Network storage can help SMBs store, stream and access data. We look at the available options –and features -- from basic to advanced -- and offer guidance on specs to consider.
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Don’t settle for consumer-grade security on your small business network. Our Wi-Fi network expert takes tells you how to lock down your Wi-Fi network using enterprise-grade security.
A VPN can connect multiple offices and remote workers, help you pool resources, increase efficiency and boost productivity. We look at VPN options for small business networks.
Security is a cost of doing business, and social media presence requires special attention. We look at the steps needed to protect your Facebook Business Page.
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Whether you want to find, use or manage Wi-Fi networks, these six Android apps will help you get the job done while youre out and about.
We lay out all the main points you need to consider before you start building a wireless network for your small business.
With the right apps, widgets and services, you can add custom content to your Facebook Page to improve your small business marketing efforts. We've got a dozen Facebook apps for you.
Who doesnt love free stuff -- especially when it protects your business? We look at four more antivirus apps that wont cost you a penny.
Our security expert looks at four of the top free antivirus software titles to help you choose the one that's right for you.
Unsecured Wi-Fi on mobile devices can expose your company to security risks. Take a look at these tips to prevent mobile security problems before they start.
We love anything that makes networking easier (doesnt everyone?), and these five tips deliver the goods for small businesses running Windows 7.
Our wireless networking expert shows how you can let clients, vendors and other guests share your Wi-Fi network without accessing your business files.
Nothing kills your productivity faster than an uncooperative Wi-Fi connection. We show you how to fix the four issues you’re most likely to encounter.
This wireless 802.11n router review also includes a look at TrendNet's wireless adapter. Both routers provide fast performance, but sacrifice more advanced features in the process.
Take a look at how Untangle provides another layer of protection for your entire network, including PCs and mobile devices. We show you how.
Whether you're traveling and want to share Wi-Fi access or just need to extend your wireless reach at home, a your computer can double as a virtual router. We'll show you how.
RADIUS server provides more security for small business networks, but they often cost more than SMBs can pay. Fortunately, more affordable options exist, and we take a look at three of them.
Before you lose,sell or repair your Apple mobile device, be sure to wipe, protect, or backup the data you store on it. We'll show you how.
If you work with people scattered around the country, Microsoft's SharedVeiw lets you share presentations, training and demos as though you were all in the same location.
We look at the changes and new features in the recently released beta version of Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.
Power your Wi-Fi devices on the road using your 3G/4G mobile data plan. We'll show you what you need to set up a mobile hotspot.
Affordable, easy to use, the TRENDnet Mobile 3G Wireless N Router gives mobile small business workers the capability to connect Wi-Fi devices on the go, and even share their connection with others.
If you're looking for an affordable online storage option, Microsoft offers 25 GB for free. Check it out.
Why put your business data and privacy at risk? This tutorial shows you how to send sensitive email and files securely over the Internet.
Convenience is great, as long as you dont inadvertently place your business at risk. We show you how to encrypt the data on those very convenient, if easy-to-lose, flash drives.
In the effort to secure a wireless network, it's often hard to tell the difference between Wi-Fi fact and fiction. We give five general wireless networking assumptions the truth test.
If you're one of the many iPad owners who want to use the mobile device for business, you'll want to nab these top 21 iPad business apps for your mobile device arsenal.
You can make OpenOffice.org, the cross-platform, open source productivity suite, even more productive by adding extensions. We've got six that will make it a small business software powerhouse.
A third party DNS server puts a lot more pep in your Web surfing, provides protection against nefarious Web sites and other handy perks. Eric Geier shows you why it's worth the (minimal) effort.
Yes, you heard that right. Ubuntu Linux is the best tool to resuscitate your Windows system. And you dont even have to install it on your hard drive. Eric Geier shows you how.
If you use multiple Wi-Fi hotspots throughout your day or week, Easy WiFi handles all your various passwords and configurations. It sure makes conducting mobile small business a whole lot easier.
Windows 7 Internet streaming capability lets you share presentations, video and music with clients in the office or on the road without a laptop. Well show you how in a few simple steps.
