More articles by "Joseph Moran"

Why and How to Upgrade to SSD: A Small Business Guide

Do you own aging small business PCs? Instead of replacing them outright, consider SSD upgrades for a relatively simple and inexpensive performance boost. We show you how to upgrade to SSD.

Foscam NVR Review: Huntvision 720P NVR Kit Security System

Foscam's Huntvision NVR kit lets small business owners keep a secure eye on their property. The kit includes four digital Ethernet-powered cameras for a low price.

Should You Take Advantage of the Free Windows 10 Upgrade?

If you're interested in moving your small business to Windows 10, now might be a good time to do it. We list the reasons why, and explain what you can expect if you decide to upgrade.

The Top-10 Windows 10 Essentials

How does Windows 10 differ from Win 7 and 8.1? Excellent question. We list the top-10 things you need to know about Windows 10.

5 Easy Tips for Better Wi-Fi Performance

These five tips will help you wring more speed, capacity, or range out of your small business Wi-Fi network.

10 Top Cloud Storage Services for SMBs

Whether you need to store, share and sync files or simply backup your business data, cloud storage offers SMBs a lot of features for the money. We look at 10 of our favorite cloud storage services.

8 Ways to Improve Small Business Wi-Fi Security

Can your small business' wireless network be more secure? It can if you follow these eight tips.

15 (Mostly) Free Small Biz Networking Tools & Services

These handy small business networking tools and services for Windows (and sometimes Mac and Linux) can save you a ton of time and money.

Small Business Guide to Fleet Management

Monitoring your business vehicles can improve safety, efficiency, and reduce operating costs. Here's what you need to know about fleet management technology.

Lost Smartphone Alert: Find It Now

Imagine losing your smartphone—and the data stored on it. Don’t panic. Instead, take these steps to increase the odds of recovering a misplaced iOs, Android, or Windows Phone.

Small Business App Review: Breezeworks

The Breezeworks app, for both iOS and Android, streamlines much of the administrative work associated with running a small service-oriented business. 

Be Prepared to Close the Book on Windows Server 2003

Microsoft's plan to decommission another popular, but aging, operating system will affect Small Business Server 2003. Is your small business ready? We share a ton of resources.

Don’t Let Your Data Be Kidnapped and Held for Ransom

This cautionary tale explains the dangers of encrypting ransomware. Learn to better protect your small business against a malware scourge that can take down your data—and your business—permanently.

Small Business Buyer’s Guide: Smartphones

Newsflash: there’s no such thing as the "best" smartphone—only one that’s best for you. But to find it, you need to look at more than just the hardware specs and price.

Small Business Software Sneak Peek: Windows 10

Microsoft has released the Windows 10 Technical Preview, and we take a (very) early look at what the next version of the venerable operating system offers.

Small Business Mobile Scanner Review: Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100

Mobile scanning meets small business. The ScanSnap iX100's built-in battery and Wi-Fi let you easily scan from the road with your smartphone or tablet.

Small Business Backup: HP RDX USB 3.0 Removable Disk Backup

Intimidated by data backup? Backing up ain't hard to do with HP's 2 TB RDX drive. 

Small Business Backup Review: The Carbonite Appliance HT10

This hybrid data backup appliance integrates local and cloud-based data backup. It did a great job with local data backup, but it ran into trouble backing up to the cloud.

Business Tablet Review: HP Pro Tablet 610 G1 PC

The HP Pro Tablet 610 G1 PC is a solid business tablet, but some flaws keep us from giving it a stellar recommendation.

5 Email Habits You Need to Break NOW

Email is a critical small business communication tool, but your correspondence can be more efficient—and a lot less annoying—if you steer clear of these bad habits.

A Fresh Look at an Improved Windows 8

Microsoft’s latest update for Windows 8 goes a long way toward helping longtime Windows users acclimate to the new operating system.

Protect Your Small Business with Two-Factor Authentication

Many websites offer enhanced account security in the form of two-factor authentication. We explain what it is, why you should use it and how to get started.

A Guide to Remote Access PC Control

Mobile computing's all the rage, but sometimes you just can’t take it with you. We look at five ways, both for free and for-fee, to access and control your remote PC from afar.

Small Business Network Monitoring Review: Anturis 1.4

Anturis cloud-based network monitoring doesn’t sacrifice ease-of-use on the altar of customization.

Small Business Network Management Review: Spiceworks 7.1

For small business network admins with any smarts, using Spiceworks is a no-brainer. We take a look at what's new in version 7.1.

A Buyer’s Guide to Small Business Servers

If you own a small business, you should almost certainly have a server. Here are some important things to consider before choosing one.

Small Business Server Review: HP Proliant MicroServer Gen8

HP’s small business server, the MicroServer Gen8, offers enterprise-level monitoring and management in an unobtrusive package.

Small Business Server Review: WD Sentinel DS6100

WD's latest small business server packs features typically found in an enterprise-level server into a box that's compact and quiet enough to sit on your desk.

Ninite Pro Simplifies Java Updates

Add Ninite Pro to your small business security tool box. It takes the pain out of keeping computer software secure and up-to-date.

A Modern Guide to Multifunction Printers

Inkjet, laser, operating costs, mobile, cloud: multifunction printers offer a lot of features. Knowing what to look for in a small business printer can save you time and money. Our guide can help.

Multifunction Printer Review: Brother MFC-J870DW

Brother's well-connected multifunction printer is the first inkjet that can wirelessly link to a mobile device via NFC.

Networking a Small Business Office from Scratch

There’s a lot of networking that goes into starting up a new small business office. Here's what you need to consider before opening your doors.

A Network Video Recorder Review: LenovoEMC px2-300d NVR

This network video recorder removes much of the hassle from setting up and maintaining a small business video monitoring system.

Small Business Phone System Review: Ooma Office

This hybrid cloud/on-premises business phone system offers small offices power and simplicity at a reasonable price, but expansion is limited.

The Essential Small Business Guide to Tablets

Your next computer may very well be a tablet rather than a conventional notebook PC. Here are five important factors to consider when choosing one.

Small Business Security Review: Umbrella Mobility

Umbrella Mobility by OpenDNS offers another layer of mobile security for small business. We test this cloud-based service to see how well it protects against Web-based malware, botnets, and phishing.

10 Top Cloud Storage Services for SMBs

Whether you need to store, share and sync files or simply backup your business data, cloud storage offers SMBs a lot of features for the money. We look at 10 of our favorite cloud storage services.

Pertino Small Business Cloud Networking Review

Pertino lets small businesses use the cloud to create secure networks for their remote workers—without hardware, hassles or high cost.

Small Business Networking Review: Connectify Dispatch

When you have multiple forms of Internet access at your disposal, Connectify Dispatch combines them together and increases your connection speed.

How to Print from an iPhone, iPad or Android Device

Need to print from your smartphone or tablet?  We run down the mobile printing options available for Android and iOS devices.

A Windows 8 How-To: File History, Refresh and Reset

New Windows 8 features make it easier to safeguard personal data, restore a PC’s original factory configuration without losing your data, and if necessary, do so while destroying your data in the process. 

Enlocked Provides Email Security for Small Business

We review Enlocked, an email security product that lets small businesses exchange secure emails with customers without cumbersome technical requirements or a hefty price tag.

15 Handy Windows 8 Apps

The Windows Store is just getting off the ground, but there are already some decent apps to be had there. Here are fifteen of our favorites so far.

Windows 8: It's Not Just for Touch Screens

We list 15 tips to help you find your way around Windows 8 using a keyboard and mouse.

Windows 8: How to Set Up Windows To Go

Windows 8 running on a bootable USB storage device can be a boon for small businesses with telecommuters, contractors or temporary workers.

Small Business Storage Review: LaCie 2big NAS

LaCie’s 2big NAS is a solid storage server for small business, but remote access support could be better.

Windows 8: Time to Upgrade?

Windows 8 will arrive soon, but should you start planning an upgrade for your small business? Here are six reasons to consider a timely upgrade, plus one reason you might want to think twice before taking the plunge.

5 Tips to Improve Windows 7 PCs Security

Following these five Windows 7 security tips will give you better control over who uses your Windows PCs and how your employees use them. Following these five Windows 7 security tips will give you better control over who uses your Windows PCs and how your employees use them.

How to Track and Manage Smartphone Data Use

We've got tips and resources to help you monitor and control smartphone data usage and avoid extra charges or connection slowdowns.

Virtual Desktop Review: NComputing M300 Virtual Desktop Kit

This thin client kit puts capable and easy-to-manage virtual desktops on three people's desks for much less than the price of individual PCs.

Network Storage Review: LaCie CloudBox

La Cie provides small business owners with a small, affordable and simple way to backup critical data to the cloud.

Desktop Virtualization Review: Citrix VDI-in-a-Box 5

This integrated and streamlined software package puts the benefits of a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) within reach of small business IT.

Replace Your Landline Phone with Ooma Telo

Tired of paying telecom prices for a landline and need better voice quality than standard VoIP services? The oddly named Ooma Telo can save you money.

Small Business NAS Review: WD Sentinel DX4000

Western Digital's latest NAS server offers small businesses loads of advanced features, but a couple of issues keep it from earning a rave review.

Give the Gift of Wi-Fi for the Holidays

Our gift guide is chock full of goodies to satisfy every wireless networking nerd on your holiday list.

Dell KACE M300 Asset Management Appliance Review

This pint-sized appliance -- designed for small businesses -- does the heavy lifting for network computer and software inventory.

10 Tips for Better Computer and Network Security

Heed the NSA's (yes, that NSA) recommendations for keeping your computers and small business network more secure.

Utility Check: Control Multiple PCs on Your Desk

Want to save cost and clutter? We look at three network utilities that let you control multiple computers from a single keyboard and mouse.

Utility Check: Control Multiple PCs on Your Desk

Want to save cost and clutter? We look at three network utilities that let you control multiple computers from a single keyboard and mouse.

Storage Server Review: LaCie 5big Network 2

Easy administration and lots of capacity make the LaCie 5big Network 2 with NAS 2.0 software an excellent choice for small business storage.

Review: Iomega StorCenter px4-300d

Iomega's new StorCenter is a solid choice for small businesses.

12 Apps to Secure Your Android Smartphone

We've got a dozen security apps for Android to help you protect your Android phone -- and the information on it -- from a host of nasty stuff.

Home Office Cable Modems: Ethernet or USB?

Today's home-office networks are more advanced than ever and typically have more than one computer and a host of other networked devices. So which port is best for connecting your cable modem?

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 on newer Vista or Windows 7 PCs. What's it all mean?

NAS Review: Iomega StorCenter ix4-200d Cloud Edition

This NAS device simplifies access to small business data no matter where you are -- thanks to a fee-free Personal Cloud feature.

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 most out of your small business network.

Top 10 Smartphone Security Tips

Your smartphone is full of business and personal data, and you need to protect it. These 10 tips will help secure Android, BlackBerry, iPhone or Windows Phone 7 smartphones.

