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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.


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ISP hosting is usually the first thing that people consider when putting up a Web site, probably because most ISPs give you space for a small Web site as part of their monthly service charge.  So, hey, if you're paying for it, you might as well use it, right?

The "free" ISP-hosted Web site has one primary drawback: its URL or address.  The address for your Web site will usually contain the ISPs name, followed by your username, maybe followed by a directory name, and then maybe ending with "index.htm"

As an example, here is the home page address at one of my previous ISP-hosted sites:

http://people.ne.mediaone.net/timhiggins/index.html

Really says "This is Tim Higgins' Web site!" doesn't it?   Besides the fact that people know right away where your "home" is, this ISP-tied address is a big liability when you change ISPs.  This article describes why registering your own domain name is a very good thing to do, and I recommend it for anyone who is serious about establishing a professional web presence.  

Note: If you don't want to register a domain name, you can still get a better address than one based on your ISP's domain by using a dynamic DNS service.  

"But wait!" you say. "My ISP will host my site with my own domain name!"  Yes, they will... for a price, and those prices vary widely, so shop around and compare features!

If you'd like to see the feature checklist that I used, go to this page.

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