Although the majority of laptops now come with Bluetooth support (along with more than a few modern motherboards), there are still plenty of us in need of Bluetooth upgrades. If you’re rocking an older device or simply purchased a new device without Bluetooth support, don’t fret. Read on as we show you how to easily and cheaply add Bluetooth support to both laptops and desktops alike.

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Most people probably don’t think of themselves as an “administrator” but if you have computers all using the same access point, then that’s what you are. It’s important to understand how to ensure the safety of children using computers on your network.

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It’s really easy to cast things like YouTube and Netflix videos from your Android phone to your Chromecast but what about video stored on your phone or even on your home network? Read on as we help a curious reader cast files from his phone to the big screen.

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Halloween is one of those holidays that really brings out the tinker in a lot of geeks; there’s a veritable laundry list of things to deploy, modify, and enhance all in search of becoming the spookiest house on the block and throwing the best party. Read on as we highlight how easily you can turn a digital projector into a Swiss Army knife of cool Halloween tricks.

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The “Send to” menu has been around since Windows 95; so long a lot of users might have forgotten about it. You may not know it, but you can use “Send to” to smartly transfer files to your Android device.

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Whether you’re sporting an older computer without a single USB 3.0 port or you’d like to expand and improve the roster of USB 3.0 ports on your newer computer, we’re here to help. Read on as we outline how to pack in all the USB goodness you crave with back, front, and case ports.

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There’s a lot you can do with the Google Chromecast but did you know you can cast your screen from your Android phone or tablet to any Chromecast-equipped display? It’s easy, and we’re going to tell you how to do it.

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Although we live in the age of HD video that doesn’t mean all of us have upgraded our old DVDs to HD content. Let’s look at how you can improve the appearance of standard definition content on your high definition television.

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Outputting your computer to your HDTV via HDMI works well. Unfortunately, your computer’s location depends upon the length of your cable. With Google Chromecast, however, you can literally mirror any browser tab or even your desktop, from anywhere, in just a few clicks.

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Recently an email has been making the rounds, scaring people like my mom by claiming that the flashlight app on their smartphone is stealing their information and sending it to China. This, of course, isn’t exactly true, and for the iPhone’s built-in flashlight, is patently false.

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If your SD card is slow to mount when you plug it into your computer, throwing up errors, or otherwise misbehaving, you can often whip it back into shape with a little careful management. Let’s take a look at how we can help a fellow reader squeeze a little life out of their SD card.

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It’s a tale nearly as old as computers themselves. You pull your trusty old video game console or vintage 1980s computer and it’s yellow, greenish, or some combination there of instead of the gray or beige it once was. What gives? Why does your old tech turn yellow? And further, what can you do about it?

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You turn lights off when you leave the room, you turn off your computer when you’re not using it, but your power bill still looks like you leave the proverbial lights on all day and night. The culprit is likely sitting silently under your shiny HDTV set.

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If you live in a really congested network area like an apartment complex, you might want to change your Wi-Fi channel to something different than the default to try and get a better signal. Here’s how to do that for Verizon FIOS.

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If you want to make sure that a particular device is always available through your firewall, you can assign it to be a DMZ host in your Wi-Fi router. Here’s how to do it on Verizon FIOS.

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Anybody who has installed FIOS has the same problem… a hand-written card with an insane password to enter on every new device. And are those numbers or letters? Luckily it’s easy to fix.

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If you’ve ever tried to login to your Wi-Fi router, you know exactly why you might want to change the admin password. They never make the password even readable… is that an S or a 5? We can easily change the password though.

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If you have Verizon FIOS, you have the same problem that everybody else has… the default network name is really boring and forgettable. Luckily you can easily change it.

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Even with the advances in Wi-Fi routers it’s still possible you have a dead spot or two in your house (and if you have an older router it’s likely you have entire portions of your home with a poor or non-existent signal). D-Link’s DAP-1250 offers a dead simple and low-profile way to extend the reach of your home network.

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If you have an iOS device and Chromecast, the big players all cast just fine (like Netflix) but when it comes to streaming the local content on your device to your Chromecast it’s a bit of a hassle. Tag along as we help a fellow reader throw their local iPad content onto the TV.

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Media center “sticks” like the Chromecast are more popular than ever and many of them come with little 3-4″ HDMI extension cables. What are the cables for and do you actually need to use them? Read on as we explain why, even if your Chromecast is working fine without it you may want to plug it in anyway.

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If you’re in the market for a dependable router with simple setup, administration, and simple network attached storage, the D-Link DIR-880L is a slender and far reaching workhorse that meets your needs.

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Bluetooth speakers are everywhere these days and it’s, frankly, rather hard to tell one from the other. Rather than hold one speaker above all as the end-all solution to your wireless music needs, let’s instead take a look at the entire gadget category and highlight which features you want for the best experience.

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If you’ve configured a server on your home network (like a media streaming server) so you can access your files away from home, you may have noticed a curious conundrum: when you want to use the server at home your traffic gets routed out to your ISPs servers and then back to your house because your network hardware doesn’t recognize that the server isn’t really out there on the Internet, it’s right at home. Let’s take a look at how a fellow reader can fix this slow and bandwidth-wasting operation and keep things tight and speedy.

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We love using our Android phones and tablets to listen to tunes and watch videos, but in order to get those files on your device, sometimes you have to transfer them over from your laptop or desktop PC. When things work right, it’s great, but it can be frustrating if your device stops appearing in File Explorer.

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