You may find that, using your ISP’s DNS (Domain Name Servers), sites can take a while to load. OpenDNS is the answer to that! From the mouth of OpenDNS, “OpenDNS is the world’s leading provider of Internet navigation and security. Make your network safer, faster, smarter and more reliable without the cost and complexity of traditional security services.” OpenDNS also has “typo correction”, in which, if you were to type craigslist.og, it’d automatically redirect you to craigslist.org. It also has a phishing site blocker, which wouldn’t let you go to any sites known to be fraudulent. One of the other many features is that, from the control panel online, you can configure it to block different categories of sites (so maybe you want pornography and social networking sites blocked, and it gets done!), even better, it won’t let you through to proxies, so you can’t bypass it!
After you’ve had your computer for a while, and have visited a lot of websites, you are (unfortunately) bound to have malware on your system, which can both slow it down, and invade your privacy. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware is the most effective anti-malware utility I have ever used!
Are you bored of the plain, old, Windows desktop? Fancy a change? Well, BumpTop is for you!! From the mouth of BumpTop – “BumpTop™ is a fun, intuitive 3D desktop that keeps you organized and makes you more productive. Like a real desk, but better. Now with awesome mouse and multi-touch gestures!”
If you don’t have a home network set up or if you have some of the components you need but haven’t set everything up yet, this guide is for you. In this guide, I show you what hardware you need to set up a home network, where to get it (if you’re in the UK), and give the basics of connecting it all together.
Please note that this is assuming you have an ADSL subscription (i.e. BT, TalkTalk, Sky, etc), and not Cable (i.e. Virgin). Also, whatever ISP (Internet Service Provider) you are using, if you have joined within the last few years, they should have sent you a free wireless router, with cables, anyway. If they haven’t, and you’re out of your contract, you should be able to speak to them and get them to send you the equipment out for free. For example, BT would send you their Home Hub, which is a really decent piece of hardware (especially as you can run a virtual “phone line” off of it, with BT BroadBand Talk!)
This guide is part of the Home Network Setup, Sharing, Streaming, and Backup Series. Learn more about setting up a home network, configuring file sharing and streaming, and performing network backups on the series homepage.
If you’re in the United States, please use the US guide to pick hardware. Otherwise, read on: