Networking

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

Why does my hotspot drop after I leave and come back?

Glen from Hermosa Beach, CA

Episode 1273

Glen has a Windows 10 laptop and he likes to turn it into a Wi-Fi hotspot. But when he leaves for awhile and comes back, he can't reconnect. He has to retype the commands and change the access name. Leo says that Glen is using an adhoc network. Leo says he can do it in the Control Panel easier. That could create a more lasting connection.

Why can't I get on the internet?

Harry from Akron, OH

Episode 1270

Harry is reinstalling the Windows Vista OS on a friend's computer and now it's connected to "an unidentified" router with a local access only. He can't get online. Leo advises connecting via hardwire. If that works, then it's a setting that's not allowing it to get online. A driver may need to be downloaded as well. Getting the motherboard drivers from the manufacturer could solve it.

Should I use powerline networking in my house?

Larry from Battle Mountain, NV

Episode 1265

Larry is thinking of going with powerline networking in his house. Leo says that thanks to the Powerline Alliance, powerline networking has gotten a lot better in the last few years. It's not as fast as Ethernet, however -- it's about half the speed. But it's still pretty good. Leo does it for his house and it works great. But instead of 20MB throughput, he'll get half that.

What do I need to take advantage of the CAT 5 wiring in my condo?

Barry from Fort Meyers, FL

Episode 1261

Barry just moved into a condo wired for CAT 5 Ethernet. What does he need to make it all work? Leo says he'll need something that will connect to the internet -- a switch or hub that will plug into his router. The chatroom says he may need at least three routers to work with fiber to create a public and private network. That way he can do some home automation as well. Barry should check out PracticallyNetworked.com for help.