Networking

Wi-Fi routers, home servers, virtual private networks, and more.

How can I have a mobile copy of my database?

Bill from San Gabriel, CA

Episode 1356

Bill can't access files on an old XP machine unless he logs into an intranet and connects to it remotely. He can't see them if he logs onto the computer directly. Leo says if he has access to the machine remotely, he should be able to copy the files to another computer, or even a thumb drive. Any change he makes to the database will not populate to the shared version, though. He'd have to sync to them. It would be better to make them read only and not make changes until he updates the local copy of the old machine.

Why is my internet access so slow on my computer?

Episode 1356

Amy from Orange County, CA
HP Spectre

Amy is experiencing very slow access to internet and remote desktop, and sometimes it just times out. Leo suggests shutting down remote desktop to see if her browser works better, as it may be taking up resources. It's possible malware may be the culprit, but if she's not seeing anything with MalwareBytes, that's unlikely. It could be something simple like a bad network cable to her router. So she should start easy with swapping out the cable. Since her other computer works just fine, that eliminates the internet connection itself. So we know it's a problem with this particular computer.

How can I move my old NAS data to Synology?

Episode 1355

Tim from Massachusetts
Synology DS216play

Tim took Leo's advice and bought a Synology networked attached storage drive. Leo says that with what he can do with it, it's well worth the cost. Tim has several legacy NAS's and wants to know how to mount them to the Synology and move the data over. Leo says that Synology has an external connection, letting him do drive to drive copies from the command line.

Why is my router disconnecting my devices?

Episode 1349

Mary from Lisbon, ND
Acer RT-AC3200

Mary bought an Acer RT-AC3200 and she's having trouble with it. All her devices were disconnected from the 2.4Ghz band. The 5Ghz band is OK. It isn't congestion either because she lives out in the country. She's rolled back her firmware and Asus even sent her another modem. Leo says that sometimes the antennas may loosen and that could cause connection issues. Leo has had similar issues and it may be that the band gets overloaded and drops out everything. It could also be interference from the house itself.

How can I bridge my UVerse Router?

David from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1348

David is trying to put his router into bridge mode, but he's having issues doing it. Leo says that if he's using the cable router and modem, they may have disabled the router protocol that would do that. The chatroom agrees. He can't do that with an AT&T UVerse modem. It just won't let him have his own router.

Leo says David is better off going with Spectrum and buying his own DOCSIS 3 modem. Then he can do it himself and have more freedom. UVerse is very strict because of QoS.

How can I test my Linux network speed?

Jeff from Idaho Falls, ID

Episode 1346

Jeff is having speed issues on the internet with his Linux machine. How can he check for speed? Leo says that Linux has built in utilities just for this purpose. How about something that's cross platform with Windows? Leo says that is a different issue. He can run SpeedTest.net but that will only give him the speed of his internet connection, not his computer.

How can I show my photos on my 4K TV?

Episode 1345

Bernie from Colorado
Synology DiskStation

Bernie scanned all his slides and has them stored on his NAS, as well has having burned them onto Blu-ray discs. Is there a way to play ISOs on his 4K TV? Bernie will probably need a media server running Kodi.

The chatroom says that Synology Disc Station manager has the ability to mount virtual drives in File Station. Then he can use DSPhoto to play it back. VLC works with it as well. Windows 10 can also cast to the XBox One. There's plenty of ways to do it.

Why is my Wi-Fi slower than connecting directly to the router?

Joseph from Florida

Episode 1343

Joseph wants to know why his Wi-Fi speed is slower than it should be. Leo says it could be a variety of reasons, like distance from the access point, the amount of metal in his home, and the number of devices on the same network and bandwidth. The fastest speeds are received by being hardwired directly into the router.

How can I hardwire my computer to my network for gaming?

Episode 1343

Marion from Pasadena, CA
Ethernet Cable

Marion's sister is heavily into gaming and wants to hardwire her PC to the network to get better gaming performance. Leo says that hardwiring is always going to be a bit faster than Wi-Fi because of wireless congestion. Leo says ideally, the best way to do this is to lay conduit from room to room and snake CAT6 ethernet all over the house. That requires opening the wall and is usually best when building a home. She also may need a switcher to handle the traffic around the house.