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Connecting to the internet from Wi-Fi hotspots, at work, or anywhere else away from home, exposes your data to unnecessary risks. You can easily configure your router to support a secure tunnel and shield your remote browser traffic—read on to see how.

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Tomato is a powerful third-party firmware for your router, but tweaking the software makes it even more powerful. We’ll be showing you our 5 favorite tips for Tomato routers to help speed them up and help you get your work done… faster!

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Earlier this week we asked you to share your strategy for installing applications on a new (or rebuilt) computer. The responses piled up and now we’re back to highlight your tips.

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In the above video the owners of Base2 Electronics are watching a PCB testing machine at the factory where they purchase their boards for resale. The machine is first scanning the board to identify it in the board database an...

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Achim Sack, a fan of hardware hacking and time lapse photography, created a super tiny interval timer that works with Nikon, Canon, and Pentax DSLRs. Plug it in, snap a shot between 0.4 seconds and 18 minutes to set the inter...

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Kenneth Finnegan started his adventures in electronics tinkering a little over two years ago and in that time advanced from being a complete beginner to putting together some really advanced projects. After his projects start...

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For this project you’ll be hollowing out a hardcover book and replacing the guts with a wooden frame and a strip of cool-running and efficient LED lights. You’ll need some very basic wood working and soldering ski...

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In the above video the guys at JumperOneTV show us how to make a desktop power supply. As an addendum to the video; they note in the comments section on the YouTube video that they were wearing gloves for the drilling and tha...

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In the above video from Smarter Ever Day they visit the National Electronics Museum and get a first person look at how microwaves work and why nearly every microwave you’ll ever own has a turn table.

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We cover a lot of articles that feature accessing files and features from inside and outside of your network. This usually entails forwarding ports, something that may seem daunting for beginners, but it’s actually pretty simple to do.

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If a digital picture frame seems too dull this interesting DIY frame actively sniffs Wi-Fi traffic and displays the pictures it finds.

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In the above TED Talk Ann Marie Thomas demonstrates how you can use a cheap battery pack and simple homemade play dough to create electrical circuits that are easy to build and much more kid-friendly that prototype boards and...

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Nathan Bergey wanted something that would remind him of the epic nature of human endeavors in science. He built an LED lamp that, as a meditative reminder, illuminates when the international space station is overhead. He̵...

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If you’re looking for a digital remote shutter with a maximum amount of control this design turns your smart phone into a capable remote control for your camera.

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Curious how your hard drive actually works? Check out this teardown video by Engineer Guy, Bill Hammack.

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Peter Brands, a Dutch case modding hobbyist, decided to take things to the next level by ditching his old tower-style case and building a desk that houses his entire PC. The end result is pretty impressive. He had a neighbor ...

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A Joule Thief is a simple circuit designed to draw the last bit of power out of a battery using a low load device like a low-voltage LED. Instructables user 1Up got the idea from Make magazine and then tinkered with and refin...

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What do you do if you need users to be able to press a keyboard button but you don’t want then roughing up the keyboard or accessing any other buttons? Build a custom and durable single-use button.

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Wireless remote triggers, both commercial and DIY, abound for still photos but the same can’t be said for video triggers. This DIY guide hack together a remote video trigger for DSLR cameras.

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If you’re looking for a customizable way to monitor your mailbox from afar, this DIY solution is ripe for additional electronics hacking.

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We’ve already covered installing Tomato on your router and how to connect to your home network with OpenVPN and Tomato. Now we are going to cover installing OpenVPN on your DD-WRT enabled router for easy access to your home network from anywhere in the world!

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At PC Magazine they purchased everything from premium Monster brand HDMI cables ($120) to bargain basement $2 cables and found that there was no difference between the two. This is unsurprising if you know that HDMI cables carry a digital signal.

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Commercial meter readers are expensive; this DIY hack allows you to cheaply monitor your power consumption for a greener tomorrow (and, realistically, a much lower bill).

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If you’re looking for a stealthy way to bring tunes to a room without plunking down speakers everywhere, this stealthy electronics project hides your speakers inside old books.

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Dino Segovis, the guy behind Hack-A-Week TV, shares an awesome video on how to build an Arduino-based 1/2 watt amplifier that amplifies both your speakers and your guitar (with neat distortion effects). Check out the video ab...

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