- March 5, 2011 at 11:38 pm #29113
Before you go and ring up your ISP (Internet service provider) and abuse them for not having an internet connection…check out these common problems that can happen to your home network. To read the entire article click the link at the bottom of the page.Common Problems With Home Networks #1: Router FailureAlthough computer hardware is increasingly reliable these days, I find that routers are one of the devices most likely to fail. Unlike most computers, routers stay on all of the time and perform millions of complicated electrical connections every second, causing them to wear down faster than most other hardware.Common Problems With Home Networks #2: Wireless InterferenceIn the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) never gave computer companies permission to create wireless devices. The companies just started doing it using a special part of the wireless spectrum the FCC calls unlicensed.Common Problems With Home Networks #3: Too Much UploadEveryone knows that downloading a big file makes downloading any other files or Web pages run slow, but did you know that uploading a file can make downloading run slow too?The most common networking protocol on the Internet is the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP). TCP says that your computer must send an ACK packet (for acknowledgment) to the computer itâ€™s downloading from every time it gets a big packet of downloaded data. This prevents the other computer from sending data to your computer after you cancel a download.Common Problems With Home Networks #4: Bad Network DriversMicrosoft Windows ships with over 100 different network drivers, which is a great convenienceâ€“you can usually just insert a new wired or wireless network card and start surfing the Internet. The only problem is that Windows only gets major updates once a year, so any drivers it ships with are usually out of date. This can cause problems with home networks as the driver will be out of date very quickly.Common Problems With Home Networks #5: Zealous Firewall RulesFirewalls provide essential security to Windows computers, but they can be a huge hassle when you try to share resources on your computer with other computers on your network and around the world. This is one of the most common problems with home networks.If someone is trying to connect to your computer and they get a â€œConnection Deniedâ€ error or a strange error, check your firewall rules to see if youâ€™re blocking the other computer. If you are, you need to make an exceptionâ€“but be careful, too broad an exception can open your computer to attacks from hackers.Read the full article here:Common problems with home networks
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