• Has anyone had any luck with wifi-based equipment for TV out in the country? I tried Netgear and I couldn t receive any channels.?

    Where are you getting your WiFi signal from? Normally it will come from a wireless router that is not more than 100 metres (outdoors) and possibly less than 10 metres (indoors) away from you. Unless you have an ISP that is providing you with an Internet connection and the appropriate modem together with a wireless router, then you will not have a... show more
    Where are you getting your WiFi signal from? Normally it will come from a wireless router that is not more than 100 metres (outdoors) and possibly less than 10 metres (indoors) away from you. Unless you have an ISP that is providing you with an Internet connection and the appropriate modem together with a wireless router, then you will not have a WiFi signal of your own to connect to. Connecting to someone else's network without permission is a criminal offence and you can be charged with both hacking and theft. I am not sure what you mean by "Netgear". Netgear is a company that makes a wide range of networking equipment, so saying "I tried Netgear" is fairly meaningless. If I am in the country I turn on the WiFi hotspot on my cell phone and connect my WiFi equipment, such as my laptop, to the WiFi from the phone. Since the phone is probably only a couple of metres away I get a good signal. If you are outside any cell network coverage the next alternative is satellite, but that can be expensive. Remember, WiFi is locally generated normally in the building where you are using it. It does not come from an ISP and does not cover great distances as I indicated above. I hope this helps.
    1 answer · Computer Networking · 2 days ago
  • Can a computer die without warning?

    Yes, computers may fail without warning. If the failure has not affected the main storage (Hard Disk Drive or Solid State Device), then that can be connected to another computer as a secondary drive to recover the files. As often happens, the storage unit fails, and this means either all the data in the device is lost or you could try paying a... show more
    Yes, computers may fail without warning. If the failure has not affected the main storage (Hard Disk Drive or Solid State Device), then that can be connected to another computer as a secondary drive to recover the files. As often happens, the storage unit fails, and this means either all the data in the device is lost or you could try paying a data recovery service to try and get back as much as possible. This can be expensive and may not recover all the data depending on just what has failed in the HDD or SSD. You should always make regular backups to external removable media and possibly to Cloud storage of anything that is important. What would you do if your computer was stolen? You would have to rely on backups that have probably not been making.
    18 answers · Other - Computers · 3 days ago
  • Why did chatrooms on the internet die away?

    Best answer: Social Media Sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram have largely replaced much of the chat room requirement. Then Skype and WhatsApp have filled in any gaps that were left.
    Best answer: Social Media Sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram have largely replaced much of the chat room requirement. Then Skype and WhatsApp have filled in any gaps that were left.
    7 answers · Computer Networking · 3 days ago
  • Recommendation for a free or very inexpensive and SAFE file compression program to use mostly backing up hard drives to flash drives.?

    I boot my PC from a Linux Live USB pendrive and then use gzip to backup either a complete partition or the entire drive as an image file. When restored the bytes go back into the same logical blocks where they were.
    I boot my PC from a Linux Live USB pendrive and then use gzip to backup either a complete partition or the entire drive as an image file. When restored the bytes go back into the same logical blocks where they were.
    2 answers · Other - Computers · 3 days ago
  • What is network BRW7429AF6E828E?

    BRW - could it be the Belgium Rail Way network?
    BRW - could it be the Belgium Rail Way network?
    2 answers · Trivia · 2 weeks ago
  • If I have a 100ft Cat 7 Ethernet cord, how much will my ping be affected if i'm switching from Wifi to this? My ping right now is 60ms.?

