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Home and Small Office Network Connectivity

[WWW Link]Your Home Network: Should You Go Wireless?
http://www.informit.com/articles/article.asp?p=101591    [New Window]
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This article, at InformIT.com, covers many basics for Wi-Fi networking.
[WWW Link]Tightening Down Your Wireless LAN
http://networking.earthweb.com/netsecur/article.php/1369391    [New Window]
Is your wireless network "Open to the public"?
[WWW Link]Microsoft Expert Zone Columns Archive:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/columns/    [New Window]
...providing support articles for all the versions of Windows XP
* How to Secure Your Wireless Home Network with Windows XP
* Answering Some Common Windows XP Home Networking Questions
* Making the Wireless Home Network Connection Without a Router
* Windows XP Home Networking: Building Network Bridges
[WWW Link]Static DHCP Server for Windows
http://ruttkamp.gmxhome.de/dhcpsrv/dhcpsrv.htm    [New Window]
This free utility was tested on Windows 95/98/98SE/NT4/2000/XP.
[In-site WWW Page]End-User Internet Access
Technical >> Internet >> Individual Use >> End-User Access
Methods for End-User Internet access, presented from highest speed technologies to lowest speed.
[HTML format Notes]PPPoE Resources
Technical >> Networking >> SOHO >> Connectivity >>
Includes tips on using Bell/Sympatico Access Manager and RASPPPoE.
[WWW Link]Dynamic DNS Client for Windows
http://www.sitedevelopers.com/dyndns/products.aspx    [New Window]
DNS updating for a dynamic IP address server. This can be useful for a teleconferencing computer, etc..
[WWW Link]AnalogX FastCache DNS
http://www.analogx.com/contents/download/network/fc.htm    [New Window]
This can help to fix slow or problematic DNS services. But it is not recommended if using dynamic IP sites. Works very well with Windows 98/98SE/Me.
See also: Windows End-User Internet Security.


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Page Content Updated: 18 June 2005

    On a bad day, using FIDO GPRS Internet access, I have seen the DNS resolution for a Webpage take anywhere from 2 to 30 seconds. So for a Windows 95/98/ME laptop using Cellular Internet access, I strongly recommend the AnalogX FastCache DNS, with the Minimum Timeout set to (only) 1 day. As that provides an immediate improvement in Webpage loading performance, while still fully supporting the reasonable propagation of any updated Website IP address.

TIP: Configure the settings for Dial-Up networking TCP/IP-- which Cellular mobile Internet access uses-- to make use of the FastCache DNS. But do not change any network card TCP/IP settings, to continue using the current configuration for your home or office network. (Don't try using FastCache's auto configure.)

 See also: 3G Wireless Data Access  
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