is still far from the "push one button" simplicity it needs to be and can be quite daunting to the first timer.

In this Learning Centre feature, we'll walk you through understanding and creating your own home network, eventually moving on to more detailed concepts and fun things you can do once all your gadgets are happily talking to one another.

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GeoffD2 posted a comment   

Can you bake Fried beans


Dinkydye posted a comment   

Wen I connect my modem/router to my fibre oppticomm box in the garage and then from ports on the back of modem router to the wall plate to designated rooms etc via Ethernet cables... all good! however when I connecto pticomm box directly to wall plate via Ethernet cable to say Kitchen,then connect modem router in kitchen via Ethernet cable I can no longer get internet? surely its just an extension of the cable so why is this happening?(this happens at all 4 points In the house) the cabling has been checked and found to be working fine! I have a Netgear DGND3700v2 modem router.


LukeF5 posted a reply   

Cross over vs straight thru??


Burg01 posted a comment   

I am trying to remove two internet networks from an iMac. There is currently three options and only one is required.


Stevo posted a comment   

I having trouble getting a full screen on my Sony Bravia TV when I send the Foxtel signal through my Sony DVD recorder/player.
Any Ideas?


Bill posted a comment   

Hi there. I have my printer on the mane computer, they connect to the internet via me modem/router. Is there a way i can make the printer to find my other computers?


Craig Simms posted a comment   

J -- I'd expect there to be some degradation. It's a bit hard to tell exactly how much -- concrete could definitely play havoc, but the configuration of your walls will play as much a part as the materials. As far as I'm aware there's no hard and fast rules, it's pretty much a buy and try situation :\


J posted a comment   

Hi. I live in an apartment and we have thick concrete walls. Is a wireless N router powerful enough for me to receive signals from one room to another while maintaining the speed?


slow posted a comment   

I have windows vista and I love to watch Live Ice Hockey on my pc. Can someone tell me how do I watch live streaming from my pc to my LED TV in simple plain english Plz. I have spoken with home theatre install people and keep getting different stories so plz help me, someone, anyone



JoshC3 posted a reply   

um use hdmi or vga hdmi does video and sound but vga jst video so u would need to turn volume up on pc or through stereo for sound

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