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 hard-earned money or time.

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 through the features, benefits and a few shortcomings.

Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 Smartphone Review

Dell hopes big enterprises will adopt its Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 smartphone, but we think it's a great choice for a small business mobile device, too.

Small Business Network Management Review: Spiceworks 5

This highly lauded network management software won’t cost you a dime -- and yet it delivers the goods (with one or two minor missteps) to make one part of small business IT life a lot easier.

Mobile Devices: 7 Ways to Improve Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 is still relatively new, and a darned good mobile operating system. But we have a list of seven ways it could be even better.

Small Business Guide to Network Attached Storage

Network attached storage can help SMBs tame their ever-growing data storage needs. Our NAS expert covers everything you need to know to buy the right network storage device for your business.

ZScaler Web Security Cloud for Small Business

Zscaler's cloud-based Web security service provides threat protection and access control without hardware or software.

13 Free Data Security Tools for a Safer New Year

Protecting your business data is a great New Year's resolution. It's even better when it's free. Here are six ways -- and 13 tools -- to lock down 2011 without spending a dime.

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 server-based network.

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 share files over the Internet while keeping your data on your own external hard drives.

7 Things SMBs Need to Know About Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 is coming soon, but is it too consumer focused to be a good mobile smartphone for your business? We've got seven factors to consider before you make your buying decision.

Iomega v.Clone: You Can Take It with You

Free virtualization software from Iomega lets you turn your small business computer into a mobile office without ever taking it on the road.

Network Attached Storage Review: Data Robotics Drobo FS

Data Robotics offers network attached storage that's easy and economical for small business owners to maintain and expand.

Top 10 Small Business Networking Terms

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

Endpoint Security for Small Business

Symantec targets small businesses that need big security with its Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition 12.0. We put it to the test.

Small Business Software: Upgrade from XP to Windows 7

In this small business software review, we look at how the Parallels Desktop Upgrade to Windows 7 utility helps SMBs move from XP to Windows 7.

How to Buy Secure Removable Storage

Are you in the market for a flash drive or a portable hard drive? Here's what you need to know to buy the right device to keep your portable data safe.

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.

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge Notebook PC Review

Cheap laptops are easy to find, but an affordable notebook computer with both style and substance is a terrific find for any small business owner. The ThinkPad Edge does not disappoint.

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 without worrying about file synchronization. Let Windows Offline Files do it for you.

A Small Business Guide to Buying a Netbook

Can a netbook be a small business computer? Our guide helps you choose a netbook PC that can handle everyday business tasks at a very affordable price.

BitLocker Boosts Notebook Security

If your notebook PC runs Ultimate or Enterprise editions of Windows 7 or Windows Vista, you can increase security by encrypting the hard drive with BitLocker. We'll show you how.

Windows 7 Remote Assistance to the Rescue

Improved remote access features in Windows 7 simplify troubleshooting computer problems. Sit back and relax. Remote assistance is here to help you.

HipChat Instant Messaging for Small Business

Quick, efficient online messaging makes everyone more productive. Hipchat’s hosted instant messaging service offers a low-cost, no-hassle IM client for small businesses.

A Guide to Small Business Smartphones

Finding the best smartphones for your business doesn’t have to be a chore. Our handy guide gives you all the information you need to cut through the multitude of models and conquer carrier confusion.

How to Off-Load All Your E-mail to Gmail

Gmail’s easy to love. And if you’ve got e-mail lurking on other, lesser e-mail systems, now you can spread the love and move all those old messages over to your Gmail account. Life is good.

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 become problems.

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 — a PC.

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 appreciate the Belkin Gigabit Powerline HD Starter Kit for its easy setup and snappy performance.

Internet Streaming with Windows 7

A Windows 7-only feature within Windows Media Player 12 lets you share content far beyond your own home or small office network.

How to Run Windows XP Mode in Windows 7

Yes, you can move on up to Windows 7 and — thanks to its Windows XP Mode — still run older, mission-critical applications. Joe Moran shows you how it’s done.

How to Manage and Find Files in Windows 7

Joe Moran digs deeper into Windows 7 and walks you through the new Libraries and Search capabilities. Dewey decimal not required.

Stolen BlackBerry? Help Your Business Get It Back

The BlackBerry ER utility sends you information about your stolen BlackBerry, making it more likely you’ll get it back.

Seven Windows 7 Features You'll Need on Day One

Windows 7 offers lots of new features and Joe Moran walks you through seven of the changes you’ll see in the operating system’s user interface.

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 cards or run any cable.

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.

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 spent the extra scratch.

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 e-mail or other pressing data, in a hurry.

Enjoy iTunes Wherever You Work

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

Review: Identity Finder Professional 4

If you have sensitive personal data on your system (and you probably do), Identity Finder will uncover it so you can either purge or protect it.

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.

Spiceworks 4: Network Management Software Review

Spiceworks gives small firms a powerful tool for managing and monitoring a network, and if you don’t mind a few ads, it’s free.

Netbooks: Where Not All Wi-Fi is Created Equal

Not all netbooks come stocked with the fastest Wi-Fi (802.11n), some still carry the older 802.11g. We take a look at the top sellers to see where the wireless speed lies.

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.

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 services to improve your overall network experience.

Utility Review: System Mechanic 8.5 Business Edition

Don’t expect miracles, but this handy and inexpensive collection of system diagnostic and repair utilities gives problem PCs a shot in the arm.

Access Your Desktop PC with Windows Mobile

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

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 to avoid these deceptive programs.

Save Time: Dial In to Voicemail Transcription

Voicemail transcription technology takes the pain out of keeping on top of phone messages.

