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When it comes to gaming setups or our favorite electronics, there are always lots of cables to deal with. Now you could just bundle those cables up and try to hide them as best you can or you could turn them into a work of art…

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We’re confident we’ve seen some dusty PC cases in our day, but nothing we’ve ever cleaned produced the sheer volume of smoke-bomb like dust this neglected tower spews out.

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Are you looking for a quick and easy way to calculate the values for resistors based on their color bands? Then you will definitely want to download this awesome DIY papercraft Resistor Value Calculator from Adafruit!

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If you’ve been meaning to learn how to solder in order to start tackling some fun and interesting projects, Soldering Is Easy will get you started.

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If you’re looking to put a showroom shine on old electronics knobs, this clever trick will polish up old plastic in no time.

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We’ve shown you how to trigger WOL remotely by “Port Knocking” on your router. In this article, we will show how to use it to protect a VPN service.

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Have you ever wanted to have that special “dorm knock” with your router, as to have it only “open the door” when the secret knock has been recognized? How-To Geek explains how to install the Knock daemon on DD-WRT.

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If you have a data source (like a weather report, bus schedule, or other changing data set) you can pull it and display it with an ambient data monitor; this fun build combines a hacked Linksys router and a modified toy bus t...

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This fun DIY project allows you to roll your own Wi-Fi based spy camera and then, when it’s time for a new project, pull apart the modular design and build something new.

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We love a good Arduino-based project around here. Now, thanks to this handy guide, it’s easy to add a remote control to the project via Bluetooth and controlled by an Android phone.

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If you’re looking for some lightweight speakers with an eye catching design, this project combines open-source speakers with a glass jar to showcase the home-rolled guts.

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Windows remembers Wi-Fi passwords to save you time, but you can save more time by exporting the saved passwords and transfering them to other computers. LastPass, WirelessKeyView, and Windows itself can back up your wireless passwords.

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NASA is particularly precise when it comes to splicing wires; there’s a lot at stake when you’re sending people into space. Learn how to splice NASA style by checking out their guidelines for splicing wires of all shapes and sizes.

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Once a week we round up some of the questions pouring into the Ask HTG inbox and share them with everyone. This week we’re looking at how to connect a particularly stubborn laptop to a Wi-Fi router, setting up a growth-friendly home backup plan, and what to do with RAW camera files.

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This light-hearted hack adds on a “Panic” button to a computer functioning as a community jukebox–allowing anyone to slam the button and save themselves from horrible music.

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Jailbreaking your iDevices allows for more options when it comes to software and usage. The Apple TV is no exception. Here’s how to jailbreak your second generation Apple TV so you can install software like XBMC, Plex, or aTV Flash.

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Normally this cute IKEA nightlight simply displays some LED-powered colors. With hacked guts, however, it becomes a remote controlled indicator.

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This clever DIY wire stripper turns the razor blades into a circuit–the moment you slice through the protective sheath of the wire you’re cutting you get a visual indicator that the wire is ready to be rotated.

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Last week we showed you how to extend your network without wires, this week we’re looking at how you can use use an existing hardwire network to easily and quickly extend your wireless network using simple access points.

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Wi-Fi is a big part of everybody’s daily life. However, it can cause frustration if not set up properly or optimally. Worse than that, it can get you into big trouble if it is not secure.

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If you’re looking to camouflage a wireless repeater in a radio (or any other suitably sized enclosure), this tutorial will show you how to rip apart a Linksys router and stash it in a hidden location.

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We’ve already put your DD-WRT router in first gear with the power of the Opkg package manager. It’s time to install a Transmission and shift gears. How-To Geek explains how to install the BiTorrent client Transmission on DD-WRT.

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If you’re underwhelmed by the reach of your wireless signal, follow along as we show you how to extend your wireless network using routers powered with Tomato firmware.

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In 1977 an Atari 2600 cost $200. Adjusted for inflation that’s $589–more than enough to buy an Xbox 360, Wii, and some accessories for both. Check out this infographic for comparisons between computers, cellphones, and more.

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