Article Series

Improve Network Security with Open Source Monowall: Part 2

Part 2 of our series on Monowall, an open source firewall, focuses on using it to set up secure remote access.

Improve Network Security with Open Source Monowall

In part one of this two-part series, we review how to set up strong network security with Monowall, an open source...

How to Buy a UTM Appliance

A UTM appliance is an efficient, affordable way to improve small business network security. We take a look at five...

10 Network Security Steps for Every Small Business

Just because you're a small business, doesn’t mean you don't face big threats. Consider these 10 steps to help...

Tips to Secure Wi-Fi on Mobile Devices

Unsecured Wi-Fi on mobile devices can expose your company to security risks. Take a look at these tips to prevent...

5 Windows 7 Tips to Simplify Small Business Networking

We love anything that makes networking easier (doesn’t everyone?), and these five tips deliver the goods for...

Top 10 Wi-Fi Router Features for SMB Networking

Are you shopping for a new Wi-Fi router? Don’t forget to take our list of the top features to help you get the...

Cisco Powers Up a Small Business Router

A step up from its predecessor, Cisco's latest small business networking router adds Gigabit Ethernet, stronger...

Should You Upgrade to a Business-Class Router?

There's big difference between a consumer router and a business-class router that can support a demanding small...

How to Securely Share Your Wireless Network

Our wireless networking expert shows how you can let clients, vendors and other guests share your Wi-Fi network...

20 Awesome Networking Apps and Services

These 20 free networking utilities span a range of features to help you care for your network without spending your...

How to Fix 4 Common Wi-Fi Problems

Nothing kills your productivity faster than an uncooperative Wi-Fi connection. We show you how to fix the four issues...

What's a MAC Address, and How Do You Find It?

To ensure optimal wireless network security, a little MAC (Media Access Control) filtering couldn't hurt. Learn what...

SMB Networking: TRENDnet 450Mbps Wireless Router

This wireless 802.11n router review also includes a look at TrendNet's wireless adapter. Both routers provide fast...

Proxy Servers for a Small Business Network

Can a proxy server help improve your small business network? Take a look at what it can do for your business.

A Hands-on Review of Skype 5.x Group Video

Skype’s new group video feature gives small businesses face time with colleagues and clients. We walk you...

Small Business Networking: What You Need to Know About IPv6

If you don’t know about IPv6, it's time to read this article. The new system of IP addressing will affect small...

Untangle: Open Source Network Security Software

Take a look at how Untangle provides another layer of protection for your entire network, including PCs and mobile...

Mobile Tips: How to Turn a PC into a Wireless Router

Whether you're traveling and want to share Wi-Fi access or just need to extend your wireless reach at home, a your...

Wireless Network Security: A Place for MAC Filtering

Forget safety in numbers. When you're talking networking, there's safety in layers. We show you when -- and when not...

Pack Mobile Wi-Fi Wherever You Go

The EnGenius ETR9330 Wireless N Travel Router let's you stay mobile by turning any wired Internet connection into a...

10 Tips for Planning a Wireless Network

A wireless network offers plenty of advantages, but like any other business endeavor it requires advanced planning....

Small Business Server Review: HP Proliant Microserver

Petite yet potent, HP's Proliant MicroServer is an excellent small business server for any company ready to move to...

A Small Business Technology Guide to Blade Servers

Does a blade server make sense for your company? Our small business server expert explains blade servers, their pros...

5 Steps to Fix a Faulty Internet Connection

All small business networks lose their connection to the Internet from time to time. Here are five steps you can...

PogoPlug Biz Review: File Sharing and Remote Access

Looking for an alternative to cloud-based remote access and file sharing? PogoPlug Biz lets you easily access and...

55 Open Source Networking Tools

This mega-list of open source networking tools includes something for everyone, whether you need to work on your...

Cisco Rolls Out New Linux Switches for Small Business Networks

New midrange managed switches debut with enhanced discovery and IPv6 capabilities as Cisco continues the process of...

How to Bridge Microsoft Active Directory and Linux

Likewise Open, the open source secure authentication application, takes the pain out of joining Linux – and Mac...

3 Easy Ways to Get Mobile Internet Access

We look at three mobile broadband options to keep you connected and productive on the road -- and offer tips on...

Top 10 Small Business Networking Terms

Confused by networking terms? Here's the skinny on 10 technologies that keep your small business network humming.

Create Your Own Wireless Hosted Network

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...

Wireless Networking: TRENDnet Mobile 3G Wireless N Router

Affordable, easy to use, the TRENDnet Mobile 3G Wireless N Router gives mobile small business workers the capability...

How to Send Email and Files Securely

Why put your business data and privacy at risk? This tutorial shows you how to send sensitive email and files...

Access Point Review: ZyXEL Convertible AP/Controller

ZyXEL's convertible 11n AP/controller provides an affordable way to grow and manage your wireless small business...

Small Business Networking: 6 Essential Router Features

A small business network needs more security and features than a typical consumer router can provide. Here's our...

True or False: 5 Wireless Networking Assumptions

In the effort to secure a wireless network, it's often hard to tell the difference between Wi-Fi fact and fiction....

8 Ways IT Improves Small Business Resiliency

It’s no 'Eight Minute Abs,' but this list of eight tech tips can still help you firm and tone your small...

Data Security: How to Secure a Small Business Computer

One simple step you can take to protect your data or small business network is to prevent employees from using USB...

Easy Remote Access with PogoPlug

You won't find a faster, easier way to remotely access and share the files you have stored on USB storage devices.

Faster, Safer Web Browsing with Third Party DNS

A third party DNS server puts a lot more pep in your Web surfing, provides protection against nefarious Web sites...

Why SMBs Should Consider Server Virtualization

Virtual servers can help you save money, space and make it much easier to recover applications and files when a...

Take Network Files to Go with Windows Offline Files

Small business technology's come a long way, which means it's a lot easier to take your network files on the road...

Turn Windows Home Server into a Small Business Server

Think you can't afford a small business server? Think again. Windows Home Server offers enough power to earn a...

Improve Your Wireless Network Range: hField Wi-Fire

Clip this Wi-Fi adapter onto your laptop and extend the range and strength of your wireless network, and even...

Windows 7 Remote Assistance to the Rescue

Improved remote access features in Windows 7 simplify troubleshooting computer problems. Sit back and relax. Remote...

How to Share and Stream Media in Windows 7

Windows 7 Internet streaming capability lets you share presentations, video and music with clients in the office or...

Need a Small Office Server? Lenovo Has the Right IdeaCentre

Lenovo’s Windows Home Server-based IdeaCentre D400 makes a fine small-office server, despite a few flaws.

Do You Know What's About to Bring Down Your Network?

We review ipMonitor 10, a simple yet powerful network monitoring software that alerts you to issues before they...

How to Troubleshoot and Repair Your PC

The most common hardware failures typically involve hard drives and memory. We take a look at several handy...

Fix Slow Browsing � and More � With OpenDNS

OpenDNS gives your small business’s Internet connection an extra dose of speed, security and control.

Skype Review: Asus Videophone Touch AiGuru SV1T

The wireless SV1T lets you make Skype video calls without being tethered to — or even in the same room as...

No Wi-Fi? Try Belkin's Gigabit Powerline HD Starter Kit

If you need a wireless network in your home office, but the layout isn’t conducive to Wi-Fi, you’ll...

Save Time with Window's Easy Transfer Utility

Whether you’re upgrading to Windows 7 or buying a brand new computer, you’ll need to get the old files...

