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• Microsoft Vista Home Networking Setup and Options
The most daunting part of upgrading to Windows Vista may be trying to figure out where in the layers of menus the networking and file-sharing options are hidden.

• Do It Yourself: Roll Your Own Network Cables
It may not be something you do everyday, but having the supplies and know-how to whip up a network cable on the spot can be very handy.

• Tips for Securing Your Home Router
Seemingly minor and easily overlooked settings can still have profound security implications. Here are some steps you can take to make sure your wired or wireless home router and by extension, your network is as secure as possible.

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• Microsoft Windows Home Server
If you have a home network, you'll welcome the easy file sharing, remote access and the image-based backup features of Windows Home Server.

• Iomega StorCenter Network Hard Drive
Iomega's fourth generation StorCenter Network Hard Drive brings many of the features found in higher-end storage devices down to an attractive price.

• MikroTik's The Dude
This free tool delivers many of the same capabilities that you'd find in pricey network monitoring tools. As long as you don't mind tinkering, The Dude is a decent network utility that should be worth the download.

The following examples will give you an idea of how to set up networks that have Ethernet, HomePNA and Wireless parts.  They are intended to show some of the combinations possible and to highlight how many subnetworks are created when different products are used.  These are just a few of the possible combinations.  Let us know if there's a combo that you'd like to see.

NOTE! The IP addresses shown in these examples are for demonstration purposes and may be different from the addresses that you will have in your LAN.

Example 1: Routed Ethernet w/ HomePNA Bridge
Routed Ethernet w/ HomePNA Bridge

Example 2: Ethernet & Bridged HomePNA w/ Multiple IPs from ISP
Ethernet & Bridged HomePNA w/ Multiple IPs from ISP

Example 3: DSL with Wireless Access Point (w/ NAT routing)
DSL Modem & Wireless Access Point example

Example 4: Ethernet, HomePNA, Wireless Combination
Ethernet, HomePNA, Wireless Combination

Example 5: Ethernet and Wireless Combination with Access Point
Mixed Wireless / Ethernet Network with Access Point. Earthweb HardwareCentral earthwebdeveloper CrossNodes Datamation

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