How to Set Up the Eero Home Wi-Fi System

If your house has Wi-Fi dead zones and weak spots, it may be time to ditch the old-school router setup and go with a mesh newtork like the Eero Home Wi-Fi System. Eero’s multiple router setup can provide strong Wi-Fi signals to every part of your house, and is easy to set up–no complex extenders, secondary networks, or other confusing steps. Here’s how to get Eero up and running and banish weak Wi-Fi signals for good.

How to Forward Ports on Your Router

Although modern routers handle most functions automatically, some applications will require you to manually forward a port to that application or device. Fortunately, it’s really simple to do if you know where to look.

How to See If Your ISP Is Throttling Netflix

There has been a whole lot of talk in the news lately of the rocky relationship between streaming giant Netflix and broadband internet providers. Is it possible to tell if your ISP is messing with your Netflix connection and degrading the quality?

How Can I Connect to A Local Internet-Facing Server without Sending Traffic Out to the Internet and Back?

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.

What Is IPv6, and Why Does It Matter?

IPv4 addresses on the public Internet are running low. Microsoft paid $7.5 million for Nortel’s 666,624 IP addresses when Nortel went bankrupt in 2011 – that’s over $8 an IP address. IPv4 has technical problems, and IPv6 is the solution.

Is UPnP a Security Risk?

UPnP comes enabled by default on many new routers. At one point, the FBI and other security experts recommended disabling UPnP for security reasons. But how secure is UPnP today? Are we trading security for convenience when using UPnP?

Does Clearing Your Browser History Really Delete It?

You spend some time surfing the web, close your browser, and clear your internet history.  But is your history really deleted, and is there any way to find out what websites you visited?  Read on to see several ways that your deleted browser history can be recovered.

The Difference Between WEP, WPA, and WPA2 Wi-Fi Passwords

Even if you know you need to secure your Wi-Fi network (and have already done so), you probably find all the security protocol acronyms a little bit puzzling. Read on as we highlight the differences between protocols like WEP, WPA, and WPA2—and why it matters which acronym you slap on your home Wi-Fi network.

How to Choose a Networked Security Camera for Your Home

Networked, or IP, security cameras are readily available and, with each new generation of products, increasingly sophisticated. Digging through the available options can be overwhelming though; read on as we walk you through the process with a handy security camera shopping checklist.

What is DNS Cache Poisoning?

DNS cache poisoning, also known as DNS spoofing, is a type of attack that exploits vulnerabilities in the domain name system (DNS) to divert Internet traffic away from legitimate servers and towards fake ones.

What Does a Firewall Actually Do?

You’ve probably heard that firewalls are an important security protection, but do you know why that is? Many people don’t, if references to firewalls in TV shows, movies, and other forms of popular media are any indication.

How to See If Your VPN Is Leaking Your Personal Information

Many people use Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to mask their identity, encrypt their communications, or browse the web from a different location. All those goals can fall apart if your real information is leaking through a security hole, which is more common than you’d think. Let’s look at how to identify and patch those leaks.