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 dime.

A Desktop Alternative: Asus Eee Top PC ET1602

If you need wireless connectivity and basic computing capability in a tight space, the Eee Top ("top" short for "desktop") PC ET 1602 may be your answer.

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 files, and how to control your server from other Windows PCs over the 'net.

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 folders.

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 you how to do it yourself with a spare PC.

Review: HP Officejet Pro 8500 Wireless All-in-One

HP’s top-of-the-line business inkjet delivers high-level features along with its high price tag.

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?

Preview: Windows 7 Networking

Microsoft's forthcoming Vista replacement promises more convenient wireless networking and simpler resource sharing. Here's a sneak peak at some of what Windows 7 has in store.

Review: Foxmarks Bookmark Browser Add-On

This free browser add-on synchronizes bookmarks across different systems and browser versions.

Keep Key Data on Hand With Windows Live Sync

Microsoft's folder synchronization software can make your files available on multiple PCs.

Travel Light with Portable Software

A USB flash drive loaded with your favorite plug-and-play applications can be a handy alternative to lugging a laptop around when you travel.

Review: Phoenix HyperSpace

This instant-on operating system can get you onto the Web quickly and easily, but it works a lot better in principle than in practice.

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 and free.

Connect With Windows Command Line Tools

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

Networking With Address Reservations

Creating IP address reservations gives you both the convenience of automatic DHCP addresses and the consistency of static ones.

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 Internet access.

Mobile Tools for the Small Business Traveler

The right technology can help keep you connected, protected and productive when you’re on the road.

What's Up, DOCSIS?

For cable modem customers, access to speedier Internet connections may be around the corner.

Network Attached Storage: Iomega StorCenter ix2 Review

Iomega’s StorCenter ix2 doesn’t give you removable drives or remote access to data (yet), but it offers user-friendly interface and a few other appealing tricks.

Top 10 Gifts for Networking Gurus

Useful technology products always make great gifts, both during the holiday season and throughout the year. If you're looking for gift ideas for friends or loved ones (or even for yourself), this handy guide unites the cool with the practical.

12 Best Wi-Fi Gifts for Business People

Whether you’re a small business owner, a work-at-homer, a road warrior – or have one on your holiday list – we've got Wi-Fi equipment and accessories for almost any budget.

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. NetSetMan, a freeware Windows utility, streamlines the process and removes much of the tedium.

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 right software.

Review: PC Fixer 2.6

PC Fixer is a free (but ad-supported) utility that goes spelunking in the Registry to find and fix PC problems.

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 still on the table -- if you know where to look.

MicroNet RAIDBank4 Review: Storage You Can Bank On

This four-disk external storage drive provides high capacity and lots of RAID flexibility.

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.

Can't Find a Wi-Fi Network? Make Your Own.

An ad-hoc wireless network lets you link systems to share data or an Internet connection. Here's how to build your own on a Vista system.

Storage Review: Western Digital ShareSpace WDA4NC4000

It's not perfect, but phenomenal capacity and a great interface make this network storage device a strong contender.

Review: Bartels Media MaxiVista Pro

Looking to save some dough on network utilities? MaxiVista Pro is a simple alternative to graphics cards, switch boxes and the like. It is not, however, without its limitations.

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 ease of setup.

EVGA Adapter Lets You Adopt More Monitors

If an expansive display is what you’re after, this external adapter from EVGA offers a quick and easy way to add more screen real estate to your system.

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.

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 just about PCs anymore.

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 sitting right in front of it.

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 surf the Web, run applications or open files without infecting your computer.

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 ReadyNAS Duo RND2150 from Netgear meets the challenge head on, but it doesn't come cheap.

Review: Datto Backup 100

Don't let the Datto Backup 100's small footprint fool you. The compact and easy-to-use device can makes data backup easy.

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 over the phone.

Review: Windows Live FolderShare 2008 Beta

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

Using Offline Files in Vista

Sometimes you can take it with you. Vista keeps you current even when you're not connected to the network.

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 connection.

Review: Policy Commander 2.0

Protecting your company's sensitive data and complying with industry or government regulations can be challenging and costly. Policy Commander offers a simple, affordable option.

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

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

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 protect your network while holding on to the contents of your wallet.

Better Web Browsing Through Extensions

These Firefox extensions (and a few related Web sites) can make browsing more convenient and secure.

Review: SimpleTech Signature Mini USB 2.0 Portable Drive

This drive offers spacious capacity in a tasty package, but it didn’t entirely satisfy our hunger.

Got Wireless Connection Issues?

Nearby Wi-Fi networks may be to blame. Wi-Fi network scanning software can help identify other potentially interference-causing networks.

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 undertaking. Networking them via a wireless bridge is one way to save money, time and clutter.

Review: The FileEngine FE1025

This file server appliance is heavy on file sharing and data redundancy, and light on cost and complexity.

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, media sharing and more in a snap.

My Lockbox and Kruptos Offer Free File Protection

Need a simple way to keep private files private? Here are two freeware utilities that let you do it easily, albeit in significantly different ways.

Vista's Networking Central: A Reason to Reconsider

A plethora of network information and options await within the Network and Sharing Center.

Review: AT&T Pantech Duo Bridges Lifestyle and Business

Windows Mobile Smartphone with both a slider keyboard and keypad is a capable and versatile traveling companion.

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 attached storage, or NAS, and how it can help.

Track Down Elusive Network Printers

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

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 running in minutes, usually with little or no configuration.

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 and whether bandwidth is in short supply, but it does have its issues.