    A 100 ft Ethernet cable will add about 30 ns (nanoseconds) compared with a very short Ethernet cable. This difference will not be measurable as other factors will completely swamp it. WiFi ping times can vary depending upon how many devices are currently connected to the WiFi network and just what they are doing. Other factors such as interference... show more
    A 100 ft Ethernet cable will add about 30 ns (nanoseconds) compared with a very short Ethernet cable. This difference will not be measurable as other factors will completely swamp it. WiFi ping times can vary depending upon how many devices are currently connected to the WiFi network and just what they are doing. Other factors such as interference from other WiFi networks, baby monitors, Bluetooth devices, wireless door bells and even microwave ovens can also affect it. The biggest contributions to ping will be your ISP connection, the distance to the site you are pinging, whether you are using a proxy service, with or without a VPN, and the response time of the remote site in replying to pings. Unless you are game playing online, then pings of 60 ms should not cause any problems. If you are online gaming then WiFi is not the best way to connect to your router as sudden ping spikes can play havoc with some games. If you already have the cable, why not plug it in and try it? I hope this helps.
    2 answers · Computer Networking · 2 weeks ago
  • Any tips on drilling through my upstairs floor that has carpet? I am putting an Ethernet cord through it and don't know what could go wrong?

    Put the hole(s) near the edge of the floor. Roll the carpet back to expose the flow itself. Unless you are into wiring Ethernet plugs, you will have to make holes large enough to allow the plug to pass through. What can go wrong? 1. You could be drilling over a joist. If the floor has floorboards then the presence of nails can highlight where a... show more
    Put the hole(s) near the edge of the floor. Roll the carpet back to expose the flow itself. Unless you are into wiring Ethernet plugs, you will have to make holes large enough to allow the plug to pass through. What can go wrong? 1. You could be drilling over a joist. If the floor has floorboards then the presence of nails can highlight where a joist might be. 2, You could hit a power cable that runs under the floor. If the house has underfloor heating this makes it more likely. 3. You could hit a gas or water pipe. 4. Remember, you will still need to come back out of the space under the floor. If you are going down to the room below, then make sure that you are not directly above a wall on the floor below. 5. Depending on how the ceiling is constructed below, a sizeable area of ceiling may be damaged or dislodged. As has already been mentioned, Powerline Network Adapters are much easier than trying to install hidden network cables, providing both ends of that network are supplied from the same phase and electricity meter. Another alternative might be to install a WiFi to Ethernet adapter in the room immediately above your wireless router then running an Ethernet cable from there to wherever you want to use it, but just on one floor.
    4 answers · Computer Networking · 2 weeks ago
  • How to share internet from a notebook to a cell phone?

    Best answer: 1-Notebook with ADSL, having WIFI function. No Bluetooth. The only way I know of having a Notebook with ADSL is for the Notebook to have an external USB modem. 2-How to pass the internet from a cell phone connected in WIFI to a notebook? Will that be more expensive? You turn on the phone's cellular data and enable the phone's... show more
    Best answer: 1-Notebook with ADSL, having WIFI function. No Bluetooth. The only way I know of having a Notebook with ADSL is for the Notebook to have an external USB modem. 2-How to pass the internet from a cell phone connected in WIFI to a notebook? Will that be more expensive? You turn on the phone's cellular data and enable the phone's WiFi hotspot, then connect the Notebook to the phone's hotspot. It depends how your cell company charges for data access as to how much it will cost. 3- How to set a hot spot? Go through the device's settings. Sine you have not identified what devices and operating systems are involved that's all I can tell you. 4-How to have QR code in the cell phone? Install a QR scanning App and use it to photograph and decode the QR code. 5-How to access another computer home? I mean you have 2 computers and want to enter in the other using the first one. Read up on the ways to set up remote access. Again without details of the operating system involved it i impossible to answer. You could read up on VNC (Google it). Next time submit separate questions for different topics. Question 4 is not a networking topic and should not appear in the networking section of Yahoo Answers.
    4 answers · Computer Networking · 2 weeks ago
  • Ping skyrockets to more than 3k or internet times out.?