How Will Wi-Fi Direct Benefit Small Business?

With Wi-Fi Direct technology, you’ll be able to transfer data between Wi-Fi devices — from your smartphone...

Vidyo Offers Web-Based Video Conferencing for SMBs

The company claims that its appliance produces tele-presence at near-HDTV quality without breaking the...

How to Share Your Wi-Fi Connection

Plus, we discuss traffic monitoring and the difference between WRT and DD-WRT.

Can Network Magic Pro Simplify Networking for SMBs?

Does Network Magic Pro 5.5 make network management easier for regular people? Check out this review and judge for...

McAfee Rolls Out Security Appliance for Small Business

The appliance taps top threat intelligence systems to provide e-mail and Web security while aiming to keep setup and...

Windows 7 Networking Tips for Small Businesses

A look at how to use Windows 7’s HomeGroup networking feature, how to manage Wi-Fi connections, file sharing...

Wi-Fi Hotspot Security: How to Use Public Networks Safely

Public Wi-Fi is wonderful and convenient, but it does pose a security risk if you don’t protect yourself. We...

How to Backup and Restore System Drivers

Tracking down missing system drivers is a royal pain. Ron Pacchiano shows you an easier way and walks you through...

Network Your Monitor Display Across Multiple PCs

MaxiVista 4 lets you expand your PC’s screen real estate to another computer without having to install video...

A Networking Primer: What's a MAC Address?

Joe Moran shows you how to find a MAC address and offers three tips on using them.

How to Synchronize Your Data

Ron Pacchiano shows how you can synchronize files stored in multiple locations so you always have up-to-date data no...

Review: The Wi-Fire Wi-Fi Adapter

The Wi-Fire costs more than most USB Wi-Fi adapters, but if you need long-range capability, you’ll be glad you...

Instant-On: Take the Express Lane to the Internet

An instant-on operating system shaves minutes off of a computer’s start-up time, getting you online, to your...

Access Files Wherever You Go With Weezo

With Weezo and an Internet connection, you won’t ever have to worry about forgetting a file when you travel...

Virtualization: an In-Depth Overview

Scott Alan Miller discusses everything you ever wanted to know about virtualization for small business — and...

What is a Thin Client, and Why Should You Care?

Could your business benefit from thin clients? If you think we’re talking health and wellness, read analyst...

Enjoy iTunes Wherever You Work

With free utilities and an Internet connection, you can listen to iTunes wherever your work takes you.

Ask the Wi-Fi Guru: August Edition

This month, Guru uses different scenarios to look at the common issues of extending and bridging Wi-Fi connections.

Networking Basics: What's a Firewall?

Security expert Michael Horowitz explains firewalls and why they’re important for home and small business...

A Guide to Buying a Wireless Router

Wi-Fi maven Aaron Weiss tells you everything you need to know to buy a wireless router for your home office.

Plug Into Remote Access with Pogoplug

Pogoplug makes USB storage devices accessible over the Internet so you can easily access your data on the road.

Ask the Wi-Fi Guru: July Edition

Need help with your small or home office Wi-Fi? In this month’s installment, he ponders several wireless...

Gbridge: A Free and Easy VPN

Gbridge lets you build a secure VPN so you can access your files from anywhere. It even includes media-viewing...

Rescue Your Data Using VistaPE

Want to get your geek on? It takes patience and persistence to set up this utility, but the reward is a powerful...

Wake Up Your PC Over the Internet

With Wake-on-LAN, you can power down remote PCs to save money and still access them whenever you need.

12 Tips to Troubleshoot Network File-Sharing

Tuck these 12 tips into your networking toolbox and take the upper hand when it comes to Windows file-sharing.

Ten Free Web Services for Better Networking

Is your favorite Web site down, or is it just you? Need a boost of connection speed? Use these 10 must-have Web...

Jazinga Offers Telecom for the Technically Challenged

This inexpensive PBX telephony system provides sophisticated communications features without requiring sophisticated...

Hosted IT: It's Big for Small Business

Let someone else manage your applications, storage, backup or even your hardware infrastructure? It’s a major...

Concentric's Cloud Now Includes Managed Backup

The hosted-services provider has teamed with Seagate to supply enterprise-level data backup and recovery...

Ask the Wi-Fi Guru: June Edition

This month we answer questions related to bridging with open source firmware, such as DD-WRT and Tomato, as well as...

Take Your Call Center Online

OnState is a SaaS solution that brings call center capability to small businesses quickly and inexpensively.

A Clear Take on WiMAX

Can a totally wireless connection really deliver broadband speed? Clear, a WiMAX provider makes that promise. Is it...

How to Create an Image Backup, Part 2

Creating an image backup of your PC’s hard drive can save you a lot of anguish down the road. Ron Pacchiano...

Access Your Desktop PC with Windows Mobile

You can use a handheld device to access your office PC from anywhere with Remote Desk Mobile.

How to Create an Image Backup, Part 1

Creating an image backup of your PC’s hard drive can save you a lot of anguish down the road. Ron Pacchiano...

How to Manage Windows Network Settings

Window’s netsh utility can teach you a lot about configuring PC network settings and help you make a few...

Protect Against Bogus Security Software

Fake security utilities deliver the very problems they claim to prevent. Here’s what you need to know in order...

10 Free Must-Have Windows Networking Apps

Build your own networking toolkit with this great collection of 10 utilities. Even better, it won’t cost you a...

What is Virtualization, and Why Should You Care?

Analyst Laurie McCabe explains one of the more complex tech concepts and talks about how virtualization can benefit...

NetGear Unified Against SMB Security Threats

The networking company offers a family of unified threat management appliances designed to protect against Web-based...

Rescue Files from the Network Recycle Bin

When you drop a networked file into the standard Windows recycle bin, that’s all she wrote – it’s...

How to Convert a Physical PC into a Virtual One

Networking guru Ron Pacchiano demonstrates the value in going virtual and offers a step-by-step conversion guide.

Build It Yourself: Windows Home Server System (Part 3)

In part three of our series on building your own Windows home server, we tackle how to set up remote access for your...

Build It Yourself: Windows Home Server System (Part 2)

In part two of our series on building your own Windows home server, we’ll show you how to set up PCs, users and...

Ask the Wi-Fi Guru: April Edition

The Wi-Fi Guru covers a wide variety of Wi-Fi networking issues, including range boosters and why Macs and PCs...

Build It Yourself: Windows Home Server System (Part 1)

You could spend $500 or more for a pre-built Windows Home Server System, but you don't really have to: We'll show...

Safely Share Your Wireless Internet: Part II

In this two-part tutorial, we explore CoovaAP firmware and its hosted services. In Part II, our expert shows how to...

Safely Share Your Wireless Internet: Part I

In this two-part tutorial, we explore CoovaAP firmware and its hosted services. In Part I, our expert shows you how...

Alleviate Wi-Fi Network Bottlenecks with AirMedic

Maintaining the strongest possible wireless signal around your entire office is part science, part art....

Review: Skype Version 4.0 for Windows

Skype's versatile VoIP software gets an aesthetic and functional makeover. Isn't it time you took it out for a spin?

Learn to Skype: How to Make Video Calls

You'll need a strong Wi-Fi connection to take advantage of this cool calling app over a wireless network, but it's...

Review: Toktumi's Hosted IP PBX

This affordable phone service provides all the essentials for most small businesses.