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 up your Windows Mobile device for WLAN access.

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 simpler and more secure.

A Tale of Two Passwords

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

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 businesses.

Notebook Review: The Zonbu Zonbook

This Linux-based notebook is sold with an accompanying subscription service that covers everything you need for operating system, applications and drivers.

Windows Vista Tips & Tricks, Part 3

As we near the one-year anniversary of Windows Vista's launch, it's time to revisit our popular Windows Vista Tips & Tricks series with thirteen new Vista tips and secrets for getting the most out of Microsoft's latest operating system.

Review: Linksys Business Internet Video Camera with Audio

This Wi-Fi surveillance camera lets you keep an eye (and ear) on your business from anywhere.

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 take a look at the pros and cons of using one as an alternative or adjunct to conventional business software.

Build a NAS Device With an Old PC and Free Software

Looking for a way to share storage on your network? If you have more time, space and PCs than you do disposable cash, FreeNAS is an excellent — and free — option. We show you how you set it up.

Wireless Networking: WEP Security is No Security at All

The cure for WEP insecurity is pretty simple: Switch to WPA. It's been around for about four years now, so if your wireless router is that recent, it probably supports WPA. Here's how to switch.

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 productive and efficient. We take a look at the basic components of a network and how they all fit together.

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 the e-mail software of your choice or work with mail offline.

Review: SimpleTech Duo Pro Drive by Fabrik

If you're looking for fast, vast external storage, Fabrik's latest offering has plenty to offer, but it's capacity and capabilities come with a caveat.

Go Wireless for the Holidays: A Gift Guide

Whether or not you believe in Santa Claus, we suspect you believe in the power of giving--or at least, in the power of Wi-Fi. We've assembled a list of the latest and greatest Wi-Fi-related gift ideas, ranging from the most practical to the most playful.

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 Diagnostics that can save some time and effort by automatically scanning various aspects of your connection with a single click.

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 technical help in Windows XP or Vista with Remote Assistance.

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 from a distance. This week we'll explore an alternative way to achieve the same thing — using a subscription-based remote access service.

Store, Secure and Synchronize Data with Seagate

Seagate's latest Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus external storage drive stores, safeguards and synchronizes data, and it does disaster recovery to boot.

Access Your Windows PC Remotely � For Free

A variety of remote access services will let you reach your computer from wherever you happen to be. But if you'd like remote access without a monthly fee, check out Windows Remote Desktop feature.

Cable Modems: Buy vs. Rent?

You don't have to resign yourself to paying cable modem rental fees in perpetuity. You may be able to save yourself some money over the long run by buying your own cable modem.

Nokia E65 Means (Nearly All) Business

The company's latest Smartphone goes easy on the razzle-dazzle in favor of more corporate-friendly features.

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 the same data up to date on several systems.

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 when Gigabit Ethernet is useful and explore how to add it without having to replace existing network hardware.

Socket Mobile's PDA Revival

The durable SoMo 650 demonstrates shows how a stand-alone PDA can still be an important tool for many businesses.

Review: Iomega StorCenter Network Hard Drive

Iomega's newest StorCenter packs one terabyte of RAID storage into a small and inexpensive package.

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 a PC isn't the best option. We look at several options for networked storage.

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 — perhaps for several hours.

Drobo Arigato Mr. Roboto

Data Robotics' Drobo makes setting up and maintaining large amounts of protected storage almost effortless.

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 third-party hosting.

Take the Free Way to Virtualization

How does Microsoft's free Virtual PC 2007 stack up against the competition when it comes to running multiple operating systems on a single physical computer.

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 not alone — sending large files often fails. Fortunately, alternatives abound.

Review: FarStone DriveClone 3 Pro

FarStone's DriveClone 3 Pro offers cost-effective, comprehensive data and system protection, but the software could use improvement.

Utilities for Nothing, Security for Free

Free utilities may lack the polished interface and some of the features you typically get with commercial software, but for most people, free security software can be a cost-effective way to protect one or more PCs.

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 utility doesn't offer the same level of polish, it's certainly serviceable, provided you're willing to spend time figuring out its rather idiosyncratic interface.

Hunting for Hotspots

We-Fi's software utility makes finding open Wi-Fi networks a group undertaking.

Review: Palm Wireless Keyboard with Bluetooth Wireless Technology

The Treo's QWERTY thumb-keyboard may be easy to use, but it's no match for a full-size keyboard for heavy typing. Palm's Wireless Keyboard offers your thumbs a needed rest.

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 private wireless networks were available for use by people who need Internet access?

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, we'll look at likely causes of IP address conflicts and some ways to address them.

Windows Vista Tips & Tricks: Part 2

In this edition of our Vista Tips series, we'll tackle tips, tricks and tools for optimizing performance under Windows Vista while ensuring that you're taking full advantage of Windows Vista's advanced security features.

Cut Spam Out of Your Network's Diet

You probably wonder why e-mail providers can't simply block all spam before it gets to you. The truth is there's only so much they can do. The rest is up to you.

Review: Seagate FreeAgent Pro 750 GB

The Seagate FreeAgent Pro offers spacious storage capacity, up to three interface choices — including eSATA — and a reasonable price.

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. But on some routers you can install third-party firmware versions that may enhance the router's existing features and even add some new ones.

Wake Up and Smell the Network

More and more people want to take advantage of remote access, but your PC has to be on to be accessible, right? Well, yes and no, thanks to a technology called Wake on LAN.

Get a Grip on Handheld Security

This utility can't prevent your handheld from disappearing, but it can keep unauthorized people from accessing it or getting to the data it contains.

