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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.

What, me serve? 

With the increasing availability of high-bandwidth "always on" connections and their decreasing costs, many people decide they'd like to take a crack at running a server from their own computer.  Or even if putting up your own Web site or FTP server isn't your idea of fun, you might want to be able to access files on your home computer while at work or while traveling.  Or perhaps on-line gaming is your passion, or chat, or videoconferencing, or swapping MP3 files via Napster, gnutella, or other similar programs.

All these applications and more require that your computer be able to be reached from the Internet in order to retrieve information, and that means you'll be running some sort of server or program that will provide controlled access to your computer and its files.

If you're thinking about this, then this section is for you!

Four Steps to Safe Serving!

There's a little more to running an server that is accessible from the Internet than installing the program, turning it on, and waiting for visitors to arrive.  When you run an Internet accessible server, you step into a different world, with a different set of rules than you may be used to.  Although the mechanics of setting up a server can be simple, there are some important things that you should do in order to do it right:

  1. Check your ISP's Terms of Service
  2. Check the service's compatibility with Firewalls
  3. Get a domain
  4. Secure yourself!


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