Ask the Wi-Fi Guru: March Edition

This month, the Wi-Fi Guru discusses wireless bridges, Hi-Def home networking over 802.11n and some DD-WRT issues.

Faster, Safer Surfing Through OpenDNS

Setting up your network to use OpenDNS' servers instead of your ISP's to look up Internet addresses is quick, easy...

Ask the Wi-Fi Guru: The February Edition

This month, the Guru shows you how to love your router--and also answers questions about daisy chaining, DD-WRT,...

Connect With Windows Command Line Tools

When you have a connectivity problem, these four command-line network utilities can help you pinpoint it.

2009 Awards: Readers Pick the Best Small Business Tech Tools

Our roster of winners includes the best tools to help small business owners curb costs and improve efficiency....

Cisco Expands Security, Collaboration for Small Business

New Cisco hardware rolls out to take aim at smaller businesses with big needs.

Don't Ditch That Broadband Connection

Switching to VoIP phone service can save money without suffering the returning to the sloth and hassle of dial-up...

Ask the Wi-Fi Guru: January Edition

This month, the Wi-Fi Guru covers sharing cellular (on a tugboat no less), best methods for roaming between clients,...

Review: TrendNet Wireless Easy-N-Upgrader

This wireless access point lets you upgrade your network to wireless N capability without chucking your older,...

Cost-Cutting Storage Strategies for Small Businesses

As data relentlessly accumulates, small businesses need to find ways to store and protect. We take a look at...

Symantec's Five Resolutions for Network Security in 2009

The security giant says small business owners will focus on five key areas to better manage IT information and...

How to Access Network Resources Over a VPN

In the last of our three-part series on virtual private networks, we look at how to share and access folders,...

A RADIUS Server for SMBs

RADIUS servers aren't just for large enterprises. Elektron RADIUS Server from Periodik Labs brings 'Wireless Without...

How to Setup a VPN in Windows Vista: The Client

In the second of our two-part series, our network guru reveals how to set up the client PC for a Virtual Private...

The Big Chill: How to Cool a Small Server Room

Servers don't like it hot. These tips will help you keep your cool and get the most out of your tech investment.

NetSetMan: Network Switching as Easy as Ready, Set, Go!

If you change networks often, chances are you also change network settings and switch profiles frequently....

Windows Remote Desktop: Configuring a Firewall and Router

Before Windows can accept remote desktop connections via Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection client application or...

Share iTunes Music and More on Your Network

With iTunes, you can take your music with you, even if your iPod is elsewhere. All it takes is a network and the...

How to Setup a VPN in Windows Vista: The Host

In the first of a two-part series, network guru Ron Pacchiano guides you through setting up the host PC for a Virtual...

Microsoft Rolls Out New Small Business Server Options

The company says it designed Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008 to help...

Cisco Invests $100 Million in New Global SMB Strategy

The networking and communications giant sets its sights on serving companies with less than 100 employees.

How To Secure Your E-mail

Sending and receiving unsecured e-mail can put your business at risk. We look at what it takes to secure and encrypt...

WPA-Enterprise for Small Businesses (Part 4)

In Part 4 of our five-part series on setting up a WPA-Enterprise wireless network in a small business environment,...

Home-Office Network NAS: Buy vs. Build?

Need storage for you home-office network but don't want to commit to a NAS box? Don't fret, centralized storage is...

How To: Buy a Hosted PBX Phone System

A hosted phone system offers high-end communication features without the hefty up-front investment, but is it right...

Building a Linux Small-Business Server

Linux has all the power and flexibility you need, both for servers and networking devices. Carla Schroder shows you...

Windows Remote Desktop: Setting Up Web Access

Last month we looked at enabling the Remote Desktop for connectivity via Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection...

Ask the Wi-Fi Guru: October Edition

The Wi-Fi Guru tackles Bluetooth blocking (although he's not sure why), WLANs for WISP subscribers, iPhone tricks...

Understanding Vista's Network Map

Network Map offers a bird's-eye, but potentially incomplete, view of your network.

Review: CradlePoint CTR500 Cellular-Ready Travel Router

This petite router turns a cellular wireless data connection into Wi-Fi.

How to: Define Wireless LAN Deployment Risks

If you don’t anticipate risks, the deployment of a wireless LAN can lead to trouble. Learn about common risks...

Web Apps Failure: A Pain in the SaaS

Web-based applications come with a certain element of risk—from downtime to productivity to security. But with...

How To: Define Wireless Network Security Policies

Because of the use of radio waves, a wireless network is not secure unless you take special precautions. Follow...

HP Rolls Out One-Box Shopping for Midsize Businesses

Minimal IT staff? Limited budget? HP says its Adaptive Infrastructure in a Box for Midsize Businesses can help you...

Review: Bartels Media MaxiVista Pro

Looking to save some dough on network utilities? MaxiVista Pro is a simple alternative to graphics cards, switch...

Business Continuity: Always On, Always Working

What happens to your business if the network fails or the power goes out? If you don't know, you need a disaster...

Review: Maxtor Central Axis Network Storage Server

The Central Axis hits a couple of high notes on features, but more discordant ones when it comes to usability and...

Tips for Choosing a UTM Security Solution

Check Point software outlines a few suggestions for buying a unified threat management system. First and foremost:...

WPA-Enterprise for Small Businesses (Part 3)

Part three in our series on WPA-Enterprise for SOHO covers installing and configuring the affordable and...

Secure, Remote Access to Biz Apps and Data

WorldExtend says its IronDoor 3.5 lets you access your entire business, not just your desktop, from afar.

Windows Easy Transfer: New System, Meet Old Data

Vista's Windows Easy Transfer makes getting a new system up and running a more manageable process.

WPA-Enterprise for Small Businesses (Part 2)

Learn the basics of an 802.1x RADIUS server environment and the steps to setting it up to run WPA-Enterprise...

Economic Pressure Drives Telecommuting Trend

Survey finds SMBs making creative changes to combat rising cost of business-as-usual.

The Hosted PBX Advantage: Doing Better for Less

Thrifty New England-based credit union solves several communications problems with a hosted phone system from...

Smile, You're on Login Camera

When it comes to tasting biometrics at home, LemonScreen could be the flavor of the month.

Measuring Broadband Use: Not Knowing Could Cost You

The kitchen may be closing on the all-you-can-eat bandwidth buffet, so start measuring usage. And remember, it's not...

From a Distance: Your Vista System Made Accessible

Vista's Remote Desktop feature makes it possible to log into your system from anywhere and use it as though you were...

Review: Trustware BufferZone 3.01

Although it takes some getting used to, this handy utility creates a virtual space on your PC where you can safely...

IBM Follows Through on Data Protection for SMBs

Big Blue takes another whack at CDP for small offices by turning FilesX around as a Tivoli Storage Manager offering.

Review: Netgear ReadyNAS Duo RND2150 (500 GB)

The expectations for NAS devices continue to rise. Simple backup storage and file sharing is no longer enough. The...

WPA-Enterprise for Small Businesses (Part I)

An introduction to WPA-Enterprise security for small businesses and an overview of the best options for using it to...

Beyond Simple File Sharing: Using Mapped Drives

More advanced sharing techniques are at your fingertips. Learn how to reach out and touch them.

Overview: A Crop of Entry-Level Servers

Small businesses have a wider selection of entry-level servers available than ever before. See what's ripe for the...

SaaS Best Path for SMB Unified Communications

Service strategy lets small companies enjoy technology benefits without the headaches.