Get the Most From Your USB WLAN Adapter

It's not hard to see the appeal of easy-to-install USB WLAN adapters, but how do you ensure you are getting the best results?

Review: SimpleDrive External Hard Drive

SimpleTech's line of attractive external hard drives get its design from the world of Italian sports cars. And the performance packs panache, too.

Review: TrekStor DataStation

If you can't decide between local and networked storage, TrekStor offers a kind of hybrid that has characteristics of both a NAS device and a USB- or Firewire-connected hard drive.

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 time-consuming and error-prone tasks involved in configuring a wireless network.

SSL Alone Is Not Enough to Protect You

The presence of SSL can often lead to a false sense of security because it protects your data only from being intercepted while in transit from your computer to a merchant's site.

Hammer Pounds Home the Value of NAS Storage

The Myshare NAS device offers basic, reliable features and vast capacity at a price that won't break your budget.

A Get-Down-to-Business Notebook

HP's latest business notebook features function over flash, along with a generous helping of security.

Windows Vista Tips & Tricks, Part 1

Whether you've already made the move to Vista or are about to, we have some Windows Vista tips and tricks that should help ease the transition to Microsoft's latest operating system.

Wireless � Brush Up on Your Bluetooth

While the Bluetooth probably conjures up images of people appearing to talk to themselves, the technology is useful for much more than voice. For example, Bluetooth shines for wireless data networking for up to 32 feet.

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 also discuss why you might need more protection than Microsoft offers.

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 question that those willing to pony up the cost will get an enormously powerful and flexible network management utility in return.

A Guide to VoIP � Just the FAQs

There are two kinds of people: Those who have switched to voice over IP service and those who are thinking about it. If you fall into the latter category, these frequently asked questions will help you make your decision.

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 a networked printer that everyone can share. This week, we explore three printer-sharing methods and discuss the pros and cons of each.

Yoggie Gatekeeper: Smarter than the Average Firewall

This small hardware appliance safeguards your laptop from network infections.

Tips for Securing Your Home Router

Seemingly minor and easily overlooked settings can still have profound security implications. Here are some steps you can take to make sure your wired or wireless home router — and by extension, your network — is as secure as possible.

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 modem. But this should be the last resort. Rebooting everything may clear up the problem, but it won't shed any light on where the problem started in the first place.

The Nokia N73 - Smartphone, Smart Camera

So adept at picture, video and audio you might sometimes forget it's also a phone.

Reliable, Redundant and Reasonable NAS

Iomega's StorCenter Pro NAS 150d sets itself apart with hot-swappable drives and an integrated print server.

Skype Phone Bridges Land and Air

Netgear's Cordless Internet Phone with Skype lets you roam your home or office wirelessly and route your calls over either the Internet or traditional landlines.

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 printers. It should be on the must-try list for any small-office setting.

Broadband Connections: How Fast Does Your Data Swim Upstream?

Browsing isn't the only thing people use the Internet these days. In fact, for just about any Internet-based application other than Web browsing, the speed of your upstream connection is sometimes more important than your downstream connection.

Home Networking Made Simple(r)

Using a home network management utility is a good way to make Windows networking easier for novices and experienced users alike. We look the range of features offered in this genre of software.

Review: Cingular 8525: A Notebook Replacement

In exchange for the Pocket PC Phone's excess size and weight, you get a device that can do just about everything but make cappuccino.

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.

Skype 3.0: Streamlined and Enhanced for the New Year

Skype is ushering in the New Year with an update to the Windows version of its software. Version 3.0 features a handful of tweaks designed to streamline the tabbed interface while also emphasizing features that were not always easy to find in previous versions.

FileHawk: Taking Desktop Search Beyond Your Desktop

FileHawk goes beyond simply searching your PC's hard drive by extending its search capabilities to CD/DVD drives, external hard drives, and flash memory drives, but does this new desktop search tool have enough to make up for its price tag and somewhat limited interface?

External Storage: When One Disk Isn't Enough

Buffalo Technology's DriveStation Duo comes with two hard drives that provide both high capacity and data security.

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 remote-access products.

WinNc.net: Let the 80s Rest in Peace

WinNc.net file manager claims to bring back the best of the 80s with an abundance of goodies packed into a Norton Commander-esque file manager interface. While we found that WinNC.net offers many things missing in Windows Explorer, it doesn't always deliver as expected.

JiWire Hotspot Helper

The online hotspot directory has upgraded its utility to provide an offline location search, coupled with VPN security for consumers, in a package that is as easy to use as they come.

BackMaster Flash: Save and Recover Your Data

Although it doesn't do networks, BackMaster 4.0 offers reliable disaster recovery and cost-effective backup for up to three systems.

MojoPac: Making Your Personal PC Portable

You can take it with you. MojoPac lets you use your data and system settings on any Windows XP PC — and you won't leave a data trail behind.

Review: D-Link SecureSpot DSD-150

D-Link says its $99 device — which includes a firewall, content controls, anti-virus, spam filtering and more, is a simpler and less-expensive way to protect multiple computers on a home or small-office network.

Review: Xerox WorkCentre 4150/S

Next to the coffee maker, the Xerox WorkCentre 4150/S may be the most used piece of equipment in your office.

Review: WiredReach BoxCloud

The software/service combo promises to offer an easy way to share files and gets around size and storage limitations you often encounter when dealing with e-mail attachments or online storage services.

Skype Unplugged

Tired of Skype keeping you tethered to your computer just to save money on phone calls? Netgear offers a wireless handset. But is it worth the big bucks?

