Home Network :: Basic Networking Terms And Devices?

Mar 28, 2012

Modem - (MODulator/DEModulator) This converts your xDSL analog signals into a digital format for use on your home network. A modem can also be part of a Router/Modem combination device.This device typically sits at the very edge of your network at your ISP's demarcation point (the point from where their responsibility for equipment ends).

Router - A router serves to 'route' information from network to network. I.e. A router will route information between the network and Generally your home routers will come as a modem/router/wifi access point package. It will basically route packets of information that are generated on your LAN (Local Area Network) to the internet, and in turn, route packets from the Internet to your LAN devices.

Wifi access point - Obviously provides a wireless Ethernet signal so that you can connect wireless devices to your home network. Typically, the wireless access points you will see will come as a combination of router/modem/wifi point. You can buy extra wireless access points (not wifi routers) and place them strategically throughout your home to increase signal coverage.

Switch - Uses hardware addresses to 'switch' packets through the LAN. Normally a domestic router will have 3 or 4 switch ports built into it. However, switches do come as standalone devices and can be used to increase the breadth and scalability of your home network by using the extra ports they provide to patch in more devices.

Host - A host is basically your PC, iPad, smart phone, laptop that is situated on your home network.

NAS Drive - (Network Attached Storage) Contains storage space that can be used as network a share by connecting it your home network.

NIC - (networt interface card) this is the component that allows your PC/Laptop to be hard wired into your router or switch. It will have an RJ45 jack so that you may connect Category5 and onwards patch leads into it from your router or switch. This talks with your computer's main motherboard and operating system to give you network connectivity.

MBs vs Mbps - MB = Mega Bytes (this measures file size) and Mbps = Mega bits per second (this measure network throughput).

Wireless card/receiver - as above but wirelessly.

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Home Network :: Unable To Get Home Networking

Oct 16, 2011

After trying most things and spending money like water, I still cannot get our home network to be adequate and I am out of options - Tried using two 100MBit/s Netgear routers "bouncing" signal to each other (Wireless Repeating Function). Not ideal as security is small and speed was slow (<10MBit/s) but at least it worked. However these routers had to get pensioned off when we put gigabit ethernet in the office - and the Netgear replacements (a) still have the security limitations with wireless repeating, (b) anyway see to do a worse job of repeating. Tried buying Netgear directional high-gain antennas and directing the signal point to point to a second router - didn't work at all. Tried Powerline (this was in 2008). It sort-of worked but was unreliable and dog slow. I think this is probably not worked by the fact that this building is OLD, most of the wiring is OLD, and anyway the electrical path would take the signal from the 4th floor, down some very old wiring to the ground floor, across a very old switchboard, and back up to the second floor... it's not quite the same as a modern house with modern wiring. Most recently tried using Netgear's Wireless Network Extender. Again, it sort of works, but it's NOT fast at all. In addition there are times when some of our computers using the extension segment of the network are unable to connect - they can still see 3-4 bars of signal, but they cannot get on the network. Appears to be an issue relating to gateway, or DNS, not sure. But I would say about 1 day in 3, when I come home, my wife tells me that the "internet is off".

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I am an accomplished developer in Microsoft technologies, however networking has always been my weak point. I have always managed to be in jobs where my lack of knowledge in networks has not affected me, so I have never bothered to learn anything.Are there any good books out that would teach me the basics of things like tcp/dhcp/vpn/dial up networks/routers and other netwokring terms.

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Its just a basic question, I have a FS726T switch, and wanted to know how the clan thing should work.

Group A are ports 1-8
Group B are ports 9-16
Group C are ports 17-24

Internet is on port 26

I want each group seperate so 3 vlans... but does port 26 need to be in all 3 vlans for.them to receive internet? Is it possible to have 1 port in 3 vlans?

Would that keep them from seeing each other and still access the internet?

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I've recently changed my DSL connection to HSPA because of low speed of DSL connection (2000).

Anyway, I need to build up 5 Ghz networking at home but there is no dual band HSPA modem router on the market. I need a router which supports DLNA/UPnP for NAS Server. So, I have couple of solutions...

1- I can purchase dual-band Asus RT-N66U and use HSPA/UMTS stick to use this router as main router. I can do this because RT-N66U supports sticks via USB.