Go beyond the basics of WEP vs. WPA and boost your wireless network security. Youll sleep better for it.
Does Network Magic Pro 5.5 make network management easier for regular people? Check out this review and judge for yourself.
A look at how to use Windows 7’s HomeGroup networking feature, how to manage Wi-Fi connections, file sharing and more.
Whether you need to see how a Web application will look in various browser versions or you're just a big old browser geek, Eric Geier show how you can run all the browser versions from IE 1 to IE 8.
With Weezo and an Internet connection, you wont ever have to worry about forgetting a file when you travel across town or across country.
You dont need a router to use DD-WRT. Wi-Fi expert, Eric Geier, shows you how to install DD-WRT on just about any PC.
Is your wireless network driving below the speed limit? Increased demand and older equipment add up to diminished returns. Eric Geier show how you can get back up to cruising speed.
Internet Explorer 8 offers an improved interface, plus new security and privacy features. Come on in and take a look.
Tuck these 12 tips into your networking toolbox and take the upper hand when it comes to Windows file-sharing.
Windows netsh utility can teach you a lot about configuring PC network settings and help you make a few adjustments on your own.
When you drop a networked file into the standard Windows recycle bin, thats all she wrote its gone. Fortunately, salvation comes in the form of third-party software.
In this two-part tutorial, we explore CoovaAP firmware and its hosted services. In Part II, our expert shows how to finish setting up the internal hotspot features.
In this two-part tutorial, we explore CoovaAP firmware and its hosted services. In Part I, our expert shows you how to turn a simple router into a hotspot gateway.
Its draft or beta status has been as prolonged as Google Gmail's, but that doesn't mean you should wait for the higher performance of 802.11n networking. Eric Geier finds complete kits just either side of the $100 mark.
This wireless access point lets you upgrade your network to wireless N capability without chucking your older, slower hardware.
RADIUS servers aren't just for large enterprises. Elektron RADIUS Server from Periodik Labs brings 'Wireless Without Worry,' to small businesses.
Before Windows can accept remote desktop connections via Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection client application or via a Web browser, the firewall and router must be set to allow it. Learn how to configure both.
Sending and receiving unsecured e-mail can put your business at risk. We look at what it takes to secure and encrypt POP3 e-mail accounts.
Last month we looked at enabling the Remote Desktop for connectivity via Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection client program. Now, we look at Remote Desktop Connection client, which enables you to access your PC from within a Web browser, eliminating the need to have a client program installed.
In this fourth installment, we go into more detail on how you can personalize options in OpenOffice.org.
Want to take your PC anywhere in the world, without carrying a thing? The Remote Desktop feature in Windows XP and Vista makes it possible.
Part three in our series on WPA-Enterprise for SOHO covers installing and configuring the affordable and user-friendly Elektron RADIUS server.
In this third segment of the OpenOffice.org series we look at how to insert WordArt (actually called Fontwork), diagrams and page numbering in OOo documents.
We continue our series on hidden timesaving treasures in Open Office with a look at how to import the MS Office custom dictionary, saving docs in the MS Office format, and how to use MS Office templates.
This tutorial series shows how to replicate some of the MS Office functionality and features that OpenOffice.org 2.4 lacks. Soon you'll be more comfortable using OpenOffice for just about all your desktop publishing needs.
Learn the basics of an 802.1x RADIUS server environment and the steps to setting it up to run WPA-Enterprise encryption.
An introduction to WPA-Enterprise security for small businesses and an overview of the best options for using it to secure a wireless network.
More advanced sharing techniques are at your fingertips. Learn how to reach out and touch them.
On a network? Have files you don't want everyone to see? We walk through how to hide whichever ones you want to keep to yourself.
In Part II of our Windows/Mac sharing tutorial, we cover the nuts-and-bolts of file sharing between Windows and Mac systems on your network.
Macs and PCs really can get along. This tutorial will show you how to add an Apple computer (or two) to your existing network of Windows-based computers.
Learn how sharing resources in Vista differs from Windows XP and see exactly how to perform common network sharing tasks.
Vistas wireless networking interfaces differ from those in XP, but they still allow you to perform common network connection tasks and configurations.