Mozy Remote Backup: Simple, Secure and Free

Stop procrastinating. Mozy's online backup service makes it relatively simple to securely safeguard your system's information.

Mirra Makes it Easier to Backup and Access Data

If you're looking for an easy way to backup important data and get to it when you're away from home or office, the Mirra is definitely worth considering.

Super-Simple System Recovery

BackupExec System Recovery protects entire systems — not just data — from failure.

Running Multiple Operating Systems on Your Windows PC

Parallels Workstation's virtualization technology lets you run multiple operating systems side-by-side on Windows desktops.

The AC/DC of Small Networking

Netgear ups the ante on household electrical wiring, claiming its powerline adapter has a real-world throughput of around of 80 MB/sec. But can it handle streaming media?

Coming to a PC Near You: Copernic Desktop Search 2.0

With a major update of the popular Copernic Desktop Search tool on the way, we delve into the preview release of version 2.0 — and reveal an important caveat about the upcoming release.

Review: Linksys Wireless-G IP Phone

You don't need Skype to use this slick phone sold by the SIP-based VoIP vendors. You will, however, need to keep the power charger close.

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.

Acres of Storage in One Small Box

This affordable, expandable NAS box offers small businesses an easy way to store and backup critical data.

Total Commander: File Management Power Behind a Beastly Exterior

Total Commander has persevered as one of the more powerful file management utilities available for Windows. While it retains a loyal following, will new users be able to look past a drab interface to its solid feature-set?

Flip and Switch

If you want to share peripherals among multiple computers in the same room, you may find that this stylish, easy-to-use keyboard-video-mouse switch worth its slightly higher price.

Chat It Up With JabberNow

Jabber, Inc.'s instant messaging appliance lets small businesses add secure, encrypted chat to their business productivity arsenal.

Cleaning Up Malware Contamination

The Cleaner Professional enters the competitive realm of PC protection, but how does it fare against larger, more-established anti-malware tools?

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. Does its fast performance outweigh its shortcomings?

An Introduction to Windows Vista: Part 3

In this third and final installment of our series, we look at the hardware a PC needs in order to run the various versions of Microsoft's Vista. Whether you're upgrading or buying new, we'll tell you what you need to know.

Roll Your Own VPNs

Hamachi is a handy new freeware tool lets you easily create and manage your own "zero-configuration" virtual private networks (VPN). Hamachi's rather Spartan interface lends itself to simplicity, but it ensures encrypted communications using industry-standard protocols.

An Introduction to Windows Vista: Part 2

In part two of our Vista series, we take a closer look at new or newly improved features that could help your small business perform and produce more securely.

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 utilities into one convenient package.

Networked Storage You Can Afford and Manage

Looking for affordable network storage for file sharing or data backup? The Buffalo LinkStation Home Server NAS roams at home or the office.

Maxtor's Mini Delivers Mighty Storage

The ultra-portable drive features lots of capacity, great software and an affordable price.

An Introduction to Windows Vista: Part 1

The roll out of Microsoft's new, long-promised operating system draws closer. We're kicking off a three-part series to look at what's new and what Vista offers small business.

Networking: No Smoke, No Mirrors

Interface improvements and new features — including some much-needed security — put this home and small-office network management software in the must-try list.

A Calendar to Go, Please

30 Boxes, a remarkably powerful, flexible and easy-to-use calendar and schedule application is as close and accessible as the nearest browser.

PC Inspector File Recovery 4.0: Data Recovery on the Cheap

When you've lost important data off your computer, all you can think about is whether you can get that data back. That's where PC Inspector File Recovery 4.0 comes in.

Adapting to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

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

An External Hard Drive in Your Pocket

Imation's Micro Hard Drive may not be the cheapest storage option going, but the 4GB drive packs a good mix of hot features and a cool design.

A Not-So-Common Cure for Desktop Clutter

Deskloops — free software from Xilokit — organizes access to numerous open windows and apps in a way that is both easy and fun to work with.

External-Drive Options: Speed or Security

Maxtor's One Touch III drive offers RAID technology that can improve performance or enhance data security.

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 computers a safe, secure feeling.

Extending Wireless Router Reach

Can an amplified wireless router offer more distance and power for less money than MIMO?

Widgets: A Fun, Free Cure for Desktop Doldrums

The Yahoo Widget Engine lets you run small programs on your desktop — anything from alarm clocks and calculators to stock ticker updates, weather forecasts, and even Wi-Fi signal strength indicators. You can even roll your own.

It's ThinkPad Calling

Lenovo bought IBM's PC division back in May of 2005 and has maintained the Thinkpad's superb reputation for ergonomic design and wealth of features. The new Z60t offers connectivity through the Verizon Wireless cellular network. We put the notebook to the test.

Push-Button Wireless Security

Here's a close look at SecureEasySetup's one-button configuration, and it delivers as promised: instantly configured wireless encryption.

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 business, but it helps to understand what the technology is, how it works and how proper planning makes all the difference between success and failure.

VoIP on the Road, Wi-Fi Style

Until someone ships a phone with true cellular/Wi-Fi convergence, this VoIP unit for connecting at some (but not all) WLANs and hotspots could be the best way to make cheap calls on the road.

Outsource Your Firewall

ELI, Inc. offers small offices a wireless, broadband router and firewall that protects your network from viruses and spam and provides site-filtering capability. The big difference is that you don't configure or manage it — ELI does.

Essential PIM: A Simple Yet Capable Personal Information Manager

A simple, less extensive, inexpensive alternative to big-name products such as Act and Outlook.

