Category Archives: Networking

Wi-Fi Testing and Mapping Apps for Techs

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As PC repair techs, we’re often called upon to troubleshoot issues such as Wi-Fi network issues, such as low signal, no connectivity, and so on. There are many many apps related to network testing, exploration, security analysis, and basic troubleshooting. Many of these are included in the Linux distro BackTrack, …

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3DP Net – Auto Detects and Installs Network Drivers

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As Computer Technicians, one of the most important things for us to do after we install a fresh copy of Windows is to get the operating system online so we can install the appropriate drivers. Unfortunately, there is sometimes a catch 22 where we cant get the operating system online …

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SkyAngel Wireless Router Emulators – Emulate the Router Admin to Assist with Phone Support

This repair tool of the week isn’t a application, but instead a website. “SkyAngel Wireless Router Emulators & Guides” is a website that stores copies of the admin webpage area of various wireless routers. The site includes the admin areas of brands such as Linksys, Netgear, D-Link, Belkin, TrendNet, Draytek, …

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Rizone Complete Internet Repair – Repair Common Internet Connection Issues

Rizone Complete Internet Repair is a small, freeware and portable application designed to repair common internet connection issues. A multitude of problems can prevent a computer from accessing the internet such as a virus/adware attack, an incorrect firewall rule or even a legitimate antivirus product that didn’t install or uninstall …

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IP2 – Find Your LAN and WAN IP Address

IP2 is a very small, free and portable application designed to display your LAN and WAN IP address. If a computer is directly connected to the internet then the LAN and WAN IP address might be the same. However, if the computer is behind a hardware router or filewall then …

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LAN Speed Test – Measure LAN Speeds

LAN Speed test is a small, portable application designed to quickly and accurately test LAN speeds. There are two versions, version 1.1 is free for any type of use where version 2.0 is $5 per commercial license but it can be used on unlimited computers. The older v1.1 is slower …

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iSSIDer – Find Wireless Networks

inSSIDer is a small freeware application designed to scan for wireless networks within the reach of your wireless antenna. When wireless networks are found, it will display them in both list form and graphic form. The list form will show you the the MAC address, SSID, Channel, RSSI, Security Type, …

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Page Countster – Repair Tool of the Week

This tool is more for the technicians who have the job of looking over a business or school network. However, this could be used to find a single printer on a residential setup. Page Countster is a small, portable and freeware application designed to scan a network for printers and …

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Repair Tool of the Week: SmartSniff

SmartSniff is a small, freeware and portable application that allows you to capture TCP/IP packets that pass through your network adapter. You can view the TCP/IP conversations that go through your network in both ASCII mode or as a hex dump. We have featured other packet sniffers here before such …

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Repair Tool of the Week: WirelessNetView

WirelessNetView (not to be confused with WirelessKeyView) is a very small, free and portable wireless network scanner. The application is very simple and doesn’t have graphing abilities like Netstumbler, but other than that it gives you all the wireless information you need. The main benefit that WirelessNetView has over most …

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