    "have not tried to connect to WiFi using cable" - WiFi is wireless, an Ethernet cable is wired. Both are simply interfaces to between your router and your devices. WiFi is created in the router it does not come from the ISP so this statement of yours is meaningless. 15 metres through concrete walls is really pushing the limits of normal... show more
    "have not tried to connect to WiFi using cable" - WiFi is wireless, an Ethernet cable is wired. Both are simply interfaces to between your router and your devices. WiFi is created in the router it does not come from the ISP so this statement of yours is meaningless. 15 metres through concrete walls is really pushing the limits of normal WiFi technology. I suspect that the normal 'keep-alive' traffic between the router and your devices is leading to packet collisions when another device is on the network. For game playing, Ethernet is always better than WiFi. Have you checked whether Ethernet connected devices lose the Internet connection when you say the Internet times out? I suspect that the game or the device on which you are playing the game is simply failing to get a response and is reporting that it has lost the connection to the Internet when what has happened is that slow WiFi response caused by packet collisions has caused the WiFi interface to the router to run slow. You should check the addresses all the other devices are using and also check whether devices in the same room as the router have problems when your game runs into trouble. If other devices carry on working, then it is likely that there is a problem trying to use WiFi over such a long distance. If the router and game are both dual band, put them on one band (at 15 metres through concrete this probably ought to be 2.4 GHz) and put the other devices all on 5 GHz. Use different SSIDs for the two bands to ensure that devices connect to the correct WiFi network. Move your device into the same room as the router and see if it still has problems. If it is okay then the distance is the problem. Another thing to try is to put the router onto different wireless channels. What might be a good channel for the router in one room may be a bad channel for a device in another room nearly 50 feet away. I have seen several installations where the router has been set to choose its channel automatically and the channel it chose was not the best for the more remote devices. On certain channels, you may be experiencing interference from networks in neighbours' houses if they are not too far away. I know I can access my WiFi from inside my neighbour's house who lives across the street from me. and I can detect about 15 to 20 local networks from inside my house, some of which are on the same channel as other networks. Good luck with your investigations.
    2 answers · Computer Networking · 3 weeks ago
  • How do you connect Windows XP to modern WiFi?

    Best answer: First point - modems do not offer WiFi. You need a router to operate a proper WiFi network. If your PC has an Ethernet port, a device such as the TP-Link TL-WA850RE is probably the easiest solution. https://www.tp-link.com/us/products/details/cat-5508_TL-WA850RE.html This can be used as a WiFi to WiFi range extender; a wireless access... show more
    Best answer: First point - modems do not offer WiFi. You need a router to operate a proper WiFi network. If your PC has an Ethernet port, a device such as the TP-Link TL-WA850RE is probably the easiest solution. https://www.tp-link.com/us/products/deta... This can be used as a WiFi to WiFi range extender; a wireless access point; a WiFi to Ethernet adapter; or all of these together. If there is no Ethernet port, other options include installing an internal wireless network adapter or using a USB wireless network adapter. With the internal adapter, there has to be a suitable slot for the adapter to use and a suitable connector on the motherboard. With either type of adapter, then make sure you get one with an XP compatible driver. Modern adapters may not have suitable drivers. USB adapters are normally much easier to install than internal adapters. You might need to look on sites such as eBay to find XP compatible adapters. Many people will point out that XP no longer receives security updates. On my XP systems, my C: (Windows) drives are treated as read-only drives as I have installed the Enhanced Write Filter (EWF). Writes to C: are cached in RAM and not written to the actual drive so they are lost when the system shuts down or reboots. If you want to try EWF, you can find it at: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1LKY_yD... After downloading, unzip the file then copy the EWF folder to your downloads folder. Go into this copied folder and run the install batch file. I suggest you make a backup of C: before installing EWF. After installing EWF, if you need to make changes to C: do a restart then make the change then run the script to write the changes permanently to C:, then restart the PC again. The first time you reboot after installing EWF you may get an error saying the system did not close down properly. You will need to update C: as described above to stop the message appearing each time it boots. When EWF is installed, turn off any update daemons as well as System Restore. Also, either disable paging or move the page file to a different drive letter. I have run EWF on a PC with 0.5 GB of RAM, but normally a minimum of 1 GB is recommended. I have only used EWF on 32-bit XP, but on both the home and pro versions. I hope this is useful.
    6 answers · Computer Networking · 4 weeks ago
  • What modem should I get for Centurylink?