Ask the Wi-Fi Guru

Aaron Weiss, courtesy of sister site Wi-FiPlanet, answers reader questions about networking Xboxes, the dangers of...

Who Needs Hardware? The Planet's Got Your Infrastructure

The Planet offers a new range of hosted and/or managed services that can free you from buying, installing and...

Browser Security: IE vs. Safari vs. Firefox

Worried that your Web browser's a hacker's delight? Datamation's Kenneth van Wyk puts three top browsers to the test.

Get a Little (Technical) Help From Your Friends

Help is an Internet connection away. Using Vista's Remote Assistance feature is way better than doing tech support...

Review: Windows Live FolderShare 2008 Beta

Microsoft's Windows Live FolderShare 2008 software makes sharing (and synchronizing) files across multiple systems...

3Com Expands Wireless Networking Portfolio

The company aims to help small businesses boost their wireless networking with new access points, routers and adapters.

Educating Employees Reduces Security Breaches

Employee behavior on the Web can make or break your network security. Teaching employees what to look for is the...

Beyond Simple File Sharing: Using Hidden Shares

On a network? Have files you don't want everyone to see? We walk through how to hide whichever ones you want to keep...

In the Cloud: Storage Meets Collaboration

Share, edit and store your documents – without investing in a whole lotta hardware.

An Introduction to Wi-Max: It's Not Just for Coffee Shops

Forget Wi-Fi. Wi-Max technology promises to let us roam much farther afield while still maintaining an Internet...

Review: Policy Commander 2.0

Protecting your company's sensitive data and complying with industry or government regulations can be challenging...

'Free Wi-Fi' May Not Be What It Seems

Beware of ad-hoc networks when you connect to the Internet in public places.

Add a Mac to your Windows Network (Part II)

In Part II of our Windows/Mac sharing tutorial, we cover the nuts-and-bolts of file sharing between Windows and Mac...

Add a Mac to Your Windows Network (Part I)

Macs and PCs really can get along. This tutorial will show you how to add an Apple computer (or two) to your...

Outsource Your Phone System

We look at a company that found satisfaction, serious features and significant savings when it outsourced its phone...

Protect Your PC Without Spending a Cent

Keeping a Windows-based computer safe from online threats is an expensive proposition these days. Here are ways to...

Don't Let Your Networked A/V Devices Go It Alone

Connecting multiple consumer electronics devices to your network wirelessly can be a pricey and time-consuming...

More on Vista's Network & Sharing Center

When it comes to network sharing on a Vista network, NSC streamlines the setup. Learn how to set up printer, file,...

HP Joins the Online Backup and Collaboration Parade

Its new Upline subscription service includes storage, data sharing and remote access capabilities.

Network Attached Storage: A Primer for SMB Owners

As a business grows, keeping track of files located on different computers can get tricky. We explain network...

Track Down Elusive Network Printers

This painless step-by-step guide will help you bring that ghost printer back to life.

Video Conferencing for Small Businesses

Meet face-to-face with far-flung clients and co-workers without ever leaving your office. Yes, small biz finally...

iPass Offers Worldwide Hotspot Access to SMBs

Until this week, iPass provided access to its high-speed Wi-Fi service only to enterprise customers. Now, there is a...

Five Steps to Secure Endpoints

The adage 'the best defense is a good offense' certainly applies to keeping your network safe from digital...

What's in Your Hand-Rolled VPN?

Hamachi makes it a cinch to say sayonara to your VPN woes. With the free software utility, your VPN can be up and...

Review: Propel Personal Bandwidth Manager

Are you making the most of your Internet connection? Propel Personal Bandwidth Manager can show how you're using it...

A Small Business Guide to Network Attached Storage

Strapped for storage? It might be time to consider a dedicated spare room for all your business bits and bytes. Our...

Microsoft 'Response Point' to Get Service Pack

Microsoft plans to roll out later this year the first service pack for Microsoft Response Point VoIP phone system...

Fast, Free Smartphone Phone Internet Access with Wi-Fi

You can save a lot of money and gain a lot of speed if your smartphone supports Wi-Fi networking. Here's how to set...

Better Security Through Password Management

Quit typing your dog's name over and over: Tools like KeePass and Clipperz can help make dealing with passwords...

A Tale of Two Passwords

A pair of passwords could be leaving your router — and your network — vulnerable to attack. Learn how to...

Demystifying a Wireless Network for Small Business Owners

In this article, we examine wireless networking, and how it can provide flexibility while cutting costs for small...

A New Workforce is Brewing

Who needs an office when you've got a cafe? A new wave of employees and entrepreneurs are using Wi-Fi to re-invent...

What Virtualization Means for Small Business

Virtualization is one of the tougher IT concepts to understand, but for certain small businesses, the potential...

Safely Share Your Wireless Access

Thinking of sharing your home (or small business) WLAN? Aimed at first-timers, this thorough primer on Wi-Fi basics...

Let the 'Net Add Flexibly to Your Productivity Apps

Surveys suggest that most people aren't familiar with Internet-based productivity applications, so this week we'll...

Hitachi Simple Modular Storage 100: Big Storage for Small Business

Feeling a bit cramped for space, digitally speaking? Hitachi's storage server offers small businesses lots of room...

Demystifying a Small Business Network

Running your business over a network -- even if it's only to share Internet access -- can help you be more...

Get the Best of Both E-Mail Worlds

IMAP offers a way to have the same flexibility you get with Webmail without giving up the POP's capability to use...

Two Practical Improvements in Apple's Leopard OS

Sharing files with a Mac got much easier and much more robust with the release of Leopard. And if you're on the...

Troubleshooting With Network Diagnostics and WNTIPCFG

Can't reach a Web site or send and receive e-mail? Tucked away into Windows XP is a built-in utility called Network...

Help Is Just an Internet Connection Away

In the third installment of our series on remote access, we provide step-by-step instruction on how to get or give...

Windows Home Server: At Home in the Office

Don’t let the name throw you. The new crop of Windows Home Server devices could be just what your business...

Dell Gets Back To Basics With New Server Line

New servers and a new approach reflect a strategic emphasis on simplicity preferred by CEO Michael Dell.

Blackberry Addiction: It's Not Just for the Fortune 500

RIM says its Blackberry Professional Software offers enterprise-quality wireless communication that's designed and...

Stay in Control With Remote Access Services

Last week we took a look at Remote Desktop, a Windows feature that lets you remotely access and control your system...

iReview the iPod Touch

The new Wi-Fi-enabled iPod is a "touch" disappointing.

Neverfail Lives Up to Its Name

Knocked offline by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency now keeps Microsoft Exchange...

Review: Other World Computing NASPerform

The NASPerform is a twist on both the direct-connect and NAS style of external disk. The storage device uses a...

Five Tips for National Cyber Security Month

As small business owners, protecting your financial information – and that of your customers – is critical...

Panda 2008: Stay on Top of Internet Security

The stakes run ever higher in Internet security, as hackers get more creative and more pernicious by the day. With...

Share and Sync Folders on Multiple Systems

FolderShare is one of Microsoft's Windows Live services and this free (albeit beta) product is an easy way to keep...

Is It Time to Get Gigabit Ethernet?

Gigabit Ethernet is now inexpensive and ubiquitous enough for home or small office networks. This week, we look at...

EasySpeak PBX for Small Businesses

Simicomm rolls out self-installing, self-configuring PBX software as a low-cost option for small businesses.

Looking for a Better Way to Share Storage?