2- I can connect my HSPA modem to a dual-band router via LAN and by changing IP adresses I can use dual-band router again as a main modem router. This can be no problem via WAN but my modem has no WAN connection. Is this possible via LAN?

Or do you have any other solution how I can get my 5 Ghz netwroking at home using HSPA connection.

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Mar 11, 2011

I would like to set up a TV in my spare room which does not have a coax plug. Because of the set of my house running coax cable to this room, although possible, is something I am hoping to avoid. This is because if I was to run the cable on the outside of the wall it would get in my way and it will cost $300 to $400 for a tech to come out and run it through the wall.My first thought was to set up an old computer in my living room and have it connect to a cable box. Then I would send the video signal over the wireless network. The problem is that I cannot change channels on the other end. I have been reading up on power-line networking and it looks like a good option for my problem. I was hoping to find a device that will allow me to plug coax cable into it in the living room send the signal through the power-line to another device in my spare room where my TV receiver would be located. Is there anything like this out there on the market? If not are there any other options I can look at?

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I've just setup a box with Windows Home Server 2011 RC. It's a AMD X2 with 3GB RAM. Everything is fine with that, but I'm noticing my internal network speeds are pretty slow. I'm seeing on average 0.8MB/s transfer speed between my PC's and the server, and between the PC's themselves. I have everything wired through a Linksys WRT54GS router.Is this as much as I can expect from this setup? It's painful trying to copy media files (music, pictures and HD video) to the server at such slow speeds! What would I need to do to get better speeds? I'm assuming a different router could do better.

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I am working with a friend who has a home office that is not in a location where DSL or Cable is available. His only option for internet is using a hotspot - in this case, the Elevate Hot Spot from AT&T.

He needs to network two computers so that he can enable QuickBooks Pro in multi user mode - i.e., data file shared on Computer A, accessed by Computer B.

I thought at first that perhaps I could just setup a wireless connection for the office network - however, whenever that connection is on, then obviously neither computer can access the hotspot.

Trying to keep this at *minimal* cost.

My best idea is to old school network - i.e., connect the two computers via crossover ethernet. Am I correct that this will work? Seems to me that then both computers *should* still be able to access the hotspot via their wifi, yet also be networked for file sharing.

My questions are:

1.) Is this a correct assessment?

2.) Are there any road blocks I should be thinking about?

3.) Any reason not to do a direct connection (i.e., any reason I should entertain connecting to a switch instead?)

4.) Is there a certain order I should do things?

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I am planning to imlpement an ASA 5505 in my home network and I am wondering if this is a valid configuration. I am wondering if it is necessary to have 3 separate internal subnets or if these can be cabeled together in a more efficient fashion?

I plan to keep the 2 servers (game, e-mail) branched off the ASA directly in a DMZ configuration. The rest of the clients connect through the wireless/wired router.

Any unforseen problems with a setup like this (Modem -> Firewall -> Internal Router)? I have read sites that say I will have to accept an IP via DHCP for the ASA's external interface.

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Today I set up a home network:Cable router plugged in to......Homeplug network, (D-Link DHP-307AV/B 200 MBPS PowerLine Homeplugs) plugged in to a LAN port of......a spare adsl router configured as per here: Connecting Additional Routers | Tech Support Forum...with two desktop machines plugged into the LAN ports of the ADSL router.Both of the desktops have got similar specs, are equi-distant from the ADSL router, and are both connected using Ethernet, not wireless.One of them gets a 9MB/sec ADSL [URL]download, the other can't even bring the webpage up and times out if you ask Google to do a search.Taking out the adsl router and plugging the desktop straight into the homeplug gets a network speed of ~13MB/sec on [URL].Plugging a computer directly into the cable modem gives network speeds of ~40MB/sec on [URL] How can I improve on this, and have it so that both machines can access the Interwebnet at a decent bandwidth?

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on my home network I currently only run an Airlink101 AR675W router. We have a couple issues with this. The router for one is in my basement and there are points in my house that have low signal strength, especially upstairs in the far corners of the home. Second is I am currently running my home PC as a media center but it is set-up wirlessly so streaming is clunky and jittery. Also on this network is 3 X-box's wired, a PS3 running wirless, 2 PC's wired in, 2 wirless laptops and the afore mentioned wirless PC. A lot of weight for the network. What I want to do is move the router upstairs, hardwire it into my wireless PC (the one doing the streaming) and connect a second router (an identical make and model I am buying this weekend) downstairs which will be basically used as an "expansion" of the wirless and a switch for the hardwired devices downstairs. would this be better than simply moving the wirless router upstairs (hardwiring my PC) and putting a 5 or 8 port switch in downstairs for the X-box's and 2 wired PC's there?