    For 7 megabit you really should be expecting at least 5 Mbps (5000 kbps). I suspect by 750 kbps you actually mean 750 kBps. b for bits, B for Bytes. Also, m for milli and M for Mega. k for kilo is correct. You should only use a modem that is approved by the ISP. If you use a non-approved modem and it has problems, the ISP may not help solve the... show more
    For 7 megabit you really should be expecting at least 5 Mbps (5000 kbps). I suspect by 750 kbps you actually mean 750 kBps. b for bits, B for Bytes. Also, m for milli and M for Mega. k for kilo is correct. You should only use a modem that is approved by the ISP. If you use a non-approved modem and it has problems, the ISP may not help solve the problems. An ADSL modem is unlikely to need offer more than a 100 Mbps Ethernet connection to the single device it can support such as a router, a PC or a games console. Modems only support one device directly, and do not offer WiFi connections. You will need a wireless router if you want to connect more than one device to the Internet, use WiFi or perform local networking between devices in your home. Some routers include an integrated modem, while other routers require a separate modem normally connected to the router by Ethernet. If you are only using your devices to connect to the Internet and are not transferring files between your local devices, with a 7 Mbps Internet you do not need Gigabit Ethernet. In fact, with only 7 Mbps Internet if you are not doing local transfers you do not really need 100 Mbps Ethernet; however, almost all home routers offer a minimum of 100 Mbps Ethernet nowadays. Ethernet should be backward compatible, and most Cat5 and Cat6 cables will work with 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps Ethernet especially if the cable lengths are not excessive (perhaps less than 25 metres). You can connect a 100 Mbps device at one end of an Ethernet cable with a 1 Gbps device at the other end. The connection should work out that 100 Mbps is the best it can achieve and the network adapters at both ends of the cables should automatically be configured to this speed. Similarly, unless you live in an urban area and there are a lot of nearby WiFi networks on 2.4 GHz, if all you are doing is accessing your 7 Mbps Internet, you don't really need 5 GHz WiFi. Whereas almost all devices support 2.4 GHz connection, but relatively few can connect to 5 GHz WiFi. WiFi connections get slower and less reliable as distance increases. 2.4 GHz normally offers better range than 5 GHz, but 5 GHz can go faster with the right network adapter in the device and the correct router. For gaming, you are almost always better off using an Ethernet connection. Although WiFi can transfer files reasonably fast, especially over short distances, it is dependent on the protocols and feature options supported by both the router and the devices' WiFi network adapters. The problem with WiFi for gaming is that it is strictly one packet (either in or out, but not both) at a time, and the network is shared by all the devices connected to it. This means only one packet at a time from any of the devices not per device. 2.4 and 5 GHz networks on the same router can each be transferring packets at the same time as they are two separate WiFi networks, although they will normally be part of the same subnet. This can mean that the lag times while gaming can spike and upset the games' operations. 7 Mbps from an ISP is quite slow by modern standards. You might do better finding out if there are any better ISPs with better deals around you before you think about replacing your modem and router.. Ask your neighbours what they are using. I hope this helps a little.
    2 answers · Computer Networking · 1 month ago
  • How do I make my PC connect to my wireless wifi network the only option I have is ethernet connection please help!?

    Either install a USB WiFi network adapter or use a device such as the TP-Link TL-WA850RE as a WiFi to Ethernet adapter.
    Either install a USB WiFi network adapter or use a device such as the TP-Link TL-WA850RE as a WiFi to Ethernet adapter.
    8 answers · Computer Networking · 4 weeks ago
  • When you buy a dvd of an old movie or tv series now, is it still possible to watch it on your computer?