If you want to share your storage across a network, or think you might in the future, connecting devices directly to...

Sharing on a Wi-Fi Network Using Windows Vista

Learn how sharing resources in Vista differs from Windows XP and see exactly how to perform common network sharing...

HP Serves 'Shorty' to Small Business

Designed for small-to-mid-sized businesses, the all-in-one blade server will make such systems affordable to...

Keep Your Internet Access Going During a Power Outage

The same UPS that powers a PC for about 20 minutes will likely run your gateway and router a good deal longer —...

Big File Transfers? Go Direct With IM and More

Sending large files can be a hassle, but instant messaging and direct transfer software offer a way around e-mail or...

Connecting to Wi-Fi Networks Using Windows Vista

Vista’s wireless networking interfaces differ from those in XP, but they still allow you to perform common...

Big Files, Not Big Headaches

Ever send an e-mail that appears to leave your outbox, but then later you find a notice that delivery failed? You're...

TalkPlus: a PBX for Mobile Phones

TalkPlus offers a wide range of advanced voicemail functionality without the call quality problems of regular VoIP.

Take Me Home From the Ball Game

The business of baseball calls for working a lot of days, nights and weekends. World Extend VPN lets the Trenton...

Server Snapshot: Dell PowerEdge 2970

The biggest difference between the PowerEdge 2970 and its 2950 sibling may be the processor, but a deep dive reveals...

The Dude: Network Mapping and Monitoring the Free Way

Network management tools typically cost several hundred dollars or more, but The Dude is free. While the oddly named...

Getting the NAC of Security

Network Access Control adds yet another layer of technology to the security labyrinth – but some SMBs really...

Networking Notes: Feel Vulnerable? Don't Panic

A steady stream of potential vulnerabilities are routinely announced, patched and forgotten. However, it's exploits...

Linksys Connects with Small Business

Expanding beyond its home-networking roots, Linksys designed a two-tiered program specifically for small businesses....

Learning to Share Your Wi-Fi

While there are lots of hotspots out there, they don't exactly provide blanket coverage. Wouldn't it be nice if some...

Understanding and Resolving IP Address Conflicts

IP address conflicts are usually temporary, but you can't count on them to always resolve themselves. This week,...

Belkin's Router Shows All

The company's latest 802.11n router displays details on an integrated screen.

Networking Notes: Prepare Your Network for Tomorrow's Software

The choices we make in terms of our network infrastructure will matter for a lot more than how quickly we can view...

Networking Notes: New From Networld Interop

Though the show tends to feature enterprise-grade networking wares, Networld Interop featured plenty to keep things...

Sauce Up Your Router with Tomato

The firmware options for a given router are typically limited to those provided by the manufacturer of the device....

IPv6 For Small Business Arrives

IPv6 is a technology that seems to be just around the corner. But for one company, it's arrived. Learn why you...

Wireless Network Configuration Tips for Windows XP

If you have several systems running Windows XP SP2, Windows Connect Now provides a way to avoid some of the...

Firewire Facts: What's a 1394 Network Connection?

Our small business networking expert explains what a Firewire/1394 network connection is and why you won't find it...

Zip and Encrypt Your E-mail: For Free

PKWare's making its SecureZip available to individuals for free, which means it won't cost a thing to encrypt the...

Could You Use a Little Snitch?

If you're concerned about maintaining maximum privacy and security, Little Snitch's user interface and low price is...

EV-DO: Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess

Testing the laptop 3G capabilities of one of America's biggest mobile operators reveals the good, the bad and the ugly.

Review: D-Link Xtreme N Gigabit Router

The 2.4 GHz Draft-N DIR-655 keeps all of the configuration options that made its predecessor popular, but adds new...

Wireless � Brush Up on Your Bluetooth

While the Bluetooth probably conjures up images of people appearing to talk to themselves, the technology is useful...

Windows XP: Don't Forget the Firewall

This week, we take a look at how to set up and use the firewall feature built into Windows XP Service Pack 2. We...

WhatsUp Gold v11: Gain Control of Your Network Now

With a starting price tag flirting with two grand, WhatsUp Gold certainly isn't for every business, but there's no...

Three Roads to Network Printing

Having a printer for each computer on your network is usually overkill. A better use of money and space is to set up...

Yoggie Gatekeeper: Smarter than the Average Firewall

This small hardware appliance safeguards your laptop from network infections.

Microsoft Vista Home Networking Setup and Options

The most daunting part of upgrading to Windows Vista may be trying to figure out where in the layers of menus the...

Windows Vista Password Protected File Sharing

Once you're ready to start sharing your files and folders in Windows Vista, the best step for security is to turn on...

Tips for Securing Your Home Router

Seemingly minor and easily overlooked settings can still have profound security implications. Here are some steps...

What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

Your wired network can let rogue devices connect, but with the right tools, it can also help distinguish threats.

Troubleshooting Tips Before You Resort to a Reboot

When you can't get an Internet connection, a common response is to reboot the computer, router and/or DSL or cable...

How Powerline Networking Works

With the right (inexpensive) equipment, you can use the AC wires in your walls to transmit data along with electricity.

Network Magic 4: Network Management Made Simple

Network Magic provides information about your network and helps facilitate tasks such as sharing folders or...

Networking Notes: Be Your Own IM Service Provider Pt. 2

In part two of our two-part step-by-step series, we introduce your new IM server to the wider Internet.

Web Hosting: This Host Has The Most

Tired of paying your Web hosting company big bucks and getting little in return? The owners of Footballguys.com quit...

Networking Notes: Be Your Own IM Service Provider

Why set up your own instant messaging server? It's secure, you add the services you want, you control the namespace...

Home Networking Made Simple(r)

Using a home network management utility is a good way to make Windows networking easier for novices and experienced...

Book Review: Wireless Networking Visual Quick Tips

Pictures are worth many thousands of words in this tiny tome for wireless newbies who need a speedy education.

Networking Notes: Security Begins at Home

When it comes to keeping outsiders off your home or office wireless network, a little security can go a long way.

Put Your Finger On Security

When your customers are Hollywood types bent on keeping their television and film content safe from pirates, you'd...

Skype As Your Office Phone System?

With CallButler software adroitly handling calls, small companies can 'look' big and save big.

Static DHCP Offers Consistent Remote Access

Open source router firmware such as DD-WRT does things the factory-installed stuff never offers. For example, you...

Networking Notes: Fear and Loathing for the Holidays

Computer security vendors have a field day this time of year, because journalists are quickly running out of things...

Is Linux Ready for Small Biz?

The open-source operating system can save small businesses a bundle, but it has a reputation for being complex to...

Boost Your Bandwidth, Boost your Network Performance

In recent years Gigabit Ethernet has become a practical and economical option for home offices and small businesses....

Networking Notes: Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Linux

Sizing up Linux for your next networking project? You can take a pass on the holy wars and still reap the benefits.

Review: Belkin N1 Router

Fancy styling and ease of use can't overcome lackluster performance compared to other Draft-N products.

Small Biz VPN Cuts Cost and Confusion

Netgear's SSL-based VPN appliance is less expensive and easier to set up than most conventional IPSec- based...

IBM Signs on For Small Business

Big Blue is expanding its single sign-on application to help smaller companies work with their partners.

Networking Notes: Four Things to Do Post-Ping

Here are four things you should in the hour after you've happily observed that you've "got ping" (i.e., a network...

JiWire Hotspot Helper

The online hotspot directory has upgraded its utility to provide an offline location search, coupled with VPN...