Inexpensive, Expandable Storage

You can never be too rich, too thin or (thanks to digital music, photos and movies) have too much storage. To address expanding storage needs, Netgear's SC101 Storage Central lets you use inexpensive Enhanced IDE hard drives to create a network-attached repository for your data.

An Effective Cure for Cluttered Desktop Syndrome

Is Your desktop a disaster? ObjectDock sets you on the road to tidy, organized recovery.

Ignite Your Wireless Network

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

Collaboration Made Easier For Less

If you're looking for a way to let your employees share calendars, contacts and schedules without the complexity and cost of MS Exchange, Ipswitch Collaboration Suite could do the trick.

Your Key to a Trouble-Free PC

The Ultimate Troubleshooter manages the multitude of background processes running on your computer resulting in improved performance, faster startup times and increased system stability.

Kasperksy Debuts a Comprehensive Security Toolkit

Kaspersky Internet Security 2006 offers protection against just about every threat category at a price that undercuts the big-name brands. What's the trade off?

Authenticate Your Wi-Fi Network

As long as you have the right hardware, you can get extra security for your small office with this service for only a few cents a day.

Basic Server Backup Just Got Easier

Maxtor moves its external backup drive solution from the desktop to the server. It's not perfect, but if all you need is basic backup, this hits the mark.

CCleaner: Kick the Crap Out of Your PC

CCleaner (CrapCleaner) cleans out most of the digital debris that clogs up your PC. Best of all, it's free.

Security Task Manager: Unmasking Those Mysterious Running Processes

A look at a utility that promises to take the mystery out of running processes that bog down your system and may pose a threat to your PC's security.

Strengthen Your Wireless Network

Sometimes your Wi-Fi connection needs a little help. If you must overcome space, physical barriers or interference, the HomePlug Ethernet Adapter lets you extend your network using ordinary power outlets.

Copernic's Search Technology Lands on the Desktop

Copernic's desktop search tool features an attractive interface that manages to be user-friendly without being overly Spartan.

Dial, Shoot and Surf with HP's Latest iPAQ

The iPAQ h6315 combines a phone and camera with two ways to surf the Web — GSM and Wi-Fi.

Remote Access: Have Browser, Will Work

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

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, though not perfect, step forward.

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 auditing can keep your network safer.

McAfee Ups the Ante With Internet Security Suite 2005

Enhancements and improvements abound in the 2005 edition of McAfee's all-in-one Internet Security Suite. But is the sum of the parts greater than the individual components?

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 data.

Big, Bad Backup

Maxtor's newest external storage drive features software that makes automatic data backup easier than ever — and SMBs can count on it to keep their data safe.

Want Your PC To Go? Make It Migo

More than just a USB Flash drive, Migo's synchronization software lets you take your PC desktop settings and other aspects of your computing environment wherever you go.

SanDisk's All-In-One Storage and Wi-Fi for PDAs

One card from SanDisk gives your PDA 256MB of memory and wireless access — without swapping cards.

Quick and Cheap NAS

Linksys NSLU2 Network Storage Link makes adding storage to your network simple and affordable, but we have a couple of serious caveats before you lay your money down.

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.

All-In-One Wi-Fi Router for the Small Office

A premium price pays for the extras, such as a dial-up modem fail-over for continuous connectivity and a USB print server, but this all-in-one Wi-Fi device is one of the most full-featured 802.11g routers available on the market today.

Wireless Video Conferencing from a Home Office

Wireless arrives for home-office and small-office video conferencing with D-Link's latest i2eye broadband videophone, which is essentially the same as their wired version but with built-in 802.11b functionality.

MicroSolutions BackPack Wireless Workgroup Server

If you don't need cutting edge wireless bandwidth (802.11g), this unit that combines storage, a wired router, and a wireless local area network access point in a single chassis, which may be the perfect solution for your small business.

Netgear 108Mbps Wireless Firewall Router

This product might not live up to the triple-digit performance claims on the box, but it still provides a measurable and meaningful performance boost — but with a caveat toward interoperability.

Microsoft MN-700 Wireless Base Station

Clearly and unabashedly geared toward home broadband users, Microsoft's wireless router and access point is marred only by significant performance issues when Wi-Fi Protected Access security functions are turned on.

D-Link Air Wireless 2.4GHz Print Server

Have an older printer with a Centronics-style parallel port that you'd like to share among users in a small office? This unobtrusive print server can get you up and sharing a printer in no time.

Review: Netgear ME103 ProSafe Wireless Access Point

Netgear's business-class access point benefits from the availability of 802.1X authentication, bridging modes, and a number of antenna options, making it well-suited for a variety of environments where a SOHO product might not cut it.

ZyAIR B-2000 WLAN Gateway Review

The ZyAIR B-2000 is a networking solution for home and small businesses, providing wireless access to computer networks with high-speed broadband Internet connections. What the B-2000 brings to the table, aside from 4-port built-in switch, is more sophisticated router capabilities.

The 12-Inch Apple PowerBook G4

Daring to be different, Apple makes the leap out of the wired office and into the wireless realm with a stylish of piece of computing hardware that's ready to hit the road.

D-Link AirPlus Xtreme G Wireless Router

Will this new breed of wireless router suit your small business networking needs? Learn just how well the DI-624 connects current types of 802.11-based wireless clients and where a tradeoff in performance might lurk.

Phonex Broadband's NeverWire 14

Looking for a way to place a computer anywhere in a small office and still provide high-speed Internet access without running any cables? The NeverWire 14 HomePlug adapter from Phonex Broadband combines solid performance with a reasonable price, making it a worthy choice for networking non-mobile devices — without the wires.

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