    Microsoft concluded that playing DVDs on PCs was no longer popular. I suspect that some of the reasons for this conclusion are based on the increasing percentage of PCs that are now sold without DVD drives, and the fact that many people stream movies from sites such a Netflix and Rakuten. I believe they also had an issue with licences for the DVD... show more
    Microsoft concluded that playing DVDs on PCs was no longer popular. I suspect that some of the reasons for this conclusion are based on the increasing percentage of PCs that are now sold without DVD drives, and the fact that many people stream movies from sites such a Netflix and Rakuten. I believe they also had an issue with licences for the DVD codecs they were using. With Windows 10, they removed the ability to play DVDs in native Microsoft software. On one of my Windows 8.1 Pro PCs, downgrading to Windows 10 removed the Windows Media Center App that I used for playing DVDs and also for recording TV programs (that PC has a USB TV tuner attached). I rolled back to Windows 8.1 Pro and DVD features were restored. On Windows 10, possibly the easiest solution is to install the VLC player, which is free from videolan.org. This player will play most things, although it does not work on HD TV programs I have recorded on the PC I mentioned above. (I use the SD channels of the TV stations when recording TV programs.) If you want to play DVDs regularly on your PC, you can set the default program to be VLC rather than some Microsoft program that will not work. I hope this helps.
    8 answers · Other - Computers · 4 weeks ago
  • Just need a little help!!!!! PLEASE ANSWER?

    As VP says, ask neighbours what they recommend, then call any recommended ISPs to find out what their charges are both for installation and as a monthly rate. Also check what the minimum contract period is. Generally, you don't rent or buy WiFi. You rent a connection to the Internet from an Internet Service Provided (ISP). Some ISPs provide a... show more
    As VP says, ask neighbours what they recommend, then call any recommended ISPs to find out what their charges are both for installation and as a monthly rate. Also check what the minimum contract period is. Generally, you don't rent or buy WiFi. You rent a connection to the Internet from an Internet Service Provided (ISP). Some ISPs provide a wireless router as part of the set up. Some will rent a router to you with a monthly charge. Some may even suggest some different router models and leave you to buy your own. WiFi is generated in the router. It does NOT come from the ISP. I hope this helps.
    5 answers · Computer Networking · 1 month ago
  • Is it time to replace a USB Drive, if it isn't recognised by all USB ports it's plugged into?

    If you are referring to an external USB power Hard Disk Drive, then as YKhan says it could simply be that some of the USB ports are not capable of delivering the power. If this is the case, you might notice a repeated sequence of clicks coming from the drive as it tries to start up. If you are referring to a USB pendrive or memory stick, then power... show more
    If you are referring to an external USB power Hard Disk Drive, then as YKhan says it could simply be that some of the USB ports are not capable of delivering the power. If this is the case, you might notice a repeated sequence of clicks coming from the drive as it tries to start up. If you are referring to a USB pendrive or memory stick, then power should not be a problem, and if the drive is playing up and other drives work fine then replacement is the safest option. USB pendrives are relatively cheap unless you are going for the high capacity or USB3 high speed types. If it is a power problem, which seems most likely if it is an HDD, then only selecting a USB3 port on a PC may be the answer. For full sized 'A' type ports, USB3 ports on a PC frequently have a blue plastic contact support in the port, while USB2 this is often black. This is only a recommendation, and some ports may not follow this convention. Another difference is the number of contacts in the 'A' port. A USB2 port will have four obvious contacts. A USB3 port has an additional smaller five contact pads behind the four obvious contacts. The extra five contacts can be quite difficult to see. Although the full size 'A' USB ports can accept USB2 or USB3 plugs, the USB micro-B connectors for USB2 and USB3 differ. A USB2 plug will fit a USB2 or USB3 port, but a USB3 micro-B plug will not fit and USB2 micro-B port. A USB2 cable can be used to connect an external drive with a USB3 micro-B port, but it will only transfer at USB2 speed. I use a USB2 hub which has its own power adapter when I need to connect an external HDD to a PC that only has USB2 ports. Another alternative is to use a USB cable with an extra 'A' plug for extra power. See image below. I hope this helps.
    2 answers · Other - Computers · 1 month ago
  • How can i retrieve my username and password without resetting the modem?

    You probably mean router rather than modem. If you reset the router, all settings including the usernames and passwords will be returned to the factory defaults. These include: 1. Credentials required for the router to connect to the ISP. These may be supplied by the ISP and will normally be lost during a reset. 2. Login credentials for... show more
    You probably mean router rather than modem. If you reset the router, all settings including the usernames and passwords will be returned to the factory defaults. These include: 1. Credentials required for the router to connect to the ISP. These may be supplied by the ISP and will normally be lost during a reset. 2. Login credentials for configuring the router. These will revert to the settings often found on the router's label or in the User Guide. 3. WiFi network name(s) (SSIDs) and pass phrases. The defaults may be on the router's label. I hope this helps.
    5 answers · Computer Networking · 4 weeks ago
  • Can hackers hack into your social media or any other online accounts if they just know up your username and nothing else?