The Security Horizon: What's In Store for Small Business

The competition's fierce among companies that make anti-virus and digital threat software, and that means more...

Review: D-Link SecureSpot DSD-150

D-Link says its $99 device — which includes a firewall, content controls, anti-virus, spam filtering and more,...

Networking Notes: 802.11nuh-Uh

Vendors that are selling 802.11n have decided the imperatives of their product cycles trump the long-term benefit of...

FON Aims for Ubiquity

With a new $5 router and plans for recruitment campaigns, the company hopes to soon spread its access far and wide...

Don't Fall Prey to Lazy Password Practices

Building strong passwords helps you protect both business and personal data from unauthorized access. But passwords...

Review: Buffalo Nfiniti Wireless-N Router & Access Point

'Draft N' wireless network gear offers a somewhat dubious value proposition. In theory, you get faster connections...

Remote Possibilities: Creating a No-Office Workforce

For some SMBs, adding work-at-home employees can boost revenue without pushing overhead through the roof. An SMB...

Dell Debuts Five Servers Designed for Small Biz

The company says that the latest servers in its PowerEdge line focus on the specific needs of the small-business...

Do You Really Need a Network Server?

PCs networked in a peer-to-peer fashion are adequate when you have only two or three people on the network. After...

Remote Magic

The new R2 version of Microsoft's Windows Small Business Server 2003 brings remote management and peace of mind to a...

New Notebook, Old Wireless Troubles

Brand new notebook PC, established wireless network waiting at home...Everything should just work, right? Our...

The AC/DC of Small Networking

Netgear ups the ante on household electrical wiring, claiming its powerline adapter has a real-world throughput of...

A Dash of Spice for Your Network

Though it has an odd name, Spiceworks is a piquant tool for inventory and management of small-business networks.

Drafting a Faster Wireless Router?

Still in draft mode, 802.11n — the newest Wi-Fi standard — won't be finalized till late 2007, but new...

Creating a Wireless Network — Part 3

You wireless network is set up, but what if it seems too slow or unreliable? In the conclusion to our series we look...

Build It Yourself: A Linux Network Appliance, Part 6

Once your firewall is protecting your Linux appliance, you need to poke a few holes in it to allow visitors access...

Big Storage, Little NAS

MicroNet says big things can come in small packages and offers small businesses the PlatimumNAS 3.0 as evidence.

Keep Your Network Safe With Content Filtering

One of the best ways to maintain the security and performance of your business network is to restrict the Web sites...

Creating a Wireless Network — Part 2

Once you've got all your gear lined up, it's time to bring your wireless network to life. Part 2 of our three-part...

VoIPowering Your Office with Asterisk: SOHO VoIP, Part 3

In which we examine the delicate matter of configuring calls to the outside while keeping outsiders from hijacking...

Creating a Wireless Network — Part 1

Choosing the right yechnology for a wireless network can be overwhelming. In Part 1 of our three-part series on...

VoIPowering Your Office with Asterisk: SOHO VoIP

Setting up a small voice network with both analog and IP phone service is easy. An interface card, some software and...

IBM Serves Small Business

Big Blue's x3400 server features dual-core Xeon processors, a lot of internal expansion room and a price that's...

Build It Yourself: A Linux Network Appliance, Part 4

In this installment, we learn how to configure the two network interfaces and then lock down the firewall box.

Accidents Happen (Even to Networking Columnists)

Accidents happen all of the time: Hard drives fail, viruses and spyware wreak havoc, or sometimes we just delete...

A Faster NAS Alternative

Ximeta's NetDisk offers SMBs a different approach to traditional NAS as a way to add shared storage to a network....

WatchGuard Takes Security to the Edge

The company releases its latest Firebox X Edge series of security appliances saying it gives small businesses more...

How to Up the Number of Downloads IE Allows

Increase the number of Internet Explorer's simultaneous downloads with this simple registry hack. Plus, how to make...

Safety First: 16 Steps to a Healthy Network

Maintaining network security takes diligence and the integration of strong security practices into our daily lives.

Roll Your Own VPNs

Hamachi is a handy new freeware tool lets you easily create and manage your own "zero-configuration" virtual private...

How to Pick a Server � Strategies for Small Business

Your business may be defined as small, your IT needs are anything but small. Storage, performance and uptime are as...

Build It Yourself: A Linux Network Appliance, Part 2

In the second installment in our series on building your own Linux-based network appliance, the construction begins...

Router + Drive = Network Attached Storage

Looking to share storage across your small-business network? This affordable product lets you plug any USB hard...

Reclaim Your Life Through the Remote Desktop

Windows XP Professional's Remote Desktop feature lets you see and control your office PC as though you were sitting...

Build It Yourself: A Linux Network Appliance, Part 1

Welcome to our series on how to build your own Linux-based network appliance. Don't worry, we'll walk you through...

Access Multiple Networks with Ease

Automatic Configuration for Multiple Networks lets you move between different networks without the configuration...

An Eye on Wi-Fi Security

Here's your chance to see what Wi-Fi eavesdroppers see — and it isn't pretty.

A Tool Box for Your Network

If you want to take more control over how your network performs, take a look at NetInfo; it wraps15 network...

Buyer Beware on 802.11n Gear

Vendors maybe in a MIMO state of mind, but research outfits say 802.11n isn't ready.

Networked Storage You Can Afford and Manage

Looking for affordable network storage for file sharing or data backup? The Buffalo LinkStation Home Server NAS...

VPNs Done Dirt Cheap

Eli, Inc. intends to make VPNs — the most secure remote access technology — affordable and easy enough for...

Networking: No Smoke, No Mirrors

Interface improvements and new features — including some much-needed security — put this home and...

The Importance of Backup Systems � Part 1

Even though most of us know that we need to do regular backups, the fact is that many us don't. In part one of a...

Is Wi-Fi Roaming Really Seamless?

Wireless LANs are meant to provide roaming, and most people expect it to be seamless. Here's how it really impacts...

Are You Threatening Me?

D-Link's unified threat management security appliance packs a huge number of features into one box. However, it also...

Do It Yourself: Roll Your Own Network Cables

This one begs the question: Why assemble your own Ethernet cables? Maybe you need custom lengths of cable. After...

It's an EV-DO World

Look for upgrades to the fast-growing wireless broadband tech, used by Verizon Wireless and others, to speed things...

The Lowdown on Wi-Fi Security: From Supplicants to Keys

While you should never just assume your wireless communication is secure, securing your WLAN doesn't have to be a...

A Fast, Vast Wireless Expanse

ZyXel combines faster speed and a wider broadcast range with a wireless router and comprehensive network management...

Trends in Wireless Networking

Convergence, security and lower prices continue to be the hot developments in wireless networking.

Intel Targets Small Business and Consumer Storage

Expanding its line of products, the company aims to provide affordable, enterprise-class storage for the masses.

How to Track Down Rogue Wireless Access Points

Rogue access points are the silent killer of wireless network security. However, there are numerous steps you can...

Office Network Systems in a Box

AdTran announces SMB switch/router that provides IP PBX, data networking, Internet communications, VPN, firewall,...

Catch the Next Wave in Wireless

Wi-Fi hotspots and e-mail devices can be a mobile professional's best friend. But nationwide wireless broadband...

Adapting to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

If you are unlucky enough to lack integrated Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, this USB adapter solves both problems.

