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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 idea goes by many names, but the vision is the same: community-supported, sustainable urban wireless networks.

New submissions are always welcome.  Just drop us a note!

FreeNetworks provides a central repository for information on building Community-Owned Wireless Networks. It is also a meeting/collaborative space for the Wireless Networking Projects around the globe. logo
There's a little less emphasis on community on this site, given that its charter is "To provide a networking fabric outside of Governments, commercial Internet service providers, telecommunications companies, and dubius (sic) Internet regulatory bodies."  Good source of hardware hacking info, though.

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"We are working to build a community supported 802.11b wireless network in Sonoma County, CA. We are actively developing WRP (a linux distribution-on-a-floppy that provides wireless support) and NoCat, the centralized authentication code to make shared internet services possible. This site is the central repository for our software, ideas, and information on building wireless networks."

Another in the growing grass-roots network of free 802.11b public access networks. Not as extensive as Sam Churchill's Portland site below, but worth keeping an eye on.

NYCWireless.Net logo

Personal Telco Project
Another Oregon-based "community networking" page. Site recently reorganized and easier to navigate.

Personal Telco Project logo

MIT/Boston/Cambridge focused community wireless networking site.
This site has a good list of links to other community wireless sites

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