    It depends on how securely the account is configured. If you have an account with one of the top ten chosen passwords, then your account can be ripe for hacking. Some sites will not allow password such as "password" or "12345678", but other do not. Any word found in the dictionary on its own is not very secure. One of the... show more
    It depends on how securely the account is configured. If you have an account with one of the top ten chosen passwords, then your account can be ripe for hacking. Some sites will not allow password such as "password" or "12345678", but other do not. Any word found in the dictionary on its own is not very secure. One of the classic weak security logins is still found on some routers - username 'admin' and password 'admin'. If the account supports two stage authentication, then use that for extra protection. I hope this helps.
    3 answers · Other - Computers · 4 weeks ago
  • Can using an employer's WiFi allow them to see your browsing history?

    "I have to switch my home internet connection to an employer-provided WiFi" - this part of your question is extremely confusing. How many WiFi networks do you have at home? Do you have one connected to your home ISP, and another connected to an employer provided ISP? Normally, your laptop would have two WiFi profiles. One for your home... show more
    "I have to switch my home internet connection to an employer-provided WiFi" - this part of your question is extremely confusing. How many WiFi networks do you have at home? Do you have one connected to your home ISP, and another connected to an employer provided ISP? Normally, your laptop would have two WiFi profiles. One for your home WiFi and one for your work WiFi. Unless your home and office are very close (perhaps less than 50 metres apart), Your laptop will connect to whichever WiFi network of the two that is within range. There should be no need for any switch or other change that you have to make. It will simply connect to the appropriate network in either location. You could of course be referring to a VPN or proxy connection from your home to the employer's network, and you would have to operate some form of switch to engage or disengage the VPN or proxy. In this case, you are still using your own WiFi to your own router, but the connection goes to your employer's network over the Internet. If at that point, you start browsing or downloading from the Internet, then that traffic will go through the employer's ISP connection but since you are at home it will not be going through your employer's WiFi. Your employer will be able to log any traffic that passes through his ISP connection. The important part in answering this question is which ISP connection you are using and not which WiFi network you are connected to. It sounds as though you might be confusing WiFi with Internet. WiFi is purely a connection between your laptop and whatever router is providing the local WiFi network. WiFi does not mean you have an Internet connection and Internet does not mean that WiFi devices can access the Internet through that ISP connection. I hope this helps.
    7 answers · Computer Networking · 1 month ago
  • Can i add my own note to an specific email header to identify it further for future reference ?

    It will depend on the email service you are using, and whether you use an email client or log on to the service website to access your emails. The way I do this if I need to is to forward the email to myself, at which point I can put whatever I like in the subject line, and add further notes for myself above the main body of the email. I hope this... show more
    It will depend on the email service you are using, and whether you use an email client or log on to the service website to access your emails. The way I do this if I need to is to forward the email to myself, at which point I can put whatever I like in the subject line, and add further notes for myself above the main body of the email. I hope this helps.
    2 answers · Other - Computers · 1 month ago
  • Should I buy a second router for my online gaming experience?

    Either go for a long Ethernet cable, which should be the best option although not necessarily easy to install, or use Powerline Network Adapters. You should avoid WiFi for gaming. Although gaming generally is not too demanding on the amount and speed of data transfers, it can be very critical on ping (lag) times that can be very erratic across... show more
    Either go for a long Ethernet cable, which should be the best option although not necessarily easy to install, or use Powerline Network Adapters. You should avoid WiFi for gaming. Although gaming generally is not too demanding on the amount and speed of data transfers, it can be very critical on ping (lag) times that can be very erratic across WiFi, especially in urban areas. I hope this helps.
    6 answers · Computer Networking · 1 month ago