Wireless Connectivity Starts at Zero

Setting up a wireless network in your home shouldn't be a major project, but one thing can stand in the way of...

Installing a Cable Modem: USB vs. Ethernet

Cable modems will operate fine connected to either a USB or an Ethernet port. Your cable provider may not tell you,...

Back-to-Basics Server Reduces Cost, Complexity

FileEngine servers forgo fancy features and focus on the applications and support most small business need.

A Convenient Way to Secure Your Wireless Network

As long as you've got the right Wi-Fi router or access point, this utility will give up to five of your wireless...

Handy Wireless Network Protection

The AirMagnet's Pocket PC-based software lets you sniff out and troubleshoot vulnerabilities in a wireless network.

Managing With Non-managed Switches

While it's true that managed switches are technically superior to non-managed switches, the superiority comes with...

Windows Wireless Zero Configuration: Five Steps to Sanity

Windows wants to help you get on a Wi-Fi network, but many times, it just gets in the way. Here's how to work...

Just Filtering Your MAC Won't Do Jack

In addition to running MAC filtering, you need to add multiple security layers to protect your wireless network....

Network and File Sharing Made Simple

Most Windows users will see the magic of this approach to mapping and sharing network assets — especially if...

Don't Fight Your Network, Switch

If your network is growing, Netgear's new line of smart switches features a stackable architecture and promises new...

Intruder Alert: Arxceo Aims to Guard the Gateway

An appliance built to defend networks from a variety of intrusion attacks debuts at an unprecedented low price.

E-mail, Collaboration and Security

Mirapoint's appliance aims to let companies have big business e-mail and collaboration features in one...

VoIP: A Primer for Small Business

Who wouldn't want to pay less for their phone service? That's just one of the advantages VoIP can offer small...

Is Your Printer a Network Security Risk?

Security expert Linda Leblanc says appliances are easily compromised. These small holes can cause major problems.

Wireless Tips for Road Warriors

If you travel a lot for work, chances are good that your notebook PC is equipped with a wireless adapter. So it's...

WhatsUp with Network Monitoring?

SMBs looking for a server monitoring tool will find much of what they need in Ipswitch's WhatsUp Premium Gold...

Outsource Your Firewall

ELI, Inc. offers small offices a wireless, broadband router and firewall that protects your network from viruses and...

Wireless Access Points: How Much Should You Pay?

They're made of the same components and do the same work. What's the difference between enterprise and small office...

From Dynamic IP Addresses and Back

No need to stress. You can use both static and dynamic IP addresses on the same network. We provide a couple of...

Deciphering the Latest Wireless Acronyms

Stumped by acronyms such as WPA2 and WMM? You're not alone. We define these new terms and, more importantly, explain...

Basic Security Safeguards for Pocket PC

You can take certain step to secure your Pocket PC or Pocket PC Phone, the information on it, and the network the...

Ignite Your Wireless Network

Though far from perfect, this WLAN software could help some SMBs configure their network – as long as they have...

EnKoo Adds Web Conferencing

Expanding the capabilities of its remote access appliance, EnKoo aims to offer Web conferencing at a significantly...

Keep Your E-mail Fresh and Clean

Powered by Postini, McAfee's new Secure Messaging Service aims to protect small business e-mail from things that go...

Gateway Touts Low-Cost and High Availability

Featuring a heat- and noise-sensitve BTX chassis, a slew of processor choices, RAID, dual power supplies and more,...

WatchGuard Firebox Edge X5w

The Firebox Edge X5w is designed to be an all-in-one wireless firewall and VPN appliance for your small network. It...

Two Firewalls Too Much of a Good Thing

One Internet connection and two computers, each running firewall software, can mean PCs that refuse to talk to each...

Kasperksy Debuts a Comprehensive Security Toolkit

Kaspersky Internet Security 2006 offers protection against just about every threat category at a price that...

QLogic Does The SAN Limbo

How low can SAN prices go? QLogic pushes the envelope for SMBs.

Plug Into Power-Line Networking

Defining the difference between HomePlug and HomePNA, just the 'fax' on DSL and Universal Plug and Play explained.

Sharing Your DSL Connection, The Inside Story

Can you share an internal DSL modem connection, or should you buy an external DSL modem? Plus, we tell you how to...

Five Ways to Improve Your Wireless Network

Whether you already have a wireless network or you're about to take the plunge, these five steps help provide better...

Strengthen Your Wireless Network

Sometimes your Wi-Fi connection needs a little help. If you must overcome space, physical barriers or interference,...

Hubs, Switches, Routers: What's the Difference?

Conversations about switches and hubs can be confusing because people use the terms interchangeably. However, the...

Beyond Passwords Part 2: Implementing The Vision

In part two of this series, we present the pros and cons of your five options: digital certificates, one-time...

Working With Different Versions of Windows on a P2P Network

Tips for getting Windows XP, 2000 and 98SE to share and share alike on a peer-to-peer network. Plus, turning a wired...

Used Routers Can Create Whole New Problems

When you buy a second-hand router, be sure to wipe its history clean for a fresh start ... and Internet Explorer...

Remote Access: Have Browser, Will Work

At home, on the road or in between, remote access helps you be productive anytime, anywhere.

On the Road with Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is becoming increasingly popular for travelers. Learn what Jim Geier found while traveling by auto throughout...

Divorce ISP Style: Changing your Internet Service Provider

Whether you found a better deal or need faster service, learn how to change ISPs smoothly and without unnecessary...

Share Storage Over Your Network

Maxtor's Shared Storage Drive makes it easy and affordable for SMBs to share storage and printers on the network.

Why Your Router May Be Blocking Web Sites

Your wireless router could be keeping you from connecting to some Web sites and preventing you from sending and...

Wireless Woes? Repeat, Rearrange or Replace?

Wireless networks must overcome steel beams, concrete, glass, sheer distance and other types of interference. To...

When Wireless Print Servers Meet Multifunction Devices

Can a wireless print server support non-printing functions such as scanning and faxing? Plus, unscrambling Wi-Fi...

An Affordable, If Quirky, Print Server

Print servers offer a more efficient way to share office printers, and Actiontec's latest offering takes a good,...

Is Your ISP Watching You?

Increasingly vigilant ISPs are quietly filtering their customers Web traffic to prevent malicious attacks. But the...

Is Your Network in Compliance? Call in Auditor 16

Generally, an audit is the last thing you need. But we're not talking taxes; we're talking security. Learn how...

Securing Your Mobile Workforce

Senforce Endpoint Security Suite aims to help SMBs keep mobile devices secure and compliant.

New Service Aims to Prevent Network Trouble

Seattle-based HyBlue today launched a Web-based network diagnostic and management tool designed to help small...

Can You Share a Dial-up Connection?

Even in today's high-speed world of cable and DSL connections, dial-up isn't dead. However, options for sharing a...

A Firewall for Your E-mail

The 3Com E-mail Firewall 'powered by BorderWare' aims to bring big-business security to SMB e-mail servers. Can it...

Wi-Fi Network Security SMBs Can Afford

Wi-Fi newcomer Corriente Networks offers a level of wireless security previously available only to big businesses...

Affordable Storage for the Whole Office

Maxtor aims to help SMBs centrally locate, organize and share data with its Shared Storage Solution — a...

Satellite Equals Broadband Lite

You want broadband Internet access for your business, but DSL and cable technologies aren't available in your area....

Geeks for Rent: Changing IT Support for SMBs

Forget the kid down the street. SMBs are outsourcing their IT needs to providers that offer customized service and...