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I have a Dlink DIR-655 router for my wired and wireless router for my home network. I have a 100ft cat6 ethernet cable. I pulled it from the router to my home server in my basement.

Does the 100ft cable make a difference or does the fact that it's a cat6 cable make a difference?

When moving similar files at work, it's faster. So I'm trying to find out what's the bottleneck at home. What speeds should I expect for a home network?

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My home network currently consists of the following components...

BT Homehub 3 router - B/G/N
PC running Windows 7 and using a Edimax wireless pci adaptor - B/G/N
XBox 360 with live connection - N
Laptop with inbuilt wifi and no slots for another card except via USB - G
Various phones - G

Everything in the house is running at ~ 26-54 Mb/s at the moment and the two N devices have a very weak signal due to their distance from the router. Unfortunately, moving the router to somewhere that will benefit one device will have a detrimental effect on the other due to their locations.The router has the option to switch on 40mhz (mbit???) which, I gather, is also known as channel bonding and this should boost the range and speed of the N service but I also gather that doing this will stop all the G devices from connecting at all.I still have the Homehub 2 router that I was using before so I was wondering if there is any way I could make use of this (or anything else) to allow me to use all devices in the house at their fastest speeds.

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My laptop with Windows 7 64-bit is not being able to connect to the home wireless network. But other devises like iPad and iPhone and Mac laptop can connect to the same wireless network. However I can connect to the network if I connect my laptop directly to the wireless router using a network cable.I have tried upgrading the firmware in my wireless router but no luck. THis laptop had no problem before connecting to the same wireless network. But since I came back from the back home couple of days back I am seeing this problem. But my laptop can still connect to my my-fi devise wireless network. I have tried running the netsock commands listed in a similar thread in this forum but no luck.netsh winsock reset catalog netsh int ipv4 reset reset.log netsh int ipv6 reset reset.log

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Sep 13, 2011

I am running 32 bit Vista Home Basic SP1.I cannot get online. When I hover the mouse over the network icon in the notification area, it reads, "Connection status unknown. The dependency service or group failed to start". When I try to diagnose the problem, I can't because the Diagnostics Policy Service is not running. When I try to Start the service, access is denied (Error 5). Same scenario for the service DHCP Client. When I click on Start/Connect To - I get the msg Windows Cannot Find Any Networks Meanwhile, I keep getting warnings that my firewall is not enabled. When I try to enable it, I get a message that the Security Center can't turn it on.

Windows Firewall is not listed in services.msc.I ran a full Malwarebytes scan and it found nothing wrong. I did a system restore to several days before the problem, but even though the restore completed successfully, it didn't change my (non)results.The Network and Sharing Center does not display the familiar PC monitor icon with a line to the Network and another line going from the Network to the Internet. Instead it just has the word Unknown with the caption the depencency or groiup failed to start I have heard that this might be due to a permissions issue, but when I use regedit and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServices and right click on Dhcp, select Permissions, I get an error when I try to add anything (either Local Service or Network Service).

The msg is c:Windowssystem32adsldp.dll is either not designed to run on Windows or it contains an error. Try installing the program again..I have run sfc /scannow as well as chkdsk /f. Scannow reported that it found some problems but was unable to fix all of them. Chkdsk found and corrected about 10 errors, but neither of these programs worked with the issue.Additionally I have downloaded and installed Process Monitor on the PC, but the amount of information displayed is overwhelming, and I'm not sure what to check. Every time I try to start DHCP I get about 200 lines of info on the screen.

When I open a command prompt and run ipconfig /all, I get that DHCP is running, although it is not. I get the bogus ip address of 169.254.... I get a default gateway of zeroes.Is it possible that this behavior could simply be the result of a bad NIC card?Can I possibly run an in-place upgrade from Vista Home Basic to Vista Home Premium? If it's a Dell PC and I have the Dell Premium CD will it ask me for the product key? If so, will the key on the Basic PC work?

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