Is Router to Blame for Connection Error?

When you can't access a Web site, should you blame your router or is the problem more likely in your browser...

A Firewall for Your Mobile Employees

If any of your employees rely on notebooks to work off site, you might consider a mobile firewall to protect company...

It's 10 O'clock — Do You Know What Your Server's Doing?

LANDesk Server Manager 8.5 aims to keep your server healthy, happy and working in top form.

Is the Time Right for Network Storage?

Both the volume and the value of data you need to store is increasing, leading storage vendors to push...

Secure, Wireless Networking

Check Point announces an all-in-one wireless network security appliance designed specifically for SMBs.

Straight Talk on Network Cables

If you are going cross-eyed trying to tell the difference between crossover and straight-through cables, we pin down...

A Network In A Box

If you're looking for big security features in a small package, this network appliance is ready to serve and protect...

New Computer, Wireless Connection Gone Awry

Even if your new computer is a beauty with a wireless LAN adapter built in, your connection could still get ugly. If...

Network Basics: The ABCs of VPNs

Virtual private networks are sometimes described as difficult to set up, erratic in performance and a questionable...

Make Your Wireless Print Server Print

A wireless print server allows you to print untethered from the constraints of cables. However, this reader ran into...

The Wireless SMB — It Takes a Plan

Going wireless involves a lot more than asking, 'Can you hear me now?' An industry expert offers up the info you need...

Soup-to-Nuts Spam and Virus Protection for SMBs

One comprehensive program, no IT required and 24/7 tech support — Trend Micro makes it easy for SMBs to avoid...

An All-in-One Network Appliance SMBs Can Afford

ClearPath Network's SNAP VPN crams 11 network features into one plug-and-play box — network management doesn't...

Buffalo AirStation Keeps WLANs Secure

Don't take chances when you set up a wireless network for your SMB. Buffalo provides a way to keep your network secure.

A Low-Tech Network Appliance

Axentra promotes its OfficeSeries Network Appliances as a simple solution for SMBs that don't have IT support or much...

Symantec Tackles Network Security With All-in-One Product

The Symantec Gateway Security 360R is designed to be a high-performance, low-maintenance firewall designed...

Where to Turn When Your PCs Won't Share Anymore

One day your laptop and desktop PCs are happily sharing files, the next day they won't. We look at several reasons...

Sharing a Dial-Up Connection in a Broadband World

If you live in an area where DSL and cable Internet access is difficult to come by, can you still enjoy the...

External Storage, Eternal Choices

With so many backup solutions available, how can a person make an intelligent decision? To help you start to sort it...

Iomega Shapes Storage for SMBs

Big storage comes in small packages, and Iomega's new desktop NAS design squeezes Microsoft Windows Storage Server...

Making DSL, ICF and VPN Play Nice

Our SBC networking guru tells a reader how to fix a conflict with his VPN and firewall.

Yes, Your Work PC Can Go Home Again

When you bring your old work PC home or try to treat new home PC like your office computer, you often find trouble....

My First Linux Server (Part II)

Using Linux to build a file server isn't all that difficult — honest. We'll walk you through the steps

Setting Up A VPN is a 'SNAP'

Setting up VPN access is a far more affordable solution than some small business owners might think. But deploying...

Has Linux Finally Arrived?

More small businesses are flocking to Linux for its reliability and low cost, but does that signal acceptance within...

Cisco Looks to Connect With Small Businesses

The networking giant looks to reach out to small businesses with it SMB Class Solutions, a multi-prong initiative...

Wireless PC Connection Blues

Adding a computer to a wireless network can sometimes be simple. Other times it can be more challenging than evading...

Welcome to Wi-Fi RFD?

In an attempt to help spread wireless broadband deployment across rural regions, the Federal Communications...

New Router Can Turn a Small Business into a HotSpot

Want to make your small café the next McDonalds or Star Bucks? A small business need not spend a fortune to set...

Brocade Dazzles SMB Market With New 'Utility' Switches

The storage switch maker tailors its new entry-level switches to dovetail with utility computing environments. The...

Emerging Technology and the IT Lifecycle

How can you be sure that you are making the best IT decision for your business? We discuss the IT lifecycle and the...

How To Network Multiple Computers Without a Hub

Sometimes, it doesn't make sense to use a hub when networking multiple PCs together. This week, we review the steps...

'Port' of Call?

Learn how to enable specific applications to connect to the Internet through Windows XP's ICF, while keeping...

Troubleshooting Basic Networking

When networking problems inevitably pop up, it can be all too easy to forget that faulty equipment can be the source...

Wired Networking, Step One: Choose Your Connection

The first step in networking two or more computers is to determine how best to connect them. We look at the pros and...

Overcoming Wireless Network Configuration Obstacles

Any number of problems can pop up when attempting to properly configure a wireless local area network. This week we...

XP Know-How

One of Windows XP's lesser known features makes automatically switching network settings between different types of...

Wireless Networking Performance Tips

Suffering from wildly fluctuating wireless connection speeds or having trouble getting any connection at all? This...

Backing Up Is Not Hard To Do

A good backup strategy is the best insurance policy you can have for your small business. Let's look at the...

Diagnosing Net Connection Problems

Have a network with one or two PCs that can't connect to the Internet or other networked computers? This week we look...

Backup A Minute

Small businesses can generate a lot of data — but data is not created equally. How do you retain the information...

Computer Maintenance Essentials

There are some fairly simple tasks that if done on a regular basis, can save your company when a computer disaster...

Practically Painless NT to Windows Server 2003 Migration

Completing a Windows NT to 2003 migration is serious business, but it is not impossible. Our experts can help you...

Setting Up an FTP Server (Part II)

FTP servers are inexpensive and relatively simple to operate tools that work well for sharing files over the...

Setting Up an FTP Server (Part I)

An file transfer protocol server is an inexpensive and relatively simple to operate tool that works great for small...

Network Services: Outsourcing Pro's and Con's

Does outsourcing network services actually benefit your business and save you money? What are the tradeoffs of...

Growing With Technology Solutions From Cisco

Cisco Systems introduces four different intelligent network solutions designed to help small and mid-sized...

WLAN Management Considerations

Don't stop short after installing a wireless local area network. Be sure to consider WLAN management tools to ensure...

The Lease-Versus-Buy Equation

What is more cost effective for small businesses — buying or leasing new hardware? Learn what experts have to...

Small Business Networking For Free

A novel approach to doing business with small businesses? For Novell, it's just business as usual. The company is so...

HP Server tc2120 For Small Businesses

Whether you need to manage files better, share more printer connections, host a Web site, or store a database, the HP...

Microsoft Launches Desktop Center for XP

Looking to prod systems administrators into upgrading to Windows XP, Microsoft launches a free Web-based portal with...

Understanding WLAN Routers

Wireless Local Area Network routers have definite advantages over access points when connecting multiple devices to a...

Small Office Networking Fundamentals

Ever wonder how you could connect two PCs together with just a crossover cable? We also answer that age old question...

SuSE OpenExchange: More Than a Mere Mail Server

Until recently, there haven't been many viable choices for groupware, especially for mid-sized offices reluctant to...

When It Comes To IT, Don't Go It Alone

A lot of small business owners end up spending more on new technology then is necessary. Learn how to save money and...

Maximizing Wireless LAN Performance

As companies deploy higher performance wireless LANs to support enterprise applications, it becomes crucial to...

Network Services: What Are Your Options?

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